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Old 06-28-2011, 01:19 PM   #11
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Ahhh gotcha, yeah I used the Nokya's for my fogs as well. I am not sure if those are the same H9s my friend bought that are linked there but we tested his H9s out on my car compared to a pair of H11s I bought that same day. I can't say if it's the same color as the Phillip's H11 but when I tested his H9s compared to the H11's I purchased, the H9s were much brighter and better looking. So I returned the H11's and am ordering the H9s, I just keep forgetting to ask my friend which pair of H9s he bought.
get back to us if you can on which H9's it was your friend got; as im looking at changing my Low's asap
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:10 PM   #12
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Ditto on this. I'll order a set if we can use the H9s in our cars.
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:47 PM   #13
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I am currently waiting for my Hella H9 bulbs to get shipped to me, I was hoping they'd be here today but the USPS is awful in my area. If I get them soon I'll be sure to post pictures in my lighting thread.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:41 AM   #14
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So here's Daniel's reply to my e-mail.
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Not safe in a reflector-type headlamp such as the one in your new Focus. Dangerous levels of glare regardless of lamp aim. Instead, use http://store.candlepower.com/bconibr90ulh5.html
I then asked what determines if a housing is alright to use an H9 in.

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There are several factors that go into it:

-Optical design (a VOL headlamp might be "yes", a VOR is
usually going to be "no" because of the relatively high
levels of glare VOR headlamps direct towards oncoming
traffic when aimed properly)

-Presence of full-cap bulb shield is mandatory -- a partial
shield, a ring-type shield, or no shield means no H9.

-Reflector size is crucial. It needs to be BIG; if its small
the high unit luminance means high levels of glare
regardless of lamp aim.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:56 AM   #15
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good to know Doug, thanks those H11s are a bit expensive... I assume "dangerous levels of glare" is for other drivers?
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What about this point made by him. Since the Mazda works with a projector, and the Focus uses Reflectors?

Note that the H9 swap is not universal; it works well in projector-type low beams but is not safe in most reflector-type low beams or in fog lamps of any type
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:26 AM   #17
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good to know Doug, thanks those H11s are a bit expensive... I assume "dangerous levels of glare" is for other drivers?
I'm not a fan of the NightBreakers at all between the price and short life span. Yeah, the glare affects the other drivers.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:30 AM   #18
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I think I'm going to keep the stock bulbs until true aftermarket HID kits are made available or if I am able to get the OEM Euro-Spec headlights when I go to Europe in a few months.
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What about this point made by him. Since the Mazda works with a projector, and the Focus uses Reflectors?

Note that the H9 swap is not universal; it works well in projector-type low beams but is not safe in most reflector-type low beams or in fog lamps of any type
Oh, so the Mazda 3 has projector lows? I had assumed they were reflectors.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:44 AM   #20
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I think I'm going to stick with reasonably price H11s for now too and get some better than OEM H1s.
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