Powerflex Mk4 - Non
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: United Kingdom
So here we are, the lights work, they are stable and trouble free and I am pretty happy overall with the project. We do, however have a pretty big problem that we just can't solve....
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Its a simple one really. In order to make a cost effective, easy to fit replacement that comes with warranty and support and returns policies etc all requires us to be something we are not, a professional manufacturing business specialising in after-market car parts.
As it stands, The time and effort required to build a set of Halo's is astonishing and its time we don't have, nor could justify giving a way for a couple of pounds per hour, so realistically, I think this project is dead.
I'll put it into perspective...
With all the processes and parts as they are now it takes me about 4-6 hours to assemble & test the circuit boards which isn't too bad, but still isn't "china fast"
It takes Coxy nearly 30 hours to take a set of brand new headlights, split them open, wire them up and install the rings, circuit boards, test them and get them ready to ship. That as you can guess is a pretty unacceptable chunk of time for anyone to offer for free!
The price point that we started at was around £500 which essentially left Coxy and I with beer money, and it just wont work as it closer to £1000 worth of effort.
So with that astronomical figure in mind we are left with only 1 option.
Supply a kit!
Its not ideal, but it solves a multitude of issues. I could supply 2 boards, 6 rings, wires, connectors & a power supply for a figure of say £275 (I still need to price all the parts properly). You would then need to buy yourself two new headlights (ebay have new ones for about £80 quid each). and you can set about splitting them and installing them on your own time! Buying new means they will split in an oven quite easily, but you could save money by trying to split the ones already on your car, its your choice.
That way your kit could be warranted by me on a parts replacement basis, so if a controller or ring fails, I'll post you a new one. <- As long as the damage isn't caused by say water ingress due to bad installation that is!!
Coxy may be coaxed into building you a full headlight set with your purchased kit, but you would have to negotiate your own deal to remunerate his time direct with him.
Its not ideal, but its the only way forward. As I said at the start, we are not an after market manufacturer, we are just enthusiasts mucking about with toys for our cars.