For a person who will do mostly comuting driving with the ocasional highway trip these headlights are still better then what I have now. Your review is very revealing. I am more concerned about the flickering that is going on. I want to be driving knowing I can see whats in front of me not driving around with a rave party machine. I purchased the Trucklite pigtails when I thought I had a deal to buy these headlights on ebay. The seller backed out(another story for another day). So now I just want something better then what I have. For the amount of $$$ they are going for I want something that is completely fool-proof(NO issues i.e. Flickering, easy insatllation). I understand based on your results they are not nearly as good as the Cibies but they are better then stock, no? The Cibies are the best headlights availible but I imagine they are for people that use a jeep for it's intended purpose, OFFROADING, backwoods driving, trailblazing, etc, etc, etc. I apreciate your review & testing these because they have put doubt in my head BUT I havent ruled them out. I would just like an answer about why theres flickering on some installations and none on others. Well done & thanks!!!
The major flaws IMHO:
1) I don't see the "flicker" as a problem. I see it as an effect of what the technology is; I don't blame my dog for pissing in the back yard either. The lights flicker from the PWM; so what? Work around it with a harness and you'll have more/brighter/steadier light.
But others see this as an issue. Think of it as a symptom of the technology and just deal with it; it's not hard to do.
2) Limited reach. They dropped dead too soon. You need to reach at least 75 yards to the right on lowbeam to be considered for highway driving.
3) Even spread. Although vastly better than the previous incarnation, they still have gaps & hot-spots; these are distracting to the driver, especially on backroads where there are sharp curves, steep cambers, & altitude variation. I literally couldn't navigate one road on lowbeam.
4) Spread to the side of the road needs to be improved; the lights have virtually zero off to the sides.
Besides the obvious benefits of LED technology (robustness, longevity, power savings, ease of application), the single best characteristic that I noted while driving was that two of the "flashlights" seemed to be aimed directly at the lines on the road --- this is fantastic for driving in poor weather and obviates the need for foglights.
I can see them working for a city driver; they were fine in urban driving where streetlights did the lion's share of lighting the road. And they do have bling appeal in spades; people at Sam's Club, Wells Fargo, and in the neighborhood all took long looks at them.
Jerry seems like an open person and Truck-Lite seems to be diligent in their pursuit of refinement. I'd expect them to apply themselves and create a still better product.
I still feel that HIDs will fade from popularity and LEDs will become the standard for headlights. But, for replacement lamps like these, the question remains as to which company will make the best and offer it at an appealing price-point?