Humvee Upgrade: HMMWV LED Headlights

Humvee Upgrade: HMMWV LED Headlights This easy DIY HMMWV LED headlights upgrade will make your HMMWV safer and more efficient. And we even found a way to do it for […]

Humvee Upgrade: HMMWV LED Headlights

This easy DIY HMMWV LED headlights upgrade will make your HMMWV safer and more efficient. And we even found a way to do it for about $100 (although Amazon raised the price within 3 short hours of this review being published).

More HMMWV articles can be found under the Humvee category menu above or by clicking HERE. You might also like the HMMWV section of our Amazon store where we have listed lots of replacement and upgrade parts for Humvees. We have also found a lot of HMMWV parts on eBay (link).

Already have LED headlights?

Maybe you are ready to upgrade the lighting at the rear of your HMMWV. Here is info on how to install HMMWV LED tail lights (link).

Left in the dark ages…

Advances in automotive technology have benefitted civilian vehicles far more than the US Military workhorse, the HMMWV. For several years the military has had the option to install vastly improved headlights powered by efficient and durable LEDs. However, the brands that supply LED headlights to the government aren’t all that keen on selling to civilians. While surplus and grey market 24V HMMWV headlights are often available, they usually cost over $100 per headlight. Sometimes MUCH more. This is a shame since the old school incandescent headlights in most surplus HMMWVs are prone to failure under the abuse dished out by the rough riding and unrefined Humvee.

Easy upgrade

We found and tested inexpensive Inexpensive HMMWV LED headlights that work great, are less than $100 shipped, and are a relatively easy DIY upgrade. Converting your Humvee to LED headlights should rank high on any HMMWV owner’s list. Bookmark this review and check back periodically for updates on how these HMMWV LED Headlights hold up. At three months of use they are operating perfectly.

 I bought 2 sets. 1 for Jeep TJ . 1 for Humvee. Easy to install, free shipping, Hi- lo beam. I am very happy. -Terryl M.”

HMMWV headlight upgrade video

What you need

Turbo SII Pair 7 Inch Round Black Led Headlights With DRL Hi/lo Beam For Jeep Wrangler Jk TjHere are Amazon links for the supplies needed for this easy DIY upgrade.

HMMWV LED headlights specs

Here is how they are described on Amazon. Note that they are listed as Jeep LED headlights, but also fit the Hummer H1 and H2. The most critical spec is that they can handle input voltages of 12V – 24V. So, they are safe for the 24V military electrical system.

HMMWV LED Headlights upgrade - in box“Features:
Plug & Play, LED Ballast, LED Canbus & H4/H13 Adapter Included
Low Power Consumption, Life Span: 30000Hrs
Low Voltage Protection, High precision Constant Current Driver Chip
Built in Internal Fan and Integrated Cooling system

Specification
Simple installation – Plug & Play & LED Canbus & H4/H13 Adapter or less
Type: Jeep LED Headlight
Watt: 40W
Input: 12-24V DC
Operating Voltage: 10-30V DC
Luminous Flux: 3600LM@high beam, 1800LM@low beamHMMWV LED Headlights upgrade - in box back
Connector: H4/H13 (Ground and High Beam)
Housing Material: Aluminum
Lens Pattern:High & Low Beam

Application(Fits the following applications)
Jeep Wrangler TJ (1997-2006)
Jeep Wrangler TJ Unlimited / LJ (2003-2006)
Jeep Wrangler JK 2 Door (2007-2015)
Jeep Wrangler JK 4 Door Unlimited (2007-2015)
HMMWV LED Headlights upgrade - open boxLand Rover Defender 90 & 110
AM General Hummer (1992~2001)
Hummer H1&H2 (2003~2009)

Any Harley Davidson models with 7″ headlight,such as
Harley Davidson FLD 2012-2013
Harley Davidson Touring Models 1994-2013
Harley Davidson Softail Models 1991-2013(with head lamp nacelle kit)

Package included
2pcs 7″ headlight
2pcs H4 to H13 adapters”

I have no idea why the Amazon listing says they have “halo rings”, as I don’t think they do. However, they aren’t a priority for me anyway.

How to install HMMWV LED headlights

For most HMMWVs the process is really simple. However, I have heard reports of two issues that some HMMWV owners have encountered and will detail them below.

In the pics below you see that I installed the HMMWV LED Headlights with bullet connectors on the wiring harness adapter. I did that since I wasn’t sure if the lights would work and didn’t want to cut the main wires in case I needed to send the lights back.
Now that I know the LED headlights work fine in the HMMWV I recommend putting the new connectors directly on the wires coming out of the lights and not even using the blue adapters.

Installation issues

As noted above, I have heard reports of two issues some Humvee owners have had installing LED headlights.

  • Some models of the metal ring that supports the headlight have a raised lip that interferes with the cooling fins on the back of the headlight in a couple of places, preventing full seating of the light in the housing. The easy fix is to remove the raised lip, bend it out of the way, dremel away material, etc. The black housings in the following pics have the raised lip and are black because the owner painted them. They did not come that way.
  • The other issue is that the spring between 4 and 5 o’clock on the metal housing can stick up a bit too much, causing interference and not allowing the headlight to fully seat. Simply remove the spring, drill or dremel the edge of the spring hole a tiny bit to allow the spring to seat below the rim of the ring, and reattach the spring.

Be careful what you buy

I ordered the first set of LED HMMWV “headlights” from eBay and was thrilled when they arrived and looked great.
However, my enthusiasm soon faded as I realized that the seller listed them as “headlights”, but they were actually the bulbs removed from surplus spot and flood light kits for MRAPs and other large military trucks. They were single beam lights, meaning they were either on or off, but not capable the normal low-beam/high-beam settings one expects on real headlights. I guess this explains why I was able to get such a good deal at only $100 per headlight. I am still trying to get the seller to take them back since flood lights throw light equally in all directions, which is dangerous since it blinds oncoming drivers. The Truck Lite 07392 lights I was sold were never intended to be used as headlights at all.

More HMMWV articles can be found under the Humvee category menu above or by clicking HERE. You might also like the HMMWV section of our Amazon store where we have listed lots of replacement and upgrade parts for Humvees.

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Finally! HMMWV LED Headlights for under $100 that work! Time will tell how these hold up, but so far we are thrilled!

More HMMWV articles can be found under the Humvee category menu above or by clicking HERE. You might also like the HMMWV section of our Amazon store where we have listed lots of replacement and upgrade parts for Humvees. We have also found a lot of HMMWV parts on eBay (link).

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About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits. A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management. Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.