Dime a Dozen: Everybody wants LED headlight bulbs today, but for all the wrong reasons. The diverse marketing tactics and the numbers war that’s pushed onto ill-advised consumers is only getting more and more amusing to guys like us who actually know better. 100W? 10,000 lumens? Top-secret LED chip formula with seemingly exotic blend of rare materials or fancy coatings? Cool story, bro, but how do they actually work on the road at night? Isn’t that what headlights are for?
2Stroke: Despite the fact that we haven’t really had anything to offer in this niche, well, at least without risking our reputation selling our customers something that we truly didn’t believe in: We respect the fact that Morimoto stood on the sidelines for so long, simply learning from everybody else’s mistakes. In testing the 2Stroke system side by side with a multitude of other designs, we finally became excited about LED headlight bulbs for the first time. Against the odds and certainly our expectations; seeing is believing and we agree they actually work pretty darn well! Here’s why.
Safety: You won’t be putting yourself at risk while driving at night with the 2Stroke Bulbs. Prior to this, we could only ever comfortably recommend LED bulbs for use as auxiliary lighting, high beams, fog lights, etc. Here, we test a lot of automotive lighting products. (really, a lot) Until now, there were literally no options that would translate their luminosity out onto the road into a useful-enough beam pattern (and measured lux at a distance) to really call adequate for on-road use. The optics for the 9012 2Stroke bulbs are unique compared to other sizes in the range in order to produce the best possible results in 9012 headlights.
Daytime Running Lights: The vast majority of other LED headlight bulbs are powered by drivers that flicker, flash, or simply wont turn on when powered by a low voltage DRL (daytime running light) circuit. The 2Stroke works like a charm here, behaving as it should and simply running at a lower intensity. A simple, smart, compact voltage regulator that’s protected inside of a sealed aluminum housing drives the 2Stroke’s CREE XHP50 LED chips at varying degrees of intensity depending on the input voltage. Max output is reached at 10V, so depending on the output of your DRL, intensity may vary.
NOTE: For vehicles with PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) based daytime-running-lights, the 2Stroke will flicker. The optional Anti-Flicker Links will prevent this.
Pretty Cool: Heat management is crucial for lumen maintenance and reliability. The 2Stroke bulb’s internally opposed 1.5mm copper boards extract as much heat as possible from the area surrounding the LED chips and transfers it to the radiator at the back of the bulb. Yea yea, copper stuff and fans, seen that before…The key here though is that the 2Stroke’s copper core has almost 3x more surface area than anything else, and it’s fan is A) Mounted sideways so that it not only sucks cool air but also blows hot air out. B) It’s a magnetic levitating unit, so there’s no ball bearing to seize up and eventually fail. #winning
Size Matters: Due to the extra depth of most LED bulbs, they won’t fit inside headlights with solid plastic rear housing caps. The 2Stroke is no different, but they come with specially designed housing cap extensions to solve that common problem. If the original halogen bulb is exposed it’s not a problem, but if its internally wired and capped off: you would not be able to close the headlight back up without these caps. They look pretty cool too, with the embossed “2S” logo molded into the back.