Dime a Dozen: Everybody wants 9005 LED headlight bulbs today, but for all the wrong reasons. The diverse marketing tactics and the numbers war that's pushed onto ill-advised consumers is only getting more and more amusing to guys like us who actually know better. 100W? 10,000 lumens? Top-secret LED chip formula with seemingly exotic blend of rare materials or fancy coatings? Cool story, bro, but how do they actually work on the road at night? Isn't that what headlights are for?
2Stroke: Despite the fact that we haven't really had anything to offer in this niche, well, at least without risking our reputation selling our customers something that we truly didn't believe in: We respect the fact that Morimoto stood on the sidelines for so long, simply learning from everybody else's mistakes. In testing the 2Stroke system side by side with a multitude of other designs, we finally became excited about LED headlight bulbs for the first time. Against the odds and certainly our expectations; seeing is believing and we agree they actually work pretty darn well! Here's why.
Safety: You won't be putting yourself at risk while driving at night with the 2Stroke Bulbs. Prior to this, we could only ever comfortably recommend LED bulbs for use as auxiliary lighting, high beams, fog lights, etc. Here, we test a lot of automotive lighting products. (really, a lot) Until now, there were literally no options that would translate their luminosity out onto the road into a useful-enough beam pattern (and measured lux at a distance) to really call adequate for on-road use. The optics for the 9005 2Stroke bulbs are unique compared to other sizes in the range in order to produce the best possible results in 9005 headlights.
NOTE: Not for use in low voltage high/low beam DRL applications
Pretty Cool: Heat management is crucial for lumen maintenance and reliability. The 2Stroke bulb's internally opposed 1.5mm copper boards extract as much heat as possible from the area surrounding the LED chips and transfers it to the radiator at the back of the bulb. Yea yea, copper stuff and fans, seen that before...The key here though is that the 2Stroke's copper core has almost 3x more surface area than anything else, and it's fan is A) Mounted sideways so that it not only sucks cool air but also blows hot air out. B) It's a magnetic levitating unit, so there's no ball bearing to seize up and eventually fail. #winning
Size Matters: Due to the extra depth of most LED bulbs, they won't fit inside headlights with solid plastic rear housing caps. The 2Stroke is no different, but they come with specially designed housing cap extensions to solve that common problem. If the original halogen bulb is exposed it's not a problem, but if its internally wired and capped off: you would not be able to close the headlight back up without these caps. They look pretty cool too, with the embossed "2S" logo molded into the back.
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LED BULBS: 2x Morimoto 2Stroke
BULB BASE ADAPTERS: 2x 9005 Fitment
LED DRIVERS: 2x Morimoto 2S Regulators
HOUSING CAPS/EXTENSIONS: 2x "2S" Rubber (60mm dia)
WARRANTY: 3 Years
SWAG: Morimoto Decal
LOW BEAMS: 9005 Only
HIGH BEAMS: 9005 Only
FOG LIGHTS: 9005 Only
DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS: Not for use in low voltage DRL applications
CONFIRM FITMENT: Find my size!
LED EMITTERS: 2x CREE XHP50 per bulb
INTENSITY: 5000lm (raw; per bulb)
INPUT POWER: 34w (per bulb)
INPUT RANGE: 6-30V DC
CURRENT DRAW: 2.7A 12V DC
I got these for the high beams on my Civic Sedan. I really love the color of these lights compared to my stock high beams. The quality of them seems top notch. They are extremely solid in the housing with the included 9005 adapter.
I was also very impressed with the little rubber boot that came with the install package (this is to cover the rear of the unit since it sticks out maybe 2 inches further than stock). I modified my existing rubber seal very slightly and the two pieces fit together like they were made for each other and I am very confident they are going to stay clean.
In my application these lights are on with my DRLs. I see others have posted here that they do not come on, but it must be application specific. It actually took me off guard when I noticed they were on because I comments here had led me to believe they would not come on.
I agree with one other comment here that there seems to be quite a bit of glare on the road right in front of my vehicle. I will have to see if this is annoying or not. Fortunately the light doesn't stop there though, they shine much further than my stock high beams. I would certianly recommend these.
I really love the idea of a single LED assembly that you can take from vehicle to vehicle with simply changing the bulb type specific mounting adapter. Above that, knowing that Morimoto has never once disappointed me in the past (I have used their HID kits in every vehicle/retrofit I have ever owned, I knew these lights would perform flawlessly as the high beam in my 2015 TRD Pro 4Runner.
Here is where it goes downhill...after discussing my application, two separate customer service reps at TRS told me I had to install the anti-flicker modules, otherwise the LEDs would flicker on the DRL mode. As the order arrived and I opened the various parts, I was a little disappointed in finding that there would be nearly 24" of wiring and modules (LED Driver and Anti-flicker module plus three connectors with pigtails). this is sloppy in my opinion, but Morimoto clearly did this for an "ease of production" reason. I was definitely not impressed with this.
Next, upon testing and installation, one of the anti-flicker modules was faulty and inoperable out of the box (yes, I tested it by revering polarity and checking connectors), and when the functional anti-flicker module was installed, the LEDs still flickered!!! Although they flickered less...In my conversations with the two different customer service reps, I was informed BOTH TIMES that the DRL mode would "function like the normal high beam", meaning full brightness. I immediately called TRS and the gentleman I spoke with informed me that the 4Runner has this issue because of the specific voltage pulse (Sine Wave) used to create the DRL's low brightness and that I need to disable the DRL function to eliminate the flicker. Not a proper solution for me.
I am fine with these lights not working for my application, even fine with the misinformation provided by the two previous CSRs, but what bothers me is that after all of it, I had to pay $20 of my own money to ship an order back to TRS when they should have informed me from the very beginning that would not actually function properly in my vehicle. A UPS Return label should have been provided to me as this was clearly a mistake on TRS's part, not mine.
High beam, 13 Subaru.
These are not bad lights, for what they're being used for is what matters. As a high beam in my car, there are better options. Light output is bright white mostly in front of car to lil bit past low beams. My only issue is that the high beams need to go farther down the road, the lows and fogs got the front. I have other cars and bikes to try them on with different collars, but they are definitely good enough not to care if they stay in, silver stars are just better at going down the road. Will update if they're better in one of my other vehicles.
First of all, I want to commend The RetroFit Source for their customer service. Even though I ordered for myself at first, they were very helpful in getting me what I needed, and setting up an RMA for something that I later found out I didn't need.
For me, the application of these lights are on a 2014 Dodge Charger for the high-beams.
I was finally able to test them out this morning, though even at that, it was dawn so not totally dark outside. They work very well in the brightness, but they put a lot of harsh, white light right in front of the vehicle and I can't help but wonder if that will affect night vision when driving in the dead of night.
I have a trip coming up in a weeks time, will try them out and see as I suspect I will be night driving as part of this trip.
Vehicle: Mazda3 Sport (2014, BM)
High beam: 9005 in straight reflector, 2Stroke bulb
Low beam: H11 in projector, 2Stroke bulb
Comments on installation:
Reasonably easy and straightforward. The bulbs themselves are extremely well built.
The drivers are polarity sensitive, but fittings for halogen bulbs can be either polarity (or reversible polarity, as is the case with many common high beam / DRL dual-function setups that run the two bulbs independently at +12 V each for high beam, or in series at -6 V each for DRL). The fittings that came with the kit will fit in either orientation, but only lock properly one way. (In the Mazda's case, they lock with the correct polarity for -6 V DRL, a mode which these bulbs don't support, but have to be reversed and secured with zipties for +12 V high beam.)
The cable harness is an ugly, unprofessional mess. From bulb to driver, it's fine. But then the driver has a pigtail, which connects to another pigtail from the anti-flicker capacitor, which then has yet another pigtail, which then passes through a *fourth* pigtail to connect to the original plug. It doesn't look or feel like OEM quality.
Comments on performance:
Great so far. The low beam pattern from the projectors is not quite as clean a cutoff as with the H11 halogen, but it also gives better coverage on the extreme outer edges. The high beam pattern is excellent.
They DO NOT work on low voltage DRL circuits. The marketing copy and the specifications chart conflict on this point. The marketing copy is correct; they do not turn on at all when the circuit is in 6 volt DRL mode.
Suggestions to manufacturer:
Get rid of the external anti-flicker link and just put that capacitor on the main driver board. Set up the driver board so it can accept either polarity, and will run at reduced brightness when given a low-voltage input. Mould a 900* style connector directly into the driver housing, like you've done with the connectors on the Elite HID ballasts, and use compact rigid adapters on that to allow different styles of OEM headlight connector to be plugged into it. All of that, if implemented, would make these a true OEM-quality upgrade option.
4 out of 5, simply because they did not fit my factory HIGH-beam housing (9005) on my truck. The depth of these bulbs would require about another 3/8 inch to be able to comfortably seat the bulb.
I bought this LED bulb for my 2012 Mazda 3 high beam application which is a reflector based and the installation was pretty easy, just plug in and ready to go. On my first night drive on the highway with this bulb installed, I certainly can confirmed the output is simply amazing (tested it by flashing to drivers in front to overtake them). The colour is white and quite bright which compliments my XB HID setup that was bought from TRS as well.
Although the price is a little bit expensive compared to the competitions, I am sure the money invested is well spent. Overall very happy with it :)
when i bought these the anti flicker was not an available option at the time. myn did flicker as the 9005 is a drl and high beam on my truck. with the anti flicker this cancels out the drl but the light output was increased from around 60% to i assume full potential.
make sure to get the anti flicker.
bought these for a 2016 ford explorer high beam upgrade. I've ran many morimoto products in the past and am familiar with their quality which led me to this purchase. The TRS site confirms that these will fit in the 2016 explorer. Space is of concern and the bulb/ballast combination will not fit into the factory housing. The supplied caps do not fit to create a seal with the factory housings as well. The main issue I had was the adapters. They absolutely would not fit into the factory housing. The tabs seem to be too thick to push into the housing. Factory and other bulbs install without an issue. Was fairly disappointed that I wasn't able to try these out.
These lights are bright and a much needed improvement over the ugly and yellow halogen bulbs that comes with the 2016 STI. Only issue is that it does not dim for your DRL so I would recommend disabling the DRL if you want to use these on your WRX/STI 2015+.