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Old 04-18-2007, 09:57 PM   #21
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hmmmm....damn u. ur gonna make me spend more money.lol!! i think the reason it says not to use h.i.d.s is cause the lens wasnt designed for them so u wouldnt get a even beam i guess. ive heard the beam "scatters" when u put h.i.d.s in these lights. but urs look good man.
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:27 PM   #22
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so whats the total cost involed in a headlight setup like you have? Seems like for a few bucks more you could have had oem st170 lights??
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:02 AM   #23
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285 everything brand new the only thing with the svt headlights is that they dont have the angel eyes that i wanted and i have had my eye on these headlights for awhile
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Good write up. Anyone who says these lights are cheap doesnt know what they are talking about......

Great quality lights!
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Same here man. Ive had my eye on these head lights ever since i got my car and that was 1 year ago. Santy you were the one to push me int buying thes headlights man. thank you, i think i made a good choice. now i got to save money to buy the hid kit.
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This thread has me wanting to put HID's in mine now......
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same here man ive been wanting HID for a long time. i got 8500k xenon bulbs in my car right now and they produce a good amount of light. But i cant imagine these.
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I have HID's in my '05...I'll take some pictures
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I have my camera set to manual mode so that it doesn't compensate for the different amount of light. I tried to take the pictures so they are fairly accurate.

The beam is much more diffuse than the stock halogen bulbs are. They do produce more glare but I've only been flashed by lifted pickups and semi's, and rarely at that.

The HID bulbs are of 4300K, and my fogs are H9 bulbs instead of H11's. An H11 bulb is 50 watts and produces about 1200 lumens, the H9 is 65 watts and produces about 2100 lumens.

HID only


fogs only


both


control shot, street light only


fogs only


both


This shot is to show the beam pattern and glare only, it is nowhere near accurate in terms of output.



As can be seen in the photos, it does have glare and doesn't have a fairly distinct cutoff at all. If these burn out, I might attempt a retrofit instead to have much better light control. Or I might go and trade my Focus in on a Mazda with HID's. :P

Well, I went and traded the Focus for a Mazda 3. It's many times better than the Ford was. I've taken a few pictures of the HID's so it's a direct comparison to my old Focus with HID's.

Mazda 3 with fogs and with the HID's at the lowest setting.


Mazda 3 with fogs and with the HID's at the normal setting.


Mazda 3 with HID's at the normal setting and the high beams on.


Against the garage to show the cutoff

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It doesn't seem like it reaches far, really.
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