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Car LED globe comparison. w5w, t10, cob, smd, cree

Car LED globe comparison. w5w, t10, cob, smd, cree

Ebay has plenty of these dusty nasty cheap led's, but which one to buy?

This video is a comparison of output, use as a guide for your own judgement. There are probable inconsistencies with kelvin but who really cares.

Note that the SMD's are prone to go an ice blue over time, then dim and flicker until they decide they don't want to be part of this earth anymore. I would avoid any SMD style, and opt for the COB style globes. They appear more solidly built. Note that I have h10 COB style LED fog lights also.

For the DRL , I went for the highest wattage + lumen range as the MS3 driving light housing requires quite a beefy globe to reflect the whole DRL paths.


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  1. Date: September 2, 2015 at 22:03
    Author: Preston P

    Your colors are all off…
    4000k = yellow -brightest
    4500k = yellow/white -best performance
    5000k = white -best performance
    6000k = whitish blue -lower performance
    6500k = bluish white -starts getting dim
    7000-8000k = blue -dimmer
    8000-12000k =blue-dark blue, very dim

  2. Date: September 10, 2015 at 16:40
    Author: maniaxzero

    Protip: Summary of the video is to go for the COB Style LEDs (Particularly the flat ones)

  3. Date: September 24, 2015 at 06:30
    Author: Boosted Cheo

    last one with the cob led chip seems to be the best, how they holding up? automatic like to this video just cause ms3!?

  4. Date: January 16, 2016 at 03:55
    Author: Tewthpaste

    which one of these light will help light up the daytime running light strip on the edge of the front headlight on the 2004 G35 coupe. i need a super bright light that can reach the strip all the way down or even if its half way, it got to be bright. i tried the brightest i can get at atuozone and its not really worth it. some of those looks really bright and especially the one from 1:29 to the one on the end of the video , but i need video of it on a Gs before i am convince enough to buy it.

  5. Date: February 5, 2016 at 07:37
    Author: DJPelio

    I have never heard or seen an LED SMD burn out. LED's last forever. I've had wires and connectors corrode and fail but not the actual LED bulb.

  6. Date: March 16, 2016 at 00:26
    Author: Mr Smith

    Good Day Sir
    Please send me a link for were I can buy the SMD 10w 300LM bulbs.
    It is the one on your video at 1:30
    Thank you very much

  7. Date: May 25, 2016 at 10:09
    Author: kidda74

    Can't seem to find the second to last one on ebay anymore, at least they do sell them but they are a thinner version without the large aluminium body?

  8. Date: July 19, 2016 at 00:22
    Author: MrATVJunkie1

    I just asked my Mum and her peanuts cost 70 USD, so the light bulb cost that much. Daaang thats expensive bulbs.

  9. Date: October 9, 2016 at 20:38
    Author: Miraj Ali

    can't find one that will work on my 2004 mercedes w220 got cree error free and still give error on the right one but still works don't like error warning coming up on the dash could you help me ?

  10. Date: October 16, 2016 at 02:00
    Author: Jesse Crandle

    Really interesting the array of bulbs available.

    Personally I'm looking for a nice 194 style bulb for my wife's old Saab convertible. They're the interior lights that come on when you open the door, and at night it's so dim I can't see wtf I'm doing in the car, so I put in some Phillips LED bulbs about two years ago. They're quite a bit brighter but were driving me nuts as they're about 7000 kelvin and look very blue. Because the bulbs have really widened in availability as of late I've looked into some 3000k bulbs.

    The crux of the matter: I need a 194 bulb that a) has most of the light output at the same spot as a normal incandescent 194 bulb, and b) fires most if not all of the LEDs at a 90 degree angle to the flat bladed insertion prongs of a 194 bulb. The issue so far isn't finding a bulb that fires all or most in one direction, the issue has been that most bulbs that fire light at the same point as the filament of a 194 bulb is on the same plane as the connector itself (which just fires the light inside the housing not down into the car). 1:13 in the video is a good example of what I mean. Hopefully though I'll be able to keep looking around or make a custom solution that'll be nice and bright, I don't like fumbling around in the dark car. 🙁

  11. Date: December 9, 2016 at 02:58
    Author: lifeisgood070

    LED's do lose power well before burning out. So an LED bulb claiming 50,000 hours would typically lose a little over 1% every 1,000 hours. Worth considering. A single LED will NOT be the last bulb you buy regardless of the marketing. You'll likely use another LED in that same socket.

  12. Date: December 27, 2016 at 13:03
    Author: 350toocute

    You want the brightest, longer lasting led bulbs?Go to sell better quality led`s that last.You get what you pay for.You buy a cheapie you will get cheap results.

  13. Date: January 5, 2017 at 20:08
    Author: Gabe 2304

    Any chance you'd have links? Or do I have to dig through eBay pages for hours

  14. Date: February 6, 2017 at 12:47
    Author: dsteks

    In most cars alternator generates electricity from 13,5V – 14,2V, but car LED lamps were made to operate at 12V. Excess current leads to overheating, which means lumen loss accompanied with an occasional flicker and finally burning out. Attaching or soldering 68 to 90 Ohm resistor should solve the problem. A little less light but significantly longer lifespan.

  15. Date: July 11, 2017 at 12:39

    something to show which is brightest would have been nice like a table at the end

  16. Date: July 28, 2017 at 06:58
    Author: Smiling Man

    What do you mean by the "SMD BURNS OUT"? I just got a pair of Smd leds for my parking light and there's a million small leds on each of them so they should burn very brightly, just curious what that Con meant.

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