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Old 05-16-2006, 09:39 PM   #1
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xenon lights

Any body have these lights i'm wondering how they are. I've heard they were good
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Old 05-16-2006, 10:00 PM   #2
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Depends on the Kelvin rating?
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Old 05-17-2006, 12:00 AM   #3
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Any body have these lights i'm wondering how they are. I've heard they were good


Annoying and way too bright. I thoroughly enjoy being blinded by them.
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Old 05-17-2006, 12:12 AM   #4
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Annoying and way too bright. I thoroughly enjoy being blinded by them.

haha so they are annoying
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Old 05-17-2006, 05:20 AM   #5
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Annoying and way too bright. I thoroughly enjoy being blinded by them.
Xenons are only too bright if you get the 'xenon wannabe's' from a parts shop that cost all of £10 lol...real xenon gas bulbs are far brighter than standard bulbs but are still within the legal limit. I guess they could appear too bright due to their piercing blue light, but no so as they'd dazzle you....unless the headlight aim is too high of course.....or they're on full beam...

Proper Xenons cost far more than their cheap imitations though, and are much more worth the money you pay for them! I'm still not sure if you'd get the same effect as ya see on BMW's and Merc etc though, as I think some of those are complete headlamp units (as far as I know), and are made especially for the manufacturers!
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Old 05-17-2006, 06:04 AM   #6
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Xenons are only too bright if you get the 'xenon wannabe's' from a parts shop that cost all of £10 lol...real xenon gas bulbs are far brighter than standard bulbs but are still within the legal limit. I guess they could appear too bright due to their piercing blue light, but no so as they'd dazzle you....unless the headlight aim is too high of course.....or they're on full beam...

Proper Xenons cost far more than their cheap imitations though, and are much more worth the money you pay for them! I'm still not sure if you'd get the same effect as ya see on BMW's and Merc etc though, as I think some of those are complete headlamp units (as far as I know), and are made especially for the manufacturers!

I don't know many ricers who will spend $400+ to replace their OEM lights with the HID (which yes, requires a conversion to the complete headlight unit). They'd rather get a similar effect from the cheap knockoff of the blue coated blinding lights where you don't have to convert. As far as "within legal limits" that all depends on which bulb you get. Yes, technically they are marked 55 watt bulbs, but they emit a 110 watt illuminicity (some models). Now, is that really legal?

Elchango and I had a conversation about this a while back regarding (I believe) the same things. He wanted to know about the state law where he lives regarding this type of aftermarket part. Here’s the link: http://www.car-forums.com/talk/showthread.php?t=20465
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:28 AM   #7
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Elchango and I had a conversation about this a while back regarding (I believe) the same things. He wanted to know about the state law where he lives regarding this type of aftermarket part. Here’s the link: http://www.car-forums.com/talk/showthread.php?t=20465
Yup, I'll have pics shortly (as soon as I have time to edit them). I have 55w(110w output) PIAA h3 bulbs rated at 4250K and I love them. I haven't had any problems with the cops since they're more white than blue!
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Yup, I'll have pics shortly (as soon as I have time to edit them). I have 55w(110w output) PIAA h3 bulbs rated at 4250K and I love them. I haven't had any problems with the cops since they're more white than blue!

Wow they sound nice
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Too bad they're illegal in California
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I don't know many ricers who will spend $400+ to replace their OEM lights with the HID (which yes, requires a conversion to the complete headlight unit). They'd rather get a similar effect from the cheap knockoff of the blue coated blinding
Most of the blue coated bulbs we have over here are no brighter, if not dimmer than standard bulbs...they also reflect off Fog lol...I see what you're saying though, we do have brighter immitation bulbs too, but they're only just within the law. Obviously some boy racers buy the rally/off-road bulbs that are no road legal!
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