Philips Ultinon Pro9000 LED - 250% brighter lights that enhances visibility without dazzling others
Shaun · Oct 9, 2021 07:00 PM
Your vehicle’s existing halogen or conventional bulbs are doing a perfectly fine job. But why settle for mediocrity? When HID lighting is being replaced by LED lighting, halogen lights just looks a little ancient.
LEDs used to be exclusive to premium cars such as BMW and Lexus. If only your headlights could project that perfect homogeneous white light, it would look stunning and make you stand out from the crowd.
There are plenty of options out there to retrofit LEDs. Even if you decided to upgrade your lights, which retrofit LED should you pick? Are all LEDs made the same? Will just any LED give you that brilliant white light you see on the latest BMW?
If you want the same LED lights used by premium OEMs, then the obvious choice is the multiple award winning Ultinon Pro9000 retrofit LEDs designed by Philips. The Ultinon Pro9000 LED has been selected as Product of the Year by Car Goods (Japan), and won the prestigious Best Design Award by iF Product Design as well as Best of the Best Award by Red Dot Design.
Philips Ultinon Pro9000 provides outstanding visibility for drivers without dazzling other road-users. An upgrade that replaces the halogen equivalent in the Philips range, the Ultinon Pro9000 LED has a cool white beam with a color temperature proven to maximize eye comfort for safer, more enjoyable night driving.
The Philips Ultinon Pro 900 features Lumileds TopContact LED chips, otherwise only available to OEM. These lights have optimized homogeneity, performance, and light colour temperature to provide sharper visibility.
With LED bulbs, heat management is an important aspect to consider as the heat produced needs to be dissipated for long-term reliability. So on top of the TopContact LED chips that provides better heat extraction, it has AirBoost technology which is a fan-based cooling system that spins up to 8,000 rpm.
For peace of mind, it is covered by a 5-year warranty. The Philips Ultinon Pro9000 is lab-tested with a claimed lifetime of over 5000 hours. Its durability is also backed by the IP65 certification for dust and water resistance.
As for the light beam performance, Philips claims up to 250% brighter light compared to halogens for enhanced visibility, with a cool white colour temperature of up to 5,800 Kelvin. The SafeBeam technology directs light precisely on the road without glaring others, regardless if it’s fitted in projector or reflector headlamps.
The winning difference with the Ultinon Pro9000 is the compact one-piece design. Approximately the size of an halogen bulb, installing the Ultinon Pro9000 is hassle-free. Simply replace the halogen bulb with the Ultinon Pro9000 LED and enjoy the dazzling white light you see on luxury vehicles.
It really is that easy. We tried it ourselves on one of our team members’ 2nd-generation Perodua Myvi, and it took less than 5 minutes for the swap.
Here are the steps:
Locate the headlight holder for the main beam. For the Myvi, there’s no cover behind the bulb, so it’s a straightforward job of twisting the bulb counter-clockwise to unlatch. Then detach the connectors.
Fitting in the Philips Ultinon Pro9000 LEDs is just a reversal of the process – attach the connectors according to the right orientation (if it’s not, it wouldn’t fit, just like USB ports) and insert the bulb into the headlamp housing, then twist it clockwise to latch securely. Repeat on the other side and you’re good to go.
It’s that simple. There’s really no need to pay someone else to have it fitted. Of course, it varies between different cars and some might not be as straightforward to replace. But if you refer to your owner’s manual, you should be able to do it yourself too.
And now the LEDs are on. Looks pretty good, eh? The cut-off line is sharp so there’s no glare to other driver. The area of hot spot is also larger, with higher light intensity overall.
If you’re interested in getting one of these, head on over to the Philips Automotive store at Lazada or Shopee to get yours. Don't forget to use the PHILWAP21 discount code (input as shop voucher) on Shopee as well, for 20% off on all Philips LED products.
It fits most types of bulbs from H4 to HIR2 for the Ultinon Pro9000 so regardless of which type it is, Philips will have you covered.
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