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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-13-2004, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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HID look-a-likes?

I'd really like to get a nice set of lights for my car, but I've heard that most of these bulbs are only coated, and fade/discolor rather quickly.

If this is true, I might be able to find some headlight gels,(3M type lense cover), and try that instead. I know they make them for my Raptor, and I've heard good things about the product. I'd be killing two birds with one stone.

1.) HID type blue tint.

2.) Protectant

If anyone has had bad, or good experiences with blue-tipped bulbs, please post which kind of experience you had, and with what bulb.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-13-2004, 09:40 PM
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>get a nice set of lights for my car ...

You haven't said why you want replacement lights although there's only 2 valid reasons;
1. Aesthetics
2. Brighter illumination

If it's 1, there's a lot of blue tinted lamps out there and it's just a matter of deciding which shade of blue you prefer. Here in Ontario, I know of several people that have been stopped by a police officer and been given 24 hrs to lose the bluish lights. (emergency vehicles only)

If 2, as has been said many times, adding a blue (or any color) tint to a lamp blocks the other spectral colors and diminishes actual light output. And since the coating absorbs some of the light energy, it runs much hotter than a clear one, resulting in greatly shortened lamp life.
The obvious exception, of course, is the xenon HID, which makes the bluish light naturally. There are MANY lamps out there that use either xenon or HID in their name. If it has a filament, it ain't one. If it doesn't use a ballast, it ain't one.
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If they do have a shorter life, I think I will more than likely go with the gel headlight cover. It applies just like 3M, and also protects the headlight at the same time changing the tint.
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