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Old 12-12-2006, 07:18 PM   #1
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I need to replace my bulbs in my car soon, and am looking at doing an HID upgrade to the car. Any Reviews on kits? i did a search but didnt really come up with anything, Im looking to get the HID kit that has both High/Low beam settings. Anybody using a aftermarket setup?
currently im leaning towards these: http://www.xtralights.com/index.asp?...PROD&ProdID=13

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Old 12-12-2006, 07:21 PM   #2
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www.buyhid.com

got them installed on my 06 WRX and love them...almost the best mod ever, customer service was great too..i accidently broke a bulb and he sent me a new one free of charge within days

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ps the kit i got was a promax high beam kit, im sure they have a H/L combo or something
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:57 PM   #3
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Alright i think this is asked befor but who has the best hid's out there?
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Old 12-12-2006, 09:03 PM   #4
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What particular part are you talking about? Projector? Bulbs? Ballasts?

Projector - There are a number of quality projectors out there...some regular, some bi-xenon. It all depends on what you're hoping to get out of it.

Bulbs - Philips bulbs are pretty much the standard. Edit: If you're hoping for the best light output out of a bulb, go with a 4100-4300K HID bulb.

Ballasts - Hella/Philips Generation-3 ballasts are fairly popular, and are pretty good.


Most of my HID stuff I've bought from Xenonfactory.com. I've had excellent service from them the two times I bought kits from them. They are more pricey than other no-name kits, but hey...you get what you pay for in quality as they use Philips components. Also, check out the electrical forum as there is a sticky that can answer a lot of your questions regarding HIDs.
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:15 AM   #5
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I've heard good things about ultra bright lights: Their kit is supposed to be very easy to install and has very good light output and color temp. http://www.ultrabrightlights.com/ I dunno if it has low/high beams though..
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:39 AM   #6
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www.mod-express.com also known as Xenith before their company expanded. Talk to George, he's a top notch guy to do business with. I met him through the Honda boards and I've bought around 4-5 kits from him all with great results. I've yet to get any for my scooby since I'm waiting for my retrofit first but I have his 6000k in my gf's 96 accord and 3000k's in her fogs and it looks amazing.
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:00 AM   #7
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I need to replace my bulbs in my car soon, and am looking at doing an HID upgrade to the car. Any Reviews on kits? i did a search but didnt really come up with anything, Im looking to get the HID kit that has both High/Low beam settings. Anybody using a aftermarket setup?
currently im leaning towards these: http://www.xtralights.com/index.asp?...PROD&ProdID=13

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Rob K.
If you are looking to just replace your bulb, then do just that. Dont go and buy a cheap HID Conversion Kit, im not sure how long its going to take people to realize that this isnt the true way to get all the benefits of real HID...

Honestly just get some blue colored bulbs for now if you want some extra color..

IF you have any questions please send me a message, and I can help you out.

For now, you can read my FAQ...

http://www.lightwerkz.net/FAQ.html

Hope that helps..

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Old 12-13-2006, 10:25 AM   #8
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well i read through your faqs, some good information. I already purchased two sets of syvania silverstars. they are very NICE i must say, but after installing my brothers HID kit yesterday on his cobalt ss, I HAVE to get one of these, i looked through alot of brands and found that xtralights had the best deal. Im looking forward to getting them and i will put before after result pictures. I know it was alot of money but the difference is just that much!!!

Thanks For Information Guys!
Stay tuned because i will repost after i get these!
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:33 AM   #9
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Well thats what I am trying to tell you, that its not worth the money that you are paying for it...

But go ahead and spend your money, and be sure to post some results.
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:40 AM   #10
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I just looked at the ultrabrightlights site and looking at the price, I'll say that you got ripped off. I pay 240 shipped from www.mod-express.com and now with the holiday it's 220 shipped. Yes, they aren't Mc cullohs or whatever but I've heard about isses with those kits anyways. But post up images after you recieve/install the kit.
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Old 12-13-2006, 11:15 AM   #11
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I think you guys are having trouble understanding that especially with optics, you always get what you pay for.

$220 for a "HID Kit"....its garbage, straight up.
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Listen, let's not get into a Pissing war here. I myself am getting a retrofit so I DO NOT deny the better performance of a properly retrofitted headlight. HOWEVER, what the OP is asking is for a plug n play kit, NOT a retrofit.

What I'm offering him is a more affordable kit for his plug n play option and FYI, I've gotten 4-5 different kits for many applications from that company all with no problems and still running strong.
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Old 12-13-2006, 11:53 AM   #13
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my recommendation is a kit from a guy at NC.org.

http://www.newcelica.org/forums/showthread.php?t=229880

the bulb is just like everyone elses, but the ballast is from Hella.
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:19 PM   #14
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Im sorry to start a war here, maybe i should just post results instead...I paid 425 Shipped, free 3 day select. Im happy i installed a set from the company on my brothers cobalt and loved the results! i am getting this through a friend of his that went to SEMA, he has great group buying prices so i was in on it. The ballast is Philips along with bulb. So im sure quality will be high, as well as the 3 year replacement free warranty! I will POST RESULTS, i just have to find a place to mount the ballasts, hopefully before christmas you will see! Thanks All!
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:48 PM   #15
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You're not starting a war, you're entering one. Within every automotive community, there are purists such as Lightwerks who does great work and is pretty much correct on the fact that a well retrofitted projector HID goes alot farther then halogen reflectors. There are also ppl like me who have been on both sides and for good reason I can say that both have their pro's and cons especially based on the vehicle.

For example, I installed a kit on my gf's 96 accord stock lights and had them aimed to factory specs first and then lowered to avoid too much glare and test drove in front of her to make sure all was good.

Then we installed a set on her mom's 03 Camry and the results were much different. Immedietly off the bat you can see the massive glare induced by the refelctor design all over the side of the house and though they were aimed the same way as my gf's accord, the results still showed alot of glare. So we took the kit out and fit in brighter halogen bulbs and will be installing the kit in a set of OEM style fogs on the camry.

For the most part, I feel that the annoying kits are anything above 6000k where you're already pushing the envelope but it is the best compromise between function and form.

I had toyed with the idea of a kit in my 05 but since I had been saving a set of MB S-500 headlights for a retrofit, I decided not to.

There are 2 sides to a story, while I have no issues with opinion like Lightwerks considering that I do believe he is for the most part correct, I think many factors are involved that lead to the end decision between a retrofit and a kit. One of the most is $$$$ and the other is the actual process of the retrofit. My only real quam so to speak is the aggressive attitude that retrofitters have regarding this subject.

Post results when you get your kit.
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Listen, let's not get into a Pissing war here. I myself am getting a retrofit so I DO NOT deny the better performance of a properly retrofitted headlight. HOWEVER, what the OP is asking is for a plug n play kit, NOT a retrofit.

What I'm offering him is a more affordable kit for his plug n play option and FYI, I've gotten 4-5 different kits for many applications from that company all with no problems and still running strong.
I dont think I mentioned anywhere that he should do a projector retrofit. I said not to waste the money, and just upgrade the halogen bulbs...and thats the truth. Sometimes the truth hurts though

Hey, im just trying to save him money down the road.

And sorry if I came off aggressive, but its just so hard to sit back and watch you guys dump money on this type of stuff when the results are the same, if not worse are halogen.

What temperature kit are you getting? If its not above 6000k, then atleast your doing something smart.

I just hate to see people WASTE their hard earned cash on "HID Conversion Kits" with ratings of 10,000k and 12,000k, thats just a complete waste.

But like you said, the results do vary and I do hope everything works out for you.

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Im sorry to start a war here, maybe i should just post results instead...I paid 425 Shipped, free 3 day select. Im happy i installed a set from the company on my brothers cobalt and loved the results! i am getting this through a friend of his that went to SEMA, he has great group buying prices so i was in on it. The ballast is Philips along with bulb. So im sure quality will be high, as well as the 3 year replacement free warranty! I will POST RESULTS, i just have to find a place to mount the ballasts, hopefully before christmas you will see! Thanks All!

Philips does not make HID bulbs in that size. The ballasts, if they are philips, thats great.
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Hey Lightwerks, sorry for the assumption but every retrofitter I've come across preaches the retrofit gospel as soon as one of these threads pop up. You're correct, you never said that he should get a retrofit and yes, we are both in agreement on trying to save him money through different routes. And no, you didn't really come off aggressive, I'm speaking more in general about that and I too agree that anything above 6000k (which I stated is already pushing it) is useless.
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I already dropped, $80 worth of bulbs in past 2 years, those silverstars cost alot i belive 20 a pop! anyways, i am planning on keeping the car a long time, instead of buying a new car hopefully sawp the motor, save big $$$ i like the halgens i have in there now but ive had enough, Money is not an issue as i sold 2 ps3's and just bough them for free! If i was on budget i would do halogens...
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The new rage is also to get yellow headlights lol, you could go with either yellow bulbs from www.autolumination.com or get the yellow overlays on your headlights.
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i bought that kit above i believe the one in my orginal post, but i got 8000K the 6000 was just to bright for my liking and i wanted them to match my fogs.
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And you are aware that you will have very poor visability, especially in bad weather such as fog and rain?

With an 8000k Conversion kit, you will actually have less light output them you would with halogen headlamps.

Just curious if you understand the concepts of the discussion we are having here...
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Agreed, I think you should try to return the 8000k for the 6000k or even a 5000k if they have one. I don't understand what you mean by too bright? I thought that 1- 8000k LOOKED head on brighter then 6000k and 2- the whole point of HID was to have brighter lights
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Agreed, I think you should try to return the 8000k for the 6000k or even a 5000k if they have one. I don't understand what you mean by too bright? I thought that 1- 8000k LOOKED head on brighter then 6000k and 2- the whole point of HID was to have brighter lights
Exactly. The OP says money is not an issue, he just wanted an upgrade.

Moving to 8000k is a downgrade, and thats the truth.

I agree, you should try to exhange the kit for a lower temperature, 6000k being the highest anyone should go with, if they are truely concerned about actually upgrading.

My main point in posting was, you could have picked up the blue bulbs in autozone, and those would have cost like $20?
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alright, well i might have gone wrong with purchasing the 8000s. Anyways, ive never examined the stock lights on my car, is there a adjustment screw to adjust the light angle? i know on newer cars most have an adjustment knob, anybody happen to know?
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