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HID headlight conversion

Does anybody have an opinion on HID headlight conversions?
They cost only $80, is simple to install, and shine 3X the light.
Sounds good to me. To install all you have to do is enlarge the headlight bulb opening to 25mm, install the new HID bulb, and hook up the ballast and wiring.

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I checked around and they dont do well at all for a retrofit. I was looking at the same thing and I found they are being outlawed.
They dont throw a proper shaped beam of light and the light it does throw is very glaring and diffused as the housing is designed for a bulb with a different shape of illuminescense.
The NHTSA is outlawing them all over.
The best (or at least one of the better) options is to put in silverstar halogens. I use them and they are pretty decent.The ones in my truck have lasted 5 years allready. For some reason the ones in the camry last about a year. Not too pleased about that. Keep the reciept and the warranty card.
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I checked around and they dont do well at all for a retrofit. I was looking at the same thing and I found they are being outlawed.
They dont throw a proper shaped beam of light and the light it does throw is very glaring and diffused as the housing is designed for a bulb with a different shape of illuminescense.
The NHTSA is outlawing them all over.
The best (or at least one of the better) options is to put in silverstar halogens. I use them and they are pretty decent.The ones in my truck have lasted 5 years allready. For some reason the ones in the camry last about a year. Not too pleased about that. Keep the reciept and the warranty card.
You must have the only good set ever made for longevity!! The Ford Forum has less then great words for them. I've used them in the past in my trucks and cars and they seem to "die" about a month after the one year warranty runs out. I use the ExtraVision now - and they are bright in all three vehicles (including the '31) and seem to survive for years.

The HID systems interesting - and here is a link you might want to read: http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...nversions.html
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Extravision.....Hummmmmmm. Gonna have to look for a set. Thank you IC.
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Extravision.....Hummmmmmm. Gonna have to look for a set. Thank you IC.
I blew it on spelling - s/b Xtravision (http://www.sylvania.com/ConsumerProd...ce/Xtravision/)

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Their only good for the guy driving AFA I'm concerned. Too dang bright and all the different colors? pink, green, blue, It's getting crazy out there anymore. Good targets for BB guns!
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most people use DDM tuning HID kits cause there dirt cheap.. The problem with retrofitted HID's is, most do not bother with the correct projector housing. HID's without the projector housing is illegal.. Without the projector housing, the light isn't projected forward correctly, and it blinds oncomming drivers...

I'm the kind of guy that feels they are a waste of money.. I run low beams 90% of the time.

When it comes to headlight temp colors

3,500k is stock
4,000K is white ( silverstar, phillips and many others manufacture them )
5,000K is light blue
6,000k is dark blue
8,000k is purpleish
9,000K plus goes red
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most people use DDM tuning HID kits cause there dirt cheap.. The problem with retrofitted HID's is, most do not bother with the correct projector housing. HID's without the projector housing is illegal.. Without the projector housing, the light isn't projected forward correctly, and it blinds oncomming drivers...

I'm the kind of guy that feels they are a waste of money.. I run low beams 90% of the time.

When it comes to headlight temp colors

3,500k is stock
4,000K is white ( silverstar, phillips and many others manufacture them )
5,000K is light blue
6,000k is dark blue
8,000k is purpleish
9,000K plus goes red
Above 4,000 will blind old pharts like me!
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Above 4,000 will blind old pharts like me!
This rates just the color of the light, not the brightness.
That article mentioned above certainly is against HID conversion lights. It sounds like the author has an agenda to stop the conversions.
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This rates just the color of the light, not the brightness.
That article mentioned above certainly is against HID conversion lights. It sounds like the author has an agenda to stop the conversions.
If you are talking about the Daniel Stern link, he wants to stop the non-DOT approved junk from proliferating
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This rates just the color of the light, not the brightness.
That article mentioned above certainly is against HID conversion lights. It sounds like the author has an agenda to stop the conversions.
I believe you forgot green.
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