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Darken Headlights

I am thinking of darkening the headlights on my Jeep. The three ways of doing this that I understand are a) getting new headlight assemblies (SRT, aftermarket); b) painting the inside of the lenses; and c) installing a film over the lenses.

I don't want to permanently alter the headlights (e.g., by painting) and am too cheap (for now) to pay for the new headlights. Of course, I am a big believer in "you get what you pay for". However, I am leaning to option c), installing a film.

I am thinking about this: 14-15 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit / Overland Headlight Protection Kit

I am thinking the "Light Smoke" might look good. Any thoughts on this company?

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Re: Darken Headlights

So you want to mod your headlights, but are too cheap to do it lol. Personally, I think film just looks cheap and wont really achieve the look you are going for. not only that, but it will reduce the output of your headlights a little.
IMO, either do it the right way and purchase a pair of SRT headlights, or open them up and paint the bezel black. Unfortunately to the best of my knowledge you cannot heat the Grand Cherokee headlights to heat the adhesive so the lens will come off. So if you were the paint the inner bezel the lens will have to be cut off then re-attached. Its a lot of work and as you know this is permanent, and an expensive headlight assembly just to start hacking apart.

So again, either wait and find the cheapest pair of SRT lights you can, or just leave them alone all together. Based on your username you have a '15 Summit, so thats not a vehicle I would want to cheap out on and put cheesy headlight film on.
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Re: Darken Headlights

a lot of people here use laminx. i did my taillights by myself and the look they have is great, however do not attempt this yourself unless you have experience with vinyl. i had no experience and botched mine pretty good. theres a lot of bubbling and creases around edges and im sure the headlights are even harder. looking at getting someone to do for me but tried to charge me $300. however the quality is great. light output is not reduced at all on my taillights and i went with the smoked i believe (one shade lighter than charocal). im thinking of doing my headlights as well on my altitude, but i would advise having one of their recommended installers do it. if you choose to do it yoourself dont use the precut sheets, get the sized sheets (2 12'x 18" should work) as their precut kits arent exactly to spec. good luck
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Re: Darken Headlights

I could never understand why you'd want to tint your headlight lenses and reduce light output. I'm sure it also shortens the lifespan of the bulb as it'll trap more heat inside the housing.
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Re: Darken Headlights

Thanks for your replies ... Appreciate all of the advice. Will think further and let you know what, if anything, I decide to do.

And, to address one comment, while I appreciate the darker look of the SRT lights, I will not pay a couple grand for this cosmetic mod . It's not really a question of cash, it's about priorities. Your point about the cheap look, however, resonates. But from what I've seen, unless you go too dark, or do a lousy job, it doesn't really appear cheap to me. Further thought required - will have to look a little closer.

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