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Old July 15th, 2015, 05:34 AM   #1
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projector headlights

are any of the aftermarket projector headlights worth it, or should I just stick to oem
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Old July 15th, 2015, 07:09 AM   #2
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unless you do a retro in the oem headlamps housing with some quality projectors other wise stick to OEM headlamps. the after market projectors headlamps sold on ebay etc look nice but they are not good in output
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Old July 19th, 2015, 12:26 PM   #3
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i disagree, it depends a lot on the HIDs you get

i.e. if you get like a Bluish or Purplish HID Kit, you'd be better off with OEM

i'd stick with HID Kits below 6000K that are usually 6000K, 4300K or lower


getting HIDs in any type of Projector Headlight is better than putting them in OEM Housing


my current set up is 6000K Diamond White HIDs Low Beams + Aftermarket Projectors and i'm sure they have better output than OEM

when i had the Bluish HIDs, they were not great in regards to actual light output


here's a pic of my newest set up...not the greatest pic but you can see light output is there:






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Um, no. That's terrible. Retrofit or nothing. Period.
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Old July 19th, 2015, 06:28 PM   #5
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Only thing I care about is light output without glare. I have LED lights now, definitely an improvement over halogen bulbs but I am sure a properly designed projector headlight would put more light on the road where it is useful. But I doubt I'd get that from a pair of $125 headlights. And it is hard to trust reviews because I bet most people going to a projector headlight are doing it because it looks cool to them and not that it improves visibility.
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Old July 19th, 2015, 06:34 PM   #6
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you're 4 ft above your headlights, and ALL of them are glaring into the camera.

That's ****ty. I would run into you on purpose if you drove on a divided street at night. You realize you're blinding everyone on the right side of the road with that setup?

If you had projectors in every slot on that setup, I would commend you. That would be a sick setup. But they're all reflectors, your light output probably sucks, your reflectors are likely melting, you're spreading it all over the road, and you have to have 4 lights per side because you didn't just put some damn retrofit lenses in the first 2 and do it right.

Lets see some real world light output pictures before you claim that these are alright to use.
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you're 4 ft above your headlights, and ALL of them are glaring into the camera.

That's ****ty. I would run into you on purpose if you drove on a divided street at night. You realize you're blinding everyone on the right side of the road with that setup?

If you had projectors in every slot on that setup, I would commend you. That would be a sick setup. But they're all reflectors, your light output probably sucks, your reflectors are likely melting, you're spreading it all over the road, and you have to have 4 lights per side because you didn't just put some damn retrofit lenses in the first 2 and do it right.

Lets see some real world light output pictures before you claim that these are alright to use.

i apologized for only having my camera phone. it was 1st time seeing them at night w/the inspires

here's a different pic w/the blue HIDs:




i'll take some output pics soon on current set up
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Old July 20th, 2015, 08:45 AM   #8
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i apologized for only having my camera phone. it was 1st time seeing them at night w/the inspires

here's a different pic w/the blue HIDs:




i'll take some output pics soon on current set up
okay that's different. I can't say ive seen a camera phone distort that much!

I still want to see the output since it looks like an aftermarket spyder setup or something because it is a quad setup, and definitely do want to see it with all 8 on.

Output mandatory, will try to get a shot of my singe TRS H1 setup 5k(or 55 I cant remember) later on today.
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Old August 7th, 2015, 07:41 AM   #9
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anyone else with aftermarket projector headlights?
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Old August 7th, 2015, 09:21 AM   #10
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Only OEM retrofits here
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Old August 10th, 2015, 09:42 AM   #11
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Pictures of the front of the car with the lights on tell you next to nothing about the quality of the light output.

Its not just a matter of how much glare youre throwing up, but hot spots, light spread, beam control. IF you manage to find a set of ebay projectors that has a decent cutoff with hids thats great, they still throw crappy light like this

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vs a legitimate oem projector



If you like the ebay projectors, go for them, but retro a legitimate projector into them so you can have the look you want with some light control.


Hands down, doesnt matter how many extra LEDs/Fogs/ebay projectors you strap to the front of the car, the useful output will be nothing compared to a legitimate oem retrofit. Ive had stock halogens, did the pnp in reflectors and then got wise and have had 4 sets of retrofitted lights on both of my cars and am about to get a 5th.
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Old August 11th, 2015, 03:08 PM   #12
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I can build you a set. Built these a couple weeks ago using mini h1 projectors.
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Old August 11th, 2015, 03:26 PM   #13
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Plus with retros the sky is the limit as far as custom work

Half of my next retro
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technically im gonna take a slight hit on width going to the LEDs from my FX-rs but the morimoto led fogs should pick up that slack
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Old August 29th, 2015, 04:02 PM   #14
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Just got these from a member of the v6peformance facebook page (Albin) and they are factory replacement headlights with a retrofit.

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Probably be Tuesday before I can swap them out but the quality looks to be first rate. Included the headlights, HID bulbs and ballasts.
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Old August 30th, 2015, 02:28 PM   #15
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I agree with the others. A retrofit is the way to go for sure.
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Old September 1st, 2015, 10:04 PM   #16
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Headlights installed!

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Scottwax - any before and after or LED output vs. HID output images?
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 07:56 AM   #18
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Same road, with the Oracle LED lights

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HIDs have a much larger beam pattern but the LEDs were a nice upgrade from halogens.
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What type of projectors are those if you don't mind me asking?
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 10:00 PM   #20
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The golden standard around here for pnp projectors is the mini H1 from TRS.

Golden child did you need to do any modifications to those shrouds in the high beam location to get them to work? I've had issues with everything I've tried with the bottom of the shroud preventing full movement, and the backs being too deep in the well. Ended up making some flashing shrouds, but those don't do the lights justice.
Also if anyone has a single extra h1 projector assembly, that would be great. I managed to lose one for my quad setup
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What type of projectors are those if you don't mind me asking?
This is the information from the guy who builds them:

Morimoto MiniD2S projectors
Morimoto XB D2H 5500k bulbs (hybrid bulbs, no need for D2S<AMP adapter)
E55-r shrouds
New Morimoto butyl ( sealant )
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This is the information from the guy who builds them:

Morimoto MiniD2S projectors
Morimoto XB D2H 5500k bulbs (hybrid bulbs, no need for D2S<AMP adapter)
E55-r shrouds
New Morimoto butyl ( sealant )
How do you like them? I currently have the morimoto mh1 but im looking for a possible upgrade.
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How do you like them? I currently have the morimoto mh1 but im looking for a possible upgrade.
Honestly d2s and h1 mh's will be almost identical in performance. If you need an upgrade, I would either get a quad setup, or a TL projector, otherwise you're looking at some high end stuff.

I think there's a guy selling some TL projectors down in classifieds.
If you're looking for light though, starting out by getting some better bulbs is your first step. Adding another pair of bolt in h1 projectors is the easiest. The high beam slot can fit h1s, it is tight though.
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I think I want to do a retrofit with square projectors. They just look so much better than round
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Honestly d2s and h1 mh's will be almost identical in performance. If you need an upgrade, I would either get a quad setup, or a TL projector, otherwise you're looking at some high end stuff.

I think there's a guy selling some TL projectors down in classifieds.
If you're looking for light though, starting out by getting some better bulbs is your first step. Adding another pair of bolt in h1 projectors is the easiest. The high beam slot can fit h1s, it is tight though.
I currently have the morimoto hid kit with 4300kxb bulbs which I was told would give me the most output. I was looking into the Lexus RX350 projectors, I was told they are some of the best projectors on the market. What are your thoughts?
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The 4300k part is what they were talking about for having the most total output, not the bulb. They're actually some of the worst.

Get a set of CBI bulbs, or phillips (i think the number is) 85211+ bulbs or something. If that isn't bright enough, then try new projectors.

The lexus projectors are some of the best, but take a lot of work to fit, and since you already have a set running, you may as well try to use them for the output they can produce with the best bulbs.

Plus, worst case, if the new bulbs aren't enough, take your almost bright enough H1s, put them in the high beam slot, take the super wide RX350, and some high end bulbs (you'll want CBI or 85211+ for these anyway, as projectors just reflect the light that the bulb puts out) and put those in the low beam slot, and blind every small animal on the road!
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I think I want to do a retrofit with square projectors. They just look so much better than round
Meaning the LED projectors on the new Acura / Honda or the more squared off Mini D2S after market projectors?



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How do you like them? I currently have the morimoto mh1 but im looking for a possible upgrade.
Beam pattern is absolutely nuts. 3 lanes wide plus the shoulders on the tollways around here. Distance is good too, very sharp cut line.
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Yessir - running a true HID projector (over a PnP or HID bulb in a halogen projector) is night and day output vs. stock Fortunately, the MD2S has a wider beam pattern than the MH1 due to the bulbs being OEM vs. a tiny H1 that's main use is for fog / accessory lights. But if you're impressed with the MD2S, on your next retro go with an OEM projector like the Acura TL BiX or RX350 - then you'll really be impressed lol
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Thinking about doing the LED but my settle for a mini d2s sqaure. I will probably do it on my wife CRV first. As soon as I pick it up. I already got a list of crap I want to do to her CRV
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