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Unread 09-11-2013, 06:58 AM   #16
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By all means, using the correct housing is the best route.

HID bulbs as said before "Throw" light in all directions, including up. So by aiming the housing down a bit, it eliminates some of the light being "thrown" upwards.

I've read on this forum about bulbs called HIR's being pretty much the best bulb you can use in the stock housing.
It still will piss off people. HIDs in reflective ballasts are hack, period.

OP- Sylvania gold series bulbs are pretty good. Pure white and visibility is crystal clear.

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Unread 09-11-2013, 07:28 AM   #17
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I think the worst is when they don't even invest in HID's, they buy the Blue tinted bulbs at local flea markets. How THEY can see is beyond me.

HID's unforunately come in many colors Blue>White(ish)>Purple. Higher the "K" the more purple they are. Most I see are either purple, or dark blue. Mine are as white as possible (I forget what K they are)
I think that's a result of the bigger-is-better mentality. If a 2500K bulb is bright, then a 9000K bulb will be brighter! Well, except the number refers to bulb color and has nothing to do with brightness. The whiter the color (4500 to 6000K) the brighter it will appear because it's making more visible light.

My M1009, in addition to the two 450 watt landing lights, has an old Welen Edge police lightbar with the reflectors modified to take HID bulbs...six of them. The light isn't as focused as it would be with the proper reflectors, but it's for off-roading and does an excellent job of making it daytime all around the truck. I went with 5500K for the color, so it's super white.
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Unread 09-11-2013, 09:51 AM   #18
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By all means, using the correct housing is the best route.

HID bulbs as said before "Throw" light in all directions, including up. So by aiming the housing down a bit, it eliminates some of the light being "thrown" upwards.

I've read on this forum about bulbs called HIR's being pretty much the best bulb you can use in the stock housing.
So normal halogen bulbs DON'T throw light in all directions? Why there would be any difference between the direction the light will shine when comparing a Halogen bulb vs a HID bulb. HID's just shine brighter, but still in the same direction.

If I am correct in my assumption, headlights are parabolic shaped which focus the light from the bulbs so it shines forward. Why would it be any different on HID's?


Now if you are lifted, that's a different story. Your lights are 2-4' higher off the ground and instead of shining on someone's bumper, you may be pointing your lights right on the back window of a small car.


p.s. - I have driven behind my friends cars at night many times and no one has ever complained that my lights were too bright/blinding them.
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