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    Default Harvesting 2016-2017 honda Accord LED headlamps

    Got my hands on a set of headlights from work, kinda looking for some ideas what I could possibly use them for.

    Issues would be it has a large transformer on the back of the headlight assembly..


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    Default Re: Harvesting 2016-2017 honda Accord LED headlamps

    More details would help. Are you looking to repurpose the whole unit as is OR part it out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FRITZHID View Post
    More details would help. Are you looking to repurpose the whole unit as is OR part it out?
    Well the units have been removed from service for jerking or whobbling. Internal support issues I assume as this is not first unit.

    im just wondering what could be harvested for reuse. Maybe I should start with disassembly and components. Then overview of required ballast to drive the lights.

    Thanks for comments

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    Sounds like a plan! Pics are always good as well!
    As far as uses, I'd say almost anything goes short of using them as headlights on a road vehicle. Lol
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    Default Re: Harvesting 2016-2017 honda Accord LED headlamps

    Quote Originally Posted by camshaft700 View Post
    Well the units have been removed from service for jerking or whobbling. Internal support issues I assume as this is not first unit...
    Is there a recall notice coming from Honda?

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    I have heard a lot of reports about the DRL failing prematurely too. Fingers crossed mine don't fail but hopefully if they do they fail under warranty, cause there is no way in the world that I'm gonna shell out 2 grand for some lights that otherwise are working perfectly fine.

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    Default Re: Harvesting 2016-2017 honda Accord LED headlamps

    As complete headlights they are expensive. The LEDs in them, are really not worth very much.

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    Yeah, I really can't think of any internal parts or subcomponents that would be worth "harvesting" out of these headlamps.

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    Default Re: Harvesting 2016-2017 honda Accord LED headlamps

    finally cracked it open,
    I see on the outer edge they have used a socket with 6-8 pins, which wasn't included on the headlight wiring diagram,


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    not sure about a recall, but its clear the internal LED lens holder is poorly designed for stiffness. Everything is plastic and very easily giggles if you shake the housing.

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    I've had both the 2016 and the 2017 touring Coupe Accords that use these lights. While they are nice and bright at night and have much better reach and width than just about any other headlight I have driven with they are very poorly constructed. To the all plastic mounting mechanism with no heatsinking on the main LED's, to the LED DRL that burns out very quickly (knock on wood mine haven't burned out yet), to the extremely poor glare control, to the poorly designed auto highbeam system that will flash every car that drives at your 10-11 and 1-2o-clock position it is clear that Honda did a horrible job on these lights and is ripping customers off for the price you have to pay for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magio View Post
    I've had both the 2016 and the 2017 touring Coupe Accords that use these lights. While they are nice and bright at night and have much better reach and width than just about any other headlight I have driven with they are very poorly constructed. To the all plastic mounting mechanism with no heatsinking on the main LED's, to the LED DRL that burns out very quickly (knock on wood mine haven't burned out yet), to the extremely poor glare control, to the poorly designed auto highbeam system that will flash every car that drives at your 10-11 and 1-2o-clock position it is clear that Honda did a horrible job on these lights and is ripping customers off for the price you have to pay for them.
    So what level of heat-sinking should they have used and can you present us your thermal data (with the LED data sheet) that clearly shows the heat sinking is inadequate?

    That it is all plastic is really not an issue. It is guaranteed many of these units have spent a ton of time in accelerated life testing shaking away. Screws loosen too. Metal is not a panacea, but it is heavy, harder to form into complex shapes, and could needlessly increase cost.

    w.r.t. the auto high beam, that is a separate piece of hardware/firmware.

    Glare control? Odds are they will meet the relevant specifications. Objectively are they bad? I can't say I have noticed Accords being worse than others and usually the worst glare I encounter is either from behind and/or approaching on hills, and that can be said of other LED / HID systems. Until we lose the love affair with blue rich (high perceived glare) spectrums, that is probably going to remain the case.
    Last edited by ssanasisredna; 09-05-2017 at 10:35 AM.

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    Default Re: Harvesting 2016-2017 honda Accord LED headlamps

    Maybe try to make landscape lights with them or something.
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