Posted by Justin L on September 12, 2017
HIDextra got the chance to work with one of our customers to do a full installation and review of the RAIZR™ 7" Projector Headlights for his 1997 Jeep Wrangler. If you are curious on how to install these lights or just want to know the review then this article is for you.
I received a pair of Razir 7” LED Projector headlights from HIDextra for the purpose of testing, reviewing, and use, in my 1997 Jeep Wrangler. In the category of light output, the review is based on how these lights compared to my stock TJ headlights, which were currently a set of Sylvania H6024 headlights.
The ranking methodology used for this comparison will be based on a scale of 1 – 5 (where 1 equates to unsatisfactory and 5 is extraordinary) in the following categories:
The box arrived in an extremely timely manner. From when I received the shipping confirmation via email it only took a few days before the lights were delivered to my house. The box arrived in a white shipping bag similar to the one displayed below:
After removing the box from the shipping envelope, I noted there was no evidence of damage to the box and it appeared as though the box held up extremely well while in transit.
The box felt a bit heavy at first, and a bit firm. Once I opened the box I realized why. The entire box was lined with a foam insert and had cutouts that housed both of the lights as well as the other contents of the package (LED Drivers/Capacitors & H13 to H4 adapters).
Overall I give the packaging & shipping a score of 5.
Quality of Materials
After opening the box, the first thing I did was remove the wiring and adapters and looked them over. Initial thoughts were they seemed adequate to perform just as they were designed/intended. During install, the connections provided a nice tight fit into the existing connections on my Jeep. This is good as you won’t have to be overly concerned about them coming apart under normal use on the street or the trails. The wiring on the H13 to H4 adapters was of a thicker gauge, and makes the overall feel of the adapters better. Only issue I found with the adapters (which didn’t concern me much since I didn’t use them) was the lack of loom/protection on the wires. The wiring on the LED Drivers/Capacitors was sealed in a protective loom/sheath which should allow it to hold up much better, but also makes me wonder why the adapters were not and were left exposed.
The lights themselves had significant weight to them, which I did not expect. They felt much more substantial and solid than the Sylvania's they were replacing. Unlike the Sylvania bulbs that have a built in connector that attaches them to the existing connector on the Jeep, the RAZIR have a wire pigtail that extends out the back about 6” with the connector on the end (pictured here).
Depending on your factory connections, you may or not have to use the H13 to H4 adapters (I did not). You will, however, want to use the LED Drivers/Capacitors to help protect from common issues that arise in LED conversions such as intermittent or constant flickering of light.
The only real downside that I had for these lights (and it would be magnified if you had to use the adapters as well) is the length of wiring required to get them connected. Between the pigtail on the back of the lights, the LED Drivers/Capacitors, and the H13 to H4 adapters you would have approximately 2 – 2 ½ feet of cables that you would need to secure either in your headlight housing or somewhere under your hood which may not make for the prettiest of installs. It did, however, make install fairly easy as there was plenty of room to work with). I guess that is the trade-off with LED lights and a kit like this that is universal and fits many vehicles that run the same size headlight. In the end, it wasn’t a huge issue for me as I am more of a function over style kind of guy, but it was worth noting for those that are concerned about cleaner installs.
Below is the contents of the box:
Overall I give the quality of materials a score of 4.25.
Ease of Installation
If you have never upgraded your Jeep headlights, it is probably one of the easiest improvement mods you can do (both for function and style). It takes just a few minutes and, on a TJ, only requires one tool (a Torx T15 screwdriver). It’s only a matter of removing 7 screws (for removing the bezel and retaining ring) and unplugging the old light. I think the entire process start to finish took 10 – 15 minutes (might take more if you care about what you do with the excess wiring from the new headlights).
I ran into no issues installing these lights. It’s about as plug and play as you can get. The retaining rings secured the RAZIR™ lights into their housings with no issues. After the retaining rings were tightened, there was absolutely no movement/play in the lights.
If you’re curious on how to remove your stock headlights and install a set of these RAZIR™ lights, here is a quick overview of the steps involved in the process:
1. Remove the headlight bezel using a Torx T15 screwdriver to remove the three screws holding the bezel in place.
2. Remove the retaining ring (using the same Torx T15 screwdriver) by removing the four screws holding it in place. Be sure you do not try to remove the others screws in this area as they are for adjusting your headlights.
3. After the retaining ring has been removed, you can pull the old headlight our freely and unplug from the factory wiring.
4. You can now plug in the new RAZIR™ light using the LED drivers & adapters (if needed for your model vehicle).
5. After the RAZIR™ light is in place, secure it using the retaining ring removed in step 3. Now would also be a good time to test the new light to make sure the connection is secure and they turn on before finishing up the install.
6. If the lights are working as they should, go ahead and reinstall the headlight bezel and repeat the process on the other side.
That’s it for the install process!
Overall I give the ease of installation a score of 5.
The easiest way to review this section is through pictures. Here is a side by side shot of the stock Sylvania headlights and the new RAZIR™ LED Projectors:
The first thing that is noticeable is the clear difference in colors that each of the lights produce. The stock headlights (at 3200K) are the standard yellowish tinted light produced by a majority of cars/trucks. The RAZIR™ lights (at 6000K) are much more white, and approaching the blue(ish) spectrum of light.
The next most noticeable thing is the difference in the amount of light that each of these headlights put out. There is a MASSIVE increase in output from the RAZIR™ lights over stock. You can see from the photos the area in front of the Jeep is much more illuminated, and the light travels further up the road than the stock lights do. This means the range of the light is farther for the Razir LED Projectors.
When analyzing the pictures more closely, the other thing that you can notice is the pattern of light on the side of the road. The Razir lights do a much better job of illuminating off to the side, making it easier to see the shoulder of the road while driving at night. A better example of this is when the lights are directed at something close by, like the garage door pictured here:
You can see on the garage door the lights are aligned and positioned in exactly the same place (at the center two squares of the garage door) yet the light beam produced by the RAZIR™ lights extend past the single car garage door while the stock Sylvania lights do not.
In a nutshell, light pattern and output is considerably increased with the use of the RAZIR™ LED Projectors versus stock headlights in the TJ Wrangler. The only minor concern you could would be based on your preference for light color (3200K yellow vs. 6000K white). I myself don’t mind the color.
Overall I give the light pattern/output a score of 4.5.
Overall Experience – 4.5
Although a lot of time has not passed since first contact with HIDextra about the lights, I have yet to experience any significant issues that would be cause for concern. I contacted the seller (HIDextra) on multiple occasions asking for clarification or asking just general questions and have received timely responses every step of the way. Shipping (free) was quick, and the packaging was great.
These lights are also huge upgrade over the stock lights in terms of light pattern, light output, and style. Although I do not have the option on my TJ, these lights are also compatible with your daytime running light system.