Are Aftermarket Headlights Worth It?

28 ott 2020
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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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  • I might as well not watch the fucking video due to all these unskippable ads.

    Jeremy Otaku28Jeremy Otaku283 ore fa
  • Okay, but shouldn't the road services try to make that road safer?

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

    Nick FeezelNick FeezelGiorno fa
  • On older vehicles, 100% worth it.

    CrismodinCrismodinGiorno fa
  • 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 J2 giorni fa
  • 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 Harn2 giorni fa
  • I got the jeep-like headlights with RGB halo's instead. Only issue is, I don't have my Miata yet.

    HavnarHavnar2 giorni fa
  • Where is that road? Name and location? Would like to drive there too

    Crimson SnowCrimson Snow2 giorni fa
    • I agree please share

      Justin RomeroJustin Romero2 giorni fa
  • 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.

    Solaire Of AstoraSolaire Of Astora3 giorni fa
  • What road is that?

    Nicholas MeaveNicholas Meave4 giorni fa
  • After you turbo it you should do the interior, make it black to match. the tan looks mega wack.

    SkaterKid406SkaterKid4065 giorni fa
  • HIDs would have gone 21 miata lengths though.

    Tim SullivanTim Sullivan5 giorni fa
  • Needs some LED’s

    Logan DykstraLogan Dykstra6 giorni fa
  • LED bulbs are another great way to go, and they don´t consume that much energy.

    Diego Olivares GudiñoDiego Olivares Gudiño6 giorni fa
  • What a wasted opportunity to get rid of shitty halogens. I hate halogens.

    Cam MulcahyCam Mulcahy6 giorni fa
  • 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 zieg6 giorni fa
  • 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 zieg6 giorni fa
  • 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!

    Dvldg0231Dvldg02317 giorni fa
  • yes. yes they are.

    T GT G7 giorni fa
  • For you yes, for other drivers no :D

    Gjdjd GzhdjGjdjd Gzhdj8 giorni fa
  • Is a 40 inch lightbar mounted on top of the windscreen worth it?

    insaneomcleanoinsaneomcleano9 giorni fa
  • Why didn't u go with LEDs?

    manolo malamanolo mala9 giorni fa
  • Why is there an ambulance in your driveway?

    ExFallenExFallen9 giorni fa
  • "night has finally fallen" sounds like a bond villain catch line

    Joshua NicolaiJoshua Nicolai9 giorni fa
  • Where’s that canyon road at ?!! I would love to find some roads like that to drive in SoCal!!

    louis mccraveylouis mccravey9 giorni fa
  • Lights are definitely the thing that means you get what you pay for

    aAron YTaAron YT10 giorni fa
  • I would choose a better grounding point than that.

    Nino KrizanecNino Krizanec10 giorni fa
  • Keep up the great videos

    Roger JogersRoger Jogers10 giorni fa
  • Trinity

    rentamedicrentamedic10 giorni fa
  • Is that TUNA!?

    Champion CycleChampion Cycle10 giorni fa
  • 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 Watt11 giorni fa
  • I’m from Vermont and there’s a VT rescue vehicle in Zach’s driveway in LA?!?!

    CodeNameNateDogCodeNameNateDog12 giorni fa
  • 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 Filipovic12 giorni fa
  • Looking good. Plus just for the fact you can now replace only the bulb instead of the whole light is a huge upgrade

    TheKenji2221TheKenji222112 giorni fa
  • He low-key looks like paul Walker

    Jack OldenJack Olden12 giorni fa
  • what happened to your door seal? do installing aftermarket headlights really cause that to happen? p.s. i know it wasn't the headlights.

    Dinja3Dinja313 giorni fa
  • The camera that is filming the night scenes has a bunch of dead pixels

    Zia MalikZia Malik13 giorni fa
  • What road is that??? looks sick

    100rats100rats13 giorni fa
  • Should have Retrofitted those headlight bud. Missed opportunity

    JJustCoolJJustCool13 giorni fa
  • but how many horsepower is your house making?

    Armoury ManArmoury Man13 giorni fa
  • what about the speed limit at the road?

    DanielDaniel14 giorni fa
  • nice headlights can make any car look way better

    Stealth EnforcerStealth Enforcer14 giorni fa
  • Weird just did this with my 04 wrangler lol

    Whos AustinWhos Austin14 giorni fa
  • 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 Arrow14 giorni fa
  • Have u guys done the joke about us using anything (like a miata) but meters to lenght something?

    Francisco CarusoFrancisco Caruso15 giorni fa
  • 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 Medina15 giorni fa
  • Sooooo was it worth it ? Lol

    The_Don27The_Don2716 giorni fa
  • Replace the stock round miata headlights with HELLA horns

    JerrmzJerrmz17 giorni fa
  • Tf is that weather seal doin on the driver’s side door??

    Eric BärtschEric Bärtsch17 giorni fa
  • this is why yt is better than tv

    Kuro ShiroiKuro Shiroi18 giorni fa
  • 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 MacGreggor19 giorni fa
  • 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 Marcus19 giorni fa
  • 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 Kaz19 giorni fa
  • Oh no why is there an ambulance in your driveway

    Dan MacKDan MacK19 giorni fa
  • 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 Schwarz19 giorni fa
  • 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 Schwarz19 giorni fa
  • 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 Esese19 giorni fa
  • lol new headlights were worse because they were angled too low and caused less video sight

    FUZ3-NOOB-324485FUZ3-NOOB-32448519 giorni fa
  • When will Nolan's "not a subliminal", Zach's "Sparktastic & Sparktacular" & Jame's "Bwaaaaahhh" be on for sale? Garage/room & home decor? Donut Media automotive items & Auto sales?

    Mobile TerminaluserMobile Terminaluser20 giorni fa
  • 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_h20 giorni fa
  • "10 miata lengths, Sparktastic, Spectacular" Donut Media stickers

    Mobile TerminaluserMobile Terminaluser20 giorni fa
  • Screw a hat, I’m still waiting on my boost creeps hoodie I ordered back in like September lol

    brickson98motobrickson98moto20 giorni fa
  • Where do you find roads like that in the beginning?

    Hentai Body pillowHentai Body pillow20 giorni fa
  • 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 Clark20 giorni fa
  • I JUST missed the week mark :(

    Alex BacaAlex Baca20 giorni fa
  • Yo you guys should make a grullon on another series of money pits or other series

    J M.J M.20 giorni fa
  • Up to speed on seat/cupra

    Rotary BMXRotary BMX20 giorni fa
  • 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...

    h3lix86h3lix8621 giorno fa
  • I died when the pew pews came out of the led headlight

    E LE L21 giorno fa
  • watch somebody actually need new bulbs for their miata tho.

    randallracerrandallracer21 giorno fa
  • 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 poo21 giorno fa
  • What do i gotta do to get u to 86 the turbo plan and put ITB'S on there? Pleeeeeeease?

    Simon OutdoorsSimon Outdoors21 giorno fa
  • What canyon road is that ???

    Jonathan moraJonathan mora22 giorni fa
    • It looks like Tuna Canyon Road.

      ????????????17 giorni fa
  • 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 Trimble22 giorni fa
  • 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.

    TrumpTrump22 giorni fa
  • 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 Patsourakis22 giorni fa
  • 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?

    crxdelsolsircrxdelsolsir22 giorni fa
  • Just buy the $80 led headlight kit off Amazon

    Spadezz ZSpadezz Z23 giorni fa
  • Fun fact you can take the headlights off a hmwv fmtv and pls the three main trucks of the army and they will fit a Miata

    Extra DarlasExtra Darlas23 giorni fa
  • I feel like this video should just be. They look dope, abosokutely. End video

    Joey MezeraJoey Mezera23 giorni fa
  • Loving them 70's porn tunes.

    xvp40xvp4023 giorni fa
  • nice, i would put phillps racing vision +150, or osram night breaker laser +150% instead of 80w, but if it works, it works.

    Fer Gz MotorDankoFer Gz MotorDanko23 giorni fa
  • I think your psychics might of been a little off, but close enough lol

    Luis JaimeLuis Jaime23 giorni fa
  • This show is 11/10

    Martin SmithMartin Smith23 giorni fa
  • Careful @Donut. 35w is the highest legal halogen wattage for on road use in the United States for low beams. 80w would not be considered DOT approved.

    Daniel DohertyDaniel Doherty23 giorni fa
  • link to those headlights?

    Ghassan RadwanGhassan Radwan24 giorni fa
  • What was the improvement rated in lumens?

    Dan AtkinsonDan Atkinson24 giorni fa
  • if you're changing bumpers to something cooler can i buy the bumper?

    ittotaqittotaq24 giorni fa
  • Will the higher bulb wattage be too hot that it will melt the lamp housing ?

    Davin YapDavin Yap24 giorni fa

    sc Buildssc Builds24 giorni fa
  • Would it be the same for a 1969 Pontiac GTO

    Noah CalaguiNoah Calagui24 giorni fa
  • No one gonna mention the tony hawk sound effect? Bet

    Astro TeenAstro Teen24 giorni fa
  • My wife doesn't like this series because she's afraid that I'll spend my money on a miata, she should be rightfully scared 😄 🤣

    AJ CalderonAJ Calderon24 giorni fa
  • My motorbike from 1974 had a single Sealed beam headlight that was 55/60W. On low beam I couldn't see shit aside from directly in front of me for about 3 metres, on high beam (After I rewired the entire 74 loom and added some relays to it) I could some how see over 100m with it in a very precise spot but lost a lot of side vision. It really surprised me how well the high beam worked on it. I since replaced it with a semi-sealed with a 55/60W Halogen super bright which was a massive improvment on side light, but the high beam was a bit holey, then I upped it to a 55/100W and now I can see the headlight 20m up the road during the day. It's awesome. Then my clutch cable snapped...

    Ginger NingerGinger Ninger24 giorni fa
  • Does this Toyota #Tacoma have a bent or twisted frame? Ernesto writes: "I frequently see Tacomas and Tundras with bent or twisted frames, but everybody gets super excited when a ZR2, Raptor, and Gladiator get caught with them?"

    Olive PerryOlive Perry24 giorni fa
  • wonder my aftermarket lights were so low. I couldn't see shit. Thanks donut for teaching me about headlight adjustment.

    Johnny JoyceJohnny Joyce24 giorni fa
  • Wish you guys tested out LED bulbs too......and why not just use the glass hella housings? You guys already used the hella wiring and bulbs 🤔

    BayAreaJDMPartHunterBayAreaJDMPartHunter24 giorni fa
  • TUNA!

    estone2estone224 giorni fa
  • Honestly I came here for Zach. Then I came again. And now I'm learning a thing or two

    C BC B24 giorni fa