Are Aftermarket Headlights Worth It?

2020 28 اكتبر
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Driving the Miata at night has always been hazardous, because the headlights seem to actually be dim candles. On this episode, we’ll update the headlights and headlight wiring circuit to pull some big watts and actually light up the night road so we can keep driving!
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  • The only tool I needed to replace my headlights with led bulbs was an 8mm socket and some yank-force, the bulbs themselves had a power converter and a fan on the driver and diode I didn’t know the bulbs were encased on older cars that’s pretty cool

    Packerman BruhmomentoPackerman Bruhmomentoپیش 10 ساعت
  • Bro 🥴im told him... 😒 im like ...🤨 NOT LEAVIN 😡

    Eli WilliamsonEli Williamsonپیش 3 روز
  • Screwdriver in the car for a week? No son, always.

    esnevipesnevipپیش 5 روز
  • I bought one of those Hella branded harnesses like the one at 5:17 on Amazon, but was informed by auto lighting guru Daniel Stern that any Hella branded harness is a fraudulent product because Hella doesn't make headlight harnesses. Sure enough the listing has been removed from Amazon. I returned it and got a refund.

    Joseph MiddletonJoseph Middletonپیش 6 روز
  • its hard to believe there are no projectors available for these cars. I guess this is your only option, for decent headlights

    RichardRichardپیش 7 روز
  • If everyone else is using their headlights, then why do I need to use mine? Save money and don't use them.

    Joshua UribeJoshua Uribeپیش 8 روز
  • In a quick two second blip you just explained why I've been burning through bulbs like a motherfucker for like the last 3 years, getting my grimy cave man fingers all over them....

    Trevor BruceTrevor Bruceپیش 10 روز
  • The Morimoto harness only requires one ground and one positive power cable

    Andrew JacksonAndrew Jacksonپیش 12 روز
  • Why did he install a set of leds?

    Mehran NiknafsMehran Niknafsپیش 18 روز
  • HID's should be banned indefinitely. They're unnecessary and unless you live in an rural town with less than 15 streetlights they should be against the law. I can't stand it, I've been close to run off the road because some prick thought it looked cool.

    James BlazesJames Blazesپیش 21 روز
  • I know a harbor freight employee when I see one

    Jason OchoaJason Ochoaپیش 28 روز
  • "And we made it, because I can see." lol 13:31

    danieldanielپیش ماه
  • 4:50 FYI not to be an asshole or anything but.. A “headlight housing” is also known as a headlamp 👍🏼 it’s time to turn off my bedroom light housing and go to bed 😏 also it would behoove you to have swapped your headlights with a lamp that had a projector in it 🤷🏻‍♂️ just sayin... I’m guessing these were free tho... anyway don’t mind me I always add my 2 cents where it’s not wanted 🙄😐

    skizzlemane1skizzlemane1پیش ماه
  • once your going fast enough you begin to "outrun" the headlights, basically going so fast by the time you notice something in the headlights, its 100 feet behind you, better headlights help, so upgrading them really helps

    S BS Bپیش ماه
  • Which mountain range is that, I live in LA, I want to see it?

    Mr3121996Mr3121996پیش ماه
  • Honestly you remind me of bill nye of cars

    Zentrixx boiiZentrixx boiiپیش ماه
  • Now you do turn off the battery Zach

    SequentialedSequentialedپیش ماه
  • Looks like Topanga canyon, totally almost took my 95 off the side once that road is awesome.

    Cobolt BlueCobolt Blueپیش ماه
  • Anyone have a link to all the parts he used for this conversion kit?

    83BeachBum83BeachBumپیش ماه
  • What road?? Lol

    DirtyCove 7ho7DirtyCove 7ho7پیش ماه
  • 4:23 i was expecting him to calculate how much horsepower the headlights make. little disappointed :/

    안주형안주형پیش ماه
  • where did you get hat fire extinguisher bracket for the back of the miata?

    cody madisoncody madisonپیش ماه
  • Ambulance with #Vermont plates! Did I miss a video on that vehicle?

    Elijah RichmondElijah Richmondپیش ماه
  • the passenger side should actually be a little higher than the driver side

    Wade S.Wade S.پیش ماه
  • I might as well not watch the fucking video due to all these unskippable ads.

    Jeremy Otaku28Jeremy Otaku28پیش ماه
  • Okay, but shouldn't the road services try to make that road safer?

    Chris FloydChris Floydپیش ماه
  • If I can measure headlights using horsepower, does that mean that I can add horsepower to my car with stronger headlights?

    Nick FeezelNick Feezelپیش ماه
  • On older vehicles, 100% worth it.

    CrismodinCrismodinپیش ماه
  • A few years ago I converted the sealed beams on a 1980 Malibu to this set up and it was a great improvement. But, I also have a C-6 Corvette that uses the modern headlight system and I cannot find an aftermarket high beam LED bulb that has more lumens than what I have now. There are plenty of companies claiming to improve brightness over the stock H9/H11, but they do not.

    Rob JRob Jپیش ماه
  • If you need to see twice as far you need 4 times the light, assuming it is spread in a similar cone. Welcome to 3d boys.

    John HarnJohn Harnپیش ماه
  • I got the jeep-like headlights with RGB halo's instead. Only issue is, I don't have my Miata yet.

    HavnarHavnarپیش ماه
  • Where is that road? Name and location? Would like to drive there too

    Crimson SnowCrimson Snowپیش ماه
    • I agree please share

      Justin RomeroJustin Romeroپیش ماه
  • Not all cars had to have the entire headligt chaged actually, my 1986 Volvo 740 is a outlier in this. Only the bulbs have to be changed, nothing else.

    Nth HazelSparkNth HazelSparkپیش ماه
  • What road is that?

    Nicholas MeaveNicholas Meaveپیش ماه
  • After you turbo it you should do the interior, make it black to match. the tan looks mega wack.

    SkaterKid406SkaterKid406پیش ماه
  • HIDs would have gone 21 miata lengths though.

    Tim SullivanTim Sullivanپیش ماه
    • And look ridiculous on an old car like that

      Andrew JacksonAndrew Jacksonپیش 28 روز
  • Needs some LED’s

    Logan DykstraLogan Dykstraپیش ماه
  • LED bulbs are another great way to go, and they don´t consume that much energy.

    Diego Olivares GudiñoDiego Olivares Gudiñoپیش ماه
    • Putting LED bulbs in halogen reflectors doesn't make your headlights better. The halogen housings aren't aiming the LED in any way. Light is just going to refract everywhere and blind other drivers.

      Andrew JacksonAndrew Jacksonپیش 28 روز
  • What a wasted opportunity to get rid of shitty halogens. I hate halogens.

    Cam MulcahyCam Mulcahyپیش ماه
  • 178 Bakersfield to lake issabela?

  • You know the modern bulbs are rated in pairs usually, and the old ones per bulb. So its really more like 70w and 80w.

    Mark ziegMark ziegپیش ماه
  • Zach JERB can you make a video on stuff like this for your GX470? Cmon man, I've got an identical one, and I'm money pitting it

    Mark ziegMark ziegپیش ماه
  • So, more watts to the lights means... less powa to the wheels. Your going in the wrong direction! Try a headlight delete = Mo Powa Babeh!

    Dvldg0231Dvldg0231پیش ماه
  • yes. yes they are.

    T GT Gپیش ماه
  • For you yes, for other drivers no :D

    Gjdjd GzhdjGjdjd Gzhdjپیش ماه
  • Is a 40 inch lightbar mounted on top of the windscreen worth it?

    insaneomcleanoinsaneomcleanoپیش ماه
  • Why didn't u go with LEDs?

    manolo malamanolo malaپیش ماه
  • Why is there an ambulance in your driveway?

    Dick CheeseDick Cheeseپیش ماه
  • "night has finally fallen" sounds like a bond villain catch line

    Joshua NicolaiJoshua Nicolaiپیش ماه
  • Where’s that canyon road at ?!! I would love to find some roads like that to drive in SoCal!!

    louis mccraveylouis mccraveyپیش ماه
  • Lights are definitely the thing that means you get what you pay for

    aAron YTaAron YTپیش ماه
  • I would choose a better grounding point than that.

    Nino KrizanecNino Krizanecپیش ماه
  • Keep up the great videos

    Roger JogersRoger Jogersپیش 2 ماه
  • Trinity

    rentamedicrentamedicپیش 2 ماه
  • Is that TUNA!?

    Champion CycleChampion Cycleپیش 2 ماه
  • Bonus points: the electrical unit of power is named after James Watt who invented Horsepower in order to sell his fancy new steam engines. Mining operators (who had an abundance of water and coal to run the engines) were using horses to drive pumps to remove water from their mines. They knew how much it cost to keep 100 horses working 24/7, so to sell the Steam Engine James had to convert the amount of work the engine could do (at a much reduced cost, even including the Engineer to fix it) into units that customers could relate to costs: Horsepower sells engines.

    Alf WattAlf Wattپیش 2 ماه
  • I’m from Vermont and there’s a VT rescue vehicle in Zach’s driveway in LA?!?!

    CodeNameNateDogCodeNameNateDogپیش 2 ماه
  • On the new headlight is clearly written 55w and he is installing 80w bulb in hot climate, excellent advice. There is a huge difference in light power and color between H4 and H7 bulbs, so better to find H7 headlights, put some bulbs like Osram Nightbreaker or Philips Racing Vision... No need to install additional cables, only downside is that they last shorter than regular, but since his 80w will heat like crazy they will last the same.

    Filip FilipovicFilip Filipovicپیش 2 ماه
  • Looking good. Plus just for the fact you can now replace only the bulb instead of the whole light is a huge upgrade

    TheKenji2221TheKenji2221پیش 2 ماه
  • He low-key looks like paul Walker

    Jack OldenJack Oldenپیش 2 ماه
  • what happened to your door seal? do installing aftermarket headlights really cause that to happen? p.s. i know it wasn't the headlights.

    Dinja3Dinja3پیش 2 ماه
  • The camera that is filming the night scenes has a bunch of dead pixels

    Zia MalikZia Malikپیش 2 ماه
  • What road is that??? looks sick

    100rats100ratsپیش 2 ماه
  • Should have Retrofitted those headlight bud. Missed opportunity

    JJustCoolJJustCoolپیش 2 ماه
    • HIDs would look stupid on that old car

      Andrew JacksonAndrew Jacksonپیش 28 روز
  • but how many horsepower is your house making?

    Armoury ManArmoury Manپیش 2 ماه
  • what about the speed limit at the road?

    DanielDanielپیش 2 ماه
  • nice headlights can make any car look way better

    Stealth EnforcerStealth Enforcerپیش 2 ماه
  • Weird just did this with my 04 wrangler lol

    Whos AustinWhos Austinپیش 2 ماه
  • 80W low beam headlights = EXTREMELY DANGEROUS because they'll blind the hell out of every oncoming vehicle. The legal limit for headlamps is currently 55W at 12V.

    Avro ArrowAvro Arrowپیش 2 ماه
    • They won't blind anyone if you aim them correctly like he did in the video. The beam they emit will be under the oncoming driver's eyes.

      Andrew JacksonAndrew Jacksonپیش 28 روز
  • Have u guys done the joke about us using anything (like a miata) but meters to lenght something?

    Francisco CarusoFrancisco Carusoپیش 2 ماه
  • Dude I just would've gone with the headlight assembly conversion and go with some high and low led bulbs and I'm done 😐

    Ramiro MedinaRamiro Medinaپیش 2 ماه
    • Never put LEDs in halogen housings. They aren't designed for that and will just blind other drivers.

      Andrew JacksonAndrew Jacksonپیش 28 روز
  • Sooooo was it worth it ? Lol

    The_Don27The_Don27پیش 2 ماه
  • Replace the stock round miata headlights with HELLA horns

    JerrmzJerrmzپیش 2 ماه
  • Tf is that weather seal doin on the driver’s side door??

    Eric BärtschEric Bärtschپیش 2 ماه
  • this is why yt is better than tv

    Kuro ShiroiKuro Shiroiپیش 2 ماه
  • Love the show since day one lol im actually at the same part with my 91 NA cant decide what head lights to do but if no one else needs them ill take them no gift card needed lol

    David MacGreggorDavid MacGreggorپیش 2 ماه
  • The way I adjust my headlights is on a flat ground parking lot. Pull up to the back of a car and back up till there is about a car length or a bit more and adjust the top of the beam to the top of the bumper of the car in front of me. This way I know I'm not blinding anyone (LED headlight are bright AF and 8000 lumens will melt eyeballs in the rearview or on coming traffic). If you don't have a friend or family member you could go up to your local mechanic shop and ask if you can use the parking lot at night to adjust your lights and pull up to car leaving a car length or so to make the adjustments. I've had my lights for over a year now and not one person has flashed their brights at me.

    Eric MarcusEric Marcusپیش 2 ماه
  • I’m a retired mechanical engineer. Part of my career was spent designing motor vehicle lighting. The reason that you don’t touch the bulb on halogen lights is this: 1) Halogen bulbs are made from a thick, very strong glass (borosilicate) that is under pressure. 2) Your fingers leave behind oils that, when heated, penetrate the glass and weaken the glass (a weakening called “devitrification”). Since the bulb is under pressure, weakening the glass causes it to fail. I applaud Donut Media for swapping out halogen sealed beams for halogen replaceable bulbs instead of swapping in HID or LED. The way the human vision system perceives light is very complex. I can’t begin to go into it here, but human perception of brightness isn’t linear, which means that doubling watts does not translate into seeing twice as far. And the human perception of color is complex as well, for many technical reasons relating to both the physics of light and the biology of vision. AND I definitely want to applaud aligning the headlamps. I see so many poorly aligned headlights that I don’t think most people bother to do it. I’m all for putting more light down on the road, but watch out for low beam lights that throw too much light into the yes of oncoming traffic. Not blinding oncoming drivers is the reason you have low beams.

    Lance KazLance Kazپیش 2 ماه
  • Oh no why is there an ambulance in your driveway

    Dan MacKDan MacKپیش 2 ماه
  • Wow, unlike about 99% of other dipfucks that install brighter headlights, you actually take the time to calibrate the beam angle to not nail people in oncoming cars with glare / a nobel prize must be in order at once ~~ also HID kit would have made 3600 lumens per side & $40 Beamtech LED on Amazon that also must be aligned in the housing are 4000 lumens each // & put the LED''s where the halogen bulbs filament would have been emitting photons so the spectral emissions of the headlight conforms with road legal considerate beam angles etc // FYI

    Aaron SchwarzAaron Schwarzپیش 2 ماه
  • Your rate car power in KW thousands of watts, so 89,000 watts becomes 89 KW .. in europe thats how they rate engines in KW & then N*M for torque Newton Meters // like FT-LBS

    Aaron SchwarzAaron Schwarzپیش 2 ماه
  • I was a bit skeptical when you mentioned using the halogen reflectors instead of actual projectors but you did take the time to aim them properly and I appreciate that.

    Walter EseseWalter Eseseپیش 2 ماه
  • lol new headlights were worse because they were angled too low and caused less video sight

    FUZ3-NOOB-324485FUZ3-NOOB-324485پیش 2 ماه
  • Zach, how do you know so much about cars? I love cars and love working on them but I really don't have the skill or knowledge and every time I watch your videos and donuts videos I always learn so much, and I've just have been wondering how you know so much.

    Angel123_hAngel123_hپیش 2 ماه
  • Screw a hat, I’m still waiting on my boost creeps hoodie I ordered back in like September lol

    brickson98motobrickson98motoپیش 2 ماه
  • Where do you find roads like that in the beginning?

    Hentai Body pillowHentai Body pillowپیش 2 ماه
  • I'm surprised that the Miata has sealed beams, I thought that went out of fashion in the 70s? Are they h4 in other markets? My 86 Mazda 929 in Australia had twin pop-up rectangular headlights and they were not sealed beams, H4 globes.

    Michael ClarkMichael Clarkپیش 2 ماه
  • I JUST missed the week mark :(

    Alex BacaAlex Bacaپیش 2 ماه
  • Yo you guys should make a grullon on another series of money pits or other series

    J M.J M.پیش 2 ماه
  • Up to speed on seat/cupra

    Juanpi XIJuanpi XIپیش 2 ماه
  • i hate new headlights, they are just TOO DAMN BRIGHT i can't see shit anymore when anyone is driving a newer car towards me in the opposite lane, they completely blind me...

    h3lix86h3lix86پیش 2 ماه
  • watch somebody actually need new bulbs for their miata tho.

    randallracerrandallracerپیش 2 ماه
  • if you guys finish the miata, can you make is the same price car more worth it then the modified miata lol😁 btw love you guys

    mixmix poomixmix pooپیش 2 ماه
  • What do i gotta do to get u to 86 the turbo plan and put ITB'S on there? Pleeeeeeease?

    Simon OutdoorsSimon Outdoorsپیش 2 ماه
  • What canyon road is that ???

    Jonathan moraJonathan moraپیش 2 ماه
    • It looks like Tuna Canyon Road.

      ????????????پیش 2 ماه
  • Liked and subscribed. Y’all just crack me up with the enhanced visuals. There’s just nothing like a manual Miata without ABS as shown or power steering. Feels so illegal lol!

    A TrimbleA Trimbleپیش 2 ماه
  • Short answer yes, enormously better. Got 35w HIDs lows and 45w LED highs on both my Evo and Impreza. The difference is huge, I can sea really well, oncoming traffic hates me though.

    TrumpTrumpپیش 2 ماه
  • Lots of people like your show, and you set an example for many. If you find yourself driving fast, (even in the Miata) without being able to use the high beam, the brightness focused in front of the car, will not allow you to see further up the road. Not to mention the stripes of light escaping over the cross line of the light beam, as seen on the wall. Best to way to improve the lighting would be by fitting projectors, with any kind of high wattage or output bulbs, as they are designed to spread the light, (lower the density just in front of you) and make a clear a cut so you do not disturb incoming traffic. Please set the right example, lots of love from Europe, Greece!

    Evangelos PatsourakisEvangelos Patsourakisپیش 2 ماه
  • People with new cars seem to have better eye sights as when dusk falls they do not switch their headlights on. Jokes aside it is probable that they forget due to newer cars dash (instrument cluster) is always permanently illuminated, eliminating what would have been the reminder (unable to see the dash). Having said that, people do look out the front windscreen to the outside world and should realise they cannot see the road clearly and should switch their head lights on anyway. Or it it because they have better eyes sight or just not thinking when driving?

    crxdelsolsircrxdelsolsirپیش 2 ماه
  • Just buy the $80 led headlight kit off Amazon

    Spadezz ZSpadezz Zپیش 2 ماه