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Question For those with HID's and aftermarket driving lights...

Do the HID's put out enough light where you don't need or use the driving lights? Or would the DL's still be a benefit?

I was going to install some PIAA driving lights but am going with an HID kit now too. Don't know if the driving lights would be a waste if the light output is the same as the HID's.

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Re: For those with HID's and aftermarket driving lights...

If you go hids and dont go hid driving lights you wont even see your driving lights.

I have hids and regular driving lights and never turn the driving lights on anymore as they make no difference anymore since getting the hids.

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Re: For those with HID's and aftermarket driving lights...

That's what I was wondering. The driving lights was going to get are regular ones. Their the PIAA 410's that look like the factory SD fog lights.

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Re: For those with HID's and aftermarket driving lights...

Depends on where you drive and the weather conditions you drive in. I have the opposite of Crowz right now.....HID driving lights (pair) VisionX 8.5" and a pair of HID VisionX 4.5" both in a euro light pattern as well as Solstice LEDs (for fogs). Have yet to get HIDs in the headlight buckets, but intend too in time. I will be looking really close at the Retro Solutions HID adjustable light out put bulbs or their HID projectors....

I drive on remote highways with loads of Moose, Deer and Elk on the road and this combo works awesome for me as it really lights up the highway right out to the timber edges, just need to upgrade the stock lights. I do have PIAA super white bulbs in the buckets but they are lame compared to the HIDs.....

My suggestion is put your dollars into headlight bulbs....then check into auxilliary HID or LED lights if you need them, VisionX makes some wicked LED lights as well as HIDs pending where you drive.....

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Depends on where you drive and the weather conditions you drive in. I have the opposite of Crowz right now.....HID driving lights (pair) VisionX 8.5" and a pair of HID VisionX 4.5" both in a euro light pattern as well as Solstice LEDs (for fogs). Have yet to get HIDs in the headlight buckets, but intend too in time. I will be looking really close at the Retro Solutions HID adjustable light out put bulbs or their HID projectors....

I drive on remote highways with loads of Moose, Deer and Elk on the road and this combo works awesome for me as it really lights up the highway right out to the timber edges, just need to upgrade the stock lights. I do have PIAA super white bulbs in the buckets but they are lame compared to the HIDs.....

My suggestion is put your dollars into headlight bulbs....then check into auxilliary HID or LED lights if you need them, VisionX makes some wicked LED lights as well as HIDs pending where you drive.....

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Thanks. I am either doing the Retro 55w digital kit or their projector retrofit kit for headlights. Haven't fully decided at this very second. I'm in northcentral Montana and travel ALOT in the mountains. Same as you we've got moose, elk, deer, antelope etc all over the roads.

These will be for the 95 in my sig and since it's a 2wd and have a particular look in mind, I won't have a huge ranchhand or grilleguard to protect anything up front. So I'm going for the best possible light to see from timber on either side to as far out in front as I can.

The driving lights would be mounted in the outer air openings of the OBS bumper so only a square 4" spot. Getting to work on it mechanically and cosmetically in the next couple of months and getting parts rounded up now so I know what to mount, wire in, change, etc. I'll check out the VisionX stuff and see what they've got.

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Re: For those with HID's and aftermarket driving lights...

Gottcha.....

Mmm the 4.5" VisionX might fit I can do some rough measurements for you to see if they will fit in the holes albeit they are round..... All the HIDs I have are 35 watt and are VERY bright (some come in 50 watt too) and light from timber edge to timber edge....have saved me from many collisions with game well worth the dough IMO...

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The down side of HID auxilliaries with halogen headlight bulbs when you turn off the HIDs the Halogens (mine are PIAA Super Whites) cast dime light relative to the HIDs. If you are in fog/snow lots you will want to look into some yellow covers or specific yellow fog lights.

I am interested in the Retro Solution's 55watt variable output system with a 4500 kelvin bulb, thinking on the lower setting the light will be somewhat yellow for fog/snow conditions and will work with yellow fogs. Currently have some Solstice 10 Watt LEDs from VisionX and am looking to make some custom yellow lenses for them. For their size (housing is 2"X2" with 1.75" lens) the light output is wicked similar to halogen 100 watt with only .7 amp draw....

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Re: For those with HID's and aftermarket driving lights...

I have Retro-Solution 4300k HIDs and I have PIAA 510 and 520 in my front bumper, I use the 510s with my running lights and regular lights and I use all of them in extreme fog or weather.

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