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If you choose not to order the LED headlight package, what a type of light are the standard lights? HID or just plain old halogen.

I'll be disappointed if they're halogen.
 

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Very disappointing that they chose to go with halogens instead of HID. Fortunately retrofitting HID bulbs is generally easy and can be done for less than $200.
 

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Generally speaking yes.....but that is not the proper way to use HID bulbs although I do admit it looks good. The projector inside the Ct200h was designed for halogen bulbs thus the glare cutoffs are slightly different. But it can still look very nice with a 4300k crystal white HID kit I agree. I was thinking to not even drive with the low beams and just keep the DRL Led bars with a 3000k HID fog kit for night driving LOL
 

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I'm mad disappointed in Lexus. This is still a luxury car company, right? How can they take a step backwards and throw in standard halogens if you don't want to sport the RIDICULOUS money they want for the LED headlights? Another negative mark in my disappointment list. Not good...
 

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^ i think that's one of my biggest gripes about the car, too. i mean, why even bother with led drl's? put those in my headlights and save the halogen crap for my drl's instead.
 

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^ i think that's one of my biggest gripes about the car, too. i mean, why even bother with led drl's? put those in my headlights and save the halogen crap for my drl's instead.
ya man I completely agree, I can't stand the Halogen so damn ugly compared to proper HID setup or LED. For the time being I drive with my LED DRL's and some MTEC 3500 Golden Yellow Fogs until I get my kit..... Looks good actually
 

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I can't help but have to spring for the LED HL's..... it's a drop in the bucket on a 30+K car.
 

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^Although I can't totally disagree with you, I couldn't see spending the roughy $1,500 for LED headlights. I would rather have spent that money on other amenities for the car, such as rear cup holders or a fold-down arm rest!

All joking aside, Lexus brands itself as a luxury car company and has done a great job. I know they have to take some measures to keep the cost of the CT down, as it is their entry-level vehicle. The simple point is that HID technology has been not only perfected, but main-streamed, meaning the cost of the HID system over standard halogen can't possibly be that much more. They could have even carried over the projectors from the IS, meaning there is ZERO R&D. I would rather have spent the extra $50 on my car purchase to get the HID's. Now, my only option is to retrofit a high quality HID kit into the halogen projectors. Yes, it will work and it will look nice. The only problem, as stated earlier, is that the halogen projectors are not designed for an HID bulb. I guess I will have to deal with it, but this being my first Lexus (as Lexus clearly states is what they expect the CT to be for young buyers), I should be blow me away and made into a lifer with the brand. So far, I have quite a few disappointments. I hope everything else makes up for this!!!
 

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So, the next question is what is the halogen bulb size used in the CT? I hope to have my HID kit ordered up before taking delivery of our CT within the next few days. I will post up here if I find out before someone else does.
 

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ya man I completely agree, I can't stand the Halogen so damn ugly compared to proper HID setup or LED. For the time being I drive with my LED DRL's and some MTEC 3500 Golden Yellow Fogs until I get my kit..... Looks good actually
How do you drive with the fog lights and DRL's on? On my CT, and as mentioned in the manual, the fog lamps are inoperable unless the low beams (and the DRLs) are on.
 

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I'm glad someone posted this thread...the "yellowish" headlamps disappointed me too when I saw them. I ordered a car from my dealer with Nuluxe (which I actually like better than the leather I've seen for the color and just looks better to me...IMO) and LED's...yeah, the NAV and upgrade audio too but it will be a unique car for the near future with LED headlamps and no leather interior since most builds coming to the USA are fully loaded with a price of $39K+ in order to get the LED headlamps. I haven't seen the LED headlamps in person on the CT...I know they are self leveling but not the kind which go to the right and left when turning a corner....are the LED headlamps really a bright white?
 

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How do you drive with the fog lights and DRL's on? On my CT, and as mentioned in the manual, the fog lamps are inoperable unless the low beams (and the DRLs) are on.
I had one of my Techs do some re-wiring for me. I work for Lexus lol...I'll take some shots this weekend when this damn snow clears up. I'm completed my LEDS inside and just this Sat got my 4300k HID's installed. Now it looks like a completed Lexus apart from the drop thats coming and the I'm done :):)
 

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I'm glad someone posted this thread...the "yellowish" headlamps disappointed me too when I saw them. I ordered a car from my dealer with Nuluxe (which I actually like better than the leather I've seen for the color and just looks better to me...IMO) and LED's...yeah, the NAV and upgrade audio too but it will be a unique car for the near future with LED headlamps and no leather interior since most builds coming to the USA are fully loaded with a price of $39K+ in order to get the LED headlamps. I haven't seen the LED headlamps in person on the CT...I know they are self leveling but not the kind which go to the right and left when turning a corner....are the LED headlamps really a bright white?
The LEDS are a cool white color providing crystal clear light and a geat deal of it. However even settling with a 4300K HID kit can do wonders even though the projectors on this car are not made for HID. I am elegantly surprised at the results with minimal or little glare to oncoming traffic at all!! Not to mention they flicker Purple/Blue from far which is beautiful. However the LEDS do have self leveling system but no AFS (which are th bulbs with the motor that turn up to 45degrees as seen on other models) The LEDS in person are amazing to see but trust me with a 4300K kit and some golden yellow fogs you'll be one happy camper :)
 

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I have the LED headlights and I love the white light they provide. I loved the concept since test driving the new Audi A8. They were a must for me in getting the car. I have bad astigmatism and the light they project are just fantastic.
 

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The LEDS are a cool white color providing crystal clear light and a geat deal of it. However even settling with a 4300K HID kit can do wonders even though the projectors on this car are not made for HID. I am elegantly surprised at the results with minimal or little glare to oncoming traffic at all!! Not to mention they flicker Purple/Blue from far which is beautiful. However the LEDS do have self leveling system but no AFS (which are th bulbs with the motor that turn up to 45degrees as seen on other models) The LEDS in person are amazing to see but trust me with a 4300K kit and some golden yellow fogs you'll be one happy camper :)
What did it cost you to have the 4300k HID conversion done? Did they have to install the ballast and everything? Id love to know the out the door cost on that and what dealership did it cause I have HIDs now and I cant imagine going back to halogen if I get this car.
 

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Can someone please post a link to where I can purchase a 4300k HID conversion kit for the CT. I actually work in the lighting industry and could not see the value in paying $1,500 for these headnlamps. They are Cree led's which are good but, I question whether or not Lexus has a good heat sink for these led's. These lamps will fail with out proper heat distribution. The HID's are a safer bet and cheaper/easier to replace if they fail.
 

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Color Temperature Modification of Fog and Headlights

Here is my $52 conversion ($26 each for 2 sets of bulbs - H11 for low beam and H9 for high). Installation took 10 minutes. Just buy a set of 4350K bulbs for the low beams and the high beams (I used MTEC), but there are other brands too. They look close enough to HID w/o spending the time or money.

First image is 4350K low beams and 3300K yellow fogs at night. Note the low beams are as white as the LED DRLs.

Second image is 4350K high and low beams at night.

Third image is stock low beams with 3300K yellow fogs in daylight. Stock low beams are fairly yellow to begin with.


 

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Here is my $52 conversion ($26 each for 2 sets of bulbs - H11 for low beam and H9 for high). Installation took 10 minutes. Just buy a set of 4350K bulbs for the low beams and the high beams (I used MTEC), but there are other brands too. They look close enough to HID w/o spending the time or money.

Hi,
Can you attached a link or picture? can't see anything. tia
 
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