I’d say more than a few of us were excited when Baja Designs released the LP9. We fell in love with their modern looks, high output, ducted cooling, and of course that 200-degree beam spread, but then there was the price. At full retail, a set of two would cost over $1,200 USD, and that’s a lot of cheddar. Fortunately, for those of us with tighter wallets, Baja Designs has released a new version of the light called the LP9 Sport, and it brings nearly all of the performance of the original for a fraction of the cost.
Like the standard LP9, the Sport includes direct ducted cooling for lower operating temperatures and integrated peripheral technology (IPT) which gives you the 200-degree spread of usable light. It also uses nine forward-projecting LEDs, which produce 6,500 lumens at 61 watts, and six LEDs for the IPT spread, which produce 2,550 lumens at 24 watts. For those wondering, that’s about a 40-percent reduction of lumens on the main pattern from the standard LP9’s blinding 11,025 lumens, but also a boost from 2,280 lumens on the IPT to 2,550. As you’d expect, the new LP9 Sport also draws significantly less power, at just 61 watts and 4.6 amps versus 105 watts and 7.6 amps.
Besides this change in output, everything else remains the same. You get all of the high-quality materials, service life, and features of the LP9 in a more affordable package. That even includes their uService technology, which allows customers to change their lens pattern and color depending on driving conditions.
At the current retail price of $450 USD, the LP9 Sport is roughly 25 percent cheaper than the standard model, which represents over $300 in savings for anyone buying a pair. It still doesn’t make these awesome lights cheap, but it certainly places them within reach of a much larger range of four-wheel drivers.
To learn more, check them out on the Baja Designs website here.