Jeep Wrangler JL 9 Inch HD Tempest RGB Halo LED Headlights & Fog Light Set Review & Install

Hey, guys.

So, today, we're checking out the9-Inch HD Tempest LED Headlight and Fog Light Set, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers.

So, if you're really looking to step up yourlighting performance for the front-end of your Wrangler, then this set is going to bea great choice to take a look into.

This set is going to include both the headlight andthe fog light, upgrading your factory lights to a projector LED, which is gonna be greatfor you guys out there that are looking to up your lighting performance with a bright, white light and a more uniform light pattern.

So, that's gonna help you out with visibilityon dark back roads, dark trails, and even just driving around at night and is also gonnagive you a very sleek look with the overall setup.

Considering that these are matching, they're both gonna have those projector LEDs.

But what I really like about these is thefact that they're gonna have that halo there.

It's gonna act like a daytime running lightand is also going to have RGB HD technology.

So, you can hook these up to your iPhone, change them to whatever color that you'd like and they're even gonna have a bunch of lightingeffects on the app that's included in this kit.

And makes it perfect for somebody who'sreally looking to customize the front-end of their Wrangler as well as the lightingand I think it makes it stand out from the rest as far as other headlights and fog lightsgo.

Not to mention, these are also going to be built very well.

These are gonna be durable, great for somebody who's looking for a headlight and a fog light that's going to hold theirown while they're out on the trail.

So, as far as pricing goes, this is goingto be, as a kit, roughly $800.

And, in my personal opinion, I think that you're gettingwhat you pay for out of this kit.

These are gonna be, again, built very well.

They'regonna be built with a high quality LED.

You're getting a lot of bells and whistles and notonly are you just getting headlights, you're also getting fog lights in the kit.

Now, whatI really like about this is the fact that, of course, they have that color technologywhere you can really customize it to whatever you want, perfect for somebody who's reallylooking to change up the front-end of their JL from the rest, but it's also gonna comewith a plug and play kit with a little bit of wiring when it comes to just hooking itup to the battery.

That makes it really easy for you to get these headlights in and geta custom look on the front-end of your Wrangler.

So, in my personal opinion, I think you aregetting what you pay for when it comes to that $800, considering the quality, the durability, and just all the extra bells and whistles that you get in this build and in this setof headlights and fog lights compared to the other choices.

Now, as far as install goes, like I said, there is some wiring, but it's very minimal and very simple.

The rest of the kit is plugand play.

You're gonna need some very basic hand tools in order to get the job done.

So, speaking of that install, let's jump into that now.

The tools that I'll use for my install arean impact wrench, an electric ratchet, ¼-inch drive ratchet, a 12, 10, 8, and 7-millimeterdeep socket, a T20 Torx socket, a small extension, a 3-millimeter Allen key, a Phillips head, and flathead screwdriver, a pop clip removal tool, and a wire tool.

For this install, we're gonna start with theheadlights.

So, what I'm gonna do first is take off the grille.

So, you'll need a flatheadscrewdriver or a pop clip removal tool in order to take off that grille.

What we'regonna do next is lift up on the top of the grille and make sure that the two pins oneither side are out and then we can just give this a good pull and release the clips downat the bottom of the grille.

And then we can remove our grille.

Now, in order to removeour headlight, we need to take out the three 10-millimeter bolts.

So, I'm gonna use a 10-millimetersocket and go ahead and remove those.

The headlight will move out of place, held inby a couple of pins.

Then we're gonna pull the headlight forward.

Just give me a clipon the other side.

For the wiring harness, we're gonna press down, pull back, and wecan put our factory headlight aside.

So, before we actually mount up our headlight, we do wanna lay out our wiring harness first because there is a lot going on here.

AndI will explain what I'm doing once we get to that step.

But you wanna grab your wiringharness and we're just gonna unravel everything.

It's gonna look like a bit of a mess at first.

However, it is a very simple wiring harness and most of it is plug and play.

So, justtaking a look at our wiring harness, we're gonna have four main connectors.

These areboth labeled.

They're gonna go to the driver's side and passenger side headlight and foglight.

We're gonna run those up to the front, just lay those there for a second, and thenwe have some colored wires on the back of our control box.

Now, the red and the black, those are goingto go to our battery.

That is our power and our negative or our ground.

So then we'releft with the white, yellow, and blue wire.

We will not be using the white wire, so wecan tie that out of the way, put that away.

And then we also have a driver's side andpassenger side channel with a spade connector on the end.

Now, this is going to go intoa split harness that we're going to plug into our factory turn signal fender wiring harness, so these will sync up or the headlights and the fog lights will sync up with our fenderturn signal.

So, we will get to those in just a second.

But right now, we're gonna lay outour harness.

So, we want these up at the front, right here.

I am just going to take all of our main plugs, send them down through.

And this control box is actually gonna sit in the middle, justso we can reach everything.

I just wanna line everything up first.

So, we can actually sendthe driver's side over to the other side.

I am going to keep the passenger side overhere, through right now with our main plug.

And don't worry, we will tie this all up outof the way.

This is going to come down, kind of, to the center here.

That's a good startingpoint for us.

Then we'll take our yellow wire.

This is going to be our driver's side turnsignal wire.

I'm gonna try to keep this as clean as possible.

And this is actually gonnago over to the driver's side fender.

Now, that's not actually going to sit there.

Ijust wanna make sure that this is laid out correctly.

So, I'm just actually just goingto reroute these wires real quick.

Just make sure it's as clean as possible.

Keep the passengermain plugs here.

We're gonna send these three wires up across and then leave those therefor the meantime.

Now, we can mount up our headlight and plug that in.

Now that we have our harness organized andwhere it needs to sit in order to evenly plug everything in, what we're gonna do is plugin our passenger side headlight.

You're going to use the connector from the control boxand then line up the little arrow, press that together, and then you're gonna have a littlethreaded cap.

Pin that down.

Make sure that that's sealed.

Then we can go ahead and plugthe other plug into our factory harness.

You'll hear a little click.

What we're gonna do nowis mount up our headlight.

So, you're gonna have a couple pins that line up.

We're gonnatake our factory hardware and use three 10-millimeter bolts.

Thread those in by hand.

Then we cantighten up the bolts with a 10-millimeter socket.

So, at this point in time, our headlight ismounted up and we would usually do the other side.

However, I want to go into the fog lightinstall and show you guys both the headlight and the fog light next to our factory headlightand fog light.

So, we're gonna go ahead and jump into that.

So, in order to access our fog lights, wewill have to take off our side trim pieces.

However, it's a little bit easier to do thatonce our lower splash shield is out of the way.

So, we're going to remove the clips thatare holding in the front with a trim removal tool and then we can move to the back boltsor back screws with an 8-millimeter socket.

So, now, we can take out these screws in theback with an 8-millimeter socket.

Same for the other side.

So, once that second screwis removed, we can remove our lower splash shield.

So, next, we can take off our trimpieces.

It's gonna be held on by a number of screws around the sides.

So, what I'm gonnado is take a 7-millimeter socket and a little extension just to give myself a little bitof room here since this does come back a little bit and we can go ahead and remove all ofthose.

All right.

Once all the screws are removed, this one's being a little stubborn.

We can just wiggle out our trim piece and then thatwill expose our fog light.

So, what we're gonna do now is just unplug this and we'llbe able to remove our fog light.

So, on this board bumper, you will have three T20 Torxscrews that are holding on our fog light.

On the Sahara bumper, you're gonna have four8-millimeter screws.

So, what I'm gonna do is just take a T20 Torx.

All right.

Once those are removed, we canpull back our fog light and remove it.

So, before we can attach our fog light, as youcan tell, it is a little bit different than our factory fog light.

This is the Sport foglight.

So, this comes out of our Sport bumper.

This is going to have three mounting pointsas to where this is set up like a Sahara fog light or the LED package fog light and that'sgonna have four mounting points.

So, you are supplied with brackets for the Sport bumper.

You also are supplied brackets for the Rubicon bumper too.

So, what I have to do, in orderto have this mount up correctly, is attach a bracket here.

Now, this is going to actas that tab and then those two mounting locations on the other side are perfectly aligned withour bumper.

So, I am going to grab our provided hardware.

This is the button head bolt andI'm actually gonna send it through the back here and then lay our bracket down on top.

Same for the bottom one.

All right.

And we're gonna take our bracket, lay that down on top.

Then we're gonna take our washers and lock washers.

And we can take the nut, thread thaton and we'll tighten that down with a 7-millimeter socket and that Allen key that we just used.

As you can see, I also have a microfiber down.

I just wanna make sure that the lens on the fog light is not scratched by the table.

Youalso wanna make sure that it's oriented the correct way.

What I did was just lined itup with our factory fog light and you'll be able to tell what is the top and what is thebottom, because it will say, "DOT and SAE" up the top of the lens on the new fog light.

So, now that our bracket is installed, what we're gonna do is head over to the Jeep andattach this with our factory hardware on our tabbed side with the bracket and our new hardwareon the other side.

So, what we're gonna do now is mount up ourfog light.

Now, we're gonna have a long Phillips head screw as well as a spacer for the twomounting holes on this side and then we're gonna reuse our factory Torx screw over onthe right-hand side.

So, before we go ahead and mount that up, I'm gonna prep our foglight with the spacer and the Phillips's head.

So, as you can tell, there's a spacer behindthere.

I'm just gonna go ahead and line that up, take a Phillips head screwdriver and justget it started.

So, now that it's started, we can take our factory screw, line that upwith that mounting location.

I'm gonna take that T20 Torx and tighten that down.

And beforewe tighten it down all the way, we wanna make sure that we get this other spacer and screwin.

I'm just gonna put that behind, line that up and line that up with our bumper.

So, wecan completely tighten down our factory screw with that T20 Torx and have a Phillips headscrewdriver and tighten down those two Phillips head screws that are provided in the kit.

So, once that is nice and tight, what we'regonna do is plug in our factory harness to our split harness here.

This is gonna go onthe factory style connector and then we're gonna take the wiring harness from the controlbox or the wire from the control box.

Line this up just like we did with the headlight, plug that in and screw down this little cap and then we're gonna put on our trim piece.

So, now that our headlight and our fog light are mounted up, what we're gonna do is startto wire them up.

Now, first, we're gonna take our split harness and our wire for our turnsignal wiring harness and we're gonna install that before we attach our wires to our battery.

So, I'm actually going to leave this off ofthe spade connector right now.

I wanna drop this wire down.

This does not seem to go pastthe battery tray.

So, we are just going to drop this behind the battery tray into thewheel well area and that is where our harness is.

Now, I would like to mention that youwill not have to take off your inner wheel well in order to access the wiring harness.

However, I took it off to give you guys a better view.

So, once that is underneath ourfender, we can plug this in.

And we're gonna take this harness and plug it in between ourfactory harness.

So, again, you don't have to take off your inner fender liner.

I justwanted to show you guys where this is located.

So, you can actually just pull it back ifyou have it installed, but it is going to be attached up on the top part of our quarterpanel.

It is held in by clips.

So, I'm gonna take a trim removal tool and just remove it, so we can have a better access to the plug.

And then we can unplug this.

Right.

So, oncethat's unplugged, we can take our split harness and plug that in.

And then we can clip thisback into the quarter right up outta here.

And then we'll tie all these wires up in justa minute, after everything's installed.

And now, we can head to the battery.

What we're gonna do now is attach our leadsto the battery.

Now, these are just gonna come as a standard wire, so you do have toput a connector on the end.

So, I'm gonna take a pair of wire stripping, crimping, andcutting tools.

Strip the end here.

Put a larger one on the positive wire.

What I also do reallylike about this is the fact that it has an inline fuse, makes it a little bit more efficient.

All right.

And we can put this down.

Same for our negative.

Let down and then we'regonna attach them too at the battery.

So, I'm gonna start with our positive lead.

Thisis a 12-millimeter socket.

Just remove one of the accessory nuts, make sure that theseare not tangled up.

Put this over here.

Make sure that's not touching any metal.

And we're gonna reattach the nut, tightenthat back up with a 12-millimeter socket.

And you can grab a 10-millimeter socket andtake off the negative accessory nut.

Tighten that back up with the 10-millimeter socket.

If you are using connectors like this, I would recommend to heat shrink them as well as justwrap them up with a little bit of electrical tape.

But now that those are on our battery, our headlights and our fog lights are receiving power from the control box.

So, before we wrap up this inside, I wannastop down and tell you guys a little bit more about this new headlight and fog light setand what benefits that you're gonna get out of this new setup in comparison to your factorysetup.

Now, right off the bat, you can tell that this new setup, this new headlight andfog light are going to be completely different as far as the lighting technology goes andthe overall housing and the overall design.

Now, our new headlight and fog light setupare gonna have a black housing on the inside, giving a very sleek look to the front endof the Jeep.

And the headlight is going to have a riveted outline on the outside, whichis gonna give more of an aggressive look, which I do really like in comparison to themore basic design that our factory setup is giving us with that chrome reflector and thathalogen bulb.

Now, our new lights on the table are actuallygonna be a lot more durable.

This is gonna be made of a die cast aluminum housing.

It'sgonna have a texture black powder coat finish on the back, which is going to protect thatfrom any corrosion.

The lens themselves are going to be a lot stronger, made out of apolycarbonate material instead of the plastic materials that are used on our factory housingand lens on both our headlight and our fog light.

And they are going to be IP67 rated, which essentially means that they are dust proof and waterproof.

So, when you're outon the trail kicking up dust all day or if you go water fording with these headlightsor fog lights, the LEDs inside are going to be A-okay.

Now, the big step up is obviously with thatlighting performance.

What I do really like about these is that they're going to be alot cleaner, have a more uniform light pattern and shine a lot brighter than your factoryhalogen bulbs.

Now, the factory bulb, that's going to be perfect for stock applications.

However, if you're looking for higher performance lights, an LED setup like this is exactlywhat you wanna go for.

And these are gonna be a projector LED, both on the headlightas well as the fog light.

That's going to illuminate the light a lot farther down theroad, more uniform light pattern and it's overall just going to help the performanceof the LED itself.

And this is also gonna have a 6, 000K color temperature, which isa bright white light and that's going to, again, look a lot cleaner, a lot more modernizedand match with any other LEDs that you already have on your Wrangler as to where the factoryhalogen is gonna be more of that yellowish or almost amber-ish hue just because of thelower color temperature with a halogen bulb.

Now, what I really like about these is thefact that these set themselves apart from even the factory setup in a lot of other LEDson the market.

They have a halo on both the headlight as well as the fog light, but they'renot only going to just act as a daytime running light, they also have HD RGB technology included, so you are able to hook up your Android or your iPhone to the halo itself.

There is goingto be a control box that will actually actuate all of this, but all you have to do is hookup your smartphone and you can change the halo to any color that you'd like.

And youcan also change it to any effect that you'd like.

This does come with an app that hasup to 121 lighting features, so you can really customize the front-end and your lightingsetup to really however you want.

So, not only are you getting all of the lightingbenefits from the headlight as well as the fog light, they are going to sync up witheach other and not only are they going to sync up each other, but you do get a splitharness for each side for your turn signal wiring harnesses.

So, they are going to syncup with your turn signals as well.

That's something that I do really like about thissetup and, obviously, it is a big upgrade from the factory one.

So, enough about thesetwo on the table side-by-side, let's go finish up our install.

What we're gonna do now is just repeat thatprocess that we did on the passenger side now on the driver's side.

So, I'm gonna startwith our headlight.

So, again, I'm just gonna leave one of these wires out for our fog lightand just route these two back.

This one is going to be for our headlight.

This one isgonna go back to our turn signal, so I'm just gonna leave that over on the side there.

Makesure that this is oriented the correct way.

Plug that in.

Make sure you hear a click.

So, I already installed our bracket here.

Now, we can just tighten everything down inplace and tighten this up with a Phillips head screwdriver.

You will have to give it a little bit of pressure to get it started.

Plug in our factory styleharness.

We can plug in our control box wire.

Right.

And after that is connected, we canjust put our trim piece back on.

So, on the driver's side, depending on whatmodel you have, you may have a black fuse box here.

What I'm gonna do is take out thetwo 10-millimeter bolts that are holding it on because, on the driver's side, we'll beable to access that turn signal wiring harness from the top if we just move this out of theway.

So, I'm gonna take a 10-millimeter socket.

Just take those two bolts out.

This windshieldline is going to be held on by a couple of clips.

Go to unhook this.

Put this aside, right on the master cylinder.

So, what we're gonna do is take our driver's side yellowwire with our spade connector.

Plug that into our split harness or split connector.

Now, I already undid this from the clip, but it's going to be located right underneath thatblack box.

All we have to do, push this red tab back, unplug it, plug that in, tuck that away.

What we're gonnado next is move our fuse box back to where it was.

Hook these lines back on.

Put themdown.

Take our hardware that we took out originally and just mount this back up.

10-millimetersocket, tighten those up and then we can put our grille and our splash guard back on.

Next, we're gonna put on our splash guard.

Now, I would recommend to tie all of your wires out of the way.

There's some space underneaththe upper splash shield where you can put them.

There are a number of ways to do this, I just use some zip ties and also the control box has some 3M backing on there, so you canstick that wherever you like.

You just wanna make sure that it's away from anything thatis hot or moving.

You don't want them to get hooked on anything.

Then we can attach oursplash guard.

All right.

So, I'm gonna start by attaching the screws in the back, savingthem up with the 8-millimeter socket that we used before.

Same thing for the other side.

Once the screws are attached, we can take our clips and attach them up at the frontof our splash guard.

Great.

Now, we can reattach our grille.

Now, we'regonna take our grille, line this up, press the top forward, the pins will set up at thetop and then we can give the bottom a good press.

You should hear everything.

All right.

Now, we can take our pop clips.

After your grille's installed, what we're gonna do nextis close up the hood and then we'll be all set to go.

So, that's gonna wrap it up for my reviewand install.

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