LED headlights for a Subaru Outback are optional light choices that can provide greater adjustability and overall efficiency. While newer cars mainly offer LED lights for daytime running lights, typically, LED headlights are not standard on vehicles. Converting your Subaru Outback headlights to LEDs is a relatively easy process thanks to plug-in options and simple-to-use conversion kits.
What Are LED Headlights for a Subaru Outback?
LED headlights will produce a crystal-clear white light that provides for enhanced illumination to help with visibility. Since LED headlights require very little energy to emit light, they are a more energy-efficient resource. The simplicity of their design also means little is likely to go wrong with them.
Types of LED Headlights for a Subaru Outback
You can choose from among many brands when selecting LED headlights for your Subaru Outback. No matter which one you choose, you will likely have to purchase an LED headlight conversion kit to complete the process.
Fahren 9005/HB3 LED Headlight Bulbs, 60-Watt, 1,0000 Lumens Super Bright LED Headlights Conversion Kit
You can find LED bulbs that come with their conversion kit, such as Fahren 9005/HB3 LED Headlight Bulbs, 60-Watt, 1,0000 Lumens Super Bright LED Headlights Conversion Kit. You can also choose to purchase your conversion kit and LED bulbs separately. Some conversion kits may be a plug-and-play format, while others may require some mild conversion.
Aside from the conversion kit, you will have two primary types of LED headlight bulbs from which to choose:
- Single beam: The high and low beams will use two separate bulbs.
- Dual-beam. The high and low beams combine to form one bulb.
SEALIGHT 9005/HB3 High-Beam 9006/HB4 Low-Beam LED 14,000 Lumens Headlight Bulbs Combo Package
When you purchase single-beam LED headlights, such as the SEALIGHT 9005/HB3 High-Beam 9006/HB4 Low-Beam LED 14,000 Lumens Headlight Bulbs Combo Package, you will receive four total bulbs in the package. Two will be for the high beams, with one for each side, while two will be for the low beams. This type of LED headlight will produce the same results but may take longer to install.
Mega Racer 9005/HB3 LED Headlight Bulbs – 6000K Diamond White for High Beam and/or Low Beam
If your vehicle currently has dual-beam halogen headlights, you will want to convert to a dual-beam LED bulb such as the Mega Racer 9005/HB3 LED Headlight Bulbs – 6000K Diamond White for High Beam and/or Low Beam. This model is compatible with 98 percent of vehicles and is quick to install without any additional tools.
How to Choose LED Headlights for a Subaru Outback
When choosing your LED headlights for a Subaru Outback, the primary consideration is the bulb’s brightness and color. Most often, you will be able to choose from among white, bright white, and cool white options. Bulbs will also come in varying levels of brightness. If you are unsure which type works for you, contact Subaru for recommendations.
How to Replace and Install LED Headlights for a Subaru Outback
Disclaimer: The guidelines in this story are general and not meant to replace instructions for your specific vehicle. Please consult your owner’s manual or repair guide before attempting repairs.
Since LED headlights are not a standard feature on many vehicles, you will likely have to use a conversion kit to transition your Subaru headlights to LED headlights. Since any vehicle with halogen bulbs is suitable for conversion, you should have no problem converting your vehicle’s headlights as long as you follow the correct steps.
Find the Correct Type of Headlight Bulb
The conversion and installation process starts before you touch your vehicle by ensuring you have chosen the correct type of headlight. Your headlight will be either a single-beam or dual-beam design.
If you are unsure which type of headlight your vehicle has, you can:
- Search the internet for your year and trim of Subaru Outback.
- Check your vehicle’s manual.
- Contact Subaru customer support or your local Subaru dealer.
- Read the information after bulb removal.
You will also need to purchase a conversion kit after getting the correct type of bulb.
Find Your Headlights
Pop your hood to get to your headlight bulbs. You will see a plastic wiring connector bringing electricity to the headlight. Unplug this connector. If you have not previously tried to replace your headlight, the connector may be a little tight. You may need a flat-head screwdriver to remove it.
Remove the Halogen Bulbs
Depending on the type of headlight style you have in your Subaru Outback, you may or may not need to remove a metal clip to access the bulb. Next, twist the bulb counterclockwise and gently pull it out.
Install Your LED Bulbs
Place the LED bulb into the socket, ensuring that you do not touch the LED lights with a bare finger. If necessary, wear latex or cloth gloves for this process. If dirt or oil from your finger gets onto the bulb, it can create hot spots that can reduce the bulb’s life span.
Twist the bulb clockwise until it is securely in place. Then connect the LED ballast wiring. One end of the wiring should be on the original harness and the other on the new bulb.
Check the Position of the Cutoff
Turn on your headlights to verify the cutoff position. You do not want your headlights positioned so that they are blinding to oncoming traffic. If the cutoff position is too high, you may need to adjust the headlight alignment screws to achieve the ideal height.
Secure the Ballasts
Once your headlights are in the proper position, you will want to secure the ballasts with either zip ties or strong, heat-resistant, double-sided tape. Keep the ballasts away from excessive heat, vibration, and moisture.
Once you have secured your ballast, take your vehicle for a test drive to try out the new lights. Pay attention to the direction of the beams to make sure you have the headlights appropriately positioned for optimal operation when you are on the road.
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