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Old 05-12-2006, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default hid BULB replacement for 05 sti

hey, i have an 05 sti and was wondering if you can replace just the bulb for something with slightly more color. i was driving on the freeway the other night and saw a mini cooper with very blue headlights. i could tell they werent those eurolite xenon look-a-likes. im pretty sure he had an aftermarket hid kit. also i wasnt sure about the bulb size for the sti, but i could probly look that up pretty easily.
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Old 05-12-2006, 12:15 PM   #2
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The '05 STI comes with D2R HID Bulbs. Sounds like your preference may be bling over functionality. If you want more color, you will lose light output. I would recommend you reading the HID FAQ atop of this forum.

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Old 05-12-2006, 12:31 PM   #3
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yeah, i know all about the loss of light output. and i wasnt planning on going too high or anything. ive read up alot on hids, and i have decided i wouldnt mind a slight loss in brightness to gain just a bit more color. maybe like a 5000k or 6000k at the highest. reason being that everybody i know with hids has a more blue or purple tint than mine. mine look more pinkish white than anything. maybe even just another bulb brand that is slightly a different color and not necessarily a different temperature.
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Old 05-12-2006, 01:54 PM   #4
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The reason for that color you see isn't the bulbs. HIDs in projector lights will appear blue or purple when seen at certain angles, due to the refraction that takes place at the edge of the beam cutoff. If you look at the same lights from straight on they will appear white.
The bulbs in those lights (as long as they are OEM HIDs) are 4100 or 4300K, same as yours. Your reflector lights just don't produce the same refractive effect. Trying to duplicate that effect with higher temp bulbs will only cost you useful light.
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Old 05-12-2006, 04:00 PM   #5
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Do a retrofit in your headlights and you will be happy
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Old 05-13-2006, 02:01 PM   #6
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so, how much visible light do you actually lose when you go from a 4300k to say a 5000k or 6000k? does it make it really hard to see whats in front of you? im just trying to understand how much difference it really makes because ive never actually used a higher temperature bulb. i mean, would it make it harder to see than if i were driving an older car with regular bulbs? maybe this would answer my question: how many lumens does a typical bulb put out vs a typical hid vs a 5 or 6000k hid?

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Old 05-13-2006, 02:07 PM   #7
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also i was going to say and forgot... i was driving a nissan altima, which has a reflector style headlamp, and i noticed the light still had a more bluish purple tint than my sti. how do they accomplish that in a reflector style lamp? do they tint the reflective part of the lamp to get this color or is it just a slightly different bulb?
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Old 05-13-2006, 02:42 PM   #8
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Look up Philip's Ultinon, they are 6000k and they have it in the size you want. They are not cheap though, like 250 for a pair. I wanted to change my light too for the bling look and I will get tehse as soon as I have the money. The ones from ebay and other cheap stuff won't last so don't even bother.
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Old 05-13-2006, 03:22 PM   #9
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haha, actually i found the philips on ebay with a 1 yr warranty for like $210 shipping included. i also found some McCullochs for only $122 with shipping and a 6 month warranty. ive heard that mcculloch is suppose to be a good brand but i dunno. its hard to argue with a warranty though. all i really want to know is if a factory high beam only puts out like 1550 lumens and a 6000k low beam puts out 2800 lumens what is the big deal. i must be missing something, and im not trying to act like i know it all because i obviously dont or i wouldnt be asking. i guess i just want a good comparison of a regular bulbs light output and a 6000k hid bulbs output. is it more or less? btw thanks for the feedback, a appreciate honest comments.

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It's not just the total lumens, but the spectral distribution of the light that matters. The more light in the blue-purple part of the spectrum, the less visibility you'll have regardless of the lumen rating. That said, going from 4300K to 5000 or 6000 shouldn't be all that bad, although I wouldn't recommend it. It's up to you whether that blue-looking light is worth a hit in lighting performance.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:01 PM   #11
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ok, cool. ill probly do it just because i dont really need to low beams to be extremely bright. they are already way brighter than the halogens that i had in my 240sx which seemed to do great around town and in traffic. i am however not satisfied with my high beams when i get out of town on long, lonely straight aways. are the hir 9011 bulbs all they are cracked up to be? if so, i could use them because my factory sylvanias kinda suck.

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Old 05-15-2006, 04:06 PM   #12
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Where did you find the McCullochs for only $122?
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Old 05-20-2006, 06:06 PM   #13
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found em on ebay, but i decided not to get them because i looked at some 6000k bulbs and they are just too blue. its just not the color i was going for. i compared the color of my sti's headlights with an altima again, and the altima has a blue/green tint and the sti has a pink/purple tint, not really sure why. so i guess im pretty much stuck with what i got if i want them to look very classy at all.
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Tom, I have two philips 85126+ D2R bulbs which are supposed to be about 5000k for sale for $50. Both are still good, but one has the retaining pegs broken when the guy installing them turned the ballast plug too much. No biggie though since the plug still sits on there snug and the bulbs functions well. The bulbs have a slighter blue hue than the factory 4300k.
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