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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-04-2005, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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best hid lumens?

Okay peeps i live in upstate ny,and i'm going to be installing an hid kit.Which do you think is the best kilumen rating for me?The roads do not have alot of light on them,and in the winter time we get some really bad snow storms.I don't want too much white cuz it'll reflect off the snow and blind tha hell outta me.

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4100K comes stock in all cars and has the higher lumen rating !!
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K but won't that be too much white light?
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Well from being a member over at HID Planet, I can say that almost all HID kits are worthless, cause they cause more problems then benefits seein your halogen housing is not designed for the HID bulb. But if you still want a kit, Get one that includes OEM parts and not crappy mculloch, katz, or other lesser quality kits. Generally these kits tend to last 6months-1year, where as an OEM parts should last 3-4 yrs.

One Recommendation would be to get the D2R kit vs the D2S kit, cause the D2S will cause more glare than the D2R

This person has gotten good reviews for his kit made from OEM parts from a Lexus/Toyota.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/LEXUS...spagenameZWDVW
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If your car didn't come with arc discharge headlights, don't retrofit them unless you change the reflectors for ones that work with an arc instead of a filament.
Since there aren't any, you could use a 9006+30 for a 10% gain in light output, 9155 bulb for a 20% gain, or a HIR2 9012 for 87.5% gain.

But if you must get arc discharge, DxR is a requirement for non projector headlights. and get 4100K or lower. New is ~3500 non filtered capsules, for the halogen stealth look.
There are 3000K but are 5000 burners with a heavy yellow filter coating.
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if you do get the kit, that I posted, you should remember that the ballasts shown are not waterproofed, you would have to seal them or put them in a lexan box, or mount them somewhere that they will not get wet.

The other way to go would be to retrofit projectors into you current lights, and you would be absolutely be astonished with the results

You can learn almost everything you need to know here:
http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/view...5718c16ae69480

I retrofitted halogen projectors in my fogs: https://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...ad.php?t=58030
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So with that kit that you linked me to on ebay,i won't need to change my stock housings,and i wont have to worry about all that stray light and hotspots??
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Nope U will still get all of those with HID even though the D2R is designed for reflectors(note HID designed reflectors) the halogen reflectors would have varying amounts of glare to oncoming drivers and hotspots depending on how well the reflector is designed. Design flaws become really visible once U have HID's in there bcs the light output is really bigger than any halogen that U can fit in there.
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I bought the kit offered here a while back at a group buy price. Required NO modification and there is VERY little if ANY glare. HUGE improvement, no big "hot spots" or anything. I love my kit. 8000k. I got flashed ONCE since I've had them........probably gone by 1000+ cars in that time.

6000k is better if you would like more light and less colour.




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I bought the kit offered here a while back at a group buy price. Required NO modification and there is VERY little if ANY glare. HUGE improvement, no big "hot spots" or anything. I love my kit. 8000k. I got flashed ONCE since I've had them........probably gone by 1000+ cars in that time.

6000k is better if you would like more light and less colour.
Hey Avenger didn't U have to mod the reflector shield (the steel piece in front of the bulb ) ?????? Wasn't it to close to the return wire of the capsule ?
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6000k is better if you would like more light and less colour.
Actually it's the other way around !!!!!!! The higher than 4100K the temp is the less lumens U get and the more colour. For example those 8000K kits they sell have probably the same lumen output as a halogen but they have the "cool" colour.
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Hey Avenger,did you need to install a separate relay for your hid startup voltage?I was on the hid planet forum site,and everyone there suggested installing a separate relay due to the high startup load that is placed when you turn on your hid so that you don't run the chance of cooking ur wiring over time..
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That's a good thing to do , but , I had HID in my 94' Camry retrofitted with projectors and used the same wiring for a year with no problems. I don't know how beefy the wiring is on our cars though, and U wouldn't want to fry it so I'd say make a harness or buy one just to be on the safe side.
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I HONESTLY made ZERO modifications to my headlight housing to get this retrofit kit to work properly. It's GREAT. Probably the easiest and best mod I've done to my car ;)

I've heard 5200k is the BRIGHTEST output. I was comparing 6000k with little colour to 8000k, which has a nice blue tinge to it.



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the highest kelvin rating I would ever go would be 6000K
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