Disclaimer: I received a free set of these headlight bulbs in exchange for my honest review.
As the aftermarket LED headlight industry continues to grow, so we see more manufacturers bringing products to the market. Most recently we were sent an LED headlight conversion kit by Ziste to review. Although the product has been on the market for less than 6-months, Ziste are not new to the world of LED lighting. Having been established in 2008, Ziste focused on producing high-performance LED lighting, which they have offered in several other industries.
ZISTE LED Headlight Bulb Specs
LED chip: 2 pcs/bulb
Color Tempertature: 4000K
Now with their series of headlight conversion kits, they have the opportunity to make use of the same technology in the motor industry. Along with headlight bulb kits, they also offer the full array of replacement bulbs for reverse lights, tail lamps, fog lights and more. With an impressive 3-year limited warranty and 50,000 hour expected lifespan, the Ziste headlight conversion kit advertises itself as providing the perfect beam pattern, with a super heat dissipation design and the ability to work in extreme conditions.
The packaging itself was simple, but effective, and the build quality met expectations for a product in this price range. As is standard with conversion kits, Ziste promises an easy installation, which we found was true in practice. The LEDs clip right in, and the drivers are small enough to tuck away. The plugs all fitted easily, making for a straightforward process.
At around $75 per kit, these are not the cheapest, nor the most expensive products on the market. With a 4,000 lumen (per bulb) output and a color temperature of 4,000K, the 30W CREE LEDs shine brighter than most of the competition. During testing the brightness was confirmed, but some of Ziste’s other promises fell a bit flat. While the light color is spot on, the light output did not appear focused. The light spread too much, and failed to give sufficient down-road light. This, contrary to their promise of incredible light coverage.
The CREE LEDS in each bulb are cooled by a built-in Turbocool fan controlled by an improved MHC heat control driver. While we didn’t experience any issues with the functioning of the lights themselves, during our testing the bulbs were exposed to snow and rain, during which the fans made a strange noise. The lights are designed to operate in extreme conditions and come with an IP67 rating. It should be noted the lights continued to function and once dried out, the fan noise disappeared. This was our experience with the product, and we have not heard such comments from other users.
Besides our own experiences, reviews on Amazon have been mixed, although mostly positive, with a 3.9 star rating. Reviews shared our sentiment about the lightbulbs being extremely bright and that the color temperature is a match, but little else was said.
While you should always use some caution when dealing with new products, the Ziste’s showing is hopefully a good sign of things to come. We might suggest giving this first iteration a skip in choice of a more established rival, but if there is a price drop, or you find yourself drawn to them for other reasons, you shouldn’t be afraid to test them out. Their extensive warranty and US based support on offer should be enough to counter any concerns.
Images/Photos: BestHeadlightBulbs, Amazon