I get a chuckle. I read reviews all the time, "The JWS's are brighter and they have a smoother beam pattern, they're better but......"
Sorta like saying, "the Race car is faster and handles better but....."
The sited characteristics ARE the point not the BUT.....
" JWS if one finds them affordable and then - the other choices".
Only exception being "IF" someone really lives in an extreme environment where icing is a constant issue. I live in the Pocono Mountains of the N/E and get along just fine with my JWS's.
I am in Colorado so we do have to contend with snow occasionally. I saw the trucklites at quadratic for about 550.
I debated the same LED lighting issue (in my head) for the last 6 months, and finally decided to go with the GTR Lighting Gen 2 LED bulbs for both the headlights and fogs (total cost $408.00). Headlight Revolution has some very informative videos about LED options on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/HeadlightRevolution. The bulbs are scheduled to be delivered Tuesday, so by next weekend I should know if I made a good decision or not. I finally came to the conclusion that the snow is probably a non-issue 95% of the time, and if I have to clean them off occasionally when it is, so be it. Again, time will tell if it's a problem or not.It's the heated lights I am interested in. Need to decide just how much if a problem iced headlights really are.
Anybody's guess what light would have made a difference in that case. My last Rubi had Stockers and I had to stop just as often for the lights as I did the wipers - is what it is.This is from a 15 min trip. For the "Oh I don't see that much snow" crowd, when snow is on the lens, it turns the light into like a home light bulb. It lights everything up, got so bad that I had to turn them off and drive by the foglights, until I was able to pull over and clean them off. We have had 4 snow storms ranging from more sleet to wet and no build up.