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  • The Ultimate D2S Bulb Test

    IMG_7150 by trsandrew, on Flickr

    Please note: this test is to be used only as a reference. It is not any guarantee of actual results, but is merely factual findings of actual testing by The Retrofit Source. Individual results may vary.

    All bulbs are brand new right out of the box.

    We'll be using only D2S bulbs for this test. We use an Extech light meter mounted to a sheet of MDF with the bulb mounted on the opposite side:

    IMG_7149 by trsandrew, on Flickr

    IMG_7145 by trsandrew, on Flickr

    The test continues below
    Last edited by TRSAndrew; July 21st, 2014, 10:05 AM.

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    LUX TESTING AT 25 FEET




    Osram 66240 Standard - 785 lux





    Osram 66240 CBI - 805 lux





    Osram 66240XNB (Nightbreaker) - 863 lux





    Philips 85122 Standard - 698 lux





    Philips 85122WX - 586 lux





    Philips 85122XV (Xtreme Vision) - Picture Unavailable - 763 lux




    Morimoto XB35 4500K - 863 lux





    Morimoto XB35 5500K - 775 lux





    Morimoto XB35 6000K - 756 lux





    Morimoto 3Five 3000K - 364 lux





    Generic 6000K - 381 lux
    Last edited by TRSAndrew; July 21st, 2014, 10:35 AM.

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    • #3
      CLOSE-RANGE KLUX TESTING

      This testing is a result of two minutes of warm-up as shown by the timer also in the pictures. With fairness, some were starting to rise again at around the two minute mark, but we cut it at 2:00 for consistency.

      Osram 66240 Standard - 103.7 kLux






      Osram 66240 NXB (NightBreaker) - 106.1 kLux






      Osram 66240 CBI (Cool Blue Intense) - 111.0 kLux






      Philips 85122 - 94.3 kLux






      Philips 85122XV (Extreme Vision) - 101.3 kLux






      Philips 85122WX Ultinon - 93.6 kLux






      Morimoto 3Five 3000K - 65.9 kLux






      Morimoto XB35 4500K - 101.7 kLux






      Morimoto XB35 5500K - 100.0 kLux






      Morimoto XB35 6000K - 85.9 kLux





      Generic 6K - 43.4 kLux
      Last edited by TRSAndrew; July 21st, 2014, 10:27 AM.

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      • #4
        Wow! So the new 4300k xb35 are one of the top 3 performers! It's also interesting to note that the cbi has less lux than a NB when inside a projector but more when it's shining through the hole.
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        • #5
          I still think the shields are interfering with the tests done in the projector because there might be differences in bulb alignment. The test without the projector is more accurate of you ask me.



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          • #6
            Originally posted by that_guy318 View Post
            I still think the shields are interfering with the tests done in the projector because there might be differences in bulb alignment. The test without the projector is more accurate of you ask me.
            Fortunately we went ahead and didn't clip the bulb in, but shifted it around to get the highest number possible from each bulb.

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            • #7
              This is pretty sweet guys. I knew I shoulda bought the NBs over the CBIs. Hmm

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TRSAndrew View Post
                Fortunately we went ahead and didn't clip the bulb in, but shifted it around to get the highest number possible from each bulb.
                Well that takes care of that then.



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                • #9
                  I have to say I am pretty impressed the way the XB35s performed. Very good in my opinion, especially holding out to the supreme bulbs like the NBs and CBIs.

                  Now, if only XB35s were offered in D3S....

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                  • #10
                    I feel better about my MH1 and XB35 purchase now.
                    Originally posted by Bitter
                    They're literally flying canoes with boxer engines packed full of Molotov cocktails that rely on tampons and $10 screws to stay in the air and not kill you.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by phantom240 View Post
                      I feel better about my MH1 and XB35 purchase now.
                      I think the ones that were being tested were the next gen XB35's. Not the current ones being sold.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by blochead21 View Post
                        I think the ones that were being tested were the next gen XB35's. Not the current ones being sold.
                        Originally posted by Bitter
                        They're literally flying canoes with boxer engines packed full of Molotov cocktails that rely on tampons and $10 screws to stay in the air and not kill you.

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                        • #13
                          Please test all bulbs with 50w ballasts! Thanks!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Alberto View Post
                            Please test all bulbs with 50w ballasts! Thanks!
                            We unfortunately will not be testing with 50w ballasts at this time--35w only to show the proper function of the bulbs given all of the OEMs are rated at 35w only.

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                            • #15
                              Why no XV C1 picture :-(
                              Originally posted by gold94corolla
                              it gets you all the b*tches

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