Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

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Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby usachris » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:24 pm

Thanks to another forum member (TJ) I was inspired to upgrade the stock headlights to LED HID Projector assemblies and 2 - LED fog lights from Vantage Optics & Diode Dynamics. The headlights are made to fit the Ford E series vans so they look amazing when installed, and the fog lights were placed in an existing opening, just under the front bumper.
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Ah, a thing of beauty!
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Close of of the new LED HID Projector Headlights & Fog lamps
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These will save the day on a foggy night!
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Scott Thompson at http://www.VantageOptics.com is the guy to talk to. He is all about the Ford E-Series vans and is extremely enthusiastic about what he does. I couldn’t be happier with the entire process that Scott took me through. :D

https://www.instagram.com/p/Beo5QF5HIlv/

http://www.vantageoptics.com/shop/Ford- ... -p95308941

https://www.diodedynamics.com/ss6-stage ... -pair.html
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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby usachris » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:27 pm

A closer look at the fog lamps!
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Test firing!
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Great placement!
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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby 190-b-651 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:35 pm

Wow looks great I like the fog lights haven't found a set im sold on for true fog lights you need the top shielded to stop the glare but that wouldn't be hard to modify. Have you thought about where your front license plate is going to go?

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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby 190-b-651 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:40 pm

O duh now I see the license plate mount. Looks great.

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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby Choptop » Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:36 pm

Nice !!
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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby 190-b-651 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:15 pm

Chris the more I see yours im thinking its the nicest one in the bunch that I've seen anyway

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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby usachris » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:23 pm

190-b-651 wrote:Chris the more I see yours im thinking its the nicest one in the bunch that I've seen anyway

Thanks! The fog light bars are installed, setback, in the existing cowling.
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Looking down the lights can not be seen.
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Light bars mounted recessed into lower cowling.
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This provides a great upper cutoff/visor to shield off and control glare. The amber lenses also are designed to focus the light and control light spill.
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Any light bar spilling is shielded by cowling.
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From Diode Dynamics:
Standard optics lose light internally, and to glare, spreading a little bit of light in every direction. Instead, the TIR optic in the Stage Series collects all of the light from the LED, and directs it only where you need it, drastically reducing glare and improving total efficiency.
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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby Kentuckian » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:45 pm

Chris,
Once you get a chance to drive your B190 during the night, please, give us a description of the illumination differences that you notice between the factory headlamps and the LED lamps that you installed. It would be interesting to hear about the pros and cons.
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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby usachris » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:22 pm

Kentuckian wrote:Chris,
Once you get a chance to drive...


Will do! In the meantime, this might give you an idea:
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One new and one old headlight.
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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby 190-b-651 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:08 pm

Thats a big difference


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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby usachris » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:54 am

Yes, a HUGE difference. Currently, lots of pros but not many cons. I have heard to expect a shorter overall life expectancy on the headlights based on usage. I’ll keep you posted on that. Although the headlights are super bright, http://www.vantageoptics.com did a perfect job of aiming them so I won’t blind on-coming drivers. I was driving at dusk - about 10 minutes before sunset, and I could actually see my headlight beam on the road infront of me! (The attached photo was taken well past dusk.) 10/10 would install again!
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Re: Upgrading Headlights & Adding Fog Lights

Postby mountaindent » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:56 am

what a beautiful rig. I am planning on doing very little night driving or early morning where dark. Although, this looks like a great upgrade should a decision be made to improve vision.
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