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Anyone come across good quality LED bulbs for the Leaf, especially for the DRLs?
I bought some ebay ones, I only fitted one and it started flickering.
So they're going back.
I'd rather they were straight replacement and no filing/mods needed, I don't have the patience! :)
 

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I've been looking on eBay too so I'll be watching this. Which ones did you get? Want to make sure I don't get the same!
 

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Anyone come across good quality LED bulbs for the Leaf, especially for the DRLs?
I bought some ebay ones, I only fitted one and it started flickering.
So they're going back.
I'd rather they were straight replacement and no filing/mods needed, I don't have the patience! :)
There are some videos on YouTube for the DRL's so might be worth looking them up.
 

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It was a package of DRL, sidelight and numberplate bulbs for £26.95 delivered.
Seller name is mnftech
I should state the following, for the sake of fairness

1. I only experienced problems with the numberplate bulbs, the others may have been fine, I didn't try, I just got annoyed and gave up.
2. Other users on a facebook Leaf page have had no problems with the same ones.
 

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I got DRL LED lights from mnftech in July and both have failed.
I switched back to the standard bulbs for now.
 

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Mnftech are the ones I was looking at too. I'll hold fire. Hopefully someone has had a good experience with others
 

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One of my Mnftech LED DRL's has begun to stop working while I'm driving. It comes on initially but by the time I get where I'm going it's gone off. If I then switch my lights on and off it restarts. I've put the halogen bulb back in and that behaves normally. Bit annoying after 11 months. I've messaged them on ebay, I don't think 11 months is very reasonable for an LED bulb...
 

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We have eBay ones and they flicker some of the time. Means we can recognise our car when it is coming towards you (some of the time). I wonder if they only flicker when the voltage is up at 14, or down at 12.5, must check.
 

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Seeing the initial topic title I was going to comment that I didn't see the point of replacing the main headlight bulb, as the halogens are good for melting frost, etc. in the winter. But replacing the DRLs does seem worthwhile, if we can find some that are reliable!
 

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Yes, LEDs proved their reliability years ago, but LED bulbs seem a different kettle of fish. Even the domestic bulbs seem less than reliable. Not to mention that many LED bulbs have poor efficiency - there's a huge range between the best and the worst if you look at the lumens output for the wattage.
 

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Not to mention that many LED bulbs have poor efficiency - there's a huge range between the best and the worst if you look at the lumens output for the wattage.
Most automotive LED "bulbs" that are designed to fit in a standard bulb holder are designed to draw the same current as the bulb they are replacing, so as to operate correctly with bulb-failure warning systems.
 

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Yes, LEDs proved their reliability years ago, but LED bulbs seem a different kettle of fish. Even the domestic bulbs seem less than reliable
Changed our kitchen ceiling GU10 bulbs to LED years ago.
Nothing fancy, just an own brand pack from Screwfix.
Not one of the 9 has failed....in years.
 

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Seeing the initial topic title I was going to comment that I didn't see the point of replacing the main headlight bulb, as the halogens are good for melting frost, etc. in the winter.
Tekna models have LED headlights already.
I just want LED DRLs because the dull yellow glow makes the car look old.
The headlights and DRLs are never on at the same time, so the effect of all the lights matching is moot.
 

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Does anyone use led indicator bulbs, or high beam.

I always replace bulbs with leds on my cars and bikes and keep the old bulbs for emergencies when needed.

This leaf seems to have bulb figments that I don’t have any off, and need to try to match up, I think the high beam are h9 type, but the big cap less bulbs with a orange colour seem to not exist.

Anyone shed any light( no pun intended) on this for me please...tia
 

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I got the cheap DLR led's from ebay fitted and forgot about them then noticed that after about 3 months one of them was not working, had to put the originals back. The number plate and interior led's are still working though?
 

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Just to update my own post, I contacted the seller 'Mnftech' on ebay as the bulbs had been installed for less than a year. They asked me to send the fautly DRL bulb back to them and I received a replacement yesterday.

One of my Mnftech LED DRL's has begun to stop working while I'm driving. It comes on initially but by the time I get where I'm going it's gone off. If I then switch my lights on and off it restarts. I've put the halogen bulb back in and that behaves normally. Bit annoying after 11 months. I've messaged them on ebay, I don't think 11 months is very reasonable for an LED bulb...
 

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Same problem as most others, bought ours from mnftech last July and one of the DRLS failed about 6 month ago. The number plate LED also flickers too.

When the other DRL fails I'll put the halogens back in as I can't be bother with the hassle.
 

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Same here, also got them from Mnftech, failed after around 6 months, rubbish quality unfortunately and not cheap at nearly 30 pounds! Couldn't be bothered returning them as no point replacing the bulbs with more rubbish. Such a pity it's not possible to get good quality bulbs as the halogens look terrible and do the car no justice at all.
 

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Still worth doing what I did if you have the time. It's only 3 volts bolts holding in the fog light/drl housing. Remove them from behind and remove the unit. Widen the hole that the bulbs go in to slightly and then you can fit cheaper bulbs that are otherwise a mm too big. My bulbs cost £6 a pair now. I've had to replace 1 in the last year which was a very simple plug and play job.

Further information here: Leaf LED Sidelights, DRL's and Fog Lights
 

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For the hassle of fitting and potentially constantly re-fitting, I'm not going to bother with the DRLs.
It's a weird decision from Nissan to make the dip headlights LED and main beam halogen though (Tekna)
I'd love to make the main beam LED as well if it was possible using good quality bulbs.
 
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