Review of "12V 18W Motorcycle LED Headlight Driving Spot Light Fog Lamp" from Banggood

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Review of "12V 18W Motorcycle LED Headlight Driving Spot Light Fog Lamp" from Banggood

I saw these for only $7.99 and figured I’d take a chance. Overall I’m not too disappointed for the price.

http://www.banggood.com/12V-18W-Motorcycle-LED-Headlight-Driving-Spot-Light-Fog-Lamp-p-968174.html

Now listed for $8.99
Looks like they where supposed to only be $3. Feel free to reimburse my paypal whenever you see this banggood… Wink

Pros:
Cost
Fairly tight spot with a decent amount of spill
Relatively compact
Good heatsinking
Nice looking TIR

Cons:
Bent fins and scratched anodizing
Not waterproof
Mediocre LEDs (to be expected for the price)
Terrible mounts – no way to adjust angle of elevation which is a big minus on my truck

TIR looks pretty good

Lets see what we have under the hood

No o-rings or insulation gaskets present

I drew over the traces to make them a bit more obvious. 10.11 volts coming out of the driver

Nothing sealing up the back either

Driver is loose inside the housing. Has a few wraps of tape for insulation

MG20U201 and KB6N10

Came packed as you’d expect from china in the usual crumpled cardboard box wrapped in foam in a plastic bag, so I’m assuming they left the warehouse like this since the boxes where mostly in tact

Won’t matter much after the first time I drag them through some salt cedars. It matches the rest of the “character” my truck has developed Silly

I tested them with a 7.2 amp hour SLA battery I had handy. My fluke 87 with stock leads read 12.08 volts at 1140 milliamps which works out to 13.77 watts before driver losses.

After a bit of testing I’ll take the money I saved on the lights and invest in a tube of silicone caulk. There’s no way they’ll survive years of rain and desert dust unsealed

More to come after it gets dark and I have them on the Suburban

Socorro Search and RescueI wear my sunglasses at night

Edited by: sb56637 on 09/02/2017 - 12:38
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Not a bad price for the case and optics, shouldn’t be too hard to do an emitter swap (if you wanted to). It’s a shame the mount isn’t adjustable.

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

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Not worth the price and hassle of swapping emitters for me. I’m pleasantly surprised my how bright they are as is. I’ll probably fab something up to replace the stock mount.

Beamshots coming after dark. I’m on mountain time (gmt -7) so probably another 10 hours before I get anything up.

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Looking forward to your pics.

Just found this one. Twice the price, but it has a better mount. I actually like how it looks quite a bit. If only I had a truck to mount lights on…. Love

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

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Giggity Big Smile I didn’t need that money anyways.
I might actually end up rebuilding my bumper today. I think I might just bend them to the right angle

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I’ve seen that one as well, and thought about buying one for my father’s tractor, but if it isn’t waterproof at all, I might be better off buying something better. Any suggestions, someone maybe have tried another one?

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Couldn’t get any good shots. Two of these led lights where about equivalent in throw and brightness to the high beams on my suburban.

Noticed a bit of light spilling out the back. I’m going to need a lot of epoxy Flat Stare

Still quite impressed for the price, but they could be so much better with a few minor tweaks

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Haven’t mounted or wired them in yet. At least now they have somewhere to go.

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