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Old 03-19-2011, 05:30 PM   #9
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LEDs added to shroud:

Comparison (Left to right: 3000K CCFL, custom LED shroud, vendor's LED AE):

A little bit brighter:

I also took pictures of the projector outputs. To try to be as fair as possible, I had to "weight" the H7 halogen bulb so it wouldn't wiggle around in the projector (wtf? why is this even something we should worry about when purchasing headlights? bulbs wiggling loose...) giving the best possible hotspot and light output. The HID bulb fits very snug in the projector, but as I already pointed out in the OP, it creates a hotspot far below the cutoff. This is less than ideal. The RX330 projector, I have learned, can be modified slightly for an even brighter hotspot along the cutoff.


5000K HID (I still think this is 6000K):

RX330, Philips 85122 bulb:

Every picture I just posted was processed the same, using 4300K white balance, shutter speed 1/80, aperture f/5.0, ISO 200, 24mm on a Canon 5D with 24-70mm f/2.8L, on a tripod.

Still not convinced that the P46 isn't as good as OEM? Go suck a goat.
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