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  • Gallardo headlight revamp ideas

    Hi,

    I'm looking for some ideas to update the old Gallardo headlight as it is looking dated compare to newer cars.





    Here are some ideas:

    1. The housing shroud is black but appears to be greyish. Do you think this is due to lighting ? I think by making the shroud of more of a pure black, the light will look sleeker. What type of finish will give it the blackest result? For example, this 2018 A4 light is very black and sleek:




    2. The orange reflector has to go. What's is the best way to do it?
    3. The silver shroud can be blacked out too
    4. Adding some DRL. I don't want angel rings or some silly LED strip like this:

    Any input is appreciated.

  • #2
    How about a "shroud" like feature that spans the inner vertical space, and then covers the turn signal completely, made of frosted acrylic. The amber turn signal will still light up through the "shroud", and may need to be boosted by some additional amber LED light sources. You can hide white LED behind that same "shroud" for DRL.

    Here's a visual example of how such a frosted "shroud" will diffuse light; note that I had part of it forsted, and part of it covered with chrome-ish film:


    In this picture, it doesn't completely cover the 3 LED diffusers (which you can think of as in similar position as your turn signal):


    When the LED lights up, it makes the frosted part light up.
    Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

    3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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    • #3
      Originally posted by satrya View Post
      How about a "shroud" like feature that spans the inner vertical space, and then covers the turn signal completely, made of frosted acrylic. The amber turn signal will still light up through the "shroud", and may need to be boosted by some additional amber LED light sources. You can hide white LED behind that same "shroud" for DRL.

      Here's a visual example of how such a frosted "shroud" will diffuse light; note that I had part of it forsted, and part of it covered with chrome-ish film:


      In this picture, it doesn't completely cover the 3 LED diffusers (which you can think of as in similar position as your turn signal):


      When the LED lights up, it makes the frosted part light up.

      Thanks satrya . Your mod looks great. How feasible do you think it is to take mold of the headlight and make a completely new headlight?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by johnkim View Post
        Thanks satrya . Your mod looks great. How feasible do you think it is to take mold of the headlight and make a completely new headlight?
        Thank you. That depends on your tools and what kind of DIY you've done before. Personally, I wouldn't attempt it. Even if the main objective is to replicate the exact mounting points and dimensions that interact with other parts of the vehicle, it is already a daunting task. To also make sure that it would seal properly and have OE-like ventilation (for moisture management) would be challenging. I suppose one can take meticulous dimensional measurements, translate it into CAD, and then 3D print a replica housing. There's at least one member here that did that for a 4Runner (or another Toyota truck) and seems promising. I'm not sure if there needs to be any precautions to the type of ABS plastic to use that will last.
        Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

        3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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        • #5
          Can you populate the 3 curved lines in the corner of the light with some LED's for DRL effect? Maybe add some body color accents to the sea of monochromatic plastic? How about doing something with that weird slab of black under the headlights?
          2000 Celica GTS 'slowest gts evar'
          1998 Mazda 626 FS-DE/CD4E 'mom-mobile'

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          • #6
            Pics of the Gallardo please

            Upgrade the projectors while the headlights are apart. Apparently it uses a Hella E55 projector, so you can swap in a EvoX-R 2.0 or a D2S 4.0 / G5 with a adaptor bracket.

            Originally posted by HK45
            I don't even look to see what Eddie writes anymore. I'm too busy staring at his avatar.

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            • #7
              I would try to go two projectors per headlight. A micro one in the turn signal area and a normal 3,0 inch one below .square shrouds might look good on the gallardo. Also give us better picture on the car so we get a feeling on angle.


              Something like the new bugatti could look food too. Just the 4 projectors not next to each other but on top of each other. But that seems like a lot of work.
              Subaru Outback retrofit:
              http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...aru-Outback-H6
              License plate lights with dual brightness:
              https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...hen-backing-up

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              • #8
                I know for a fact that the Gallardo headlight can't quite fit a pair of projectors, even the Matchbox up top won't fit with how tight the clearance is. I can confirm that the EVO-XR or any projector similar is a great upgrade. I had clear lenses sitting around and threw them in my G. I did a passive demon eye and even front-lit it (halo facing backwards on the inside to make the green glow brighter), but then kind of regretted it.

                First off, the Gallardo headlight is permaseal and I ended up cutting it apart. It sucks.

                I did paint the shrouds black around the projectors and replaced the E55 "fresnel" lens with a clear one from TRS. Major improvement. I took pictures to compare the cutoff, but my phone clearly adjusted the other settings because the color looked different and it doesn't make for the best comparisons shots. I can say the light output is marginally better, but the cutoff line is drastically improved, in color flicker and the overall sharpness. It's also notable that less light "bleeds" out above the cutoff too.

                Stock lens:


                Clear lens:


                Projector out with the passive demon eye:


                And just photos with it done.:



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                • #9
                  If a second projector up top doesnt fit I would probably just use a fake projector. Meaniang a glas lense of the right size with DRL and city light function. Maybe you can turn the old city lights in the lower inner corners into turn signals. I would probably use switchback leds down there.
                  Subaru Outback retrofit:
                  http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/show...aru-Outback-H6
                  License plate lights with dual brightness:
                  https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...hen-backing-up

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                  • #10
                    Clear/non-amber lens at the top lamp assembly and use a Triton switchback
                    Originally posted by HK45
                    I don't even look to see what Eddie writes anymore. I'm too busy staring at his avatar.

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