What an interesting test we had and what a difficult choice this will be (for some).
This new iteration of TruckLite's is, in many ways, very excellent. Sets a new standard. But they have flaws that some drivers won't want to live with.
It will be up to the end-user.
Raw lumens are decent on lowbeam and incredible on highbeam.
Light to sides of road is VERY impressive.
There is a pair of light artifact "X's" created by the LEDs that can cause target fixation.
The color might be endearing or annoying.
The numbers speak for themselves. The lowbeams make more light off-axis than straight ahead. They are wonderful for spotting the stray dog or child about to run into your lane.
Markers are at 25yards L/R, 50 yards L/R, 75 yards L/R
Jeep is on the right side of a 2-lane road; camera on hood in front of driver. Reading are taken at 12" height from road surface --- this is an important stat since the LUX number is higher at different heights. But, for consistency, the 12" number should be used to compare to other lights previously tested.
Ambient temperature 57 degrees F; ambient illumination from stars less than 1 LUX
Lights are aimed with about a 2" drop at 25 feet --- the lowbeams need to be aimed higher than many other types of lights due to the sharp cut-off and lack of ECE "uptick" for road signs.
Lux readings Lowbeam
25 feet dead center 416
8 LUX at 125 yards center; enough to read by.
Photos: don't pay attention to the dark V at the bottom; this is an artifact from a stinger.
Showing the X:
Looking at the highbeams:
I had to think about this overnight. Everyone in JeepLand knows that I loved the JW Speaker lights for a variety of reasons --- but there's a new sheriff in town.
If I had a JK, these would be the lights I'd be running right now.
I like the spread of light. I like the highbeams. I like the ease of install. I like that you never have to replace a bulb. I like the conservative look of them.
I don't like the X patterns --- but the 8700s had their own weird artifacts too; I guess that I learned to ignore weird artifacts... ...but I can see this as a PROBLEM to some drivers.
We had no blinking at all in our tests due to the full Rallylights harness. Personally, I couldn't live with a blinking set of headlights.