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I need to update my headlights on my 1972 914 . Which light is the best upgrade when you do not have to modify the electrical system. I do not want to have the ignition switch to get hot because they are drawing a lot of amps. Which is the best that I might get the a bright light and not have to modify my electrical system
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If you don't want to make any changes at all to the wiring, then all the power for the lights will be going through the ignition switch. This means that using standard high-powered bulbs is not a good idea.

The only thing I can think of that is a possibility after that would be LED bulbs. They can produce more light using less power, which means less stress on the ignition switch. I don't have any experience with particular LED headlights, though, so I can't tell if there are ones that actually are better int he real world or not.

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I thought you had to run a relay if you wanted to have really bright lights.
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For most lights, yes.

LEDs are something of a game changer. You can get a whole lot of lumens out of a bunch of LEDs with relatively low power consumption, which means you do not have to add a relay to the system. (Still not a bad idea, but not required if the power draw is less than the standard lights.)

But LED bulbs have had issues in the past, with light patterns and actual output versus theoretical output, and so on. Ones currently available may be better, but I don't have any experience with them.

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wiring

If I decided to install a relay is there a instruction manual that goes with kit.
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Yes there is. And in any case not rocket science to install.

You might try to find some vintage lights as well. I had Cibie halogens in my -6 that we’re fantastic; neat low-beam cut-off.
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I have led's. They are awesome. They light up the road like a new car. Simple plug in installation. Same size as used in a jeep wrangler so they are pretty common. I can't think of one downside. The bulb does look different cosmetically but most of us drive around during the day with headlights down.
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where can I buy the wiring set up for the 914
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Vintage Cibie halogens are a good option, if you can source them. I also traded out my factory fog lights for a pair of small halogen driving lights that work really well when paired with the Cibie halogens. Both are "plug and play" options that don't require modifications to the wiring system and are a vast improvement over OEM equipment.
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