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Kurt Kennedy
Kurt Kennedy, ASE master with L1
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I'd like to know if I can put LED bulbs (H7), low beam and

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I'd like to know if I can put LED bulbs (H7), low beam and high beam to my Kia Sorento 2014
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Customer: I can see that the replacement LED bulbs are longer so I'm not sure if they can fit
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Kia
Expert:  Kurt Kennedy replied 8 months ago.
Yes you can add H7 LED bulbs to your vehicle! I have done this upgrade to a few of my cars over the years, and I will issue you a word of caution, Spend the few extra dollars on a Phillips LED bulb. There are a lot of cheaper ones out there, but they failure prematurely and are not nearly as bright. http://www.xenondepot.com/H7-LED-headlight-kit-p/h7-led-hl.htmThat is the exact kit I use on my customers cars and also my own. Its not priced way out of reach, but the quality you get is top notch. unlike HID's you do not need a ballast or anything extra like that. Very simple and straight forward install. I really hope this helps you, and as always Please feel free to ask me any other questions you have and do not forget to rate my service!Thank you!
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Hi,
Thank you for your answer but somehow I doubt that you installed that particular Phillips LED you recommend to Kia Sorento. That's because the space between a dust lid and back end of the regular light bulb is very limited and if you check the Phillips LED you'll see that it's way longer than regular H7 light bulb.
Expert:  Kurt Kennedy replied 8 months ago.
You may not be able to use the dust lid on certain applications. The downside to LED's is the Heat they product so the ribbon looking material is need and acts as a cooling device for the light bulb. The other style is like this:http://www.amazon.com/OPT7-Headlight-Bulbs-Clear-Arc-Beam/dp/B00VNBEUMO But I think that might be to large to fit in the dust cover as well. Let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks