This is a discussion on Projector Upgrade within the RAM 1500 Diesel Lighting forums, part of the RAM 1500 Diesel Garage - RAM 1500 Diesel Mechanics Corner category; I've got the projectors in my 2014 Laramie and I was thinking of replacing the bulbs with Cyclops LEDs. Those are really good if you ...
I've got the projectors in my 2014 Laramie and I was thinking of replacing the bulbs with Cyclops LEDs. Those are really good if you can fit them in with the added fans that they have on the back. You can put them in crap bejing headlights if you want because they don't get hot. HIDs suck. They always die in my experience.
For the 2016's you can get a phillips 9011 for high and low beams. You'll have to trim a tab but these are brighter than any "bright bulb" you'll find because the 9011 is rated at 2350 nominal lumens vs. 1700 for the 9005. Silverstar bulbs (zXe) and other bulbs with blue filaments actually reduce your light output. Blue doesn't mean bright but it is an optical illusion and is perceived that way.
Originally Posted by RAM Fan
Sorry to disagree with you Crash68 but there is no way adding a blue tint to a bulb can increase brightness. It's like putting on sunglasses in the dark and expecting to see better. They get around this by under sizing the filament and over driving it a little but the result is really poor bulb life. Considering how hard it is to change bulbs in our trucks this is not a good thing :P
I'll definitely write one up when I have time. It will include some myths on tinted bulbs as I commented on above.
Originally Posted by Crash68
If you want HID fogs, definitely a projector is the way to go. Otherwise the glare will actually hurt you in the fog. IMHO, your truck has enough foreground lighting, especially with an HID projector that it isn't really beneficial. More light up close (foreground) actually hurts distance vision. In the fog however, a proper hid projector fog light would be beneficial because the light would come from well below the line of vision. Ideally you'd actually turn off the headlights while you're using them to reduce that bounce back effect.
For example my truck has Mini d2s 3.0 projectors, and I have so much foreground light from them that I can't even tell when the halogen fogs are on. I also see very wide and far so I don't see a useful purpose for them in my truck.
The primary purpose of a foglight in a modern day vehicle is to help you be seen, and arguably their secondary function is to illuminate the edge of the road/the lane to help you stay on the road during really thick fog.
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If your going HID, I would go with the Morimoto projectors, then you will get almost all of the light put where it needs to be, instead of broadcasting the light where it isn't useful for the driver and you wont be blinding oncoming traffic. The younger crowd seems to stick HID bulbs in non HID projectors to be cool letting everyone know they have them. Ever see an oncoming car lights so bright you swear they have their brights on? Its no different than raising your oem lights out of adjustment to shine in others eyes.
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There's not enough headlamp adjustment to blind anyone with the RAM projectors IMO. I have HIDs in mine and they just don't throw far enough or high enough. Even with fogs, vision always feels limited at night.
I want to do the retrofit, but need a spare set of headlamp assemblies first.
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