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Brightest Headlamps?

Where can I get the brightest handlamps possible so I too can be like all the new luxury cars with the Super White Annoying lights...

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Re: Brightest Headlamps?

Well if you want the brightest lights you can get then check out retro-solutions. They are a sponsor here. Post something in their section for a quick response.

But remember aim them responsibly

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Re: Brightest Headlamps?

For Auxilliary lights check out VisionX.com and look at the LED and HID lights.
I have the 8500 HID 35 watt lights, 4500 HID 35 watt. On the Darlin's Honda Pilot put on Solstice Euro 10 watt LEDs they are wicked for thier 2"x2" size and draw like 0.7 Watts...they are brighter than 100 watt halogens for sure....

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Well if you want the brightest lights you can get then check out retro-solutions. They are a sponsor here. Post something in their section for a quick response.

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Re: Brightest Headlamps?

Thanks
Im looking forward to getting their 55w HID kit...

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Re: Brightest Headlamps?

IMHO the OEM and aftermarket headlights buckets are not engineered to be used with HID lights. Most of these kits just replace the bulb with a HID one. If you look at a vehicle with factory HIDs, notice how the headlight buckets are made.

I had HIDs on my truck and took them off. The HID beam was scattered and could not be focused/aimed.

IMHO you're wasting your money with HIDs and factory headlight buckets. Get yourself a headlight harness to apply full voltage to the headlights and your choice of halogen bulbs.

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IMHO the OEM and aftermarket headlights buckets are not engineered to be used with HID lights. Most of these kits just replace the bulb with a HID one. If you look at a vehicle with factory HIDs, notice how the headlight buckets are made.

I had HIDs on my truck and took them off. The HID beam was scattered and could not be focused/aimed.

IMHO you're wasting your money with HIDs and factory headlight buckets. Get yourself a headlight harness to apply full voltage to the headlights and your choice of halogen bulbs.

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A quality hid kit, even in the factory housings, work great. A crappy hid kit is worse than the factory bulbs.

I have no extra glare or any other problems with my retrosolutions kit. The light actually focuses better with the retro kit than it did with the stock bulbs. Plus the retro kit has a very defined line where the light stops so it doesnt blind oncoming traffic when you aim them right. That parts not really possible to do with factory bulbs since they bleed light up too far thus getting you flashed by traffic you meet especially if you have a lifted truck.

You might want to try hids again from a better company or better yet find someone on psn that has the retrosolutions kit that lives close to you to see what its like.

One thing I noticed looking at your pics you dont have them aimed right. The low beams are aimed way to high. You had them where I'd probably set my high beams at.

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Hids... good read...


HID retrofits – stay away from them. The results are usually less than expected. More importantly, they are illegal in all states. DOT has recently begun fining suppliers and manufactures



H4, 9004 and 9007 bulbs are dual element lamp – both low and high beam. An HID capsule is a single element so you loose one of the beams – more often you loose the low. Notice also that the low beam has a shield next to it – an HID Capsule does not.



The light sources in any lamp must be precisely placed at the design focal point. The lens/reflector assembly is computer designed for the shape of the light source. You cannot retrofit a standard HID capsule with the H1, H3, H4, H7 or 9000 series mounting hardware and precisely position the light source because the design of the bulb base is not precise enough. A lamp designed for a D2S capsule has a precision machined capsule holder, not a stamped steel or molded plastic one.



The light source of an HID is a totally different shape than the light source of a filament bulb. The source for a halogen bulb is an axial filament with a length and a width. The source of a D2S, or D2R HID Capsule is a globular point. Want to see how precise a filament has to be placed? Take a look at the two filaments in an H4 bulb and see how close they are – that’s all the difference between a high beam and a low beam pattern. Now take a look at a 9004 or 9007 – the two filaments are right next to each other. The difference between a high and a low beam is fractions of a millimeter.



There are a number of fly-by-nights out there modifying the standard D2S HID Capsule to fit in some of the other bulb mounts, but those are dangerous to use in a DOT lamp. They put out 2 times the light of a halogen bulb – but because of the DOT pattern, oncoming traffic is going to be dazzled by the extra light. That’s all fine and good if you don’t mind blinding oncoming traffic. Best case, everyone flashes at you – worst case, they swerve into your lane because they can’t see. Somewhere in between, a state trooper runs you down and makes you get your lights fixed – there goes your investment down-the-drain.



You may have seen Hella HID conversions kits on the internet. I spoke to Hella and asked about them. They said they don’t make those kits. Some one is buying our ballasts and capsules, modifying the capsules and passing them off as a Hella products



Another problem you are going to have is the wavelength of the light output is a short wavelength – which means it dazzles and diffracts much more than the warmer, longer wavelength of a halogen source. One of the reasons gas discharge technology is only on high-end cars is that most are now going to a “self-leveling” system for the headlamps to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic in acceleration situations and when cresting a hill. You won’t have this and the risk that you will dazzle oncoming traffic is enhanced because you don’t. Hold your breath the first time you dazzle an oncoming state trooper and you can’t dip you running light.

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Re: Brightest Headlamps?

Guess after reading all that my best recommendation is stay away from hella hids, they are knock offs

To bad 99% of the light pattern info and all is wrong vs modern aftermarket hid kits.

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^^^^ now thats some good reading

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