DHackRSX wrote: ↑
Fri May 08, 2020 10:52 pm
Following this as I am interested in the results of LEDs in HID projector housings.
After consulting with the staff at theretrofitsource, I was advised to go with Osram Nightbreaker Lazer HID bulbs. This was against my initial questions to them about an LED replacement for my AFS HID projectors. They stated that there are no LED replacements (including the ones they sell) that would provide better night clarity than the recommended Osram HID bulbs. The margin is larger on the LED replacement kits so they had no monetary reason to steer me towards a simple bulb swap other than that honest good business is good for business.
The reason: The LED replacements do not have the focal specifications to provide the light where it is needed with HID based projectors. It will be of more use as a replacement in halogen housings. It will be blotchy in HID projectors and likely put the most light where it's not needed.
That said: The Ex35 has pretty poorly designed projectors as light output goes, so who knows.... anything might be better than running the standard D2S replacements.
I replaced my 4.5 year old Osram Xenarc bulbs tonight and achieved significant improvement. I have pictures and I'm willing to show the before and afters if interested.
The Xenarc bulbs were 6000k and the NightBreakers were 4200K.
I have experience in retrofitting headlights, I just haven't had the time to replace the projectors in my headlight housings. It's unfortunate that the projectors in our cars are so poorly designed when there's the premium feature of having AFS.
Disagree, there are better performing LED bulbs available. I did many test on LED and HID and I found that there are bulbs that performs like 50w HID's. My test was performed on Osram CBI bulb and stock Infiniti bulb. LUX meter never lie.
Not sure why you are saying Ex35 is poorly made projector, it is quality piece, metal construction that will last many years. Only problem with these is, that there is too small cut out, so there is limited light available in front of the car.
Now about theretrofitsource, they have only one d2s bulb available and it uses only 3 LED Philips zes chips per side, it is not enough to compete with hid. They used to have older version of Morimoto bulbs, which used Cree xhp50 and these LED chips have no place in automotive headlight. It could be used in fog light but not in headlights. In other words they don't sell anything that could come close to HID performance.