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Old 08-27-2011, 02:44 AM   #1
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HID Brightness comparison: DDM Tuning 35w vs 55w

So I finally got around to comparing the two set of bulbs. I'll admit that in a perfect world these would both be on the same surface and at the same distance, buuuut this isn't a perfect world. Regardless, these pictures were taken using the exact same settings (exposure time, aperture, ISO, focal length), and the car was approximately the same distance from the surface. The only material difference is the surface which the light was projected onto. Obviously a white garage door is going to refract more light than a brown stone wall. That said, you can judge for yourself. The difference between the bulbs isn't quite "night and day", but the 55w ballasts are noticeably brighter.



Maybe when I get some time I'll go back to that brown stone wall for a more objective comparison.

Here's some additional information about the bulbs. Besides the ballast wattage and approximate usage of the bulbs, everything is exactly the same. DDM Tuning only sends out 55w bulbs, regardless of what wattage you order - the ballasts are the only difference.

Brand: DDM Tuning
Bulb Size: H9
Color Temperature: 5000K
35w approx. hours used: 100
55w approx. hours used: 5


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Wow 55 is insane.
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Holly mother of cows!!! Thats bright!
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I'll definitely never say that it was too dark out!
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Daaammmmm, my eyes hurt. Now thats some light. You should add some 35watt 3000k fog lights!
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Quick question. I just installed the DDM 55w in my 2010 SES, and whenever I turn on my headlights, the right side may not come on unless I turn the lights off and back on. Also, I noticed that sometimes when I turn the lights on, they will flash on and turn right back off within a second. There never seems to be an issue on the second try. Any ideas?
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It means your stock wiring is having trouble providing the initial surge of power for ignition. I'd recommend purchasing one of their relay harnesses, which hooks up directly to the battery to help provide that extra burst of electricity at ignition.
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I'm actually very heavily considering installation of fog lights. It's just a matter of time before I break down and get some!
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I'm actually very heavily considering installation of fog lights. It's just a matter of time before I break down and get some!
I just got mine installed.
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You should really put the color temp, approximate hours, and brand of the bulbs.

55 watts do provide really bright light, but in cheap projector housings they will kill the chrome coating due to the massive amounts of heat they generate.
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