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Do LED headlights increase EV miles?

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Hello. Has anyone who's installed LED head lights in their 1st Gen volt noticed any boost in EV miles at night? I'm not too concerned about brightness, though I do prefer the 5-6k light temperature.

On that same topic, any recommendations on a reliable brand/model for LED head lights? I've read about some bad experiences with their heat sinks being undersized resulting in premature failure. Also sizing issues as LED's are usually larger.

PS: I know that technically LED lights retrofits are not DOT approved (And I don't care :rolleyes:)
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Lets assume a regular 1 hour commute. Factory HIRs consume 110W (55W per bulb). In one hour, you are using .1kWh. This translates to about .4 EV miles (assuming 4 miles per kWh). Even if the LEDs are four times as efficient, you are gaining about .3 EV miles on a 1 hour trip
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