If you have an older car, you may have sealed beam headlights. I did. I hated how my sealed beams were horribly dim, and didn't project at all. The low-beams were useless, and the high-beams weren't much better. I decided that it was worth some money to improve the headlights. Part of this decision was safety, which justifies the cost. My car has no airbags, and driving on Nebraska country roads there are often deer, which don't feel good on your car, and have killed people before.
I had a few options to upgrade my lights. I could buy some external driving lights from a company like Hella or KC. They are readily available in all shapes and sizes and are extremely bright. People often add them on their cars as additional fog lights, or even for off-roading. I decided that installing these on my car would be somewhat of a hassle. I would have to mount them, which involves drilling things. Then the new hole begins to rust (especially in the salty winters) and it creates more work. It would also put more load on the battery, and I would possibly have to install another relay.
I chose the second option, which was replace the sealed beam headlights with reflector enclosures. Then a normal halogen or xenon bulb can be clipped into the reflector and plugged right into the car's female plug. It was much less trouble, cheaper, and less things to go wrong in the future.
Step 1: Buy the Goods
I shopped around online until I found some good deals. I decided to go with a site called AutoAnything.com. They were much cheaper than other places, and included free shipping. I ordered two conversion housings and a pair of bulbs. I ended up cancelling the bulbs because I found some cheaper bulbs at my local Napa auto parts. The total costs ended up looking like this:
- 2 x Headlight Conversion Housings @ $22.68
- APC Xenon Super White Halogen Bulbs (pair) @ $15.99
- Total < $62.00