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    Default 35W HID Vs. 55W HID

    Does anybody have any pictures of the difference between the usual 35W HID kits, and the newer 55W HID kits?

    Apparently the 55W is about 30% brighter still!
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    They're crap. OEM retrofit or stick with Hella E-Codes + Osram bulbs and a good rewire. In all honesty, my Hella E-codes with crappy Sylvania Silverstars are just as bright as the crappy 35w HID kit I had. This is all in my Pickup. I blew 3 ballasts, and two bulbs. I'm done with that crap. Stay Halogen, or do a quality OEM retrofit.

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    Default Re: 35W HID Vs. 55W HID

    +1 You should just stay away from those cheap Plug-n-Play kits. They have a really crappy light pattern, making them no different than regular halogens. I'm going to do an OEM retrofit myself, probably with Acura TL projectors and ballast's.
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    Default Re: 35W HID Vs. 55W HID

    yeah my e-codes with 35watt HID 5000k are nice and bright but there all over the place lol. im thinking of just keeping this till it blows and prolly try a TSX retro like my BMW.

    we can meet up and i can show you what a 35wt HID with e-codes look like. pm me if you want.



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    im running 35w kit in e-codes an arizzle is right light out put is only a little bit better than good halogen bulbs. Heres a pic of my 8000K kit before i aimed them lower to show what they look like at stock height (i think mine were higher than stock but thats how i got the car *shrugs*). and 4300K or 5000K would obviously be better but i got these at a cheap price so i figured WTH ill try em out.

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    I have a couple of questions. How long did your 35W or 55W HID's work til they blew? What are Hella E-Codes? And how do you set up a OEM retrofit - like TL ballasts & bulbs - to our cars?
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    hah. Alright. Well guys i have had a set of 8000k HID's in my headlights for about a year now. Havnt had ONE single problem with them. They are deffinately brighter than halogens as i have compared and taken pictures with various bulbs and housings. Yes, they scatter the light everywhere, but it is DEFFINATELY brighter on the road compared to any halogen bulb i have tried.

    I know quite a bit about HID kits as i get them for all my buddies all the time. 4300k is brightest but looks stock .. etc.. People are hesitant about getting the kit at first, but once they do, they love it. I havnt had anybody complain to me about problems with them, and I have supplied probably 15 people with a kit.

    However, Higher in kelvin rating you go, less light output in lumens you get.

    I was just curious if anybody has upgraded from the 35W kit to a 50 or 55w kit. I have heard that the higher wattage HID kits start giving off a greenish colour, depending on what kelvin rating you start with in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SC Rydah View Post
    I have a couple of questions. How long did your 35W or 55W HID's work til they blew? What are Hella E-Codes? And how do you set up a OEM retrofit - like TL ballasts & bulbs - to our cars?
    mine havent blew yet you just need to get a high quality kit and not the cheap chinese kits. Hella E-Codes are European Code Spec Headlamps, they work a lot better and even work well with HID because of its nice cut off off
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperNova View Post
    +1 You should just stay away from those cheap Plug-n-Play kits. They have a really crappy light pattern, making them no different than regular halogens. I'm going to do an OEM retrofit myself, probably with Acura TL projectors and ballast's.
    Right on. TL projectors are nice. I'm going with a set of fx35 Bi-xenon projectors so I can still have high beams.

    Quote Originally Posted by JDMMA70 View Post
    im running 35w kit in e-codes an arizzle is right light out put is only a little bit better than good halogen bulbs. Heres a pic of my 8000K kit before i aimed them lower to show what they look like at stock height (i think mine were higher than stock but thats how i got the car *shrugs*). and 4300K or 5000K would obviously be better but i got these at a cheap price so i figured WTH ill try em out.

    A lot of that messed up beam pattern has to do with the way the HID lamp arcs. If you were to stare into an HID lamp that's lighted, (Don't do that, you'll likely blind yourself)- you'd see that the arc bows UPward, instead of down like a filament bulb. That alone screws with the output in a housing designed for a halogen lamp.

    Quote Originally Posted by jdemara View Post
    hah. Alright. Well guys i have had a set of 8000k HID's in my headlights for about a year now. Havnt had ONE single problem with them. They are deffinately brighter than halogens as i have compared and taken pictures with various bulbs and housings. Yes, they scatter the light everywhere, but it is DEFFINATELY brighter on the road compared to any halogen bulb i have tried.
    Well, scattering the light everywhere is BAD, especially for oncoming traffic. I'll stick w/ my halogens until I do a proper retrofit.

    Quote Originally Posted by jdemara
    I know quite a bit about HID kits as i get them for all my buddies all the time. 4300k is brightest but looks stock .. etc.. People are hesitant about getting the kit at first, but once they do, they love it. I havnt had anybody complain to me about problems with them, and I have supplied probably 15 people with a kit.
    Luck of the draw, maybe? I still think that re-based setups just suck. I stand by that statement.

    Until you get a cutoff that looks like this:


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    Default Re: 35W HID Vs. 55W HID

    God, I drool at that.

    JDMMA70, would you mind snapping a pic against a building, so we can see what the cutoff looks like?

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