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When the line of Holley RetroBright headlights were announced in early 2022, it was apparent almost immediately that the demand for a high-quality LED headlight for classic applications was bigger in scale than we expected. Customers wanted modern lighting, but they didn't want to change the classic look of their vehicle with a funky, faceted aftermarket LED system and they didn't want to have to deep-dive into the wiring. Holley RetroBright headlights were the answer they were looking for: they fit like a standard sealed-beam unit, looked like a standard sealed-beam unit, didn't require cutting into the wiring for most applications, and performed like a brand-new, off-the-showroom-floor car or truck's lighting system. Holley RetroBright won the National Street Rod Association's award for New Safety Related Product Of The Year for the headlights, and we've expanded the product lineup to include replacement bulbs for such items as turn signals, tail lights and marker light bulbs in common bulb forms, like 1157 and 168/194 styles. We asked people who converted their vehicles from standard lighting to Holley RetroBrights to tell us, in their own words, what they think about Holley RetroBright. Don't take our word for it...take theirs!
“For any car enthusiasts who drive their cars often at night, these are absolutely the best safety upgrade that can be made on a classic car. I cannot express just how much better you can see the road ahead with Holley Retrobright LEDs, and I absolutely love the fact that they install in the factory headlight buckets in just a few minutes. I want a set of these in every classic car I own!”
Vehicle: 1982 Chevrolet C20 Utility Truck
“You’ll notice a big difference on the road, too, though it’s difficult to find a really dark road here in Southern California. We’ve seen some LED conversions with very narrow beams that make it difficult to see around a corner, but the RetroBright headlights push a lot more light out in front of you, and in a wide, usable pattern, too.”
Vehicle: 1993 GMC C1500 W/T
“The difference between even a brand-new, out-of-the-box set of halogen headlights and Holley RetroBright headlights is almost unrealistic. After installing them into the Charger, I took my wife on a cruise at dusk on some unlit country backroads to show them off. Since her daily driver is a 2022 model year truck with modern LED headlights, she was surprised at how clear she could see with the RetroBrights, even on low-beams. When she was pointing out some deer that she saw, she didn’t mean “next to the ditch”. She meant, “at the far end of the cornfield”. They are worth every last cent if you even think you’ll drive your car at night.”
Vehicle: 1976 Dodge Charger Daytona
“I can’t say enough about the Holley RetroBright lights on my Mustang. Other modern LED headlights don’t have the classic look of the Holley RetroBrights—both on and off. The low current draw takes a load off the vintage wiring and alternator, which gives me peace of mind every time that I pull the light switch. The installation was very simple, they fit great, and the instructions answered all my questions. I appreciated the adapter harnesses so I didn’t have to make any permanent modifications to my classic Mustang’s wiring. I preach the benefits of the Holley RetroBright lights to everyone who will listen.”
Vehicle: 1986 Saleen Mustang
“I first heard the buzz about these RetroBright headlights at LS Fest 2022. After driving our 1966 Buick Skylark 4,000 miles in less than a week, and many of those miles after dark, I knew we needed to upgrade the lighting situation. I've always been skeptical of the typical "spider eye" LED light swaps because the lights stick out and this particular car is very stock appearing on the outside. The RetroBright lights look strikingly similar to the OEM halogen lights when they're not illuminated. But when they are on, boy can you tell the difference! Installation was an absolute breeze…finally, a kit that literally bolts right on without any modifications! After removing the original lights, I used my multimeter to identify which connections on the OEM harness were for ground, hi-beam and low-beam. Once all of the wire colors were identified it was plug-and-play to build the RetroBright connections and to put the retainer and surrounding hardware back in place. The entire process took me less than 20 minutes and only required two screwdrivers and a multimeter to convert everything over. The LED lights are a vast improvement over the sealed beam technology that's been in existence for 80 years. If you plan to put many miles on your ride after dark, you need a set of these lights!
Vehicle: 1967 Buick Skylark
“It took me 5 years, and about 2000 hours to do a complete nut and bolt restoration on my 67 GTO. Even though I bought four new incandescent bulbs for the low and high beams, within two years, two of the bulbs were already burnt out. I installed Holley's RetroBright bulbs because it only makes sense. The LEDs are still working as they should two years after, with multiple long road trips. The lights give me much more confidence driving at night. Why risk wrecking your baby because you can't see well at night?”
Vehicle: 1967 Pontiac GTO
“I Bought this 1969 Ford F-250 Crew Cab out of the Soddy-Daisy Collection, where it had sat for over 25 years. I had set a goal to get it running and to drive it across two states to get to Holley Ford Fest in four days. With this wild plan in mind, we knew that a large portion of the parts on the truck needed to be replaced to make the truck safe to be driven, and the headlights were no exception. My F100 at home has always had a set of amber headlights and I wanted to transfer that look onto this truck. The Holley RetroBrights allowed us to not only travel safely and see perfectly on our 3 a.m. road trip up to Bowling Green, but also keep that retro look that so many people know from my F100.”
Vehicle: 1969 Ford F-250
“The new RetroBright headlights gave us an incredible difference with clarity and projection. This is definitely an upgrade in safety and appearance. They were very easy to install…just plug in and you’re ready to go!"
Vehicle: 1973 Ford F-100