Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0 is an updated version of the 2.0 with many “ground-breaking” innovations advertised. But are they really as good as they claim – headlights that are like no other? To answer that, our Driverevolve’s team has bought, tested, and reviewed them!
Scroll down for a complete introduction and unbiased reviews of this new-generation headlight.
- Light Source Type: LED
- Brand : Morimoto
- Position: Front
- Fit Type: Universal Fit
- Color Temperature : 5500 Kelvin
- Voltage: 12 Volts (DC)
- Item Weight: 1.41 pounds
- Package Dimensions: 7.99 x 6.54 x 5.08 inches
Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0: What Makes It So Special?
There are 2 kinds of heat management in LED lights. The first is the conventional fan cooling model, in which a fan is positioned on the backside of the LEDs to pump air over your heatsink, diverting heat away from your lightbulbs.
Another widely accepted strategy is using a special heatsink system. This one doesn’t use fans; instead, it utilizes a unique heatsink that lets hot air radiate fluidly off the LEDs.
And Morimoto’s LED chooses a hybrid of these methods.
The PCB board has 2 openings on either end of the lightbulb base, one for air intake and the second for venting. This lightbulb draws air in via one hole that rings around the bulb’s back portion to wick heated air away, and it ejects heat out the other end via an inbuilt cyclone fan.
Another excellent benefit of this cooling system is that as the air passes through the valves, the heated air is channeled into your headlamp casing, softly warming up your lens and repelling any frost or snow accumulation on them!
The Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0 bulbs use two separate chips.
Its single filament lights employ Osram Oslon HKL531.TE chips shine brightly while also being incredibly durable (thanks to the revolutionary solder pad setups).
Those microchips provide powerful lumens and are independently customizable with certified contrasts, making these headlights ideal for mimicking OEM beam patterns. At a cool 5,500k kelvins, you’ll get the beautiful clean white tone you’ve been seeking.
The dual filament lightbulbs that employ Luxeon Z ES chips are actual LED monsters, bringing exceptional color uniformity, brightness, and flux intensity. Also, the LUXEON Z series is unbeatable in terms of optical versatility for accurate beam angle adjustment.
These dual filaments, slightly warmer in tone than single filaments, exhibit 5,700k kelvins and produce great cool-toned white light for the streets ahead.
Anti Flicker Module For Led Headlights
Morimoto’s anti-flicker module excellently eliminates the irritating light flicker of LED headlamps. It offers a fast, efficient, and easy remedy to flickers, stabilizing energy distribution and minimizing flashing lights.
Unique H4 Reflector Cup Design – A Market’s First!
Morimoto places the low beam shade cup underneath the knife, unlike other LEDs. This uniquely styled cup includes an internal micro-optical reflector that enables these lightbulbs to shine reflector areas over them, an absolute first in the LED headlight sector!
This unique reflector position also yields tremendous lighting in the beam patterns. As a result, this high-performance reflector can make the best use of your beam patterns.
How Does It Perform?
Regarding reflector-style headlamps, the Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0 stands out. They employ the tiniest diodes we’ve encountered from OSRAM and feature a narrow side-to-side clearance. This means a broad light distribution and an extended light cast from your headlights0.
Its low beam maximum light lux was 1022 at 25ft, resulting in a 174 % longer reach or approximately 2.5X light cast. Although they are not the best, the beams are still excellent, so we highly recommend them.
At 1821 maximum light lux, the high beam power is comparable to other premium LEDs. This should increase your viewable range to around 2X, or 108% longer cast.
Standard and lower-cost LEDs often fall flat in the high-beam, but the Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0s do not. Beam patterns are also excellent in full beam, with a narrow and powerful hotspot similar to halogen, casting down where we need the most.
We are just as pleased regarding projectors because of the fantastic diode configuration. However, the Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0s miss the mark because of the handle design. While it serves well for reflectors, it performs poorly in our projectors.
Morimoto only achieves 314 lux in low beam mode. They provide less light than halogens in high beam projectors (solo and bi-halogen). This is actually a common issue with LEDs due to their projector layout, and just a few of the LED headlights we reviewed beat halogens.
Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0: Pros And Cons
- Great cut-off lines in the reflector.
- Further and broader beam patterns.
- Nice and easy-on-the-eyes color.
- A unique yet effective cooling system.
- Anti-flicker modules included.
- Special H4 reflector cup.
- Dual chipset.
- Brighter light output.
- Thick mounting collars, resulting in a trickier installation.
- A small amount of RFI and fan sound.
- A bit pricy.
Are They Worth The Investment?
For us, Morimoto’s headlights stick to their claim of an innovative product that performs admirably. They are superior in performance and innovative features compared to stock halogens. Thus, if you want to upgrade your headlights, consider Morimoto 2 Stroke 3.0.
However, given the relatively high price, if you don’t often travel in areas that require wider, stronger, and longer beams, stay with your factory-made headlights. They can still get the job done well!
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