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Personally, the hassle of the led DRL's is outweighed by how good they look once done. I can replace a bulb in about 5 minutes now if I had to. Thankfully I've not had to for at least 12 months.

I changed my halogen main beams to these on my 2012:
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I can't link to them as the order was over 12 months ago and if I try and view the product from my order it's a dead link. These have been very good. I spend a lot of time driving down dark country lanes and these throw out a good wide spread of light. They were a straight swap. My only criticism is that when using main beam they make one of my radio stations crackle but it's a minr issue.
 

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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.
I think some bulb replacements are designed like that, but not a majority of what's available, especially at the cheaper end.
 

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You would think that some savvy manufacturer would get on board and produce good quality LED DRL replacements for the Leaf that fit without any modification and last at least a year, how hard would it be?
I wouldn’t mind paying a premium for a quality product that I know would work.
 

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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.
Nissan’s Technical brochure says the Tekna model has LED headlights but in fact these are only fitted to the dip beams which are a separate light unit from the main beams which use H9 65W halogen bulbs. This is confirmed in the Nissan Driver’s Manual where it lists the bulbs used throughout the car.

On my 2017 30 kWh Tekna, the dip beams remain on when main beams are selected which means plenty of light on the road, but while the dip beams are an excellent strong white light, the main beams give a weak orange ‘blotch’ above the dip spread which has a very poor range indeed to the point of being almost useless. And the colour mismatch with the dips is very annoying.

I was hoping the buy the same bulbs for the mains as are fitted to the dips but the manual merely states these are ‘LED’ and to contact to dealer for replacements. So to avoid being ripped off by dealers’ OEM prices I too have been searching for suitable LEDs but because the LEAF is so quiet I feel compelled to look for fanless LEDs. Also I’m concerned about the risks of premature fan failure as there’s no way of assessing the fan reliability. However, I’m finding that because these never seem as good at keeping the chip temperature low which is essential for long life, they’re consequently less bright than fan cooled ones. What I don’t know until I’ve risked £35 to £55 is whether they will prove adequate so I’m completely dependant on feedback from users which seems hard to find.

Help! please, help!
 

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I have replaced almost all the filament bulbs that came with my 2016 Tekna with LED ones including the interior ones. I have to say it makes it feel a lot more modern looking, especially inside!
Only ones I have yet to replace are the fog lights, high beam halogens and the glove box bulb.

It's on a lease, but I think I will be keeping the car because I love it so much 😂.
 

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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! :)
I have fitted OSRAM LEDriving 5828CW Cool White to my DRL they are P13W from Ebay. I could not get mine to fit in the housing at first. I removed the complete DRL/fog light units (3 screws) so that I could see the problem as on examination they appeared to be the same as the original filament bulbs. I found that I could fit them ok if used the "o" rings from the filament bulbs as the those fitted to the Osrams were just too thick. The bulbs use 3w instead of 13w and are much brighter with a similar light colour to the led headlights (about 6000K). They have a 6 year osram guarantee and just work great in my Leaf30 and are CANBUS compatible . They are not EC approved for road use!
 

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I have fitted OSRAM LEDriving 5828CW Cool White to my DRL they are P13W from Ebay. I could not get mine to fit in the housing at first. I removed the complete DRL/fog light units (3 screws) so that I could see the problem as on examination they appeared to be the same as the original filament bulbs. I found that I could fit them ok if used the "o" rings from the filament bulbs as the those fitted to the Osrams were just too thick. The bulbs use 3w instead of 13w and are much brighter with a similar light colour to the led headlights (about 6000K). They have a 6 year osram guarantee and just work great in my Leaf30 and are CANBUS compatible . They are not EC approved for road use!
Does the underlined mean they could fail MOT testing?
 

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The MOT Manual might help. As far as I can see there's no mention of EC approval. The MOT is a safety check, not a legality check and with the DRL's on the leaf being such a pig to get at, I can't see any tester bothering to remove them to check anyway. As long as they emit white light and turn off (or dim) appropriately when the headlights are used, they'll probably be fine. Not that that's an invitation to blame me if you get the tester from hell...
 

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This is what I've done to mine. I have changed the indicator bulbs for switchback DRL LED's, so my DRL's have moved essentially, and added DRL led strip between the hood lid and bumper, taking inspiration from the VW ID3.

They all turn off when low/high beams are switched on.

DRL's On:
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DRL's Off:
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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.
Mck auto..ebay..DRLs...great..I have also fitted h9 led full beam led bulbs and led sidelight bulbs...next front indicator led bulbs..
 
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