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Installing aftermarket LED or Xenon

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Starting this week I have a 2nd hand Kia Sportage 4 (07-2016) with LED daytime running lights and in addition halogen low beam (HB3) with lens / projector.
I would like to replace the low beam with LED or Xenon (The goal is better light and appearance of the car). I have received various prizes and advice and they all differ from each other.
I have received the following advice (from installation centers and dealers) with prices ranging from 129 to 350 dollar incl. VAT and assembly:

1. Halogen bulb replaced by LED bulb. Hereby I wonder if this does not cause a malfunction in the on-board computer due to broken light. Should such a power LED not be cooled (why else would complete LED sets be offered with cooling and canbus as offered at point 3).

2. Halogen lamp replaced by complete aftermarket Xenon set (incl. Canbus to prevent on-board computer error message).

3. Halogen lamp replaced by complete aftermarket LED set. At one dealer this is possible and the other indicates that the cooling + light might be too long for the housing.

Xenon would give slightly better light (4 times more light than halogen) but has a lesser lifespan (which is less, 3400 burning hours is still a lot). LED has a longer lifespan but slightly less light (3.5 times more light than halogen).

Does anyone have experience with this car and what is the best option (which option have you chosen and what is the result?).

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One thing to always remember with vehicle lighting, specifically headlights is housing and lens designs.
As delivered from the factory, the housing and lens system is specifically designed and tuned for the type of lighting installed as is. When you switch from one type of light source to another, the housing and lens are not appropriate for that light. This leads to glare, blinding oncoming traffic and lesser visibility for you the driver. Many will swap lights and convince themselves it is better when it is not.

I totally get that people want to personalize their vehicle styling, but lighting affects not just appearance, but the safety of everyone else on the road.

The downside to all this is the plethora of badly designed products on the aftermarket and websites. To do all this correctly costs a lot more money than your are likely going to want to spend. There are a few good professional lighting shops out there who will carry out the required work to get it correct, but they are not common, and can be quite expensive.

Then, the predictable response to this will be I am a safety weenie and should mind my own business. To that I say, carry on as usual just be careful not to drag your knuckles too much and consider for just a moment how your actions can affect those around you.
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Hello pcguy,

Thank you for your feedback. Every help is welcome. I also think that safety is very important. I also don't like it when the lights on other cars blind me.
I am not going to install it myself but only at a official Kia dealer. The problem is i have been in contact with a couple of them and they all offer different solution as described in the first post.
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Here is a great article discussing this topic. It gives a lot of good information for those considering upgrading their lighting.

https://www.lifewire.com/headlight-upgrades-4134867

It's not detail level information, but gives you basic information that will help you identify which dealers or shops are interested in doing it right, or just making a quick buck off of you.
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I purchased a 2019 EX AWD and the first upgrade I did was to replace the halogen headlight bulbs into HID. Purchased a kit of 55W HID A/C with CAN-Bus Decoder/error canceller and it worked perfect, no error messages or whatsoever. Also changed the Daytime Running bulbs into a 1157 LED as well as the position lights. Replaced too all interior lights into LED's. The rest of the non-leds will be replaced soon.
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I purchased a 2019 EX AWD and the first upgrade I did was to replace the halogen headlight bulbs into HID. Purchased a kit of 55W HID A/C with CAN-Bus Decoder/error canceller and it worked perfect, no error messages or whatsoever. Also changed the Daytime Running bulbs into a 1157 LED as well as the position lights. Replaced too all interior lights into LED's. The rest of the non-leds will be replaced soon.
How hard was it to do the daytime running lights? I'm always paranoid about voiding the warranty but would love blue running lights.

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I found the original halogen bulbs in my 17 Sportage LX were totally inadequate and I can understand why they got a poor rating in the safety tests. I replaced them with a set of Morimoto 2 stroke v2 LED lights and it was money well spent. I have crisp clean bright white light and plenty of light to the sides which is what I needed up here in Alaska because of the kamikaze Moose problem. These bulbs fit in the headlight housing unlike the other manufacturers I tried trying to save money. They also don't trip the computer headlight warning as the other ones I tried did. I have had these LED lights in half this winter and I'm very pleased with them as I am the Michelin X ICE3i tires I purchased. I now feel that I own the perfect car.

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It's interesting you mentioned the poor rating they received for the lighting on the sportage. I wondered if they tested the base model, or one with the HID setup in them. The HID ones on the SX have the turning lights with steering input, I am not convinced it helps all that much, but the beam is well defined and bright. HID is very nice in comparison to halogen that's for sure.
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The poor rating was 2017 LX halogen bulbs. The Marginal rating was given to the 2019 HID bulbs in the SX trim and still a poor in the LX-EX trims. HTH

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How hard was it to do the daytime running lights? I'm always paranoid about voiding the warranty but would love blue running lights.
Daytime running lights are just ordinary incandescent 1157 bulbs. Just wist off the bulb socket and remove the bulbs. Then insert the LED bulbs into the socket and install in reverse order.
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