Morimoto 2Stroke 3.0: Tech You Need to Know & What Does This Bulb Offer?
When it comes to automotive lighting, Morimoto has always been an innovator in the industry. They are constantly pushing the design envelope with their HID bulbs, LED bulbs, and full LED replacement housings.
Recently, the 2Stroke 3.0 LED bulb released to replace their older (but very successful) 2Stroke 2.0. So, makes this bulb any different from the 2.0 & why should you consider this bulb for your vehicle? We're going to take an in-depth look at the engineering behind this bulb and why it's such a game-changer.
With many other LED bulbs on the market, they only shine light in front of your car, and the beam has no actual distance because manufacturers use the same focal point across all their LED bulbs. This is not the case with the 2Stroke 3.0.
Morimoto states that this bulb will have the same beam pattern as a halogen bulb no matter the type of housing it is placed in, but how is this possible? How is this bulb constructed that makes it different than the rest?
It all comes down to the LED chips used and how they are placed on the bulb itself. Morimoto optimized each specific bulb size focus length to match the original halogen bulb it was made to replace while also utilizing state-of-the-art LED chips.
For single filament bulbs, the 2Stroke 3.0 uses the Osram Oslon Black Flas S series that is the same chip they use in their very popular XB LED housings.
Dual Filament bulbs use the Luxeon Z ES LED chips along with a micro reflector like what you would see in an H4 bulb. This means the bulb can focus the beam down the road so you can see objects that are off in the distance give you the confidence you need to drive at night.
These new LED chips generate a great deal of heat, so what has Morimoto done to cool them off? LED bulb manufacturers have done to cool the chips off by adding an external cooling fan or heat sync to extract hot air away from the led chips, so they will not overheat.
The 2Stroke 3.0 has an internal cooling fan that recirculates hot air back into the headlight housing. The internal style fan has two purposes. Normally, external cooling fans can be susceptible to getting dirt or water inside them, causing the fan to clog and malfunction. With an internal fan, the bulb is protected from any debris that can get trapped inside.
Also, after switching over to LED bulbs, it's common for people that live in colder climates to have difficulty getting snow or ice to melt off their housing because the bulbs do not get hot enough to do so. Since the 2Stroke 3.0 recirculates the hot air back into the housing, it can melt the snow or ice just like a halogen bulb. Normally, hot air is wasted in the engine bay, so it is a cool feature that we are sure drivers will appreciate.
Another issue people run into with LED replacement bulbs is the inability to run DRL (Day Running Lights) lights. Normally for LED bulbs to utilize DRL’s they must use a PWM (Pulse Width Module) to correct the electrical flow to the bulb. Even with the PWM, the LED bulb will be on full power and will not dim like it is supposed to.
This isn’t the case with the new 2Stroke 3.0; it has a built-in driver that will automatically dime the LEDs to 10% of their output when there is a stable one to six volts of electricity running to it. This is unique to this bulb only, and it is something fresh to offer the public.
All these new improvements are innovative, but if you have ever installed aftermarket bulbs, you may have run into some issues regarding fitment or when trying to get the proper beam pattern.
Luckily when Morimoto designed the 2Stroke 3.0, they put this into consideration. For instance, they designed the bulb to have 360 degrees of rotation by having a geared-step rotational adjuster—this a twist to lock adjuster that allows 15- degree interval changes.
There is also an added tension spring that pushes against the bulb's base to hold it in place once you get the optimum beam pattern for your vehicle. This is an excellent improvement, and we have not seen this attention to detail with any other LED bulb manufacturer yet.
Morimoto outdid themselves with this new bulb design. Not only does the 2Stroke 3.0 look cool, but it also has the performance and quality to back it up, separating it from other lower-quality bulbs. They did not cut any corners when engineering this bulb & it is a welcome addition to their great line of vehicle lighting products. If you are looking for a LED bulb on the cutting edge of technology and innovation, this bulb is the way to go.
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