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I was looking to get a set of hid's,just wanted some comments from my peeps! What do u know about them ,which ones r good, brand ect... Saw some on eBay , h7 bulbs with ultra slim ballasts, only 65.00, I don't know but sounds cheap! Talk to a guy at Parts Source,he said the better ones are about 200.00 ! I'm confused. Lol
 

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There are more than a dozen threads about lighting and H.I.D. lights on the forum. So, I'll try to make the answer to the topic as simple as possible.

Most H.I.D. bulbs are illegal and not DOT approved in the U.S. if they are put in regular housings made for incandescent lighting. For a proper retro fit they need to be inside a projector lens. Many have installed H.I.D.'s with no problems. They are brighter than most halogens or Xenons, but can also produce a lot of glare to oncoming vehicles.

Below are some articles about HID Lighting. The first one in particular is quite interesting.

NHTSA Cracks Down on Aftermarket HID Conversion Kits

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is targeting high-intensity discharge (HID) conversion kits for enforcement actions. NHTSA has concluded that it is impossible to produce HID conversion kits (converting a halogen system to HID) that would be compliant with the federal lighting standard, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108. The noncompliant kits frequently include a HID bulb, a ballast, an igniter, a relay and wiring harness adapters. The NHTSA believes this equipment presents a safety risk to the public since the kits can be expected to produce excessive glare to oncoming motorists. In one investigation, the NHTSA found that an HID conversion headlamp exceeded the maximum allowable candlepower by over 800%.

Under FMVSS No. 108 Section S7.7 (replaceable light sources), each replaceable light source for headlamps must be designed to conform to the dimensions and electrical specifications for the headlamp source it is intended to replace. For example, if an HID kit is marketed as replacing an H1 light source, then it must match the H1's wire coil filament size and location, the electrical connector size and location and the ballast design for use with an H1 light source (which is impossible since there is no ballast). Consequently, companies that are manufacturing HID light sources (e.g., D1S, D1R, D2S, D2R, 9500, etc�) with incandescent light source bases (e.g., H1, H3, H7, H8, H9, H11, H13, HB1, HB2, HB3, HB4, HB5, etc�) should be aware that this light source design would not be one that conforms to FMVSS No. 108, and could not be imported and sold in the United States without violating Federal law. (The importer is treated as the manufacturer and subject to the same fines and penalties that apply to a domestic manufacturer.)

NHTSA has also determined that a commonly used disclaimer "for off-road use only" has no legal meaning and is not recognized by the agency as the manufacturer, importer and retailer are not in a position to control use once a product has been sold. Any equipment offered for sale which is covered by FMVSS No. 108 (headlamps, taillamps, side markers, etc.) must comply with the standard

Thinking of converting to HID?

Letter with respect to a High Intensity Discharge (HID) light source conversion kit

My advice is to read all you can before you purchase them and if you choose to install them, have a proper housing.
 

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2 of my friends say there is a short delay also in switching from low beams to high beams? Guess it takes a short bit for it to heat up to full brightness? Should still be better than stock lights tho?








 

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2 of my friends say there is a short delay also in switching from low beams to high beams? Guess it takes a short bit for it to heat up to full brightness? Should still be better than stock lights tho?
I have them installed in my car and they do take around 5 seconds from the point you turn them on, til the point where they are at their brightest. I actually took my high beam HIDs out and replaced them with halogen bulbs because of this. It was kind of inconvenient for them to warm up every time I switched my high beams on. There is no doubt that HIDs are much brighter than stock or halogen bulbs. But if you don't have a projection setup, don't bother putting them in because you will get pulled over (I know from experience). They are extremely too bright for oncoming traffic with the reflective headlight casings. Just my two cents..
 

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thanks,i checked it out.they don't have the whole housing,but sell the kits to install,about 200.00,they look awesome.it is quite the procedure to install,they provide a link to an installation guide.
 
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