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    Hello,

    My first post here. I searched around the forum but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. I recently purchased a 2015 Jeep Wrangler JK and the headlights leave a lot to be desired. I've been doing some research and the JW Speaker 8700's and Truck-lite LED's keep surfacing. I'm not biased toward LED if there are better options out there. I also don't have the financial means to spend $500-800 on headlights right now. What would be my best option for around $200-300? I am in Massachusetts and want something that is of course road legal but also will not cause problems in the winter (if that's even a thing with LED's). I'm really just looking for someone to point me in the right direction. Lighting is not my strong suit...Thanks in advance!

    Kevin

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    Welcome to this board.

    The JW Speaker headlamps are the top pick in terms of LED headlamp performance, and their 8700J model is a direct plug-in for your JK, but $410/set. There's a heated-lens version to deal with sloppy winter snow, but that's even more expensive. The Peterson 701C and the Truck-Lite are also good headlamps, less expensive than the JW Speaker, though with either of them you'll need adapters to plug the new headlamps into the H13 sockets on the vehicle and prevent the LED lamps from flickering. A heated-lens version of the Truck-Lite is available, but that's going to exceed your budget. Do you really need heated-lens lights? It depends on how much wet, heavy falling snow and thrown slush you have to drive through, at what kinds of outside temperatures. Lighter, dryer snow won't tend to build up even on cold-lens LEDs. If you don't need heated lenses, then a pair of the Truck-Lite or Peterson lamps with anti-flicker H13 adaptors could at least come close to meeting your $300 figure.

    Very important: the Peterson and Truck-Lite headlamps are sold under some other brands (Truck-Lite = Rigid, GE, Philips; Peterson = Sylvania Zevo and KC might still sell it alongside their own LED lamps which are pretty severely overpriced) but don't stray off from these mentioned brands. There's a bunch of copycat junk, sometimes with a similar look to the JW Speaker or the same part number as the Truck-Lite, etc. None of it is worth a plug nickel, don't be tempted.

    If LED headlamps aren't in the budget, then a carefully-chosen set of halogen lights would be the way to go. Exactly which ones would be a matter of some option, and you'd want to be careful because there's another big collection of junk on the market in halogen lights and bulbs, but tough to go wrong with these lamps and these bulbs, and you'd also need H13 to H4 adapters.

    Most important of all: get the new lamps aimed correctly with an optical aimer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Virgil- View Post
    There's a bunch of copycat junk, sometimes with a similar look to the JW Speaker or the same part number as the Truck-Lite, etc. None of it is worth a plug nickel, don't be tempted.
    Which reminds me, Kevin: If it is claimed to be a JW Speaker product, but has a lower-than-believable price and ships from overseas, it's probably not genuine, considering JW Speaker makes these products in Wisconsin.

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    Thanks for the responses! I was not aware the 8700J was a direct plug in. Do you know if I'll need an anti-flicker harness? I might be able to convince my other half that it is worth it .

    Do either of you know anything about the Quadratec Gen II LED lights? I've seen favorable reviews on them and they are pretty attractively priced.

    I don't think that I'll need heated lights. For the most part if the roads are terrible my company closes. I may on an off chance be required to when I'm on call but that is few and far between.

    After reading the link on how to adjust headlights, do you know if the recommendations you've made can be aimed in a Jeep?

    Thanks for all your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin.graves35 View Post
    Do either of you know anything about the Quadratec Gen II LED lights? I've seen favorable reviews on them and they are pretty attractively priced.
    We could spend all day listing the brands/models you don't want. It's SO much easier to just list the ones you DO.

    The "favorable reviews" are by people who don't know any better. The "attractive price" is because they have no real engineering them, are made with poor materials, and cranked out on imprecise tooling.

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    I figured as much. I've been reading a little bit about HID lights. In your opinion would LED or HID be better for a Jeep? Are there any plug and play options for Wranglers? I will be venturing out into the woods at night and lightning is obviously important out there. I'm still leaning towards the JW Speakers 8700 J series but the best price I've found for a pair is $480 on Amazon (just out of my budget). I guess I'll be eating Ramen for a while lol. With the 8700's, do you know if the 2015 Wrangler can run the half halo as a DRL? I've seen conflicting answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin.graves35 View Post
    ...Do either of you know anything about the Quadratec Gen II LED lights? I've seen favorable reviews on them..
    Every aftermarket light with massive foreground lighting gets favorable reviews it seems. People love that effect. Which explains why so many drive around with their LED fog lights switched on, in clear conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubLGT View Post
    Every aftermarket light with massive foreground lighting gets favorable reviews it seems. People love that effect. Which explains why so many drive around with their LED fog lights switched on, in clear conditions.
    Agreed. Seems to be the trend around the northeast as well. I couldn't tell you the last time I had to use fog lights...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin.graves35 View Post
    I figured as much. I've been reading a little bit about HID lights. In your opinion would LED or HID be better for a Jeep?
    Electrically and mechanically, LED is much better suited for the rigors of off-roading.

    Are there any plug and play options for Wranglers?
    Yes, the 8700J series (mentioned several times here, even by YOU) is about as plug-and-play as it gets.

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    Well I guess I'm sold on the 8700J series! Any suggestions on places to look for a good price and customer service? Amazon seems to be at the front of the searches I've been running.

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    You have to be careful shopping, including on Amazon, because there are a lot of fakes on the market. The link I provided in post #2 of this thread is a safe one.

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    Thanks for the heads up. I was able to get a great quote at Quadratec on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin.graves35 View Post
    Thanks for the heads up. I was able to get a great quote at Quadratec on them.
    Yeahhhh...as I say, you have to shop carefully because there are a lot of fakes and knockoffs around.

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