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Old 09-05-2007, 11:00 AM   #31
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Osram and Piaa were the best of the plug in bulbs that we tested. Ours wasn't very scientific, but owning a motorcycle shop has its perks. I spent a summer three years ago testing all the H4 bulbs we could get our hands on. We ordered them all in, and I put each one in the bike for a few days and drove around with them. I then put them up for sale at cost ( I even told customers what we were doing). I tested about 20 different bulbs that way, and the Piaas came first with the osram a close second at about half the price.
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:24 AM   #32
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Thank you for your quick response. It seems like the Halogens on E-Bay are for the Z Class Focus. Would I be able to find a HID kit from the manufacturer for my SE ? I sound a little vain , don't I ?
The headlights from a ZX3/5 will swap right into a Sedan with no problems. They're the same.
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well, i have silverstars in now. i think i'm gonna work on some custom hid's.
Custom HID... you will NOT be disappointed, as long as it is done correctly.

Plug and play HID and Custom HID with the proper equipment is night and day. I'll never go back to halogen bulbs.
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For the hundredth time, the only way to do HID "correctly" is to completely replace the factory halogen reflector housings with factory HID housings. Just replacing the base of a D2S HID bulb with a H-whatever or 90-whatever base to make it fit the reflector housing doesn't change the fact that the reflector was designed around the original bulb, and changing the axis and position of the light source (which occurs when using a HID retrofit kit) results in poor beam distribution (resulting in poor lighting down the road) and beam scatter (which blinds oncoming traffic.)
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^^^^ I agree with Geo on this one. If you can save up the cash for the factory HID set-up, its sweet, otherwise, all the "plug-in" HID set-ups I have seen ( and I"ve seen alot) are marginal at best. Alot of them just plain suck. They blind other drivers, the don't put the light where you want it. I believe a good Piaa or Osram, or even NArva high end halogen light will outshine a HID swap. No, it might not look "as cool" but it will work better.
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hid are the way to go ....they last longer burn cooler and are 100 percent brighter...i wont drive another car without them i got mine for 235 shipped on ebay and that was 2 years ago havent had a problem since
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^^^^ Nice article... I loved this quote "the WHOLE shemozzle" that was great. Alot of good info in there, yes I actually read the whole thing.

....or should I say...the WHOLE shemozzle
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i have a set of the ge nighthawks on my 03 spi, 1st ther half the price of the silverstars, i had silverstarts and they lasted 4 months, these are rockin at over a year now, and they are just as bright, i know they arent brighter, but still a good nice bright white color, and for 20 bucks i couldnt be happier
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Yeah, that site's full of useful information.

One of the more interesting developments in lighting I've read on another site he's affiliated with (candlepower.com) is HIR. It stands for "halogen infrared reflection," the bulb has a "bubble" around the filament which is coated with a transparent reflective material that bounces a large amount of the waste heat generated back at the filament, causing it to get hotter and glow even brighter, resulting in lumen output of ~75% of a 4300K HID bulb for about a quarter of the price. Unfortunately, they only work on new(er) cars that come with them as factory equipment, or (with a simple modification to the base) on cars that call for 9005 or 9006 bulbs. They're referred to respectively as 9011 and 9012 bulbs, and unfortunately for us there are no plans to make a similar bulb that would fit anything used by the Focus.
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