2007 Honda 8th Gen Civic LED Headlight Upgrade
Where to Get It
- Fahren 9005 20,000 Lumen High Beam LED Headlight Bulbs
- Fahren 9006 10,000 Lumen Low Beam LED Headlight Bulbs
- Super Lube Food Grade Silicone Grease
- DeoxIT Contact Cleaner
- LED Work Light
Why Do It
Stock halogen bulbs are pretty dim and yellowish when compared to new LED bulbs. If you want to see as much as possible on those dark nights then you’ll need to upgrade those old halogens to new LEDs. This is how to do it without breaking the bank.
I used Fahren’s LED headlight bulbs on one of my trucks (turns out the same 9005/9006 bulbs as this Honda) and really like them. I also used them on my wife’s Subaru and they work great. Highly recommend them. Selecting something like LED bulbs can be overwhelming due to the shear numbers of what’s available. I read a post in an automotive forum from someone who had replaced a much more expensive LED bulb with Fahrens and was really pleased so that’s what got me looking at the brand.
Fahren has different models in each bulb type. In the 9006 low beam they do not have their newer 20,000 lumen bulb. That’s fine, you don’t want to use it for the low beam. I did on my wife’s Subaru and quickly change it for the 10,000 lumen version… she was getting a lot of angry comments for the low beams being too bright! The 20,000 models are great in the high beam position though!
The basic process is simple, remove the old bulbs and replace them with the new LED bulbs.
The Fahren bulbs have a rotational adjustment that needs to be adjusted for your particular vehicle. This may require you putting the bulb in and taking it out multiple times until you get the bulb as close to vertical as possible. Taking the time to do this will help insure a good light pattern.
Day Time Running Lights and LED Replacement Headlight Bulbs
One issue that comes up when replacing standard halogen headlight bulbs with LED headlight bulbs on vehicles that use either the low beams or the high beams for the daytime running lights (DTRLs) is that the LEDs will be way, way too bright. Some vehicles use a resistor to dim the halogens for use as DTRLs and some, like the Honda, use the halogen headlight bulbs themselves as a resistor by putting them in series for DTRLs. Both my wife’s Subaru and this Honda used the High Beams as the DTRLs – if left as is, you’ll blind people by running the LEDs as DTRLs – they’re that bright since either method of dimming the halogen bulbs has little effect on the LEDs.
Important: In this post I show how to disable the Daytime Running Lights on the Honda Civic. I show how to create auxiliary or secondary DTRLs in another post -as they are important for safety.