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Old 11-20-2018, 05:21 PM
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Anyone have a link for an upgrade for headlight bulbs for my RDX. The low beam light is not enough, the high beam I can get by with,,but those low beams are not enough!
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:26 PM
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What year, make, model of car?
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:48 PM
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Ops 2015 RDX base model.
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:57 PM
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Ahh.. it looks like the Base RDX came with Halogen headlights hence the low luminosity.. If they're projectors, you may be able to get away with throwing an aftermarket HID kit into but if they're reflectors, I'd steer clear from it.
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:33 PM
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Well, tried to take the cover off from the passengers side and it wouldn't budge. It's counter clock wise to remove from what I understand, but would not budge at all. suggestions ! Just trying to find out what's all in there and then make the determination.
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Original halogen headlights, HID, LED. I've tried them all. None gave me bright light with good distribution. When I was still on the original halogen bulbs, I was once stopped by an office asking if my low beams were on; yes, they were that dim. I think it has to do with the design of the headlight housing.

Currently I am using LED. As said before, they don't perform any better, but at least they are prettier to look at and easy to install.
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The guys who installed the HID kit a few years ago removed the covers, so when I swapped the HID out for the LED, the covers came off quite easily. If they are coming off for the first time, you probably need a set of big pliers or something to remove them.

In any case, this the what driver's side looks like after that frigging cover comes off. Notice that the three points are not even, so the bulb can only enter the opening at a certain angle.
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Old 11-23-2018, 10:11 AM
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From what I have gleaned after reading the above, there's no remedy for the problem of low beam insufficiency. In another words, I'm stuck with the problem eh!
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Old 11-26-2018, 12:18 PM
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The only good solution is either to do an HID projector retrofit to your existing headlights, or get a set of headlights (tech model) from a junkyard if you can find it. Buying a new HID headlight will be expensive and not worth the effort.
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HID to LED?

I have a 2015 rdx Tech package with the HID headlights. My driver side light is out and ever repair shop i talk to is telling me its between $900-$1000 to fix! Is it possible to switch from HID to LED? LED lights would only run me about $200 for both.
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I have a 2015 rdx Tech package with the HID headlights. My driver side light is out and ever repair shop i talk to is telling me its between $900-$1000 to fix! Is it possible to switch from HID to LED? LED lights would only run me about $200 for both.

Why wouldn't you just get new bulbs and/or ballast and Do it yourself, it's pretty easy to do.. I don't recommend going LED as you already have HID from the factory so you'd be going through the extra effort to bypass the HID ballast for no gain...
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Why wouldn't you just get new bulbs and/or ballast and Do it yourself, it's pretty easy to do.. I don't recommend going LED as you already have HID from the factory so you'd be going through the extra effort to bypass the HID ballast for no gain...
where would you recommend getting the parts? Dealership told me both ballast and ignitor need replacing.
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$900 - $1000 for one bad headlight? yeah, that's so appropriate for a "luxury" brand.
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where would you recommend getting the parts? Dealership told me both ballast and ignitor need replacing.
you can try bernardi, but these HID parts won't come cheap.
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where would you recommend getting the parts? Dealership told me both ballast and ignitor need replacing.
If you want OEM stuff only, then Bernardi is a good option. Otherwise try "The Retrofit source". Visit HIDplanet.com for more ideas as well.
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Well the weather warmed up a bit , so I bit the bullet and changed out the low beams. Those covers are the damnedest things I have ever seen in my 50 years of driving and working on auto's. Got em off , one of the covers is still intact and broke two of the fins on the other. My wife asked if the lights any better , told her they don't work good in the day time, but hope they will be better in the dark Went with the syvania Xtavision. Got be better than the stock low beam bulbs that were in there
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Well the weather warmed up a bit , so I bit the bullet and changed out the low beams. Those covers are the damnedest things I have ever seen in my 50 years of driving and working on auto's. Got em off , one of the covers is still intact and broke two of the fins on the other. My wife asked if the lights any better , told her they don't work good in the day time, but hope they will be better in the dark Went with the syvania Xtavision. Got be better than the stock low beam bulbs that were in there
My bet is your low beams still don't perform better then average SUV on the road. I think there is something wrong with the design of the projectors.

Please kindly report, and I would like to be surprised.
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Well. drove out for a Saturday night date with the Mrs. Have to admit, they are much better than the OEM lights that I had in there. They are not the best I have seen for low beam auto's , but at least I think I can live with this now. There may be something better. The bulbs set me back 40 bucks and change. I looked at the top of the line from Sylvania but at almost a c note each and then reading the reviews from folks that had used them, thought better not try those Syl Xtavision 11's are what was used, better, still not perfect , but better..
The covers that are so dang hard to remove, there is a large diameter 0 ring that helps seal out moisture fro the light housing. I removed the 0 ring from the cover and gave it a good spray of silicone lube and then back together. The covers will come off easy next time, if needed.

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The lights seem bright enough, but I'm thinking that they need to be aimed a little higher. I will work on that next and see if aiming the lights a bit higher will over come the problem.
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Service Manual on headlight adjustment
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Thanks for that Sir. I had thoughts about adjusting the lights to the sides also, and from the file you were kind enough to post, I see that the lights can only be adjusted up and down. I will raise them a bit and see how that turns out. Will report back with findings.
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Thanks again Dave. I aimed the headlights higher and made the highway light up much better . Low beams are Okay with me now. No going back. That screw driver trick worked great.
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