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Renowned: The Morimoto Elite Systems have earned their reputation amongst many as the aftermarket's best set of HID's. We urge you to check out the specs below, read the Reviews and then ask yourself whether your ability to see well while driving at night is worth saving a couple bucks?

Optioned Out: With a variety of available options, this Morimoto Elite H1 HID kit can be configured perfectly just for you. This helpful video goes over each of the options shown above.

HID Ballasts: Designed in California by Morimoto’s engineer, Yoshi Ishida, the Morimoto XB 2.0 HID Ballasts are just as good looking on the outside as they are well-engineered on the inside. They are available in both 35w and 50w versions, use proprietary software by the pros at Hylux paired with packaging perfection from the masters at Morimoto. This is today’s most modern iteration of a model that has sold more than half a million units since inception, and we don’t think it can really get any better!

H1 HID Bulbs: Homegrown by Morimoto to out-perform any alternatives on the market when installed in projector-based headlight…and it shows. We admit the latest generation XB HID bulbs are pretty impressive when compared to other bulbs, and even older Morimoto bulbs. At the heart of the XB bulbs is their perfectly-aligned 100% Philips quartz glass capsule that houses high quality halide salts from German-supplier Messer. In our annual lux comparison test, they produced nearly the same luminosity (intensity) as the industry benchmark Osram CBI bulbs at 5500K. No, you're not seeing things here, but yes you will be seeing everything at night.

Wire Harness: As one of the most important parts in any HID lighting upgrade; don't skimp out when it comes to your wiring. It doesn't matter how good your ballasts are. How good your bulbs are. If your harness is a piece of crap, when it gives out your headlights are gonzo. Morimoto’s harnesses are the best on the market and easily worth their premium price compared to cheaper alternatives. No matter which one is right for your application, the harness features triple-sealed central relay packs, 14ga stranded copper wiring, over-molded fittings, and plug-n-play functionality. This will ensure everything properly (and permanently) works with your vehicle’s original in-cabin controls.

Optional Canbus Harnesses: Instead of a traditional relayed harness that draws power from the battery, Morimoto’s Standalone Canbus harnesses use two individual sub-harnesses to keep a load on the factory wiring. Recommended for vehicles that recognize when a bulb is out, these contain a series of capacitors and resistors to trick the car into thinking nothing has changed and help you avoid annoying "bulb out" warnings. We generally recommend them for use on most modern European applications instead of normal harnesses since they do a great job at providing stable power to the ballasts and canceling any warnings.

Backed Up: Let's not forget the 5-year warranty on the entire kit*. The Elite system is designed to run for 2500 hours, so that's what it's guaranteed for. Don't buy into empty promises from other places offering BS "lifetime" warranties. Nothing lasts forever, and if you think "the other guy" will be there to pick up the phone or even stay in business long enough to assist you when there's a problem; guess again! [*XB55 H1 HID kits have a 3 year warranty]

User-Approved: By satisfied enthusiasts with all kinds of cars and trucks. With a quick and easy search we pulled up install examples (1,2,3,4,5,6) that span several generations of the Elite HID systems! If you haven’t made a decision just yet, keep reading!

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

Product Specs

  • Tech Specs

  • BALLAST INPUT: 9-32V DC

  • BALLAST OUTPUT: 85V AC 35W or 50W

  • BALLAST MAX. V: 25kV (at start-up)

  • SYSTEM OPERATING RANGE: -40C to +125C

  • 35w RATED LIFESPAN: 2,500 hours

  • 50w RATED LIFESPAN: 2,000 hours

  • 3000K BULBS: Golden Yellow ~2800lm (each)

  • 3800K BULBS: Halogen White ~3000lm (each)

  • 4500K BULBS: Warm White ~3500lm (each)

  • 5500K BULBS: Pure White ~3400lm (each)

  • 6500K BULBS : Cool White ~3200lm (each)

  • 50W BALLASTS: (+20% intensity) (-20% lifespan)(-1000K color)

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Product Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Quality kit

Patrick wolf Reviewed: 04.24.2019

This kit was so easy to install with the install instructions. The quality and feel of the included items are top notch.


5 out of 5 stars

Amazing lighting!

Tyler Tubergen Reviewed: 03.31.2019

This kit was the icing on the cake for my projector retrofit! Bulbs warm up quickly and are the same color temp. Wiring was a breeze and the braided sleeves make them look so much better while also adding more protection! Much better than cheap Amazon kits. Thank you TRS!


5 out of 5 stars

Quick install, tough and extremely bright

Vincent Lafond-Brouard Reviewed: 03.25.2019

So I installed this Morimoto H1 Elite HID system in July 2017. I am not so much clever but I installed it myself with not much trouble, just a little patience. When it's dark outside we still feel like it is the daylight in front of us. It makes me and my girlfriend feel really safe. In february 2019, two components of the system stopped working. With the help of the custommer support, I diagnosed which part of the kit was bad and they sent me one igniter and one ballast for free. Loving the service and the product.
Advices: if you want it to be pretty more simple, go with a LED kit
If you go with HID, take a 35watts ballast. It has 5 years of warranty instead of 3 for the 50w ballast. Have fun !


5 out of 5 stars

Higher Quality than the DDM Kit

Joe Doyle Reviewed: 01.17.2019

I've only had them installed for a couple weeks. So far, great light kit. I switched from a DDM kit that had a bulb go out after only 1 year. The Morimotos are much brighter and truer to color range. They warm up quick, to the point where worrying about warm up time is laughable. This kit came with the relay harness which seems to be pretty high quality. The length of shorter wires in the harness limits your install options, which could be trouble in a crowded engine bay, but definitely doable. Can't speak to longevity yet, obviously.


4 out of 5 stars

Great quality, reliable but missing parts

Edric Panganiban Reviewed: 12.01.2018

Great quality as usual, reliable for the most part. I have bought several kits from TRS in the past. I was displeased to find out that my current purchase did not come with ballast brackets. All other kits I have bought from TRS at least came with a basic ballast bracket hence the 4 star review.


4 out of 5 stars

Great quality

Brittany Razwick Reviewed: 11.13.2018

I ordered these for my 2003 Acura RSX. For any Honda if you purchase these you WILL need to purchase "HID adapter" from Amazon. It is made to support your hid bulb inside the headlight, without it your hid will just fall out of the headlight. I really wish this company sold them with the package. These lights are BRIGHT, nice color. The quality of everything looked and felt good. Badside is the harness is all connected so it made it a little difficult to find a place for everything in my small engine bay. I would give 5 stars but because I had to purchase and find the hid adapter elsewhere and would have been nice to know before purchase the lights by themselves won't work.


5 out of 5 stars

You get what you pay for!

Frank Rosati Reviewed: 11.12.2018

It never failed, cheap HID bulb or ballast from amazon or ebay would stop working and I would just keep reordering the same cheap junk. I heard about TRS while searching HID forums looking for the best kit and came across the Morimoto Elite kit. I ordered the H1 55W kit and wished for the best. My order was shipped quickly and received it very fast. After an extremely easy install, THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES! Incredible light output! I will never buy cheap bulbs or ballasts again. And if you have any problems during install, give TRS a call. They're very knowledgeable and they WANT to solve your problem. Wish I had found TRS earlier!


5 out of 5 stars

Great kit!

Chase McElfresh Reviewed: 10.27.2018

I have had the H1 Morimoto HID kit 6500 k for almost 3 years now. This kit is unbelievably bright for only being 35 Watts. Paired with the Morimoto projectors this kit gives you an amazing field of view and very far penetration when high beams are engaged. They have a beautiful pure white color & just a smidge of blue at the cut off line which pairs nicely with my Morimoto DRLs. I do a TON of night time driving, and I've only had an issue with an igniter and one ballast, however TRS did not hesitate to send me new parts to get me back on the road. Best kit & best company out there hands down!


5 out of 5 stars

Very Impressive Kit

Damon Fenton Reviewed: 08.21.2017

I bought an XB55 and it is very impressive. Amazing light output and quality components. A breeze to install as well

It destroys the cheap junk ebay faux 55w HID kits I've tried and beats the 35w factory HID in my other car too and it has Osram CBI bulbs

Not only a great product but top service from TRS support and my whole order arrived in great packaging, it was a real treat to open it all up...just like Christmas!


5 out of 5 stars

Great upgrade without killing your wallet!

Tam Reviewed: 06.28.2016

I have a 2015 Jeep Wrangler and anyone who knows JK's know their stock halogen headlights are literally candles. Before I decided to go with HIDs I tried halogen upgrades and LEDs but found neither to be satisfactory since their beam output were either too scattered or too narrow.

This kit blows all of the above out of the water. I did a MH1 retrofit in my OEM JK housings and it worked great! I had to make a custom order through TRS since they don't have the Mopar Spec H13 harness as an option in the dropdown menu for some reason - maybe they will add it in.

There were a couple of connectors with loose retaining clips but doesn't seem to affect the electrical connection. All plugged up and worked perfectly.

Also wanted to note that I had some technical questions for the TRS team and they answered them all in detail. Great customer service guys!


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