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Old 03-25-2009, 07:33 AM   #1
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Angel Eye life Expectancy

I have mycarr 62 led angel eyes & they dont seem to be lasting very long, i have a switch connected and usually keep them off during the day. So far two rings have failed within a month

so i worked out

1hr - drive home from work per day
2 hr - extra circullam activities per evening

1+3 x 5 = 20 x4 = 80 hour

& lets just say 8 hours night time driving on the weekend

80 + 8x4 = 112 hours.

112 hours disent seem much to me for life expectancy of LEDs , what do you guys think, is somthing wrong here ?

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Old 03-25-2009, 10:05 AM   #2
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LEDs should have a VERY long life. They're just defective.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:52 AM   #3
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One of mine went out very quickly as well, I opened it up and it turned out that the soldering points on the rings themselves are TINY and crack from road vibrations. I just re-soldered it and they're working fine. The actual LEDs will last a LONG time, so you either have bad or clipped wiring or bad soldering points.
I re-soldered them while on the car, didn't even have to take them off.

Edit: Didn't really clarify now that I read what I wrote. The part of the ring that the LEDs are attached to is made of two halves and the two pieces are held together only by the soldering points I mentioned. It's the "bottom" part of the rings that the cracks occur.
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:50 PM   #4
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LEDs should outlast the life of your car so it could be a loose connection on that ring or a defective ring.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:19 PM   #5
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how are the Orion V2s holding up? Anyone has a dead one yet? I'm looking into getting some but I always hear horror stories from the last gen oes
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:27 PM   #6
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my CFL rings are on when the car is on, so going a year strong..
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:03 PM   #7
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how are the Orion V2s holding up? Anyone has a dead one yet? I'm looking into getting some but I always hear horror stories from the last gen oes
The Orion V2s have 0 failures with their 6k color. I think they had like 1 problem with the 4300k color with one customer, but that was just a little fluke
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We can honestly say we had our first ring failure from a member on this forum in the Czech republic recently. We're shipping it back for evaluation.

Well, it didn't actually fail, the LED is still lighting up, but it's a little fainter than the others. Aside from that, we have had no other failures of any of the rings at all. This includes the facelifted products as well as the multiple sets of amber, red, blue, 8000K, and 1 3000K special order.

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In case you're wondering, we've shipped over 3000+ units so far.
Multiplied by 4 rings X 60 LED = 720,000 LEDs and we've had the one ring with one led that is fainter than the others.

Orion V2 is rated for 100K hours. It's as close to indestructible as it comes.

EDIT: one of the reasons we move away from Mycarr (among many factors) is the lack of overall quality even with the V1 that we first introduced that had 4 failed rings in the first 30 kits).
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and finally, not all LED are created equal:
When you compare Mycarr and Orion, you only need to see 4 pictures to make up your mind:
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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...t=orion+mycarr <-- click this for more info.
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Old 03-25-2009, 10:29 PM   #10
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Old 03-27-2009, 03:22 PM   #11
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i jus recently noticed that my passenger side angel eyes failed. not sure what it could be. i have em on an e46 325ci. any
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and finally, not all LED are created equal:
When you compare Mycarr and Orion, you only need to see 4 pictures to make up your mind:
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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...t=orion+mycarr <-- click this for more info.
I like the way the Mycarr light up. They are not so bright that they over power the head light and look like a honda with halos. Personal opinion.
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Got my Orion V2 for almost 8 months now, they are running great with no issues. Love seeing those lights everytime I unlock my car from a distance. I just wish my On board DLR is turned off when I am driving so they V2 can look so much better
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CCFL's for over two yrs, no prb with brightness. Even on cold winter months(cold starts). No ballast issues either knock on wood, lol
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One of mine went out very quickly as well, I opened it up and it turned out that the soldering points on the rings themselves are TINY and crack from road vibrations. I just re-soldered it and they're working fine. The actual LEDs will last a LONG time, so you either have bad or clipped wiring or bad soldering points.
I re-soldered them while on the car, didn't even have to take them off.

Edit: Didn't really clarify now that I read what I wrote. The part of the ring that the LEDs are attached to is made of two halves and the two pieces are held together only by the soldering points I mentioned. It's the "bottom" part of the rings that the cracks occur.
Excatly the same thing for me.
62+ Angel Eyes, from MyCarr (DDM Tuning).
One was working on the half of the ring. That was the soldering points between the 2 parts composing the AE.
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Umnitza Orion V2 do not have any exposed solder points, no solder links between boards to break, and no failures on the clips.
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Just bought a 2004 M3 last Saturday....the 6000k Predator Orion V2 was the first thing I got for the car. Ordered them on Monday, recieved the package Thursday. Impressed by the quality of the wiring harness specifically, but overall looks to be a good product. Installation took no time and was very easy. They look great!
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Got my Orion V2 for almost 8 months now, they are running great with no issues. Love seeing those lights everytime I unlock my car from a distance. I just wish my On board DLR is turned off when I am driving so they V2 can look so much better
Go to BMW to get it turned off
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