2009 Ford Taurus X. LED Headlights.

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PorkChopExpress69
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2009 Ford Taurus X. LED Headlights.

Post by PorkChopExpress69 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:07 pm

I was thinking of getting new low beam lights, not very bright or focused. I was thinking for replacing them with LED headlights. Wondering if anyone has done this to their Taurus X.


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Re: 2009 Ford Taurus X. LED Headlights.

Post by madmatt2024 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:37 pm

Not gonna work. The lenses are designed for halogen bulbs, if you put another other type of bulb in them you will either blind other motorists or have worse light output than before.
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Re: 2009 Ford Taurus X. LED Headlights.

Post by Scotty17 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:18 pm

Upgraded from the OEM bulb to Philips-Crystal Vision-Ultra amazing difference on
my 05 Freestyle

https://www.amazon.com/Philips-CrystalV ... automotive

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Re: 2009 Ford Taurus X. LED Headlights.

Post by Sporktek » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:56 pm

The "right" way to do an LED upgrade (or HID) is to use projectors. Halogen housings have a reflector design that takes into account the precise location and size of the halogen filament(s). LEDs are configured differently. Most, LED setups feature a flat heat-sink perpendicular to the base upon which one or more surface-mount LED chips are mounted. This moves the light source "out" from the center the width of the heatsink and base of the LED chip, which alters how the light is reflected forward. The light from the LEDs "shine" outward sideways from this mounting in a distinct cone that vastly dissimilar to the 360 degree emanation of light from a halogen filament.

That being said, there are projector retrofit products on the market which properly shape the beam for an LED. While the Taurus X uses two single-beam bulbs to accomplish high and low beams, these retrofits can and do include solenoid actuated shutters which block the upper portion of the emitted light to provide a sharp low beam cutoff to avoid blinding oncoming drivers. I did a successful LED retrofit on my 94 Dodge Intrepid last year and I did a writeup on DodgeIntrepid.net forum if you're interested. The long and short of my upgrade was I purchased a pair of single-beam H1 LEDs and a pair of dual-beam projector retrofits. There was a harness adapter for power and switching the solenoids between high and low beam modes. The Taurus X won't be a problem in this regard, but the first generation Intrepid housings were NOT tall enough to accommodate the projectors without cutting out an opening that was subsequently patched.

Here's that thread:
http://www.dodgeintrepid.net/15-general ... y-way.html

Now, I've considered re-doing this mod on my Taurus X. I'm CONSIDERING replacing BOTH my high and low beams with dual-beam projectors, so I get TWO high beams and TWO low beams per housing, using more or less the same stuff I used for my Intrepid. I think, though, I'll get a better set of LEDs than I got back then. They've only gotten better in the last two years, and while better than the stock halogens in the Intrepid housings, the LEDs still weren't anything to write home about. Its difficult to describe - up close, and looking into them when parked, they look bright as hell, but the "down the road" intensity wasn't that great.

Here in a couple months when I've recovered from making my down payment and I've paid taxes and registration, I might visit this and I'd be happy to collaborate and share tips and whatnot as I move along if you're still following this thread.

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Re: 2009 Ford Taurus X. LED Headlights.

Post by Sporktek » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:08 pm

Here's some pics of that mod. Notice the "thickness" of the Intrepid housings - there's a shot of the openings that I had to make in the top and bottom to fit the projectors that I used (and they are about the smallest available). There's a high beam and low beam comparison and of course a picture of the finished project from the side.

I used this guide for aligning them:
https://www.lightwerkz.net/index.php/in ... _alignment
(notice the step-offs aren't on top of one another at this range, I've been told they should be, but they shouldn't)

Here's the projectors I used:
https://www.amazon.com/Nilight-Mini-Bix ... 8S5QD0MG5B

I can't recall which LEDs I got but, like I say, I wouldn't use them today anyway.
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Re: 2009 Ford Taurus X. LED Headlights.

Post by wangjack » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:19 am

I use Novsight brand LED.What about you?

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