Close

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Administrator wayoflife's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Carson City, NV
    Posts
    38,080

    Jeep Renegade LED Headlight Conversion Installation Write-Up

    While the factory headlights on a Jeep Renegade aren't terrible, they're far from being as clean and bright white as what you can get with a nice set of LED lights. Fortunately, the Renegade was designed with headlight housings that have removable bulbs and so upgrading them to LED is really pretty simple. The only thing you need is replace the H13 incandescent bulbs with a set of H13 LED bulbs or ones that at least come with adapters to make it work and you're good to go. After doing some research, I found that a company called OPT7 makes a kit that can be made to work on a Renegade with a little tweaking and this write-up will help explain what all you will need to do.

    What you will need
    OPT7 FluxBeam LED Headlight Bulbs w/ Clear Arc-Beam Kit - H13 (9008) - 80w 7,000Lm 6K Cool White CREE
    • #1 Phillips Precision Screwdriver
    • Hand Drill
    • 9/64" Drill Bit
    • Center Punch
    • Dielectric Grease
    • Bench Vice

    Instructions
    Here's a shot of everything you will get with your new OPT7 FluxBeam LED Headlight Bulbs. As you can see, you will get (2) OPT7 FluxBeam LED Bulbs, (2) OPT7 RedLine Drivers and (2) H13 Adapters.


    1. Open up the hood on your Renegade and then, starting on the passenger side, reach behind the headlight housing, firmly grab the tab on the rubber cover and pull it off.


    2. Reach inside the headlight housing, firmly grab a hold of the gray plug and then rotate it counter-clockwise until it unlocks from the housing.


    3. Carefully pull the headlight bulb straight back and out of the housing being careful not to touch the bulb with your hands. The oils from your hands can damage the bulb and if you wish to keep it as a spare, you'll want to take care in handling it.


    4. Press the release clip on the plug and separate it from the base of the bulb.

    INSTALLATION NOTES: If you look at the OPT7 LED replacement bulbs carefully, you will see that there is a letter "R" (right) on one side and a letter "L" (left) on the other. This is to help indicate which side of the vehicle the LEDs need to be facing. This will be important to know during installation.




    As you can see in this photo, if you were to install your new OPT7 LED bulb into the headlight housing as is, the bulb plane would not be sitting vertical and perpendicular to the ground once locked in place. It would in fact be sitting at about a 45° angle and running the bulb like this will provide you with substandard lighting.

    5. Using a #1 Phillips precision screwdriver, carefully remove the screw securing the white plastic locking cam to the anodized red LED bulb housing. You'll need to be aware that the screw is set in tight and it will be difficult to remove without stripping the head of the screw. Just take your time and if needed, use a mechanics glove to help give you a better grip on the screwdriver.


    With the white plastic locking cam removed, you can see the point where the set screw secures it in place on the anodized red LED bulb housing.


    6. Reinstall the white plastic locking cam into your headlight housing and then carefully slide the LED bulb into it making sure that the "R" is facing toward the passenger side of your Jeep the "L" toward the driver side. Rotate the bulb until it's sitting vertical and perpendicular to the ground. Make a note of where it needs to be in relationship to the locking cam so that you can locate where you need to make your new set screw hole.


    7. Once you've determined where the new set screw hole needs to go, use a center punch to mark the location of where you will need to drill it out. As you can see in the photo below, I found that the new hole needed to be relocated just a little bit away from the original hole and close to one of the cams teeth.


    8. Place a rag between the jaws of a bench vice and then gently hold the white plastic locking cam in place. Use a hand drill with a 9/64" drill bit to drill out your new set screw hole.


    A shot of what it should look like when done.


    9. Reinstall the white plastic locking cam on to the red anodized LED bulb housing, rotate it until the new hole you made lines up with the threaded hole and then secure it in place with the set screw you removed earlier. You will need a #1 Phillips screwdriver for this job.


    10. Plug the LED bulb into the provided OPT7 RedLine Driver.


    11. Plug the provided H13 pigtail adapter into the factory wiring harness.


    12. Carefully insert the OPT7 LED bulb into the headlight housing and then rotate it clockwise to lock it in place.


    13. Apply some dielectric grease to the blades of the adapter plug.


    14. Plug in the OPT7 Redline Driver into the H13 pigtail adapter.


    15. Tuck all the wiring and OPT7 Redline Driver into the headlight housing.


    16. Reinstall the rubber cover onto the back of the headlight housing.


    17. Repeat all the same steps on the driver side of your Renegade and you're done. Here's a close up shot of what your new OPT7 LED bulb should look like installed. As you can see, the teeth on the cam are locked in place and the bulb itself is sitting vertically and perpendicular to the ground.




    Here are a few shots of what the headlights look like when turned on.






    Overall, I'm really happy with the clean white and bright light that I get from these new OPT7 FluxBeam LED Headlight Bulbs and I think you will be too. Certainly, it's an improvement over the factory incandescent bulbs and they look cool too. Of course, I'll have to do some longer term testing to know for sure how good of an investment they really are but for now, I like them.

  2. #2
    Nothing but a Thing Trail JK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Reche Canyon
    Posts
    1,877
    I like that you were able to keep the easter egg with this option.

  3. #3

  4. #4
    Nothing but a Thing IBeHeWhoIsJoshua's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Camarillo, Ca
    Posts
    1,632
    I didn't even think of the Easter egg and keeping it by switching just the bulb...definitely a good reason to go this route!

  5. #5
    Fresh Catch jgoerlitz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    10
    How is the output from the LED bulbs? Good color and distance? Did you have to make adjustments to avoid blinding other drivers?

  6. #6
    Fresh Catch
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    9
    Changed them out to the same LED's. Everything went like in the writeup except for one of the white rings would not come off. It took some lever action and time to get it off. I used a hand held pin drill to make the holes and then used the correct size drill bit and slowly turned by hand to enlarge the hole. (I don't have a vice yet. The way I did it I didn't need one.) I have also changed all of the other bulbs to LED's and it looks great. Just like the pictures in the writeups. Nothing new...but it does look ten times better. I always wondered why this brand new jeep didn't have LED headlights. I think it is worth the time because it looks great.

  7. #7
    Fresh Catch
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Bothell, WA
    Posts
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Overall, I'm really happy with the clean white and bright light that I get from these new OPT7 FluxBeam LED Headlight Bulbs and I think you will be too. Certainly, it's an improvement over the factory incandescent bulbs and they look cool too. Of course, I'll have to do some longer term testing to know for sure how good of an investment they really are but for now, I like them.
    Just finished my install, I love the look while they are on, it wasn't too difficult, the cutoff is great. Is it normal for the LED to occasionally flash after turning the headlights off? What is an acceptable amount of time for this to continue, or did I do something wrong or need replacements?
    I have pictures and video if that helps, but I can't use any upload or sharing options while at work. Let me know if those are needed to help. thanks!

  8. #8
    Meme King WJCO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    13,096
    Quote Originally Posted by andyoconnor83 View Post
    Just finished my install, I love the look while they are on, it wasn't too difficult, the cutoff is great. Is it normal for the LED to occasionally flash after turning the headlights off? What is an acceptable amount of time for this to continue, or did I do something wrong or need replacements?
    I have pictures and video if that helps, but I can't use any upload or sharing options while at work. Let me know if those are needed to help. thanks!
    Welcome to WAL.

  9. #9
    Fresh Catch
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    9

    Some thoughts on the end result.

    I'm finding that they throw light out very far on the ground but are lacking in the the light being thrown out about chest high. I just don't think they are focused in the right location. The high beams throw out the light where I want it...but obviously too bright for traffic. Anyone else finding this?



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •