2021 Bronco (U725) Production Headlight Photo

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Tried those. Didn't care for them.

I even tried some $1,500 ones in my Tundra and they were hot garbage compared to the factory halogen setup. They looked AMAZING. But I couldn't f'n see at night.
You may have a hard time seeing with the white/blue light. I know a few people like that. The slight yellow of halogen breaks through fog and lights things in a way more pleasing to your eyes.
I remember way back when the super blue halogens were hitting ebay. My dad bought a set for his truck. The wattage was almost double the oem spec. Melted the harness and exploded the one bulb after just a few months. But man, when they worked.... holy chit you could see. Lmao.
Anyways, in your use case. Stock housing with a better than oem halogen is probably your best bet. I know my wifes explorer has the oem LED low beams with halogen high beams. Drives me nuts. LEDs are a nice clean white light. Then the halogens are yellow. Looks funky.
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You may have a hard time seeing with the white/blue light. I know a few people like that. The slight yellow of halogen breaks through fog and lights things in a way more pleasing to your eyes.
I remember way back when the super blue halogens were hitting ebay. My dad bought a set for his truck. The wattage was almost double the oem spec. Melted the harness and exploded the one bulb after just a few months. But man, when they worked.... holy chit you could see. Lmao.
Anyways, in your use case. Stock housing with a better than oem halogen is probably your best bet. I know my wifes explorer has the oem LED low beams with halogen high beams. Drives me nuts. LEDs are a nice clean white light. Then the halogens are yellow. Looks funky.
I thought that too, but wife's new Murano has LED's and I can see fantastic with it. I LOVE the headlights in her car.
 

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.. how hard it is to remove the factory OEM parts is my least concern....take it from somebody who has driven over 50-80k miles a year on dozens of vehicles over the past 30 years.....
Then I would think you'd care about maintenance, and whether or not the vehicle was designed to make it easy. I've had some that were obviously not thoughtfully designed, and wanted to get rid of them ASAP.

Some are engineered with the user in mind, and ease of maintenance = ease of modification. Whether you want bling or you need to replace parts 10-20-30 years from now, being well designed matters. It will also contribute greatly to whether or not the model survives or becomes the next FJ Cruiser.
 

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Theretrofitsource.com LED 5x7's are pretty awesome. $360 a set I believe. They actually make some pretty good stuff for the most part. They of course have china made with thier brand name on them here and there. But overall. The ones I've installed and seen seem to work pretty good.
Tried those. Didn't care for them.

I even tried some $1,500 ones in my Tundra and they were hot garbage compared to the factory halogen setup. They looked AMAZING. But I couldn't f'n see at night.
I've tried some different stuff with rally light setups - visibility is very important when you're blasting down a twisty forest road in the pitch dark. Eventually settled on keeping whatever type of headlight the vehicle originally came with, and putting the brightest possible bulb of that type in there, then supplementing with LED driving lights, and replacing the fogs with LED or HID lights as well.

The LED aftermarket stuff has the same problem as the HIDs aftermarket kits from a few years ago - the design of the headlight isn't set up for exactly where the light comes out on type of bulb, so it'll be *brighter*, but it won't throw as far. So a lot of the time it'll appear to be a better light initially but then you eventually realize that you can see things farther away with the old bulbs.

Current setup on the Pajero is: higher wattage H4 bulbs in the stock headlight housing, HID fog lights, 8" LED light bar in spot light pattern, 2x 2" square LED pods in flood light pattern. Works pretty well, I don't find myself wanting for any more light output than that.

EDIT: Forgot to make my actual point, which is that I, too, hope that the Bronco comes with upgraded LED lights as a factory option, because generally there won't be a better aftermarket design regardless of what the factory one is.
 
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I put $20 amazon leds in my Fox and I can see what feels like a mile down the road, like daytime. Tried some in my Super Duty and they may be brighter than Halogens but not much.
 

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I put $20 amazon leds in my Fox and I can see what feels like a mile down the road, like daytime. Tried some in my Super Duty and they may be brighter than Halogens but not much.
Same in my stang. And it’s a clean cutoff so I’m not blinding people lol.

had a more expensive set off LMR but the amazon have been better for far cheaper
 

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Then I would think you'd care about maintenance, and whether or not the vehicle was designed to make it easy. I've had some that were obviously not thoughtfully designed, and wanted to get rid of them ASAP.

Some are engineered with the user in mind, and ease of maintenance = ease of modification. Whether you want bling or you need to replace parts 10-20-30 years from now, being well designed matters. It will also contribute greatly to whether or not the model survives or becomes the next FJ Cruiser.

I totally care about maintenance, never said I didn’t. As a matter of fact, I do all my own. Been a mechanic for over 30 years and have seen a lot.
Where you lose me is when you mention parts need to be easy to replace for modifications and maintenance 10-30 years from now.
Personally, I’ll be too old to care by then. I’m almost too old to care now and that’s why I’m buying only new vehicles at this stage of my life.
Have always bought used but sick of fixing other people’s neglect and horrible attempts at making proper repairs..
 

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Why is ease of service on a headlight a concern right now? If you bust a headlight out on a new vehicle, are you not going to take it to the dealer and have it replaced under insurance? With new headlights they're plenty bright enough to light up whatever driving conditions you're in.

And then bringing up how much these housings cost? Again, why not take it to the dealership and go through your insurance? 5-10 years down the road spare parts will be cheap as hell once people start wrecking their vehicles and the salvageable parts start stacking up in scrapyards...
 

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Honestly if you are concerned about replacing headlights that will most likely outlive the vehicle then I think you’re going to be concerned about every little thing. From what I’m reading briefly LED headlights are designed to last about 900,000 miles.

I don’t think anybody is realistically going to put that many miles on their bronco lol.
 

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Design philosophy.

If Ford is careless about how parts are designed, they're going to shoot themselves in the foot, because no one will want to work on it -- making Bronco ownership more expensive and less popular in the long run.

I kept the last daily driver vehicle I purchased for 15+ years, and the next one will probably last just as long if not longer. I 100% expect to have to replace every consumable part and then some on such a vehicle -- yes, including headlights, because I drive in the dark in deer country all year round. I have replaced the headlights in my current vehicle multiple times because I use them constantly and even a glancing blow from a 200+lb northern plains deer will **** a vehicle up fast. Good luck putting 300k miles on anything but a space shuttle without needing to do some animal strike repairs.

And no, not every little thing that goes wrong is going to be turned in to the insurance company, I might have good rates now but if my policy starts to sound like a slot machine you can bet that just like the casino the insurance company is going to find a way to make sure the balance flows their way.

I really didn't think I had to spell that out for people to understand why poorly or awkwardly designed parts would be concerning. :facepalm:
 

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The thing is stampede is that LED headlights really just aren’t a consumable part. It’s like saying the wiring harness needs to be easily replaceable, when it is honestly a lifetime part.
 
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