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Looking forward on see who out there has a working HID or LED headlight conversion working. I'm looking to upgrade my H11 headlights to either be HID (preferred) or LED.

I've read shadow's thread and many more extensively so I know the dangers etc. I just do not like the look and output if the stock halogens.

Also, would it be easier and more reliable to simply get better halogens? Or would I be able to do a good HID or LED conversion for under 150$?

If you have a working one please let me know the kit you got, any additions or mods you had to buy or make, and anything else I would need to know. Thank you all

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Why not run HID system off a separate switch. If you dont go through the OEM wiring you have nothing to worry abuot.

You can install some DRL chips on your bumper and wire those to the low beams and your BOW will also dissapear for you.

Thats how i have mine set up.
 

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there are many but check out this thread from a little while ago on the c70 (same p1 platform cars as s40, so same headlights):
http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?212925-LED-Headlight-conversion

bottom line: if you want better lighting, cheapest/safest is h9 bulbs modified to fit h11 socket. if you want even better lighting and whiter light, then i recommend e46 projectors + a hid kit. leds just don't provide enough throw in my experience.
 

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Why not run HID system off a separate switch. If you dont go through the OEM wiring you have nothing to worry abuot.

You can install some DRL chips on your bumper and wire those to the low beams and your BOW will also dissapear for you.

Thats how i have mine set up.
What kit do you have exactly? I was hoping to have them at least be able to be controlled through the factory LSM.

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there are many but check out this thread from a little while ago on the c70 (same p1 platform cars as s40, so same headlights):
http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?212925-LED-Headlight-conversion

bottom line: if you want better lighting, cheapest/safest is h9 bulbs modified to fit h11 socket. if you want even better lighting and whiter light, then i recommend e46 projectors + a hid kit. leds just don't provide enough throw in my experience.
H9 bulbs in an H11 socket? I've read a lot about this but what would be the benefit?

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H9 bulbs in an H11 socket? I've read a lot about this but what would be the benefit?

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1300--> 2100 lumens
 

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I've upgraded from the H11 to H9's and there is a difference. I used a dremel bit to shave down the tab at the base of the new bulb so it would fit in the H11 socket. Easy peasy.
 

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I've upgraded from the H11 to H9's and there is a difference. I used a dremel bit to shave down the tab at the base of the new bulb so it would fit in the H11 socket. Easy peasy.
Did you change your projectors to the E46 type or does the OEM work okay?

Any chance you can tell me what setup your using? What ballasts and BOW cancellers?

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Just have a look at my thread ref retrofitting E46, may give you some ideas. Well worth it.
As for installation and preventing the issues - theshadow's thread has more than enough information, just follow his guidance and you will be ok.
 

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I have the E46 projectors swapped in place for the halogens. HIDs are wired through a relay and a switch. The switch takes power from the cig lighter so i have auto lights since the lighter turns on with the car so if i leave the switch on it auto shuts them off and on when the engine is on.

Has worked great for 2 years. Took me 2 hours to do the upgrade.
 

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you're confused. h9 are halogens, so they work in the stock halogen projectors. they are bulbs usually used for the high beams so have more lumens but slightly shorter bulb life. most folks get 1-2 years easily and they only cost $14.
if you want to do a hid kit properly, they should be done in conjuction with the e46 projectors that will produce a good cut off and not cause glare. there are some who throw hid kits into the stock halogen projectors. that's a recipe for glare.

with the h9s, there's no bulb out warning.

with a hid kit, you'll need a BOW canceller. morimoto's kit uses a canbus harness which effectively does the same thing so you will not get a "bulb out" light.

Did you change your projectors to the E46 type or does the OEM work okay?

Any chance you can tell me what setup your using? What ballasts and BOW cancellers?

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I just ordered these. I'm not happy with the headlights on my 2012 S60. Lumen® H11XHLC-G8 - G8 LED Conversion Kit (H11)
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more details on - https://www.carid.com/lumen/h11-g8-led-conversion-kit-mpn-h11xhlc-g8.html

I'm wondering if anyone here have used them, and how they like them.

Looking forward on see who out there has a working HID or LED headlight conversion working. I'm looking to upgrade my H11 headlights to either be HID (preferred) or LED.

I've read shadow's thread and many more extensively so I know the dangers etc. I just do not like the look and output if the stock halogens.

Also, would it be easier and more reliable to simply get better halogens? Or would I be able to do a good HID or LED conversion for under 150$?

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Did you change your projectors to the E46 type or does the OEM work okay?

Any chance you can tell me what setup your using? What ballasts and BOW cancellers?

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Hi, I just used the OEM setup. Just a switch of bulbs. So far, it's been a year and all is good.
 

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