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    LED Headlights on the Mazda5

    Hey guys,

    Anyone try an led kit on your 5? I found an old thread from 2013 but didnít amount to much. Anyone try it or can link me to a kit? There are a few on eBay for around 20-30 bucks...anyone have any experience or can provide a good bulb replacement?

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    Haven't heard good things. I know Tom's Hardware tried to do it and they were wholly unsatisfied. If you want more light get HIDs or do the cheap thing (like I did) and use H9 instead of H11 bulbs. Significantly more lumens, lower price, but shorter life. You either need to buy a harness adapter or be cheap and cut the tabs on the H9s to fit (once again, what I did).
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    Quote Originally Posted by E11 View Post
    Hey guys,

    Anyone try an led kit on your 5? I found an old thread from 2013 but didn’t amount to much. Anyone try it or can link me to a kit? There are a few on eBay for around 20-30 bucks...anyone have any experience or can provide a good bulb replacement?
    Depending which thread you found. One thread basically concluded - don't get it.
    Our headlights are not designed for the LED light pattern.
    HID would be a better chage if you get a reasonable qiality AC volatage type or H11.

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    LEDs still don't have nearly the luminous point intensity of a filament, and that's what's going to contribute in large part to the "punch" of the beam. I very much doubt there's one out there that can outperform a 9011/HIR1 bulb placed in our stock main beam reflectors. It's very easy to modify one (even easier than the H9/H11 modification), the wattage is identical to stock, and they will put out in the neighborhood of 2400-2500 lumens each. The color temperature is slightly higher than the 9005 bulbs, but subtlely so.

    The beam pattern is very nice and they really carve through the night. You have to be very careful with them but they are amazing on a country road.
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    Did mine back in 06 or 07 with a kit I got from Ebay. It was a HID kit work great till I sold my 5 about 4 yrs ago.
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    Well after 7 owners of stock OEM headlights, getting tired of the low output.

    Which HID kit do you guys recommend for my 2012? I am thinking of going with 4300K

    How hard is in the install? I saw a few videos online. I see you have to put the ballast with tape or something. Then you put the new bulbs on. Don't you have to do wiring from the ballast to the car? That part scares me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90210 View Post
    Well after 7 owners of stock OEM headlights, getting tired of the low output.
    Which HID kit do you guys recommend for my 2012? I am thinking of going with 4300K
    How hard is in the install? I saw a few videos online. I see you have to put the ballast with tape or something. Then you put the new bulbs on. Don't you have to do wiring from the ballast to the car? That part scares me.
    I did this video how I've done it on my 5: https://youtu.be/C12CvW4onow
    Stick with 4300k or 5000k, and buy A/C type kit, the good kits will be advertised to be so. Don't buy the lowest one on ebay but at around $50-$60 you can get a good one.
    Mine has lasted about 4 years for the bulbs about 6 for one ballast, second one still ok after 7. (I actually moved the balasts from my previous car into 5)
    Bulbs dull over time, so even though mine were still working after 4 years a new set made it brighter.
    For a super clean install you can remove the headlights and attach the ballast to the bottom of them, there is a spot there but I opted not to do that just in case I need to changed the balasts.

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    I always watch your videos. It has been helpful for many things.

    I want to do the 4300K, and I will do A/C per your recommendation.

    One thing I didn't get in your video, is how you intalled the wiring TO the ballast FROM the car?? That is the wiring I am scared about.

    Would you recommend this?
    https://www.theretrofitsource.com/hi...oto-elite.html




    Quote Originally Posted by Vasy View Post
    I did this video how I've done it on my 5: https://youtu.be/C12CvW4onow
    Stick with 4300k or 5000k, and buy A/C type kit, the good kits will be advertised to be so. Don't buy the lowest one on ebay but at around $50-$60 you can get a good one.
    Mine has lasted about 4 years for the bulbs about 6 for one ballast, second one still ok after 7. (I actually moved the balasts from my previous car into 5)
    Bulbs dull over time, so even though mine were still working after 4 years a new set made it brighter.
    For a super clean install you can remove the headlights and attach the ballast to the bottom of them, there is a spot there but I opted not to do that just in case I need to changed the balasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90210 View Post
    I always watch your videos. It has been helpful for many things.

    I want to do the 4300K, and I will do A/C per your recommendation.

    One thing I didn't get in your video, is how you intalled the wiring TO the ballast FROM the car?? That is the wiring I am scared about.

    Would you recommend this?
    https://www.theretrofitsource.com/hi...oto-elite.html
    No special wiring. Just used the wires that go to the stock bulbs.
    In some cars you need to run a separate power from the battery to balasts, but not on this one. 3:18 to 4:12 is the only wiring connections I've done.
    My ballast was a generic ballast so it just had the two metal tabs sticking out. Simply connect them in to the existing connector that goes to the original bulbs and secure with electrical tape.
    Some fancier kits would have oem style plug on the ends but I was not willing to pay the price
    Kit looks ok but about double of what I'd be willing to pay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasy View Post
    No special wiring. Just used the wires that go to the stock bulbs.
    In some cars you need to run a separate power from the battery to balasts, but not on this one. 3:18 to 4:12 is the only wiring connections I've done.
    My ballast was a generic ballast so it just had the two metal tabs sticking out. Simply connect them in to the existing connector that goes to the original bulbs and secure with electrical tape.
    Some fancier kits would have oem style plug on the ends but I was not willing to pay the price
    Kit looks ok but about double of what I'd be willing to pay
    Thank you, much appreciated. I will search around for some kits. Someone else suggested Dynamic diodes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90210 View Post
    I always watch your videos. It has been helpful for many things.

    I want to do the 4300K, and I will do A/C per your recommendation.

    One thing I didn't get in your video, is how you intalled the wiring TO the ballast FROM the car?? That is the wiring I am scared about.

    Would you recommend this?
    https://www.theretrofitsource.com/hi...oto-elite.html
    That's the kit that I used. Installed in 2014 and still working well. It is fairly easy to install, the connectors are direct fit. I posted a diy about it.

    https://www.mazdas247.com/forum/show....php?p=6330322
    Using Tapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    That's the kit that I used. Installed in 2014 and still working well. It is fairly easy to install, the connectors are direct fit. I posted a diy about it.

    https://www.mazdas247.com/forum/show....php?p=6330322
    thank you

    I will order it and read your diy

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    Greetings from Singapore, I've tried changing the Low Beams to H9 Halogen bulbs but they're nowhere brighter than the H11 Leds on CSP chip which I'm using the 4300k bulbs. They looked like stock HID lights and doesn't require any ballast

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    $20 LED bulb kit

    low beam

    high beam
    Last edited by asian_xl; 06-14-2018 at 10:02 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asian_xl View Post
    $20 HID kit

    low beam

    high beam
    looks great

    What a steal

    $150 for hid here (low beam)

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    typo, I tried to write LED, not HID.

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