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Wanting to pick up some 3000K LED 9005s for the DRLs. Never bought LED headlight bulbs before so I'm not really sure what I should be getting. Are they designed for dual-mode inputs like a halogen 9005? I've seen some that appear to be for DRL/high beam setups that a lot of vehicles have. But for the MDX, it only runs the low voltage filament for DRLs, so I don't really know how that will affect LED output.

I did see a module on VLEDs that forces high voltage output on a 9005 LED when the input is for low voltage DRL. At least that's how I interpreted it. Who knows, that may be too bright for DRLs or it may not be.

I just really dislike the brownish look of a halogen. I know it will throw a DRL-out code without resistors, but that won't bother me too much. Either way, if anyone can recommend a good 3000K LED with or without matching resistors, would be great. Not interested in the cool/hyper white DRLs, nor do I want to use the yellow Lamin-X film.
 

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My simple 2c....
I am also looking for a suitable option to get LED for our DTR 9005's.
I have tried to use some of those Amazon 9005's (the affordable ones...) along with the load resistor cables..

It worked fine for about a week, then the right DTR fuse blew...
I then removed the LEDs/cables and reinstalled the reg Sylvania 9005s in my wet/frozen garage...!!

I tested the LED and they seem to work fine..

I am going to wait until spring, so I can work more comfortably and give them another try..

Otherwise I have not found any other option... cheap or expensive..
J
 

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Wanting to pick up some 3000K LED 9005s for the DRLs. Never bought LED headlight bulbs before so I'm not really sure what I should be getting. Are they designed for dual-mode inputs like a halogen 9005? I've seen some that appear to be for DRL/high beam setups that a lot of vehicles have. But for the MDX, it only runs the low voltage filament for DRLs, so I don't really know how that will affect LED output.

I did see a module on VLEDs that forces high voltage output on a 9005 LED when the input is for low voltage DRL. At least that's how I interpreted it. Who knows, that may be too bright for DRLs or it may not be.

I just really dislike the brownish look of a halogen. I know it will throw a DRL-out code without resistors, but that won't bother me too much. Either way, if anyone can recommend a good 3000K LED with or without matching resistors, would be great. Not interested in the cool/hyper white DRLs, nor do I want to use the yellow Lamin-X film.
Do you understand that 3000k basically same yellow like oem 9005 halogen? I have 6000k leds, no problems plenty bright....
 

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I agree 3000k is too YELLOW-like for me...I also fell victim to the cheap (China made?) DRL LED's widely available on Amazon, eBay etc.- that are only good from anywhere between a few weeks and a few months at best...to make matters worst, its not like our 2nd gen MDX's are designed for us to be able to easily swap out the DRL's bulbs (or fogs) as often as we'd like (unless you really enjoy the labor/time involved in removing the front portion of your 2nd gen MDX's bumper?!), so I had engaged in a relentless search to find an LED DRL product, that would be able to deliver the brightness and durability (and advanced technological design) that I HAD to have, while not crapping out on me weeks/months after the installation!!!!

In the end I found a 6000K DRL LED product from Amazon (that emits 7000 lumens of eye-popping, brightness- albeit not the annoying kind to other opposing drivers!!) that's still holding up very strong (1 year + now through about two rough Midwest Winters already) and hasn't died prematurely, and is still shining as SUPER bright white as the day that they were installed (I can actually use it at night to- lessening the workload of my OEM Xenon low beams)- it's that bright and then some!):

JDM ASTAR 7th Generation 7000 Lumens Canbus Error Free Anti-Flicker 9005 All-In-One LED Headlights, Xenon White
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019QZGWS8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's not a cheap product at about $100, but like many things in life, you get what you pay for!! Had a competent/recommended body shop install them (for like $75 labor) and I believe that these lights have their own separate cooling mechanism compartments built into their design- in the end very happy with the outcome and light produced!!!!

<img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71mo5aRVNNL._SL1500_.jpg" width="60%" height="60%">

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The product also has a very intentional/inherent water-proof design (which is likely a key to keeping these LED DRL's working for years to come) as evidenced by the product picture below:
<img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/715ovCc%2BolL._SL1500_.jpg" width="60%" height="60%">
 

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Wanting to pick up some 3000K LED 9005s for the DRLs. Never bought LED headlight bulbs before so I'm not really sure what I should be getting. Are they designed for dual-mode inputs like a halogen 9005? I've seen some that appear to be for DRL/high beam setups that a lot of vehicles have. But for the MDX, it only runs the low voltage filament for DRLs, so I don't really know how that will affect LED output.

I did see a module on VLEDs that forces high voltage output on a 9005 LED when the input is for low voltage DRL. At least that's how I interpreted it. Who knows, that may be too bright for DRLs or it may not be.

I just really dislike the brownish look of a halogen. I know it will throw a DRL-out code without resistors, but that won't bother me too much. Either way, if anyone can recommend a good 3000K LED with or without matching resistors, would be great. Not interested in the cool/hyper white DRLs, nor do I want to use the yellow Lamin-X film.
Hello- if you're still out there?!

Did you ever find a suitable/reliable 3000K DRL (9005) bulb for your 2nd gen. MDX? If so, how's it holding up?? NOTE: the ones I posted (ABOVE) finally crapped out on my after about a year and half of use... :(
 

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I like the DRL to be a bit whiter, but really do not want to use LED and get into trouble. Is there any conventional choice that is non-led that works with 2nd Gen MDX w/o modification? Thanks.
 
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I like the DRL to be a bit whiter, but really do not want to use LED and get into trouble. Is there any conventional choice that is non-led that works with 2nd Gen MDX w/o modification? Thanks.
I'd also be willing to consider a NON-led alternative to the (ugly, yellow) stock DRL bulb for 2007-2013 Acura MDX's- something whiter, and something you don't have to worry about replacing within such a short period b/c it craps out prematurely (like most LED DRL's...)
 

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closest white bulbs I've used that are not LED are the PIAA bulbs. They have a variety of colors from EXTREME WHITE too Plasma blue/white, but they are expensive compare to LED's these days. You're better off getting some LED and an error cancelling harness to get the job done.
 

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closest white bulbs I've used that are not LED are the PIAA bulbs. They have a variety of colors from EXTREME WHITE too Plasma blue/white, but they are expensive compare to LED's these days. You're better off getting some LED and an error cancelling harness to get the job done.
Is this the PIAA halogens (for DRL bulb replacement on '07-'13 MDX's) that you're referring to? :nerd:
PIAA 19615 9005 (HB3) Xtreme White Plus High Performance Halogen Bulb, (Pack of 2)
$64.13
https://www.amazon.com/19615-Xtreme-White-Performance-Halogen/dp/B00067BW6S
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If so, I wouldn't mind taking a stab at these, and another plus is that they should not require any load resistors like the LED bulbs definitely would (to avoid the recurring errors on the dash display each time you start the car...)

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Interestingly enough, PIAA also has an available LED conversion kit which would seem to fit the DRL (9005) bulb location on our 2nd gen. Acura MDX's?- not sure however if I'd be willing to drop $254 bucks for pair of these though!....:surprise:

PIAA® - LED Headlight Conversion Kit
$254.15 (cost for TWO bulbs)
https://www.carid.com/2007-acura-mdx-led-lights/piaa-led-headlight-conversion-kit-87866749.html
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Yup, those are the PIAA bulbs I'm referring too. A few years back I had them on all my cars because I like the bright white color, and they 're plug and play.
Some lasted a few years, some only 6 months. I don't have any experience with their LED bulbs to give you any input. (too expensive)
 

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You have also to consider if those LEDs even work at 6V for DRL use... Some LEDs wont even turn ON before 8-9V
 

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My simple 2c....
I am also looking for a suitable option to get LED for our DTR 9005's.
I have tried to use some of those Amazon 9005's (the affordable ones...) along with the load resistor cables..

It worked fine for about a week, then the right DTR fuse blew...
I then removed the LEDs/cables and reinstalled the reg Sylvania 9005s in my wet/frozen garage...!!

I tested the LED and they seem to work fine..

I am going to wait until spring, so I can work more comfortably and give them another try..

Otherwise I have not found any other option... cheap or expensive..
J
Update... sorry its somewhat overdue..
I reinstalled the same LED bulbs and load resistors sometime in April.. it was warmer.. LOL
they have been working fine ever since...
Love the white/blue-ish colour they give off.. ok they are not overly bright... buts it MUCH better than the yellow dog-tooth colour the OEM bulbs give off..
;)

J.
 

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Update... sorry its somewhat overdue..
I reinstalled the same LED bulbs and load resistors sometime in April.. it was warmer.. LOL
they have been working fine ever since...
Love the white/blue-ish colour they give off.. ok they are not overly bright... buts it MUCH better than the yellow dog-tooth colour the OEM bulbs give off..
;)

J.
Sounds great. Do you have the Amazon links for the LED lights and load resistors? Thanks.
 

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Update... sorry its somewhat overdue..
I reinstalled the same LED bulbs and load resistors sometime in April.. it was warmer.. LOL
they have been working fine ever since...
Love the white/blue-ish colour they give off.. ok they are not overly bright... buts it MUCH better than the yellow dog-tooth colour the OEM bulbs give off..
;)

J.
Any chance of some pictures of these LED's turned on, on your MDX pupupupPPPPPPPupLEasssssssssse? :wink:
 

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Mademoiselle, comment vous dire non.... > How can I say no..!! :)
 

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Mademoiselle, comment vous dire non.... > How can I say no..!! :)
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:surprise: Looks GREAAAAATTTT!!!!...really like the brightness/intensity- hopefully you get at least a year or more out of these, seems like between the $30/LED pair and $150/LED pair I've spent on various LED bulbs (DRL 9005 LED replacement bulb for 2nd gen. MDX) throughout the years, the longest any set has lasted was about 1.5 years max....:crying2:
 

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Hello- if you're still out there?!

Did you ever find a suitable/reliable 3000K DRL (9005) bulb for your 2nd gen. MDX? If so, how's it holding up?? NOTE: the ones I posted (ABOVE) finally crapped out on my after about a year and half of use... :(
Hey, sorry. Haven't been on the forum in awhile. Never did swap them out. Most of my time has been going into getting my house ready to sell, doing shop work, etc. I'll have to look at the ones you were using and give them a try. A year and a half of use isn't too bad. Having grown up with Volvos, you replace bulbs about every two months until you do an HID retrofit.
 
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