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Old 09-24-2010, 02:42 AM   #11
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:47 AM   #12
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Ever feel the housing of a regular bulb? They get hot enough that most times the light that'* on won't cover and ice over while driving at highway speeds in snow and ice. To me..that'* pretty darn warm.

Yes HID'* get warm. Research your products ahead of time and you'll find that all light'* get warm. You don't "need" the harness, mainly because the wiring to the lights is stout and will carry a good current. Many W body guys run harnesses becuase GM used an 18 gauge wire to power the headlights.

On the fog lights. Why if your headlights are 35W and putting out plenty of light....do you think you need 55W? Being that the fog housings are plastic, you'll be lucky if they don't melt.

BTW... are you coon hunting? adjust those lights down...way down...way way down.
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Yea i gotta aim my lights.. will do that Sunday
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i realize this is really late, but in the future for people to see here is a vid i made. its a cheap ebay kit, and they flicker a little because theyre cheap, but they work lol. ive got night blindness, so unless im in a truck i need hids for the contrast factor of white to yellow. ever since i got them, driving at night isnt a problem at all.

here are the 2 vids the first is the hids on my car, the second is how to install.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5HeHOsgN3g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eZH434ntyk
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I still have yet to see a single headlight or foglight housing damaged by the supposed heat of a 55W HID bulb and I've done hours upon hours of searching. Yes, they all do create heat, but I've been under the impression for a long tim that even a 55W HID kit will produce less heat than a 55W halogen.
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Alright, so I'm confused. When I got my headlights from Brian he included the relay thing. Since I have to buy a new kit to change the color temp....do I need the relay for my new kit? If not I plan on giving it back to him.

This is all assuming I can undo my friend handy work and undo everything LOL
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It'* hard to tell for sure from the picture, but it doesn't look like any amount of headlamp adjustment is going to keep you from blinding oncoming motorists. Most of the light is about where it should be, but there is a hotspot way up high that can be seen on the side of the building.
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It'* hard to tell for sure from the picture, but it doesn't look like any amount of headlamp adjustment is going to keep you from blinding oncoming motorists. Most of the light is about where it should be, but there is a hotspot way up high that can be seen on the side of the building.
https://www.gmforum.com/detailing-appearance-109/non-factory-lighting-dummies-hid-hir-etc-293064/

I suggested in the above article that modifications be made to the stock housings if you plan to use them with HID'*. The simple truth is that the bottom reflector of the housing will shine light up into peoples' eyes. Paint that flat black and you eliminate a lot of the glare that pisses off oncoming drivers. You are a danger to those around you if you fail to make the necessary changes to compensate for the fact that your light output has changed.

In addition, the source of light can, at times, be at a different location with HIDs than it is with halogens. This is on a case by case basis based on where you got the HID kit from. Hold up the HID bulb next to your halogen and compare the location of the source of the light. If its farther away, you're going to have a different light projection and you will be required to make the above changes and adjust the headlights to prevent blinding oncoming drivers.

Installing an HID kit safely is more involved than just swapping the bulbs. Its not as big of a deal for 2000+ bonnevilles as they have a different reflector housing, but for 99- years, you can obviously see its going to be a problem.

When I get my car back tomorrow, I can take some more detailed pictures of the work I did if anyone is interested.
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Alright, so I'm confused. When I got my headlights from Brian he included the relay thing. Since I have to buy a new kit to change the color temp....do I need the relay for my new kit? If not I plan on giving it back to him.

This is all assuming I can undo my friend handy work and undo everything LOL
The relay harness isn't required, just reccomended.
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The relay harness isn't required, just reccomended.
What'* the purpose of the relay harness again? Is it to prevent flickering when turning them on?
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