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Question HID bulb replacement...

Hey everyone.. a few years ago I bought projector headlights for my '05, and a HID kit on eBay w/4300k 35W HID bulbs and ballasts. The bulbs are still bright, but I'm looking for something even brighter.

Can anyone recommend a certain brand of HID bulb that would be the brightest possible @ 4300k for aftermarket HIDs? They have to fit 9006 (so they're not technically "real" HID bulbs like Philips or Sylvania D2S/D2R, but they are still HID bulbs and not cheap halogen).

Also I don't really want to upgrade to 55W because then I'll have to change ballasts too, and I've read that it could really fry the stock wiring even with a relay, so I'm steering clear of that.

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Re: HID bulb replacement...

4300K will be the brightest, as you go up in temp there is actually less output.

i would recommend an OEM bulb like the Phillips/
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:23 PM
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Re: HID bulb replacement...

A relays purpose is to control a high amperage circuit with a low amperage circuit. the ability for a relay to close contacts is the ONLY thing that the vehicles headlamp driver circuit controls, and the only load is the windings in the relay... a 55w ballast will not have ANY affect on the headlamp driver circuit, only the relay harness itself. If a controlled circuit had an effect on a control circuit then a relay is not doing its job.

I had a 55w kit and after demolishing the ballasts trying to move them (stupid 3m double sided tape ha ha) one died. I now have a 35w kit and while light output is much better than stock I still miss my 55w kit. I also liked the 55w kit because it was less blue (@ 6k). Ultimately I would like to end up with some 4.3k 55w lows and 4.3k 35w fogs.
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Re: HID bulb replacement...

Better projectors maybe.
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Re: HID bulb replacement...

Just bite the bullet and get 55w bulbs and ballasts. They will not fry anything as the stock wiring is for 55W halogen bulbs so you are right there within normal range. If you already have projector lenses then you are putting the light where it is supposed to be so 55W should be OK and not blinding the world like the reflector halogen hid upgrade people do.
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Re: HID bulb replacement...

There are plenty of post on the Internet about 55w ballasts and bulbs melting projector shrouds, wire harnesses, and so on.

I would suggest doing research first.

Myself personally, I wouldn't take the chance.

And really? Seriously? 35w kits are bright enough.
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Re: HID bulb replacement...

Im not sure but, isnt it the ballast that powers the bulbs? If so,replacing it with another bulb wont help the OP. So its either changing the ballast, voltage or best-"REAL" projectors which focus the light output.

As for the 55w, im running it on my lows and fogs for about 3 years with no probs. Cant really tell if its brighter but it "looks" that way.
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Re: HID bulb replacement...

Yeah, the ballasts supple the 55w.

As for melting, YOUR EXPERIENCE MAY VARY.
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Re: HID bulb replacement...

And the projectors play a major part as to how well the light is focused.

I had the same 35w kit in my headlights. Then I retrofitted Mini Morimotos and the difference is night and day.
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Re: HID bulb replacement...

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There are plenty of post on the Internet about 55w ballasts and bulbs melting projector shrouds, wire harnesses, and so on.

I would suggest doing research first.

Myself personally, I wouldn't take the chance.

And really? Seriously? 35w kits are bright enough.

The internet is also full of people whom will explain to you how to cut your springs and how many coils to take off... people whom take junkyard turbos and drill holes in manifolds for other cars to make them bolt to another head and run the plumbing with pcv piping...

I have already explained the logic behind a relay. I can comefortably say you will burn NOTHING up so long as you have a proper relay harness, relay, power and ground. Nothing as far as wiring, Yes more wattage will produce more heat and could potentially lead to melted housings and what not, but a relay is designed for a purpose and so long as its used properly your vehicle wiring is SAFE!

and 35w -55w halogen is a night and day difference the same is VERY much true for the hid's speaking from experience, my 55w kit was a cheap kit and puts my much more expensive 35w kit to shame.
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Re: HID bulb replacement...

I'd rather not take the chance on my shrouds. I don't want to open the headlights again. Lol.
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