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Old 03-31-2010, 12:19 AM   #1
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My Angel Eye Review (Every Popular One Tested and Reviewed)

As most of you might know, I have recently gone through a lot of trouble with my angel eyes. For those of you that may not of read the previous thread, it can be found here:

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=300143

Since then, I have obviously ditched the Umnitza Predator Chromiums and tried all three popular led angel eye options on my car. The purpose of this review is to discuss all four so people can make the most informed choice. The angel eyes I've had on my car are as follows:
1. Umnitza Predator Chromiums
2. EAS Auroras v1.1
3. Weisslicht/Orion Lite
4. Umnitza Orion v2

Lets start with the Predator Chromiums. These angel eyes were the pinnacle of angel eyes for many years, but have since been phased out by new led technology. They were great for their time, but as most forum members know, they have many issues (including, but not limited to: cold start, high failure rate and the possibility of starting a fire). I was one of the unfortunate few that had some of these issues and as everyone agrees, these angel eyes should not be used anymore as they pose safety issues. If you do insist on keeping them, please solder the connection from the ballast to the angel eyes.

After the whole debacle I had with the Predator Chromiums I decided to try out the EAS Aurora v1.1 angel eyes. I love how the rings and light output are a nice thin defined line. They are definitely the cleanest looking of the group. Fitment was on par with most highly rated angel eyes, the clips were as expected and the light output was pretty bright. The one negative I must note is that the solder points are not sealed and very exposed, I can definitely see this possibly becoming an issue down the line as the angel eyes go through more stress from the imperfections on the roads.

The Weisslicht and Orion Lite angel eyes are actually the same. Weisslicht claims the best fitment as they show you a slew of pictures of the angel eyes installed with the headlight housing off and at off angles when installed(extremely high or low from what I've seen). In these pictures the fitments looks awesome. But I must tell you, as soon as you fully reinstall the headlight shrouds and housing and look at it in person, these things fit horribly. Their light output is lower than the Aurora v1.1's, the clips weren't great and random parts of the rings are hidden behind the shroud. I definitely don't recommend these angel eyes at all. I personally know of a few Bay Area forum members that wanted to order these but decided against them once seeing them in person.

After trying the previous three angel eyes, I figured I might as well go ahead and give the Orion v2's a try. After all Umnitza is the biggest name in angel eyes. I installed these on my car and the light output is definitely the brightest out of the bunch. The rings fit well and the alligator clips are the strongest as well. Umnitza has posted videos online of them submerging the angel eyes and I have personally tried this and seen that they are waterproof. They also have the huge benefit of having multiple light colors for people who don't want the typical 6000k color. The only complaint I have about these is that they leds are spaced the furthest apart out of the bunch, but the reason for this is that they use SMT leds which help keep their output the highest for the longest operating time.


I think I have literally tried all the popular angel eyes out there and have provided honest feedback about all of them within my review. I hope this thread will serve as a good source for anyone trying to decide on which angel eyes will work the best for them.

Since the only two contenders in my opinion are the Umnitza Orion v2's and the EAS Aurora v1.1's, those are the only ones I took pics of.

EAS is on the left and Umnitza is on the right:



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Old 03-31-2010, 12:24 AM   #2
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u can wire in a rheostat to either the orions's or the aurora's and still maintain your warranty
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i like the v1.1 alot
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Great review - very honest and unbiased. Thanks for your efforts.
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the orion v2 dont look that blurry it looks clean cut in person
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awesome write-up, well written and informative!
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the orion v2 dont look that blurry it looks clean cut in person
agreed, in person the orion aren't as blurry
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Here's some closer pics of the V2's


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I personally have the Orion V2's. They are very bright and I know that I can wire in a rheostat, but I like them bright. They fit well and if you solder & heatshrink all the connections, they are golden IMHO. btw, can't quite figure out FTW. Fut the wuck?? Chas

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I personally have the Orion V2's. They are very bright and I know that I can wire in a rheostat, but I like them bright. They fit well and if you solder & heatshrink all the connections, they are golden IMHO. btw, can't quite figure out FTW. Fut the wuck?? Chas
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V2's All the way, I get compliments from strangers who say their bright even in bright sunlight and especially intimidating at night. I have my DRL's turned off and I did a corner delete mod to emphasize them. The picture was taken with my blackberry but in person there a lot more crisp and fine. I've had them for 2 years now through two winters and no problems at all.

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I have V2s and I'm starting to think they are too bright. They are so bright that it washes out the "defined" lines, especially at night. Also, people flash me at night because they think I have my high beams on. I'm looking into installing a rheostat....if you notice the OEM angle eyes are just bright enough to have a defined circle....not so bright that it washes everything out. The pics by the OP sort of illustrate that. I would prefer the look of the EAS AE's honestly.
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