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Summary
  • The Replacement brand headlights were neatly packaged with bulbs and sockets, making them easy to install as perfect replacements for OEM headlights.
  • The fit is excellent, aligning perfectly with the vehicle’s existing holes and requiring minimal tools for installation (90 millimeter socket and extension and a Phillips screwdriver).
  • Performance-wise, the headlights work perfectly and resemble brand-new OEM assemblies. They’re also offered at a competitive price point.

Key Information

Why You May Need Replacement Brand Headlights

Plastic headlights tend to get oxidized, not totally because of sunlight, but also because of the heat generated by the halogen headlight bulb. Cars that are seldom driven at night don’t typically show as much oxidation.

Replacement headlights go a long way toward keeping an otherwise clean and undented vehicle looking its best. They also provide better illumination for driving at night.

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A new Replacement brand headlight side by side an old headlight for a 2007 Ford F-150 | Image Source: Richard McCuistian

Product Review

Replacement Headlights

Competitively priced, easy to install, and delivering perfect performance, these headlights are good replacements for OEM lights.

Price may change from the time the review is published. This product is also available from other stores.

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Initial Observations

These headlights are neatly boxed and beautifully crafted as perfect replacements for the OEM. They come with all the bulbs and sockets; plug-and-play!

The Fit

These headlights fit as perfectly as brand-new Ford lights would have. All the holes lined up perfectly, including the “snap” on the outside at the rear. Couldn’t ask for a better fit than this.

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The headlights fit perfectly as brand-new Ford headlights would have. | Image Source: Richard McCuistian

Installation

  • The installation process for the headlights on Fords of this generation vehicle is very simple–these were. All that was required for this replacement was a 10 millimeter socket and extension and a Phillips Screwdriver. It helps to have tools you can spin with a cordless electric drill. Some vehicles, particularly Asian and Euro vehicles, may require removal of the bumper or other body parts for headlight replacement.
  • The installation of both headlights on the F150 took less than 30 minutes.
  • No special procedures were needed to make the headlights fit.
  • Just about any DIY person can handle this very easily (on most pickups and SUVs). But again, some Asian cars, like Hondas, require the entire bumper to be removed, so look before you leap.

Performance and Overall Quality

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Alignment was tested by pointing the headlights at a garage door at 25 feet. The headlights were perfectly aimed without any adjustments needed. | Image Source: Richard McCuistian

After installing the assemblies and turning on the lights, verifying proper operation is the obvious next step. Pointing the vehicle straight at a garage door at 25 feet and noticing where the beams make contact will verify that the headlights are aimed properly. These were perfectly aimed right out of the box.

The headlights worked perfectly, and since my pickup is in good shape, they gave it that “new” look it had lost as the original lights oxidized.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • These headlights are very competitively priced. Local suppliers get over $100 each for these same headlights.
  • They are indistinguishable from brand new OEM Ford headlamp assemblies, which is good if you want to maintain that original look.
  • They last longer than simply polishing the existing headlights.
  • They come with new bulbs and sockets, which is also a plus.
  • The mounting brackets and bolt holes lined up perfectly.

Cons

  • To be totally honest, I can’t think of a single negative thing to say about this product.

The Verdict

Again, after installation, using the garage door for a screen, it is evident that they were perfectly aimed during the manufacturing process. The earliest replacement headlights weren’t aimed during their build process and some of them had poorly crafted aiming mechanisms so that they couldn’t even be properly adjusted. These headlights only need to be plugged in and installed with no aiming necessary as long as your vehicle hasn’t been modified so that it sits unlevel.

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About The Author
Reviewed By Technical Reviewer at CarParts.com

Richard McCuistian has worked for nearly 50 years in the automotive field as a professional technician, an instructor, and a freelance automotive writer for Motor Age, ACtion magazine, Power Stroke Registry, and others. Richard is ASE certified for more than 30 years in 10 categories, including L1 Advanced Engine Performance and Light Vehicle Diesel.

Any information provided on this Website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace consultation with a professional mechanic. The accuracy and timeliness of the information may change from the time of publication.

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