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  • Popular Aftermarket & OEM Ballast/Bulbs Shootout

    Two questions that always arise when it comes to aftermarket ballasts: 1) How fast does it warm up? 2) Is its wattage true?

    So I've taken a few aftermarket ballasts and bulbs and put them to the test using a lux meter to measure how long it takes the ballast to get a bulb to its full brightness and how much lux is that full brightness. I also wanted to see which aftermarket bulbs are putting out more lumens(although will be using lux instead of lumens).

    For the warm up tests, the same D2S Morimoto XB 6500k bulb was used for each ballast. This bulb is normally used for testing, so the lux reading IS NOT an indication of its brightness. It is only being used as a tool to measure each ballast's output. I used 2 XB55s and 2 F5 Fast Brights to compare consistency.

    For the bulb brightness test, I used all brand new bulbs. The list being: Morimoto XB 6500k, UPS 5700k, and Generic 6000k. We all know who Morimoto is; UPS bulbs are the equivalent of Yeaky and CNLight; and Generics are your standard $30 eBay kit.






    BALLASTS







    35W BALLASTS TESTED:

    OEM Denso
    OEM Hella Gen 3
    DLT F3 FAST BRIGHT
    GENERIC M3 FAST BRIGHT
    MORIMTO XB35 V1
    ALPHA
    HYLUX
    GENERIC EBAY
    BASIC $30 AMAZON KIT



    55W BALLASTS TESTED

    MORIMOTO XB55 V1
    GENERIC M5 FAST BRIGHT
    DLT F5 FAST BRIGHT

    DDM Tuning 55W


    75W BALLAST TESTED

    ACME Arsenal



    35 Watt


    Figured I'd start off with some of the top dogs of OEM ballasts to set somewhat of a baseline as to how the best performs


    Hella Gen 3 35W = 949 lux





    DENSO 35W = 913 lux




    DLT F3 Fast Bright 35W = 1060 lux





    Generic M3 Fast Bright 35W = 1050 lux





    Morimoto XB35 V1 35W = 999 lux





    Alpha 35W = 998





    Hylux 35W = 922 lux





    Generic eBay 35W = 910 lux





    Basic $30 Amazon Kit 35W = 675 lux








    55 Watt



    Morimoto XB55 V1(1) 55W = 1326 lux




    Morimoto XB55 V1(2) 55W = 1256 lux Approximately same warm up time



    Generic M5 Fast Bright 55W = 1308 lux






    DLT F5 Fast Bright(1) 55W = 1200 lux



    DLT F5 Fast Bright(2) 55W - 1216 lux Approximately same warm up time



    DDM Tuning 55W = 1200 lux and lower ****It appears these ballasts are rather inefficient and cannot hold their wattage****








    75 Watt



    ACME Arsenal 75W = Approximately 2000 lux









    BULBS






    Since the DLT F3 Fast Bright performed the best out of all the 35W ballasts, I decided to use that ballast to test the bulbs. All the bulbs are H1and brand new out of the box.

    The last test I did was with the Generic eBay ballast and the Generic eBay bulbs that come in that kit. The results are rather unsettling.



    BULBS TESTED

    OEM D2S Philips 85122
    H1 Morimoto XB 6500K
    H1 UPS 5700K (equivilant to CNLight or Yeaky)
    H1 DDM Tuning 4300K
    H1 Generic eBay 6000K



    OEM Philips 85122 = 1508 lux





    H1 Morimoto XB 6500K = 1298 lux





    H1 UPS 5700K = 1259 lux





    DDM Tuning 4300k = 1322 lux ****4300k bulb should be ~200 lumens brighter than a 6000k. Yet this bulb is only 24 lux brighter than a 6000k****




    Generic eBay 6000k = 921




    Complete eBay Kit (Generic eBay Ballast + Generic eBay Bulb) = 760 lux





    Lots of good options both expensive and inexpensive. But the moral of the story? Stay away from your basic Generic eBay kits.

    Thanks to all the individuals who donated products for the testing and thanks for watching!
    Last edited by HK45; October 3rd, 2016, 04:22 AM.
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    Ooo nice!!
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    • #3
      You have a lot of time
      Originally posted by nine44
      350 wit da wrist boy?

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      • #4
        sometimes you make time for what you enjoy.
        The time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time

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        • #5
          Sometimes there's not even time for that. Ughh, I want to do the bi-led retrofit so bad. So much work, not enough time.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
            sometimes you make time for what you enjoy.
            Yup

            Kinda like all the time you've put into your Z Ilikecars;-)
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            • #7
              So HK what you think about throwing an OEM ballast into the mix as a metric to judge the aftermarket ballast by?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by ImagioX1 View Post
                So HK what you think about throwing an OEM ballast into the mix as a metric to judge the aftermarket ballast by?
                I think that idea is fabulous. But I ain't got one :-(
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                • #9
                  Ill text you
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ImagioX1
                    So HK what you think about throwing an OEM ballast into the mix as a metric to judge the aftermarket ballast by?
                    I like it. We need a good parameter to base the results on and a OEM ballast will be a good bench mark. I have an extra set of Denso's let me know if you want it for testing HK

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pklemm View Post

                      I like it. We need a good parameter to base the results on and a OEM ballast will be a good bench mark. I have an extra set of Denso's let me know if you want it for testing HK
                      Shoot me a PM


                      Yes I'm that lazy right now
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                      • #12
                        Super pumped to see the tests on the 75w ballast. Probably need some 8000k bulbs to get a proper color.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ak_cowboy View Post
                          Super pumped to see the tests on the 75w ballast. Probably need some 8000k bulbs to get a proper color. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk
                          Good quality bulbs should not color shift too much when driven at high wattages. There will be some color shift but not 3-4K as would be needed to go from 8000k to 4-5k.
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                          • #14
                            But I really don't put much time lol its parked 90% of the time and gets a mod one a month if that. So maybe a couple hours


                            You guys bleed HID salts
                            Originally posted by nine44
                            350 wit da wrist boy?

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                            • #15
                              i believe those contain mercury. which means the blood is in really bad condition. maybe the blood donation place will stop calling now.
                              The time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time

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