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Old 02-26-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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HID question

I haven't given much thought about headlights, but now I am interested in this endeavour.

So I guess HID's are the way to go for the brightest lights possible? Are these the lights that give off a blueish light also? Some info on what kits to go for and so on would greatly be appreciated.

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Well it all depends on what color you are looking for. they range from 3k to 12k and but also up to 30k which im sure are illegal. 12k can be purple or a dark blue. 10k would be a lighter blue, 8k would be a white light with a lil bluish in it, 6k is white, 4300k is yellow i think and 3000k is yellow. Not sure on the last 2. As you see in my avatar i have 8k hids in the headlights and fog lights. The fogs are blue and the headlights are white. No clue why they are different. Just to warn you people are gonna come on here and tell u to put them in projectors or dont buy them at all. Your car, your headlights, your money, do what you want. I have them in stock headlights and love them. Anything else you wanna know let me know.
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Well, what kinda HID's? retro fit, or p&p kit?

retrofit is the proper way to do it. you mod you original headlight housngs to fit an hid projector off of another vehicle.

a p&p kit is cheapest, but you wont get teh best results. since the bulb geometry is totally different, it would cause a lot of glare to other drivers.

this is what a p&p kit in a reflector headlight looks like


and a hid retrofit


you can see the glare, but thats not all. you wont get as much coverage on teh road, there will be black spots with no light

same car with hid kit


and a projector retrofit


what most people do it aim the headlights down to reduce the glare.

in terms of output, 4300K is the best to go with since its the color of natural sunlight. the highest i would go personally is 6000K, after that its just pointless and you loose out on lumen output. and yellow bulbs, usually about 3000K should be used for fogs only. yellow headlights suck a fatty. i had yellow headlights at one point and they sucked so bad. at night time in the rain they were awesome, but other then that they sucked. so its best left for fogs.

personally, im doing an HID retrofit myself. i got projectors off a fx35, so theyre bixenon. if you do a projector retrofit, you can still use p&p kits, but it has to be for the bulb the projector is designed for.
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Thanks for all this info guys, really appreciate it, especially with the pictures.
So basically the best way to go is to buy a kit and replace your entire fixture?

Do you have any kits (brand) to recommend?
I kind of do want a slight blueish look, I like the look of it, but I want to stay practical also.. so I guess 6000K is closer to that?


Edit: I was talking to a guy from a performance shop, and he said to get a OEM kit? He said USA Focus' (2009) have this stock? Is he talking about HID's also?
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I got mine off of ebay for cheap and havent had a problem yet (knock on wood). its just however much u want to spend
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The best option is to get a d2s p&p kit, projector, and retrofit it.

Or what you could do for the time being is get silverstar ultras, osram HYPER, or philips XP X-treme power +80 bulbs.

I have silverstar ultras, and i must say im quite happy with them.

Again, tis entirely up to you. You can get an HID kit if thats what you really want. No ones stopping you. I just think its more proper to get the right information before doing something.

I dont think anyone here has an HID kit in an 09, but if you get results like

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then you were probably better off with osrams or phillips.
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wth is this lol...looks like gasper lmao



and about intensities.. uhm i have a pretty good pic around, it shows the real colors, i have seen all of them so i know what we are talking about.




there you have the 8k, then 6k, then 4.3k then halogen

the highest i would go is 10k, but i really not recomend it, id go 10 if i had to save my pets life or something like that, but not because id like.

8k has a good output and its the recommended one if youd like a blue hue in your headlights, it iluminates pretty good, almost like 6000k.

i have a 6k system in my car for low beams and 4300k for fog lights, the 4300k is kinda "hot" or "warm" white color, while 6000k is "cold" or "cool" white.


NOTE: i have yellow laminx in my fogs. plus the light "color" can change if you use projectors, its all about the angle

and yeah.. hids are the brightest there, i think the next is the laser intensity
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The above stock look HID's are exactly what I'm looking for. Where did you get those?
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Im a hid seller locally in Mexico, i can help you if you want, which are the ones you liked?
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10k's here on my fogs and my lows.... Not one person complains when they see how bright they are. Use 4300k for my highs when i want to be an Ass :P
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