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Old 10-26-2009, 10:30 PM   #1
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HID Lighting for the JK

Anybody know where to look? Thanks

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Old 10-26-2009, 10:50 PM   #2
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Here ya go Codeman!

HID Kit (Link)

This'll get you started.

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Old 10-27-2009, 01:51 AM   #3
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Hmmmm....nice link.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:22 AM   #4
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I'm thinking of putting an HID kit in the fogs (3000K) --- it would be plug and play since it would only be 35 watts.

If you install one in the headlights you have a couple of issues.
1) the wattage draw is low and your bus will think you blew a bulb and give you an alert
2) the bus will keep sniffing for the resistance from a 55W bulb and will flicker
3) it's illegal to run the bulbs in a housing that was designed for halogen bulbs

There are kits that replace the housing and adapt the whole thing properly; you find them for the price point in the link above though.

Legal alternatives are also the new LED headlights, Cibie replacements, and even Delta's replacement.

I'm going to wait a little while and watch the LEDs come down in price.
http://www.truck-lite.com/webapp/wcs...4057&langId=-1
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:22 AM   #5
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I wonder what one would be good on refs to the 3000k 5000k etc for headlights , also it said to select for high or low beams , doesnt that kit convert the whole headlamp to hid???
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:43 AM   #6
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HIDs take too long to get to full power to be practical for high beams; most OE HID applications have HID for low beam and halogen for high, keeping the HID on the entire time.
The H13 retrofits will often have a mechanical means of shifting the focus of the HID bulb to attain the high beam.

Regardless, to be legal, the HID assembly needs to have a way of self-leveling and be properly suited to the reflector. Those kits are pricey.

3000K is good for fogs since it's quite yellow. You can legally run one headlight bulb at 3000K but the other needs to be at least 3600K. 4000K is my personal favorite for headlights since it still shows alot of contrast but is still pretty white.
3000K shows brilliant contrast and heightens visual acuity.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:35 PM   #7
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Hill what would on of those LED light jobs run on headlights , just ballpark
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:58 PM   #8
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Hill what would on of those LED light jobs run on headlights , just ballpark
I've seen them go for as low as $200 on EBay; I think that retail is over 4 bills right now though.
Huge swings like that usually mean that the price is about to drop for good. Remember when HIDs cost almost $5000 to replace? Wasn't that long ago...
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I have found that my headlights alone are pretty weak, without the driving lights on, they basically stink. (I assume those are driving lights and not fog lights, as they are white, not yellow.) Anyway, I was thinking of trying the SilverStar headlight bulbs, anyone have any experience with these? They are supposed to be "30%" brighter than my stock bulbs according to their claims.

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They are available locally for 24.99 plus tax. (per bulb)
They are also available for all the other lights on the Jeep, but I'm only concerned with the headlights currently.

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Anyway, I was thinking of trying the SilverStar headlight bulbs, anyone have any experience with these? They are supposed to be "30%" brighter than my stock bulbs according to their claims.
I've used these on a few vehicles, and they are brighter. However, they also burn out twice as fast, and are a bit pricey. Last time I used them was 2006, so I don't know if they've improved their longevity since then.

If you buy them, here's a hint. Use Latex Gloves to install them. Any body oil from your hands on the Glass Bulb, will burn the bulb out much quicker, as the heat cooks the oil on the bulb. No kidding! Also, recommend you keep your Stock Bulbs that you remove, somewhere handy as spares.

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Old 10-27-2009, 06:22 PM   #11
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Do yourself a fav and go to:

Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply

He is a guru and has a recommended path for optimal JK lighting.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:57 PM   #12
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Do yourself a fav and go to:

Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply

He is a guru and has a recommended path for optimal JK lighting.
I see nothing about any type of specific vehicle on this site. Am I supposed to email them?
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:42 AM   #13
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Sylvania Silverstars are junk that put out fewer lumens than stock, burn out faster, and produce light in a spectrum that makes it hard for your eyes to focus.

I have Phillips Visionplus +50 H13 bulbs in both my MINI Cooper and JK; the light from the MINI is ponderously bright and the light from the JK is ponderously dim ---- I can only blame this on the dynamics of the reflector and "dome" over the lights.
Phillips also makes a +80 bulb that became legal after I bought my bulbs; I hear it's pretty good.

Stern sells a Cibie kit that's worth it. LED's are worth it. Even the Delta replacement is worth it.
If you can get Euro-spec Osram Silverstars, they're worth it.
But not Sylvania...

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