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  • Morimoto XB bulbs cheap rebranded bulbs?

    The accusation:

    https://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showp...7&postcount=19
    Beware that "Morimotos" are rebranded taobao bulbs from a non-name manufacturer, but with 600% profit margins.

  • #2
    I remember reading about them, apparently they were CNLight at one stage? Maybe I got the name wrong.
    Whatever they are, they are cheapo, stick with Philips/Osram if you can.

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    • #3
      Well yes, XB HID bulbs are almost rebranded bulbs from another company. That's the case with almost all HID bulbs. What you pay for is quick local shipping, warranty, and the custom specced features that differentiate the XBs from the original Chinese bulbs. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Everything is made in China by a few different manufacturers to a buyer's spec and anyone that claims theirs are entirely unique from a special manufacturer is a liar and a fraud.

      TL;DR yes it's kinda true but also it doesn't discredit Morimoto.

      2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder
      2017 Lexus CT200h F Sport

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      • #4
        I heard somewhere that 3fives were cnlight and XBs are Yeaky. Not sure though.

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        • #5
          XBs went through a few generations. No clue who supplies the current ones.

          2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder
          2017 Lexus CT200h F Sport

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          • #6
            Pretty sure the previous gen XBs are Yeaky because the yeaky bulbs have the same braided wiring and detachable bases.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by carlthetruckguy View Post
              Pretty sure the previous gen XBs are Yeaky because the yeaky bulbs have the same braided wiring and detachable bases.
              I miss those detachable bases. I recently had to use some D2H bulbs for a set of VW lights I built and it was a PITA pulling the pins to to get the bulb holder to the bulb, over the gromet & 9006 connector.

              In the future I'm considering ditching the XB2 ballasts and external igniters in favour of a built in igniter and using an AMP to straight D2S connector. There is a lot more flexibility in terms of sealing off the back of the headlight: the 90 degree igniter from morimoto can make it tough.

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