Swapped OPT7 to Cyclops LED headlight bulbs - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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Swapped OPT7 to Cyclops LED headlight bulbs

DISCLAIMER. Your results and or opinions may vary, as all I'm doing here is making an observation out loud

So, I've been running the OPT7 H11 low beams for quite some time. I've also tried Auxbeam, JDM Astar, and ebay lookalike OPT7s in my Colorado. (also, Oracle in the past but not on this vehicle). So far, there's really not any appreciable difference that I can tell. They are all decent and I wouldn't recommend against any them at all. However, I would caution you that my understanding is that the OPT7 is still just a chinese bulb that's marked up as premium when there's nothing special about it. The mass of adapter wiring and the cheap lock ring that lets the bulb rotate inside it when you install it also make it seem cheap. My personal experience is for the money, buy an Auxbeam or equivalent $60 max pair of bulbs.

With my experiences being that the "premium" bulbs aren't really premium at all other than the price, I haven't seen a reason to try another premium bulb in the truck. My awesome experience with Cyclops in my motorcycle got me curious though. Here's a pic of a single H4 Cyclops low beam from my motorcycle, no garage lights on, and my driveway is unlit other than the low beam headlight. You can even see the grass across the street is lit up.




So, I went ahead and pulled the OPT7 bulbs out and installed the Cyclops. I also added high beams just because the color difference of stock high beams bothered me. The OPT7 is brighter in one spot with a nice wide pattern around it that is a little dimmer. The cyclops doesn't have that hot spot, it's the same brightness spread across the entire pattern with the average pattern being brighter than the OPT7.

The big selling point on the Cyclops is the minimal wiring compared to OPT7.

Cyclops bulb plugs into
the igniter box (or whatever it's called) and that plugs into
the truck

OPT7 bulb plugs into
the igniter box that plugs into
the capacitor that plugs into
the adapter harness that plugs into
the truck.

Either way, here's my summary. Most cheap bulbs are close to the same, and are good bulbs. Some expensive bulbs are still just cheap bulbs that are repackaged for more money. Cyclops is the only one I've tried that should be considered premium, and mainly because it's wired to be plug and play with less adapters and other parts to stuff behind your dust cap. Lighting between most of them is the same, although IMO the equal spread of the Cyclops is better and it seems a little brighter overall.





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DISCLAIMER. Your results and or opinions may vary, as all I'm doing here is making an observation out loud

So, I've been running the OPT7 H11 low beams for quite some time. I've also tried Auxbeam, JDM Astar, and ebay lookalike OPT7s in my Colorado. (also, Oracle in the past but not on this vehicle). So far, there's really not any appreciable difference that I can tell. They are all decent and I wouldn't recommend against any them at all. However, I would caution you that my understanding is that the OPT7 is still just a chinese bulb that's marked up as premium when there's nothing special about it. The mass of adapter wiring and the cheap lock ring that lets the bulb rotate inside it when you install it also make it seem cheap. My personal experience is for the money, buy an Auxbeam or equivalent $60 max pair of bulbs.

With my experiences being that the "premium" bulbs aren't really premium at all other than the price, I haven't seen a reason to try another premium bulb in the truck. My awesome experience with Cyclops in my motorcycle got me curious though. Here's a pic of a single H4 Cyclops low beam from my motorcycle, no garage lights on, and my driveway is unlit other than the low beam headlight. You can even see the grass across the street is lit up.




So, I went ahead and pulled the OPT7 bulbs out and installed the Cyclops. I also added high beams just because the color difference of stock high beams bothered me. The OPT7 is brighter in one spot with a nice wide pattern around it that is a little dimmer. The cyclops doesn't have that hot spot, it's the same brightness spread across the entire pattern with the average pattern being brighter than the OPT7.

The big selling point on the Cyclops is the minimal wiring compared to OPT7.

Cyclops bulb plugs into
the igniter box (or whatever it's called) and that plugs into
the truck

OPT7 bulb plugs into
the igniter box that plugs into
the capacitor that plugs into
the adapter harness that plugs into
the truck.

Either way, here's my summary. Most cheap bulbs are close to the same, and are good bulbs. Some expensive bulbs are still just cheap bulbs that are repackaged for more money. Cyclops is the only one I've tried that should be considered premium, and mainly because it's wired to be plug and play with less adapters and other parts to stuff behind your dust cap. Lighting between most of them is the same, although IMO the equal spread of the Cyclops is better and it seems a little brighter overall.




Are you using those in stock HID projector housings? Were did you get them from? Look super clear

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Are you using those in stock HID projector housings? Were did you get them from? Look super clear
They are in my factory projectors on the Z71, they were halogen bulbs stock. They are from http://cyclopsadventuresports.com/

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They are in my factory projectors on the Z71, they were halogen bulbs stock. They are from http://cyclopsadventuresports.com/
How is your cutoff line and do you get flashed by other drivers? I was going to go the projector retrofit route from TRS but I might not need to now

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Where did you locate the igniter box? Did you drill out your dust covers or leave them off?

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How is your cutoff line and do you get flashed by other drivers? I was going to go the projector retrofit route from TRS but I might not need to now
Here is a pic of the cutoff. I have never been flashed.






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Where did you locate the igniter box? Did you drill out your dust covers or leave them off?
It is inside the headlight under the dust cover, there is enough room in there to put it all inside. The OPT7 set had a LOT more wiring and it all fit, so the Cyclops with it's substantially smaller amount of wiring fit very easily.

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It is inside the headlight under the dust cover, there is enough room in there to put it all inside. The OPT7 set had a LOT more wiring and it all fit, so the Cyclops with it's substantially smaller amount of wiring fit very easily.
Are you running capacitors for DRL smoothing, or do you not use them/have them defeated?
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Here is a pic of the cutoff. I have never been flashed.








It is inside the headlight under the dust cover, there is enough room in there to put it all inside. The OPT7 set had a LOT more wiring and it all fit, so the Cyclops with it's substantially smaller amount of wiring fit very easily.
The one previous picture you took from behind the wheel, was that low beam only or both high and low. By the way, I just ordered the low beam set
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Are you running capacitors for DRL smoothing, or do you not use them/have them defeated?
I used them with the OPT7 set, I have not needed them with the Cyclops

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The one previous picture you took from behind the wheel, was that low beam only or both high and low. By the way, I just ordered the low beam set
Low beam only. I do have the highs too though.

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I used them with the OPT7 set, I have not needed them with the Cyclops


Low beam only. I do have the highs too though.
Awesome, I hope mine will look just as good. If you have fog lights, what are you running in those?

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How did you orient the bulbs when you installed them? Up and down or left to right?
Also, the Opt7s say they are 6000k color and the Cylops are 5700k. Do you notice a difference?

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How did you orient the bulbs when you installed them? Up and down or left to right?
Also, the Opt7s say they are 6000k color and the Cylops are 5700k. Do you notice a difference?
I believe you can only install them one way because of the way the tabs on the bulb will line up with the back of the housing.

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I believe you can only install them one way because of the way the tabs on the bulb will line up with the back of the housing.
The Opt7s are able to be installed with the bulbs either horizontally or vertically so I assume it would be the same for the Cyclops.

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The Opt7s are able to be installed with the bulbs either horizontally or vertically so I assume it would be the same for the Cyclops.
I figured, hence your question to the OP. I should be getting my set tomorrow

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I might have to get a set of these although I only have an LT so no projector. Do you think they'll still be brighter than my existing lights? My lights are so dim.


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They only go in one way, horizontal, as far as I can tell.

I don't know what they'd look like in the truck's reflector, but my motorcycle pic above is a reflector.
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Low Beams = H11 or 9005? :D
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Low Beams = H11 or 9005? :D
Low beams are H11

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They are in my factory projectors on the Z71, they were halogen bulbs stock. They are from http://cyclopsadventuresports.com/
I bought the opt7 and I was dissapointed, it looked like yours. white but faded.

your new set looks like my HID's, If my HID's fail it looks like I'll get some Cyclops LED's
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I bought the opt7 and I was dissapointed, it looked like yours. white but faded.

your new set looks like my HID's, If my HID's fail it looks like I'll get some Cyclops LED's
Which HID kit do you have?

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