Better and Better: It just doesn't stop! That is, the continued improvement we've seen from Morimoto on their XSB Switchback Strips. You ask and they deliver, simple as that! Brighter White? Yes. Amazing Amber? Oh yeah. Upgraded Drivers? Done. Longer Wiring, You bet. Smoother, more refined Coating? Can do! The new 3.0 version of the Morimoto XSB LEDs is the best one yet, and honestly - we're not sure what more to ask for in a switchback LED tube!
Intensity and Uniformity: An updated blend of phosphorous silicone coats the front face of the XSB 3.0 Strips and is responsible for their neutral "white when off" look and their amazing, uniform intensity - which is unlike anything else on the market. Users complained that earlier generation XSB Strips had problems with stuff "sticking" to and/or causing a lot of wrinkles in the old softer coating - but that, our friends, is now a problem of the past!
Amber Only? Though they come out of the box ready to run as a switchback system, the XSB Strips can easily also be wired for use as a bright Amber-only or White-only Strip if that's what you want. Just wire up the appropriate input(s) and you're ready to roll!
Simplicity: Wiring is easy with a variant of the X Change Module integrated into the updated 3rd Gen LED drivers that power each ring. The white wire receives a constant 12V+. The black wire is grounded, and the orange wire is tapped into the turn signal circuit. Super simple!
Flexibility:Built on a ribbon-based circuit board that's got a side profile of less than one millimeter thick and backed with 3M adhesive. The XSB strips are not only the most flexible LED strips on the market, but they can be mounted in tight spaces too. Finally you can forget about those bulky, unattractive silicone switchback strips for good. NOTE: These cannot flex side-to-side, only front-to-back.
Reliability: The innovative Hybrid-LED technology delivers a virtually infinite lifespan of 50,000 hours. That's almost six straight years! Because they're based on much more stable and mature SMD-LEDs; they are considerably more reliable between hot/cold cycles compared to "new" COB based halos. This video explains the XSB LED technology a bit more in detail.
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LED STRIPS: 2x Morimoto XSB 3.0 Switchback
DRIVERS: 2x XSB 3.0
WIRING: 3M Blue Wire Taps
WARRANTY: 3 Years
SWAG: Morimoto Decal
RETROFITS: Any straight surfaces within size range
FACTORY HEADLIGHTS: Any straight surfaces within size range
OTHER USES: Not to be used external of a sealed housing
NOTE: These do not flex laterally
LENGTH: Should not be modified/cut
COLOR LIT: 5500K (white mode)
COLOR WHEN OFF: Frosted White
RATED LIFESPAN: 50,000 hours
INPUT: 12V DCNOM
INPUT LENGTH: 89cm (35")
I installed 2 18" strips in each housing, yes they are only 2D flexible, but if you read the description it's pretty evident before you buy them.
The whites are bright enough they light up the ditches beside my truck and with the HID projector these LED strips are what light up highway signs so I can read them.
The only negative I can find about them (why the 4 stars out of the 5) is the phosphorus coating, it works well to make them look like one continuous led, but when installing they get dirty real easy, so wear clean gloves as you can't really wipe the strips to clean them or you'll take the coating off.
They're almost too bright for night, I know how I want to wire them to have a day mode and a 1/2 bright mode for when the headlights are one, just need to confirm if it'll bugger them up.
I bought the 1.0 a while back and they were great. My friend recently purchased the 2.0 and gave me a pair and whoah are they bright. They are miles ahead of anything else you can find in the market. For the price, I believe they are well worth it and would be a great buy!
I have tried other similar items from other companies but this one was the brightest during the day which is what I was looking for. Well worth the money.
First off I've installed these into my 2005 Legacy GT as daytime running lights. I omitted the switchback function but with the stuff that comes with the kit it's easy to hook up. My impressions of this product are that it's lighting output is excellent. It's far brighter than the cheap silicone strips you'll find everywhere else and the uniformity of the light is great. The tone is the right white for most applications without the blue that can throw off the set-up.
My main gripe with this product is that it is NOT as flexible as it advertises. First of all, it only bends in 1 direction (which to it's credit it mentions in the description). However if you bend the strips past 90 degrees for example to get into a crevice or corner of a headlight, the LEDs can crack and leave a gap in your lighting. That makes your LED bar useless. My second issue with this product is who is it for? The max output of the light is when the light is facing you. But if the strip can't bend sideways when facing you, how can you run it around your housing? I was able to make it work with mine but it took EXTREME creativity and diminished the possible light output I could have gotten from it. Anyway in the end it still looks pretty damn good and I'm quite proud of my retrofit.
Check it out here:
Morimoto XSB 2.0 switchbacks and TRS Mini 6.0 HID projectors.
Firstly, I've always only had excellent experiences with TRS. These are the exception.
These LED strips are very flexible, but ONLY in one direction. They can roll and unroll or twist helically along their center axis, but have almost no side-to-side flex, despite being so wonderfully thin. Almost exactly like a metal tape measure. This means that you can have them follow an up and down contour or a front to back contour but not both. For the shape of my 2012 Civic headlights, this means using them is almost completely out of the question, unless I run them in a straight line across the bottom of the housing. Running them in a relatively straight line is doable, however, with some finesse and extra modifications to the housing to hold them down. Don't purchase these with any intenions of folling any three-dimensional contours and you will probably be able to use them, as long as you take the next issue into account.
The wiring running from the strips exits in the MIDDLE of the strips and NOT on the end of the strips. That means that if you plan on running these from point A to point B inside your headlights, you cannot do so without drilling/notching an exit port in the mounting surface of your headlight halfway between the beginning and the end of the strips. Your other option is to just have an unsighly lump in the middle of the strip where the wires are, assuming you run the strips near enough an edge to have the wires exit over the edge without being seen. It should be noted that I bought the 18" strips, and maybe this is not the case for the shorter lengths. These are essentially a 9" strip to the left and a 9" strip to the right of the wires, with the strip forming a T-shape overall. I can't see how having them designed like this could possibly be considered beneficial, as I would imagine most people are running them from one corner of their headlights to the other, in which case it would be easiest to have the power wire exiting around to the back of your headlights via one of the corners. If you plan on running these in that style, you WILL need to drill a hole in your housings or reflector bowls or whatever in order to avoid having visible wires right in the middle of the inside of your headlights, unless the design of your headlights permits the wires to exit out the bottom/top of the housings unseen. The point: these are VERY application-dependent. I would bet for the majority of applications these would be much more difficult to implement than the description implies.
Also, one of my strips came damaged with some of the white translucent coating having flaked off. Upon inspection, it seems that the coating the use is VERY brittle and could easily be rubbed off, so make sure to handly them with extreme caution and take care that you don't accidentally rub the coating against a lens or anything of that nature.
That being said, TRS has always had fantastic customer service, and was happy to help me work through the issue of the damaged product.
Aside from that, they look and feel like typical high-quality TRS products, which makes it a true shame that they are almost incompatible with my headlight shape. Moving the wire locations to the end of the strips on the next iteration of these would make them a far more applicable product for the majority of headlight designs, if I had to guess. As for the flexibility, I don't know a way around that unless you are planning on running them in a straight line or along a path with very simple two-dimensional contours.
The bottom line of the review: you should consider and reconsider the design of your headlights before purchasing these, as they are highly application dependent. Other than that, they seem like they will be a fantastic addition to my retrofit if I can manage to get them into my headlights. As always, thank you to TRS for the wonderful customer service. Despite the issues with these, I will certainly continue to buy all my lighting parts from them!
I installed a pair of the 3inch strips in the trunk of my Jetta. This was a huge upgrade over the factory bulb in one corner of the trunk. These are very easy to install, power and ground. I like the option to rewire it for Amber if I choose to. A great overall purchase.
I just got done installing these in my motorcycle headlights. I'm personally blown away by the look and function. With these and the XSB Halo's my bike definitely stands out. I was getting lots of compliments and questions about my lights before, now I doubt I'll be able to stop without people coming up to me.
Thank you TRS I'm unbelievably happy with all my purchases from you. Now time to save up for a retrofit in my car. I can't stand driving with halogens now. Lol