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Quick review on how long my OSRAM CBB D2S lasted (with 50W ballast)

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  • Quick review on how long my OSRAM CBB D2S lasted (with 50W ballast)

    Setup:
    2012 Highlander
    G5-R Bi-Xenon D2S projectors
    Morimoto 55W ballasts
    OSRAM CBB 7000K Cool Blue Boost
    Purchase/Install: July 2019
    Taken Out: April 2020 (roughly 10 months)

    CBB is definitely brighter than the CBH noticeably including the high beam which had a noticeable spot-like distance vision that I never saw with the CBH. It's awesome for backroads here in NH even though I did set up my headlight to be dual high beam when it's on (high beam is LED).

    Right around March, I started to notice my lights weren't as bright if not seemed a tinge yellowish. I thought it was my eyes getting used to it but seeing reflections on other vehicles day & night with the fog lights being white LEDs with a hint of blue/purple, it started to bother me a lot.

    With the 50W ballast also, both CBB & CHB base had a slightly melted plastic on the bottom of the base including the D2S socket.

    The projector seems fine but seeing the condition of the bulbs, I decided to try the Morimoto 50W bulbs to match the ballast.

    Like so many posts, I'd say it's fine for the first six months as far as the brightness goes. It's not a cheap way to run 50W ballast for the sake of having a brighter light. Was it worth it? Yes. Would I run it again? Maybe but with 35W ballast likely unless these CBB bulbs drop to $99/pair

    I would like to mod near the base to see if I can add a heatsink or a way to cool it which shouldn't be too hard if I were to go this route again to prevent overheating. I've had the ballast and CBH then CBB combo for over two years now so it's not a bad deal.


  • #2
    Maybe it is viable as a second pair of projector, and have a timer relay on it so you won't exceed a certain time period of use at a time.
    Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

    3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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    • #3
      Originally posted by satrya View Post
      Maybe it is viable as a second pair of projector, and have a timer relay on it so you won't exceed a certain time period of use at a time.
      Definitely thought about another way...I should probably just stop using my headlight during the day and another set with LED's or something.

      By the way, love your Bugeye avi

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      • #4
        I suppose; and thank you.

        How about quad in backroads, usual biXenon in other conditions? Have 1 pair to be narrower but longer throw, while the other pair wider but shorter throw (but both within low beam limits). Then even though each pair is only 35W, the combination would be similar to a single 55W pair?
        Jul 2012 ROTM (3-way quad headlight) ; Sep 2015 ROTM (custom muli-lens 7" fogs)

        3-way quad wiring; foreground limiter; squirrel finder;

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