Purists: Will start their critique before they get their hands on it. "But no!" they say. LED based projectors lack width! LED projectors have weak distance! At TRS we love good old HID-powered projectors more than Kanye loves Kanye...BUT....Truth be told, it's hard not to like the MLED. The performance is on par. The simplicity is sublime. The ease of installation is excellent. The instant on is awesome. The times are changing, and now is the turning point.
M: Is for Mind blown. When Morimoto first announced the MLED projector back in 2015...we were all excited! But with barely any news on it since then, some started to get the impression that it was nothing more than a myth. But then a working prototype showed up alongside Morimoto's laser concept at the 2017 DVN Conference in Detroit. Now...now it's here, and man it seems to be worth the wait. Here's why.
Output: We'll just start with the hotspot. It's on par with the Mini D2S 4.0 and a XB 45K Bulb / XB55 ballast, and about 20% brighter than it's closest LED-based competitor: the CNLight i-lens. The Kuria optic clear lens and curved cutoff shield produce a beam pattern that's plenty wide, with an ECE-sloped cutoff that's super sharp, colorful. Rather than off-the-shelf LED's like early LED projectors in the aftermarket, the MLED uses a specially developed CSP chipset from Seoul SemiConductor. To top it all off, the "M" icon that's projected onto the ground thanks to the special foreground limiter is just plain cool.
Physically: It has a lot going for it too. The threaded mounting shaft can be removed from the projector to free up almost an inch of depth for those who don't need/want it. The integrated mag-lev fan is sunk into the heat sink, keeping space to a minimum without sacrificing the ability to stay cool. The wiring is clean, out of the way, and can be disconnected with ease. The precision and existence of mostly die-cast (rather than stamped) parts in the cutoff shield mechanism makes for a slop-free setup and conveys quality over cost savings. It could pass for an OEM part.
Simplicity: Forget about separate bulbs. Forget about big ballasts, or where to mount them. Forget about complex relay harnesses, and where to run them. Here, you've got the projector and a small external LED driver to regulate power and control its function. If you're a clutter phobe, or simply tight on space working on something like a motorcycle: the MLED is the way to go.
Easy to Install: On a H4-based fog light reflector for example...Remove the fog light lens, insert the threaded mounting shaft through the pre-existing hole in the back of the reflector, add the alignment plate, tighten the lock ring, and re-seal the fog lights. For other applications, minimal cutting will probably be involved but you'll find the results well worth it!
Worth it?If you want the latest and greatest, Yes. It is. Want to produce about the same amount of light output for your money? The Morimoto Mini D2S 5.0 is probably better for you - only because it's less expensive. But consider this: Yeah, the Morimoto M-LED projectors are expensive, but unlike an HID-based retrofit, you wont need bulbs, ballasts, in many cases a wire harness. You just need some shrouds, and that's about it! The rest is here.
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PROJECTORS: 2x Morimoto M LED Bi-LED
LED DRIVERS: 2x M LED
HARDWARE: 2x Threaded shafts w/ lock rings
WARRANTY: 5 Years
APPLICATIONS: Universal (cars/trucks/motorcycles)
DIRECT FITMENT: H4 Fog Lights (little/no mods required)
MODS REQUIRED: H1,H7,H11,H13,9005,9006,9007 housings
BOLT PATTERN: Morimoto Mini D2S 4.0/5.0 Standard
INPUT VOLTAGE: 9-16V DC
UNITED STATES: LHD (Left Hand Drive)
SHROUDS: All Styles Except 'Mini' or 'Square'
CENTRIC RINGS: Not Required
APPLICATION: HID and LED bulbs are street legal in the USA for Fog Light use only. Not compliant with DOT / FMVSS108 and not street legal in the USA for Headlights. Legal for off-road use in Snowmobile and ATV headlights and off-road racing use only auxiliary or forward lighting. International street legality varies by country. For detailed clarification on street use, CLICK HERE Note: This usage regulation is not unique to Morimoto projectors. All LED and HID projectors from all other brands, regardless of marketing claims, are prohibited from street use in halogen headlights in the USA. To find street legal LED headlight assemblies, CLICK HERE
HOMOLOGATION ECE: NO
DOT/SAE/FVMSS108: NO (NOT STREET LEGAL IN HEADLIGHTS IN USA)
WIDTH: 94mm (105mm w/ tabs)
DEPTH: 148mm (w/ shaft)
DEPTH: 133mm (w/o shaft)
LENS DIAMETER: 3.0in round
SHAFT DIAMETER: 35mm
HOUSING DEPTH: 121mm Minimum
STANDARD LENS: 100% clarity 'Kuria Optic' glass
BOLT PATTERN: D2S 4.0/5.0 Standard
LED Chipset: Seoul SemiConductor Proprietary 12TCSP
KELVIN RATING: 5900K
Carl Lee Reviewed: 9/11/2019 12:29 pm
Picked a pair of these up about a week ago to replace a set of cheap projectors. Right off the bat I can say that the light output is amazing.
<br>Visually the color is crisp and a tint of blue and seems to be as bright as my Osram CBI 5500k / 50w Morimoto set up on my other car(stock Focus ST projectors).
<br>The hotspot is a bit heavy when you look at the beam pattern against a wall (I opted to not do the chip flip mod) but during actual driving it wasn't noticeable and the width was definitely there.
<br>I really appreciated the wide threaded shaft, it made for a nice install and solid fit. Overall Im very impressed and loving the instant on color and sharp cut off. Solid LED projectors.