Dime a Dozen: Everybody wants 9012 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? Check out our Comparison Video on YouTube.
2Stroke 2.0: 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 brand-new 2Stroke 2.0 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 9012 2Stroke bulbs are unique compared to other sizes in the range in order to produce the best possible results in 9012 headlights.
Modern: Relative to the original 2Stroke that used massive & powerful CREE XHP50 LED chips, the updated 2.0 version now employs the latest and greatest Z ES chips from Philips Lumileds. Their small footprint allows for maximum lumen density and precision perfection when it comes to the bulbs ability to re-create the output of the original halogen bulbs they replace. Many other LED headlight bulbs are now using small LED chips lined up in a row, but nothing compares to the Philips Z ES.
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. The one-piece radiator housing is CNC machined from 6061 aluminum, and conceals a magnetic levitating fan inside. This is the most compact way to house an effective yet compact cooling system.
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 2.0 is undoubtedly one of the most compact (yet still actively cooled) LED Bulbs on the market. Morimoto paid much attention to this throughout development, and it's not such an easy task given the need to balance size, power input to the LED chips, and thermal management to keep them running within safe range.
Trusted: For more than a decade, we've worked hard to earn our killer reputation. Car guys world-wide know that TRS carries the internet's best selection of high performance automotive and powersport lighting products at the best prices, and we've got the best, most knowledgeable team of real enthusiasts to help back it up. If we sell it, then you bet we've put it to the test on our own cars, trucks, and bikes. Need a recommendation on parts for your project? Got a tech question? Wholesale inquiry? Contact Us
LED BULBS: 2x 9012 Morimoto 2Stroke 2.0
LED DRIVERS: 2x Morimoto 2S2 Regulators
WIRING: 9006/9012 Plug n Play Input Adapters
WARRANTY: 3 Years
SWAG: Morimoto Decal
LOW BEAMS: 9012 Only
HIGH BEAMS: 9012 Only
FOG LIGHTS: 9012 Only
DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS: 4V-9V non-pulsed
CONFIRM FITMENT: Find my size!
LED EMITTERS: 6x Philips Lumileds Z ES per bulb
INTENSITY: 2440lm (raw; per bulb)
INPUT POWER: 23w (per bulb)
INPUT RANGE: 6-18V DC
CURRENT DRAW: 1.9A 12V DC
I bought these for my 2015 Scion TC after my HIDs gave out on me and compared to my HIDs the 2SSTROKE 2.0 were a noticeable difference. The light output was much brighter and stronger. I can see everything much more clearly at night without second guessing my self on the road.
I purchased these for my 2018 Rav4. I seriously couldn't see the road with oncoming traffic completely obliterating my stock headlights. After three months of putting up with it I took a chance and purchased these. Extremely happy I did, the output from my car is still very focused as they're in projectors, but I'm also casting light out to the sides of the road too, and I still have a nice solid horizontal cut off line so I know I'm not blinding other drivers.
Bottom line, they're a solid choice much brighter than stock halogen bulbs. If you're driving with projection housing, these guys have got you covered.
I installed these in a 2013 Taurus halogen projector base the light output is 10x brighter at least also matches the stock cutoff line perfectly . These are small based LED bulbs the images shown don’t do justice I did not need the extended caps but you may also the fans are not overly loud either only a slight hum but with the engine running you can’t hear it. If you want the brightest led for your stock ford projectors use these you can’t go wrong.