Latest Hikari LEDs are very good

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    I apologize if I'm beating a dead horse and, yes, I've posted on a couple of other threads but I wanted to review these new Hikari LEDs and let people who are on the fence or unsure about upgrading their halogen setup that these updated LEDs are very good. And for the price: sub $50 it's about the best "bang for the buck" for LED bulbs, imho.

    I've tried OPT7 before and they were horrid. I've tried upgraded halogens and they were only marginally better than stock. I had HID kits and, yeah, they offer the best throw and lumens on the road but the warm up times were a turn off for me. Not a deal killer but having instant on is nice.

    Fan noise is hardly noticeable especially when the engine is running.

    On the road, the lighting is at least 50-75 percent brighter than stock. There's a definite difference in the quality of light with color balance and throw. There's not as much scatter and looks more defined but the lumens is bright. Yes, it's brighter in the first 20 feet or so in front of the car but the fall off isn't as noticeable in the early versions of LEDs. It's more gradual and the reach extends as much as the stock halogens, imho.

    Anyway, below are some pics and if I can help answer any questions, I'll do my best but there's a ton of info on the board already but I like I stated, I just wanted to share.

    Fairly compact, no external controller (not sure if that's good or bad).
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    Hikari LED (left), Sylvania Silverstar halogen (right) - near perfect color match with LED DRL.
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    both sides Hikari LEDs
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    This shot was a quick grab and not the most representative but it gives a good idea about the brightness and throw. I know it doesn't look dark but the iphone does a remarkable job of making a scene appear brighter than it really was out there. You can see how it lit up the reflectors on the truck on the right and you can even see the throw go a little past the truck.
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    HIDs are still far superior.
     
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    Yeah, if you read my post, I said as much.
     
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    I cant wait for the day LED passes HIDs. It is going to happen.
     
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    Man, have a look at laser lighting (ie BMW)... That’s the next best thing in automotive lighting. I saw a beemer on the road with that system and it’s incredible.
     
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    Oh yea ive heard theyre insanely bright and the range is out of this world lol
     
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    Is this the LumiLed version that’s $89.99 on Amazon?

    HIKARI Ultra LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit -H11 (H8,H9), Prime LED 12000lm 6K Cool White,2 Yr Warranty https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077BT6M6Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_JfgZCb006XT8B
     
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    No. I got:
    HIKARI LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit-H11(H8,H9), 2019 New Gen of HIKARI, Adjustable Beam, 9600lm 6K Cool White

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GKPR452/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    These sell for $37 (!!!) bucks. Like I mentioned in my post, for the money these are pretty impressive.
     
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    Thanks for the link, just bought a pair. These look great! Was there any mounting involved or is it simply plug and play?
     
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    No mounting involved. The driver is integrated into the bulb so it’s a direct swap out of the halogen bulb and you’re good to go. Enjoy the lights!
     
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    I put those in my Odyssey and have the other Philips base LEDs Hikari makes in the Civic. They're both good... and were actually better than the OP7 HIDs I started with. The Cree Hikaris weren't very good though. I don't even think they sell them anymore. If they do... it's probably just old stock. They were at a similar or slightly higher price point than the new ones they came out with back when I tried them.
     
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    Drove in a rainstorm with them last night and I’m happy to say they did a great job of lighting up the road.
     
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    This comment is going to make me pull the trigger, Thanks! Honestly though, thank god for free amazon returns, Lmfao.
     
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    LOL. Riiight?!?! Truthfully, I'm really impressed with them. I've also popped on the Lamin-X yellow film for the fogs and this setup seems to work out pretty well. YMMV.
     
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    Just installed mine today and also impressed for $37 and 1 day shipping. Should hold me over well till I eventually decide what hid setup to run in the future.
     
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