Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
October 01, 2018
Stylish Headlights for a Significant Updgrade
The Axial LED headlights are an excellent upgrade to the stock headlights on any Wrangler. These headlights are high quality and easy to install for the basic functions of a headlight. The LED low and high beams are very bright, mid-angle (are not wide spread but offer enough light to be safe), and plug directly into the vehicle harness for easy installation with no modifications required. The LED beams are not as wide angle as stock and will be concentrated more on the center of the road in front of the vehicle. The light is bright white and illuminates reflective material for hundreds of yards. The sides of the road have a reduced illumination of 25 of the original (if I had to put a number to it) but is not a safety concern and can be fixed with replacing/using the bumper lights that have a super wide angle projection. A side note is the headlights lenses are made of plastic and can scratch easily during install. Be careful with your tools.
The only drawback to these lights is the configuration of the Halo function. When illuminated the lights look great with a soft glow of the Halo in the driving light white and amber turn signal colors. Setting up these lights can be a challenge if your Wrangler does not have a dedicated driving light electrical circuit.
For me to install these in my 2004 Wrangler, I have to setup a relay from the ignition circuit to have the Halo function turn on when the ignition is turned on. This required a relay tied to the fuse box/battery and a command wire from the ignition. If you wire the power wire of the Halo control box to the headlights, you must have your headlights on to use the halo function and turn signals, which is not practical unless you are okay with always having your headlights on and not forget to turn them off. If you tie the power to the battery, the Halo lights will be illuminated at all times, which is also not practical. If your vehicle has driving lights that illuminate when the ignition is turned on through a light sensor or ignition position, you are set. For the older vehicles, you will have to get creative.
This problem also affects safety with the hazard lighting not illuminating unless your ignition is on (if configured to a relay). If you keep the stock turn signals this is not a problem.
Overall a great replacement light with an easy transition to the basic functions of the light, but a little more difficulty when adding the advanced functions of the lights. Would highly recommend upgrade for any Jeep. The effort is well worth the final product. For difficulty, 1 of 5 wrenches for basic functions of the light, 3 of 5 for more advanced functions with experience needed in electrical wiring.