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Old 05-14-2010, 08:52 PM   #21
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For use in housings designed for HID bulbs. Your housings are old and not designed for it. You put a bulb that bright into it and will literally THROW out a dangerous amount of light, blinding other drivers worse than highbeams.
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Ok I See.. If i got 55watters my low beams would be brighter than my high beams.
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For use in housings designed for HID bulbs. Your housings are old and not designed for it. You put a bulb that bright into it and will literally THROW out a dangerous amount of light, blinding other drivers worse than highbeams.
Already thought of that.

I removed my headlights, disconnected the lenses, masked off the reflectors except for the bottom, and spray painted the bottom black. I noticed a very significant decrease in the amount of ambient light shining above the focal point of the light beam.

Here'* how mine looked before and after:
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Ok I See.. If i got 55watters my low beams would be brighter than my high beams.
Ehhhh, not really, see Xtreme'* response.
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I don't think it is really right to justify that painting the reflectors makes them ok for 55 watt HIDs.

a 35 watt kit will already be plenty brighter than your current low beams, I'm running a 35 watt kit in my projectors and that is really bright.

It has been mentioned here many times before but any type of aftermarket HID kit, no matter what color or wattage, is illegal. Even retrofitting projectors is still technically illegal but most cops won't know that they didn't come on the car like that and you won't attract attention because it looks like any other car with projectors
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Yea but my car is a 1992 Bonneville. They will prolly know. And EVERY cop in town knows me very well
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I don't think it is really right to justify that painting the reflectors makes them ok for 55 watt HIDs.

a 35 watt kit will already be plenty brighter than your current low beams, I'm running a 35 watt kit in my projectors and that is really bright.

It has been mentioned here many times before but any type of aftermarket HID kit, no matter what color or wattage, is illegal. Even retrofitting projectors is still technically illegal but most cops won't know that they didn't come on the car like that and you won't attract attention because it looks like any other car with projectors
Its also illegal to drive over the posted 55 mph speed limit on highway 355, 88, 55, 90/94, and 294 in Chicago, but only the grandma in the Buck Century or Chevy Corsica will be driving at 60mph and holding everyone up as they try to pass at 70-80. To add to all this, I had HIDs on the Bonneville for 20k miles now, and I drove it in California for 9 months last year, and nobody in Chicago or LA bothered me about it.

I've had HID'* in the Bonneville for the low beams (35W), and 35W fogs (although they're in projectors) and haven't gotten any crap for them. I honestly believe that so long as you don't go past 8000k on 35W HIDs that the police will have very little reason to pull you over. Its one of those things where if you get pulled over for speeding and they're feeling particularly anal that day, they might try to find things to give you tickets for.

Painting the reflectors in flat black significantly reduces ambient light above the beam of the light, to the point where you'd think they're **almost** projection lenses. You have to understand that without that reflection, the *only* ambient light that goes above the focal beam is whatever light shines off of the surface of the reflector itself due to the hashed design, since they're not clear lenses. That'* hardly enough to blind or discomfort oncoming traffic. As I mentioned, it makes a very significant difference.
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I think im gonna stay with 35w 6-8000k. Just cant make up my mind if i want 6000k or 8000k
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6000k if you want the most useable light, 8000k if you want a slightly blue tint
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6000k if you want the most useable light, 8000k if you want a slightly blue tint
Defnitely 6000k. If you are at all worried about cops being asses where you live, go with 6000k. I have 8000k'* on the Bonneville and they're nice, but a bit too blue.
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