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Old 11-06-2009, 10:05 PM   #51
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Brando, can you pull it out? They usually say what they are somewhere on the back or base.
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:07 PM   #52
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OK i will try it, they are a bluish tint so i dont know exactly what bulb they are. Will it say all that on there?
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:41 PM   #53
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I think most bulbs say what type they are on them.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:26 PM   #54
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If it doesn't say anywhere on it, can you post a pic? I'm sure we could help you figure it out.

Wait...do you have HID's? It should still tell you on the capsule what it is, but now I'm just wondering what you're running if they aren't stock. Also, it may not tell you what Kelvin they are, which might be what you're looking for. If it's HID, it's best to replace both at once anyway if you're trying to color-match as they lose some of their color over time.

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Old 11-06-2009, 11:44 PM   #55
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OK i will try it, they are a bluish tint so i dont know exactly what bulb they are. Will it say all that on there?
Are you still running the stock headlamps? Non-retrofit? If you are the bulb is a D2R (R meaning reflector). You probably have 6,000K, but most people into HIDS will reccomend 4300K.

So D2R - 4300K.

Below is a website that shows every single bulb you could ever want that came with your car from the manufacture. Comes in handy at times.

http://www.sylvania.com/ConsumerProd...lacementGuide/
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:21 AM   #56
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Oh...I didn't realize the '04's had HID's stock. Thought that started later. But yeah, then they are D2R's in the lows. But, he said he wasn't running stock lights, which is what threw me. If that's only referring to color, that doesn't change.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:26 AM   #57
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Yeah the ballast are not stock either. I will pull the headlight out tomorrow to check the bulb and ballast and see what it says.
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:21 AM   #58
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Yeah the ballast are not stock either. I will pull the headlight out tomorrow to check the bulb and ballast and see what it says.
Really doesn't matter what ballast you're running. It's either 35W (standard) or 55W which I doubt they even make for a D2R bulb. Not a lot of people run 55W.

Most HID bulbs come in pairs for about $70-$100.00. Almost cheaper to replace both. If you are only replacing one then I reccomend taking the bulb out so you can color match them. You'll see the type and color of the bulb at the bottom of it in white. Just let us know if you need any help.

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Old 11-07-2009, 02:55 AM   #59
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Awesome, I will be pulling them out in the morning. Is there anywhere in town to get HID bulbs or will I have to order them? I am lighting ignorant.. lol
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:56 AM   #60
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I would highly recommend ordering them if you can. It's a lot cheaper. I imagine most shops that install HID's also have some bulbs for sale, though. Personally never bought any in town, so I'm not really sure.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:34 AM   #61
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I would highly recommend ordering them if you can. It's a lot cheaper. I imagine most shops that install HID's also have some bulbs for sale, though. Personally never bought any in town, so I'm not really sure.
+1 - Don't buy them in town. Order them online if you can. They'll be cheaper and better quality. I've been using this brand for about a year now with no issues. Really cheap too and lifetime warranty. I'd recommend 5000K with these.

http://www.retrosolutionsllc.com/ser...NON-HID/Detail
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:56 AM   #62
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A few teaser shots of a single completed low beam in the JDM blackout project.



Is outout equal to a TSX? Probably not as the TSX has a much larger reflector and usually a clear lens whereas these Bosch units have a semi frosted lens. Will it be a huge improvement over even the very nice JDM halogens? I think so. Anyway,its time for bed. I'd have taken some shots of the wiring harness which uses 16 gauge for the leads powering the ballasts and sensor lead and 10 gauge for the fused power lead. I even used split loom so Kbeefy should be very happy. For those who enjoy watching paint dry I may post a few pics of the harness,lol! G'nite!
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:47 PM   #63
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A few more teaser shots-the wiring harness works! I hope to post output & payoff shots tonight if the snow lets up a bit.
JDM HID retrofit:

USDM halogen:

The HID is on your left,the halogen is on your right(driver's side):

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Old 11-11-2009, 06:59 PM   #64
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I'm not sure he's going to have enough light...maybe another 4 Hellas? lol

Looking forward to the output shots. Looks pretty good so far. It's hard to tell...is there some green tint to the light, or is that just because the wall is green?
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:03 PM   #65
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No green tint-its just the fading green paint on the wall. Even with the cutoff plate painted like it is I couldn't see any tint to the output of the HID. The second pic is the old halogen. Neither of us could even tell it was on beneath the beam of the single HID. The other side is resealed and ready to install-maybe tonight.

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Old 11-16-2009, 06:01 PM   #66
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Just a quick update:we had a problem with the digital ballast on the last headlight when we installed it. Theretrofitsource has agreed to give me a screaming deal on a pair of used Matsu****as so those should be ordered by the end of the week. It seems Theretrofitsource has been having trouble with the slim digital ballasts which sucks for them but I feel better as this was the second one to fitz out on us and I thought it was maybe something I was doing. I can't say enough about the customer service I've had with these guys-shameless plug,lol! hopefully I'll have payoff shots on the JDM blackout project soon. I'm already in the planning stages on a new project which may overlap this one. If so I will be posting progress pics on both!

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:34 PM   #67
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Hey Sonny, if you're ever bored and just want another project, I'm sure I can come up with something....



Trying to devise a way to increase reverse lighting w/out mounting anything overtly ugly or huge on the back. This isn't something I am going to do right away, but I'm thinking of things. Ideas are welcome.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:37 PM   #68
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Those lights look awesome. I am inspired to try to improve my lights now...
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:57 PM   #69
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Careful, it's an addiction. I keep telling myself I can stop anytime, yet I keep buying more. I'm developing lumens tolerance, so it takes more and more to get the same old feelings. I find myself wanting to sneak out at night just to satisfy my ever-increasing needs. Daylight is no longer enough. God should have made the sun brighter.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:41 AM   #70
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Good gawd man-I thought I had it bad! Lol! I can think up some backup light ideas,sure. Lemme know when you want to work on a fix for your disorder,Scott!
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:50 AM   #71
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If you really want to find light geeks, go to candlepowerforums. Holy cow.

I do enjoy good, bright lights, though. Our power went out Saturday night, and I have this little tactical light that throws 700 lumens....it's slightly bigger then a mini-mag....if I pointed it at the ceiling it would reflect back down enough light to fill the entire room and be able to read comfortably with. Pretty darn impressive little light.



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Old 11-23-2009, 07:07 PM   #72
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Hey Sonny, sorry I haven't come up with an updated picture disk for you yet. Do you still want/need it? I'm doing a final adjustment to the lights tonight after work, using the actual DOT measuring techniques for determining where the low arc should be. I'll probably snap a couple pictures of that as well.

I raised the pattern a little bit the other night and still haven't gotten flashed by anyone, so now I'm curious how close I am to the legal cutoff height.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:19 PM   #73
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well i know mine is not what you call legal cut off height and still don't really get high beamed by anyone
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No rush on the pics. Get them to me when you can. I would be interested to see where the lights end up after bringing them to spec. Just remember that its better to have lights like this aimed a teeny bit low to compensate for having a load which can really alter the elevation on a truck. Sorry I haven't posted anything on the current project but as yet there isn't anything to post. I have another pet project coming up which I am collecting parts for.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:22 PM   #75
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well i know mine is not what you call legal cut off height and still don't really get high beamed by anyone
My theory is that everyone is just de-sesitized by all the trucks running PNP kits and glaring the hell out of everyone!
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