My Mini S has HID lights, and I love them. Provided, they auto aim themselves to the correct position. If you really can't live without them...perhaps a projector retrofit designed for HID bulbs??? I've seen some pretty nice ones in my VWing days lol. May look kinda goofy in the patriots round headlight housing though lol.
that's the only way to safely do HID lights. your car is different because it came with them from the factory. your housings are meant to emit a proper beam pattern. the danger comes when you try and replace a hallogen bulb with an HID bulb. it's like putting on someone else's glasses and expecting better vision.
OP, please read the article i posted above. there are several reasons that HID retrofitted lights are not safe. for one, you actually see better with the hallogen bulbs you had before
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no i don't, i see hella better now than i did before!
yes, you can. hids are very bright, yes, but the retrofits don't put that light where it belongs. you can see better directly
in front of the car, but your vision at a distance
(where it matters) is hindered for two reasons: one, the light isn't properly aimed, and two, your eyes are focused on the bright light right in front, hindering your ability to see.
regardless of how many cars you've had HIDs in, it's never a good idea to put them in cars that don't have them from the factory. like i said, read the article i posted above. it has test results the government did on these kits, and shows a computerized beam pattern of three cars, clearly showing why they're unsafe and illegal.
bottom line: they're a bad idea, and the only people that buy them are the ones uninformed to their danger. it's people like me and Photolithic that try and educate people to get these pieces of garbage off the roads.