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Old 11-04-2013, 08:35 PM
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led angel eyes

I have a 2011 335i and really like the way the white led angel eyes look. I am in the process of upgrading my angel eyes to the white led lights. I have read a ton of reviews on the mtec's and the other higher end lights ($200 and up). There are also very similar lights on ebay for 1/3 of the cost. Is it really worth spending the extra $150 for the higher end lights?
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:52 PM
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Ya get what you pay for. Try getting that warranty coverage from China.

Seriously, do you want to have to replace them again in three month?
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:23 PM
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A couple of the reviews that I read said that they are the same bulbs that the companies buy them and stamp their name on the bulb- that they are all made in china
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:06 PM
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A couple of the reviews that I read said that they are the same bulbs that the companies buy them and stamp their name on the bulb- that they are all made in china
Seems true. They all use the same LEDs which is CREE. I am also in the market on buying one and I was considering Lux v4 but those ebay ones looks decent for a third of the price.

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Old 11-04-2013, 10:12 PM
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then I'm reading reviews on the mtec's that say the lights get ridiculoulsly hot, error messages everyday, and some say that one side will just go out from time to time.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:41 PM
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Ok well I haven't heard nearly as many issues with the lux v4's so I just ordered them. I think I am going to have them installed based on how hard it is to reach into the space.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:41 PM
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The old lady is going to be pissed lol
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:51 AM
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Ok well I haven't heard nearly as many issues with the lux v4's so I just ordered them. I think I am going to have them installed based on how hard it is to reach into the space.
V4's are not that bad to install, V3's were PITA to install.


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Old 11-05-2013, 06:35 AM
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A couple of the reviews that I read said that they are the same bulbs that the companies buy them and stamp their name on the bulb- that they are all made in china
Pretty much all LED's are made in China. Some take components and assemble here. Major companies such as Phillips and Cree have much better QC.

It has been my experience that LED's distributed by reputable US companies tend to be "better" long term, because you have someone that has to stand behind and deal with the issues.

The quality coming out of China is all over the place. I get samples all the time to try because I design lighting.

If you want to install and hopefully forget about them; find you a supplier that has been around here in the states for awhile. They are not going to keep selling parts they constantly have to hassle with. Not enough profit in it.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:29 AM
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This is one of the suppliers for many vendors

http://www.auto-led-manufacturer.com/

They have a minimum order requirement but it's not much.

The only kit that I know is made with a proper driver source and genuine Cree LEDs is the LUX units.

This manufacture claims all the LEDs are genuine Cree LEDs but I have a hard time believing that. Also I think the "drivers" they use are nothing more than a voltage regulator setup or a transistor setup to drive the LED which is inefficient and brings along it's own problems.

But to be fair, I've install cheap LEDs in peoples cars from eBay and most, about 80%, are still ok. However, it's inevitable that heat will kill these units. The heatsink size has been the same since the first of these designs came out. Now they are pushing over a claimed 40W through these heatsinks. To properly dissipate 40W of energy, you need much more surface area for the heatsink.
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