What roof height do you have, and where are you thinking of mounting the new lights?I just ordered a HID kit from ddmtuning for the transit, I will take some before and after shots. I went with the 55w kit, I've used them on my other vehicles and they have been amazing.
ford99, your explorer headlights look excellent just like stock!Another option is to retrofit the factory headlight housing with a proper HID projector with a Bi-xenon light.
I did this on my 1996 explorer with great success. It looked great and added a huge upgrade in lighting performance over the factory halogen lights. Using proper projectors gives that nice cutoff line like any factory HID lighting. I purchased the parts from https://www.theretrofitsource.com/complete-retrofit-kits.html
Basically you bake the complete light housing in the oven. Seperate the clear front lense from the rest of the housing. Then install the projector and shroud. Then put it all back. The wiring is no different from any other HID kit which is simple.
I don't have a transit yet but that is the route I was thinking of going unless plug and play LED bulbs are easier/better/cheaper. I haven't researched those yet.
So I pulled the trigger on a set of LED lights for the high and low beams. And **** what a difference they make. The projection pattern is fairly good since the diode only emits light upward into the reflector, which then radiates out in a general downward pattern.
I just gotta lower the headlight aim a bit to get it back in line with the stock halogens and I'm all set. I'll post pictures when it's all said and done. Overall, having LEDs back and front really gives the van a much crisper appearance.
So far I haven't really noticed a benefit for any temps above 0. But I still plug it in whenever it dips below 20 because it supposedly makes for a more eco-friendly startup. It's definitely worth having if you live in Alaska. I'd say worth the $75 to have just in case. You never know where you'll end up.Thanks for posting pics!
I am going to do exactly what you've done for sure once I get my wagon, it looks excellent!
I noticed your engine block heater plug exposed, how does it work for you?
Is it worth the extra $75?