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Commonly Asked Questions

Will these headlights really fit and work in my classic car?

Dapper Lighting headlights are designed to directly replace your OEM sealed beam headlamps in most domestic and foreign models (1985 and previous years for MOST models). However due to the inconsistencies in designs, there are a few models that may need small modifications to fit properly. These modifications generally involve making additional clearance space in the cars headlight buckets to allow room for the light projector and routing of wiring. Contact us with your make/model/year, and we will work with you to ensure that you receive the proper setup.

Why are Dapper headlight kits so much more expensive than other replacement products in the market place?

Dapper Lighting’s Headlights use OEM-quality projectors utilizing the same construction materials and methods as new-era luxury and performance cars. Dapper Lighting integrates high quality steel housings with polished glass projector lenses, as well as durability-tested solenoids for hi/low beam control. Cheaper designs often claim to be a true projector system, however they often just use a glass or plastic lens in an attempt to imitate the look. These designs simply cannot offer the light output improvement that Dapper Lighting headlamps provide. When you buy a Dapper Lighting system, you can rest assured you will not experience any fading, yellowing, deterioration, or fogging. We are extremely confident in the quality of our headlights, which is why we stand behind them with an industry-leading 5-year warranty. Dapper Lighting provides safety, reliability, and aesthetic upgrades in one all-inclusive package.

Can I install these lights myself?

All of our kits include a fully detailed install guide with step-by-step instructions and pictures to guide you through your DIY project. Some basic mechanical experience is helpful, but not required. Some cars may need small modifications due to the variations in headlight bucket designs and dimensions, so be sure to contact us with any questions regarding fitment. As always, representatives are available to help with any installation questions you may have. Give us a call 7 days a week, or email us at your convenience. Our techs are here to assist you in any way we can.

How do I get replacement bulbs?

Dapper Lighting’s 7-inch round projector kits as well as 6x7-inch square projector kits all use H1 type bulbs. Dapper Lighting’s 5.75-inch projector systems use 9006-type bulbs. We include halogen bulbs standard in EVERY kit we sell, and they are also covered under warranty. If you are in a pinch and need a replacement bulb before we can send you out a replacement (generally takes 1-3 business days), you can always find these bulbs at any local automotive store. If you are looking to get the most out of your projector headlamps and want to upgrade to HID (high-intensity discharge) bulbs, we can provide you with them as well and they too are covered under warranty.

What if my headlights break?

All of Dapper Lighting’s products are covered by an industry best 5-year warranty. In the unfortunate situation where a headlight breaks, contact us, and we will work with you to find the proper unit for replacement. We aren’t here to squeeze pennies out of you, so if you lose a headlamp to a fender bender, a race incident, or other issues not related to Dapper Lighting’s manufacturing, don’t hesitate to call us. We understand things happen and want no more than to provide a stress-free solution to resolving your issue. Safety is a virtue at Dapper Lighting, and we don’t want anybody driving without a properly functioning headlamp system.

Do I have to cut my original harness to install these lights?

All of our kits are designed to be plug and play, with no cutting or splicing required. If you’re worried about the integrity of your original harness, we have relayed-harnesses available, which provide direct, fused power from the battery to your lights. 
 This eliminates voltage spikes / drops and pulls full flowing power to both headlamps so you know you’re getting the best output and performance possible.

Will your harness be long enough?

There are thousands of makes/models of cars our headlight work on. However, each and every one of them is at least slightly different. Most cars have their batteries in the engine bay, however it's not uncommon to see them moved other areas like the trunk--in high-end show cars for example. In cases such as this, our universal harnesses may not be long enough right out of the box. Don’t worry! Let us know if you think you’ll need more length than normal, and we can include extension cables to accommodate any distance. Our techs are more than happy to speak with you personally about your individual build and the lighting needs associated with it.

Do I need to upgrade my alternator?

In most cases, you do not need to upgrade your alternator. All of our kits will draw the same or less than your stock sealed beam lamp. Here is a reference guide to determine amperage draw:

Lamp Wattage Draw Amperage Draw (Per)
Standard Sealed Beam 55W/60W ~5A
Dapper Halogen Kit 55W ~4A
Dapper HID Kit 35W

~5A(Startup)
~3A (Constant)