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Old 12-29-2004, 10:41 PM   #1
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Just got the 5300k kit today from hidplace.com, i'm having trouble figuring out how the black and white wires and the black and red wire connect....
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:02 AM   #2
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Blu/Red go to HID bulb...
Blk/Wht go to headlight harness (you must hardwire them)..

I'd think about using a good chassis ground on the black wire instead of the harness ground...
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:40 AM   #3
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Here's a good picture to refer to when trying to figure out what to do with the blk/wht wires:



Like Brahm said, think about a good chassis ground - that's what I did with my McCulloch's.
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Old 12-30-2004, 04:11 AM   #4
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thanks guys. ok so everything works out pretty good.. when i started up the car and then turned on the lights the light is a sort of purplish white but then after 5 minutes the light just become white... is this normal? or is the 5300k supposed to be the purplish white on startup?
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Old 12-30-2004, 05:14 AM   #5
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It's normal. They just needed warming up.
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Old 12-30-2004, 09:24 AM   #6
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man... i really like the color of the bulbs when it is first turned on though.. it really does match the bmw xenon color.. is there anyway to achieve this?
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Old 12-30-2004, 10:10 AM   #7
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BMW HIDs, and all other OEM HIDs, are 4100K. They only look blue/purple when viewing them off-axis due to the refraction in the projector optics. When you view them straight on they are white. You won't get this effect with your lights because they are reflectors.
Higher color temp bulbs are available that produce bluish/purplish light, but these will have less usable output and more glare.
You may also find, unfortunately, after having the retrofits on your 05 for a while that the beam pattern is not very good. I don't know if you did any research before buying those HIDs, but there are a number of testimonials from 04/05 owners both in this forum and elsewhere regarding poor results with HID retrofits. Many of them have been sufficiently unhappy that they went ahead and purchased a set of the OEM STi HID lights instead.
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You should see that McCulloch kit on my 2005 GT's projection headlights! Absolutely amazing!
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I must agree that the beam pattern is awful, but nonetheless i could see at night much better!
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But unfortunately you are also blinding people coming the other way. I hope the kit you got at least has the proper D2R bulbs, many of the H1 kits use D2S.
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You should see that McCulloch kit on my 2005 GT's projection headlights! Absolutely amazing!
Projector results are typically much better with HID conversions than standard reflector types.
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Projector results are typically much better with HID conversions than standard reflector types.
Usually true, although still not ideal since the light housings are designed for a specific type of bulb (HID or halogen). HID retrofits in projectors will typically yield better results than in reflectors, but will still be inferior to OEM projector HIDs.
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