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Old 06-29-2012, 06:35 PM
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Re: Headlights

HID uses xenon gas and a very high voltage ignitor (ballast) which produces a very bright beam of light. Most stock hid kits are around 4500K which is a super white color with a small blue tint. I dont believe the beams have to be auto leveling, i know a few cars that dont even have that feature but have hid headlights. I know people say HID are blinding in halogen housings but i am strongly against these views. I had them on my jeep for 2 years before switching to SRT headlights. As long as you aim the HID's down lower you will have no problems blinding people. I tested this by having my friend having my car and me driving in all different ways past my car.
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I probaly sound stupid for this. But after all this time I'm still a little confused about the HID stuff. Is HID a type of projection the light has or does it make it brighter or what is the effect it has on the light? Thanks

HID's or High Intensity Discharge, is a type of bulb. Unlike an incansecent bulb that heats a tungsten wire to white hot to make light, and HID creates an electrical arc across two electrodes that excites a gas in the bulb (usually xenon), to make the light. The projection part you refer to has to do with the way the beam from these bulbs is focused. You casn go either way with this, projectors or regular halogen lamp reflectors. There is A LOT of controversy about this as to which is better, if halogen reflectors with HID bulbs blind oncoming drivers, etc. I have HID's in my stock halogen reflectors, aimed slightly lower, and I have no problems with getting "flashed" by other drivers. I absolutley love the HID's, much whiter than a normal halogen bulb.

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I did a cheap HID retrofit in my last car ('11 Kia Optima) and I hated it. Even with the factory halogen projectors it still looked bad and on a couple occasions they went out on me for no apparent reason. IMO, if you want to do HIDs there really is no option but to spend big money to do it right..... and since I'm cheap, I decided to just go with the best halogen bulbs I could buy instead. I got some Sylvania Silverstar ZXE's and couldn't be happier. They'll run you about $60 ($40 eBay) but they look 100x better than the OEM yellow halogen bulbs....

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I did a cheap HID retrofit in my last car ('11 Kia Optima) and I hated it. Even with the factory halogen projectors it still looked bad and on a couple occasions they went out on me for no apparent reason. IMO, if you want to do HIDs there really is no option but to spend big money to do it right..... and since I'm cheap, I decided to just go with the best halogen bulbs I could buy instead. I got some Sylvania Silverstar XRE's and couldn't be happier. They'll run you about $60 ($40 eBay) but they look 100x better than the OEM yellow halogen bulbs....

XRE on left, OEM on right. Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic
keep an extra set of those in your jeep, they like to burn out quickly. my brother went through two sets in a year before going back to regular halogen bulbs. siverstars do look a ton better though
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Ah, I knew there had to be a catch. Well hopefully there's a reason I paid extra for this ZXE model, other than just the cool box they came in.
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