I'm thinking of changing my factory halogen head lamps to LED or HID (whichever one is easier to install). Anything white and brighter. I'm wanting a plug and play kind of deal. Has anyone tried this out yet and can suggest some products?? Thank you!!!!
I have a base 2018 CX-3 GX in Canada which have crappy halogen low beams (H11) and high beams (9005). I tried my hardest to live with them but I bit the bullet and purchased a set of LED's from Amazon.ca for around $50 Cdn for a pair. Total cost was around $100.
They come with inline decoders to prevent vehicles with advanced circuitry from showing error codes.
Thankfully, the CX-3 doesn't use advanced circuitry for its headlights, so I connected the bulbs directly to the vehicle. It took me just a few minutes to install (but it took me 20 minutes to troubleshoot why the low beams didn't turn on--the connector polarity is reversed). Since the low beam bulb connectors are reversed, I used electrical tape to ensure that the connection doesn't pop off.
I don't have pictures to show you, but I can assure you that the difference is literally night and day. The LED bulbs are at least twice as bright and are very white (possibly just a hint of blue). The dispersion pattern for the low beam is very close to the original halogens and do not blind oncoming traffic.
One thing I was worried about was the fact that Canadian vehicles need DRL's. These LED bulbs have no problem with the lower voltage setting of the CX-3 in DRL mode. They don't flicker, either, as happens in some other vehicles with other LED bulbs. The intensity of the low beam bulbs just dims a bit, just like the original halogens.
I'm super happy with this purchase and I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering upgrading their crappy halogens to LED or HID. The advantage of LED over HID is the ease of installation and no need for extra hardware such as a decoder.
I hope this helps.