Morimoto: Has always been our go-to-guys when it came to HID, and when they released their line of LED products, we had our doubts. Performance left a little to be desired compared to some of the more refined models on the market. BUT (and thats a big BUT) that has since changed with the new X-VF (Virtual Filament) bulbs! While in all-honesty Morimoto didn't exactly nail it the first time around with the XB LED bulbs, what we have from them today is about as modern as it gets and much more in-line with the quality and performance we've all come to expect from the brand.
Instant: Beautiful, bright light. Nearly infinite life span. Great for signal, marker, brake, and tail lights. Morimoto's new X-VF 3157 LED bulbs are an instant upgrade in the looks and performance for the lighting on your car from bumper to bumper.
So What's new with Version Two? Whereas the now discontinued XB bulbs were really only designed to "look cool" and be "bright" - we all know the saying "power is nothing without control" and that was really the focus behind the new X-VF bulbs. They utilize far more refined optics that distribute light in every direction, most notably improving the side and rear-ward spread. What that means for you? By making full use of all the facets in any turn/brake signal housing - They're way brighter! (and they still look cool!)
Fade-On-Function: Morimoto's new fade-on function drivers are pretty unique too compared to any other bulbs on the market. Utilized on the switchback version of the XV-F bulbs, the drivers gradually ramp up the intensity of the white when it kicks back on after the amber signal is turned off. A small detail, but a neat one none the less.
Make Contact: Thin wire contacts? CK? Non CK? All of that is so 2015! To ensure perfect contact at the base of the bulbs, Morimoto has spec'd fat boy (aka wide) contacts - which are much less likely to bend out of the way or break off. In addition, there is now NO NEED to worry whether you have a CK or Non-CK circuit - since the drivers are now universal. We think that in and of itself is an amazing convenience.
Ford and Toyota Vehicles: There is known issues with how the factory wiring functions using the X-VF switchback bulbs. Because of these known issues, we cannot recommend them for Ford or Tacoma / Tundra vehicles at this time.
Can-bus: The X-VF LED bulbs are can-bus friendly and should not cause "lamp out" errors in MOST applications. If however your vehicle requires more resistance, we recommend using the Morimoto HD Load Resistors which will instantly and safely resolve any issues there.
Protected: Heat management is crucial for reliability when it comes to LEDs. Using just six LED chips to produce peak output, the X-VF LED generates less heat compared to other bulbs that sometimes use up to 48 chips. The CREE XB-D LEDs are mounted inside the lens, which sits atop a ribbed aluminum heat sink. Inside; an integrated thermal resistor reduces output as a secondary level of protection.
CREE LEDs: For more info on what's inside, you can download the CREE Data sheet on the emitters that Morimoto uses in the X-VF LED bulbs.
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BULBS: 2x 3157 Morimoto X-VF LED
WARRANTY: 2 Years
SWAG: Morimoto Decal
CROSS-COMPATIBILITY: 3157, 3057, 3155, 3156, 3357, 3457, 4057, 4157
FITMENTS: Signal, Marker, Brake, Tail, Reverse Lights
CIRCUITS: CK or Non-CK Compatible
BLINKER CIRCUITS: Should Use Resistors
COLOR RATING: 5500K (white)
INTENSITY: 500lm raw (white)
DRIVER OUTPUT: 220-300mA
LIGHT SOURCE: CREE XB-D
I bought the switchbacks and they do everything and more. They are bright and when I use the turn signal everyone is trying to figure out what they are looking at. You need to have the load -resistors to solve hyper-flash, but other than that they are GREAT!!!
Let me start off by saying these bulbs look great. The build quality is great. Unfortunately I didn't even get to use them. The bulbs would not fit into the 3157 sockets on my Toyota Camry. Not completely sure why to be honest. They just would not fully snap in.
I think the problem with these is they dont throw enough light out the side to reflect off the inside of the housing to make the whole DRL housing glow. Instead it was more like 2 white dots (2 bulbs ber side) instead of a full white glow that would compliment the HID projectors. I ended up going back to the halogens. Not a white to match the HIDs but at least it lights up the whole housing.
However, these bulbs are the same in the tail lights of my truck so i put them in the back up and brake lights and they are much brighter now so not a total loss.
They're fully functional and look great, but lit up they aren't quite as bright as expected. For the money, I expected much brighter.