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  • Converted our Nissan Rogue Sport / Nissan Qashqai to OEM LED headlights

    First I thought about a retrofit to the normal headlights. Brackets and LED projectors would have been my choice and it would have looked really oem ish too.

    For my own car I would have gone this route and even add bi leds to the high beam spot with OEM US-spec headlights but since I did this for my wife I really wanted to avoid any legal trouble or leaking, etc. and it should be as OEM as possible.

    Then I came across new Koito stock LED headlights from the highest trim level and only an adapter harness was needed to make everything work like normal:

    https://imgur.com/dtYCmhY

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    The output is much much better than the original halogen output but also not as good as a proper retrofit could be.

    edit: I figured out that the max output is 2000 Lumens and it was done to safe Nissan some money for washers oder automatic hight controll.
    Last edited by Crossgolf; December 5th, 2020, 05:33 PM.
    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

  • #2
    Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post
    The output is much much better than the original halogen output but also not as good as a proper retrofit could be.
    Looks good. And perhaps in a wider definition, still falls into the phrase "proper retrofit".
    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
      I think what he meant is "not as bright" since I have read on here that most aftermarket projector options are brighter than OEM stuff because of DOT regs in the US or something along those lines. I'd be very grateful if anyone can tell me that legal maximum and in what units.
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      Projector swap: MH1 7.0, XB35, XB 4500K, custom wiring
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      • #4
        What I meant to say was that these are good but if I would have build the headlights myself they would have exceeded the stock LED output. Double bi LEDs or double Bi Xenons would have looked great on the car.

        Here in Euro higher watt LED headlights require a washing system while lower wattage headlights don't. The same goes for Xenon and that is why some manufacturer s cheaped Out build 25watt (!) Xenon headlights.

        this Qashqai J11 came never with headlight washers as far as I know so the brightness has to be lower. Probably comparable to a 25watt Xenon system. But I am just guessing here.. the improvements over stock halogen headlights are still huge. And definitely worth the time and money.
        Last edited by Crossgolf; November 23rd, 2020, 12:06 PM.
        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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        • #5
          Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post
          And definitely worth the time and money.
          +1
          And since my retrofits have been complex and took very long time to finish, I'm not against more complicated choices in a retrofit. But I'm sure you saved a lot of time in this particular case. Maybe it is less fun in terms of any opportunity to tinker.
          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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          • #6
            Yes this was definitely a quick fix. I paid 300 for both headlights and the adapter was 180. This was the first time I worked on this car so replacing the headlights took me 8 hours in the garage.

            A real retrofit to my likings would have cost more since I needed a second set of headlights, premade brackets for the low beam and two sets of bi projectors, shrousds for the high beam and some wiring. The fun would have been bigger but getting that setup right on the car would have been a nightmare time wise.

            @satyra did you work on any other stuff after the incredible subaru light fixtures?
            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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            • #7
              Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post
              The fun would have been bigger but getting that setup right on the car would have been a nightmare time wise.
              Indeed.

              Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post
              @satyra did you work on any other stuff after the incredible subaru light fixtures?
              I had a Subaru tail light project that is on hold... I even have CCFL rings in the parts bin for that instead of LED ring; it's that old. My other vehicles come with biXenon or LED as standard, so it didn't make much sense to modify them. My mods since then haven't been headlight related.
              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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              • #8
                satrya do you have a build thread about the subaru. maybe on a subaru specific forum?

                Ive always been tinkering with all lights on all of my cars but projects are becoming rare. Now I am trying to exchange the window switches to aftermarked ones with light up symbols...
                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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                • #9
                  Lighted switches on the Nissan or Outback or RX? Newer vehicles seem to be more complicated to DIY.

                  I posted DIY in the past in nasioc (a subaru forum), but that was when my MY2002 was relatively new, almost 2 decades ago. I still occasionally make some modifications (like a reverse camera pod under the OE spoiler) but it has been quite rare. I have a MY2018 xc90 that I've recently made more modifications on, like DIY badges, moonroof mesh screen, & arm rest. No engine or suspension modifications. I post those in swedespeed (a volvo forum). While the mesh screen and arm rest has vehicle specific measurements, the approach could have been used on different vehicle.
                  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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                  • #10
                    lighted switches on the nissan its my wifes car.


                    I was on nasioc when I had the subaru. But I had to sell the Outback 5 years ago when the transmission broke. Then I bought the RX.
                    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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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post
                      I was on nasioc when I had the subaru. But I had to sell the Outback 5 years ago when the transmission broke. Then I bought the RX.
                      That's unfortunate. I hope my 19 year old impreza's transmission will last a while longer.
                      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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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post
                        What I meant to say was that these are good but if I would have build the headlights myself they would have exceeded the stock LED output. Double bi LEDs or double Bi Xenons would have looked great on the car.

                        Here in Euro higher watt LED headlights require a washing system while lower wattage headlights don't. The same goes for Xenon and that is why some manufacturer s cheaped Out build 25watt (!) Xenon headlights.

                        this Qashqai J11 came never with headlight washers as far as I know so the brightness has to be lower. Probably comparable to a 25watt Xenon system. But I am just guessing here.. the improvements over stock halogen headlights are still huge. And definitely worth the time and money.

                        Max Lumens refers to low beam light, so some OEM dSetups give etc 80% in low beam mode and 100% when triggerig high beam, sometime its easy to "fix" sometimes not. If You wont to boost up light in QQ1 its possible byt hard to do - need to use 2 drivers for low and high beam instead of one, also add some active cooling on low beam monoled, and you can achieve up to +8-% more light (+50% would be 100% safe)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Meatball View Post


                          Max Lumens refers to low beam light, so some OEM dSetups give etc 80% in low beam mode and 100% when triggerig high beam, sometime its easy to "fix" sometimes not. If You wont to boost up light in QQ1 its possible byt hard to do - need to use 2 drivers for low and high beam instead of one, also add some active cooling on low beam monoled, and you can achieve up to +8-% more light (+50% would be 100% safe)
                          That sounds really interesting meatball and I wish I had the possibilities to do that. You got a link to some more information about that?
                          Unfortunetly I sold the halogen headlights already so I cant replace them again to work on the LED lights. Also I kinda regret selling the halogen headlights because now I cant retrofit those in the future.
                          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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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Crossgolf View Post

                            That sounds really interesting meatball and I wish I had the possibilities to do that. You got a link to some more information about that?
                            Unfortunetly I sold the halogen headlights already so I cant replace them again to work on the LED lights. Also I kinda regret selling the halogen headlights because now I cant retrofit those in the future.
                            Unfortunatelly dont have any proper documentation, just own work on various headlamps and retrofits. As i remember You have either 15 or 21W monoled (that can vary depending market also) with big dual board for low and high. If You use latest gen 21-24W driver,(eg 2nd gen Qashqa or Navara ) and add some active cooling for monoled You can achieve increase in light output. Chip will handle more power if properly cooled

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