|What the packaging looks like - I think the claims for 2-3x brighter than OEM are probably HIGHLY exaggerated...
|This is what is used for the center dome light. It's called a T10x31 LED... note the LEDs are essentially glued to a cut plastic form that fits into the dome light
Recently however I stumbled upon this from PIAA:
|Their "Multi A"
And, as you can see, size-wise it's a bit smaller than the Luxer1 product:
|Note: this photo was taken under the Luxer1 front spotlights...
It's hard to tell from these photos, but here is how the Luxer1 product looks:
|With the frosted cover on, hard to tell much...except it IS bluish...
|With the cover off, you can see each individual LED
With the PIAAs, the LEDs were so bright that:
|This was so bright it hurt my eyes.
The iPhone camera, however, by adjusting for the brightness, gives clues to the LED's construction
I also immediately realized that the PIAA's Kelvin rating, at 6000K, provides a much more natural light than the Luxer1s (which are more bluish, probably around 7000K). This is because I still have Luxer1 units up front in the spotlights, and can compare the difference, not just in brightness but in color as well. Also, the claims were true - this LED design DOES provide a wider, more disperse light. You can see the color difference, as well as how the PIAA's light is more diffuse, in this photo:
|Dome light on left, both spot lights turned on, on right.
|The MultiD is rated at 104 lumens vs the OEM bulb's 75 lumens.
Initially I was going to search for actual aircraft style spot lights that could replace this whole front lamp assembly, but then realized that it would be easier and cleaner to keep the housing but upgrade the LEDs. Replacement was as simple as unplugging the old and plugging in the new:
|Luxer1 on the left, the PIAAs on the right...
|As illuminated by only the Luxer1s LEDs - this was taken at night, in my enclosed garage,
with all garage and other lighting, including the dome light, turned off - complete darkness
|Illumination by only the PIAAs - same conditions, same camera!
|after (and wow you can see how dirty it is...)
This is fun! I think I will tinker with LEDs a bit more in the future... stay tuned.