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Old 01-19-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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Hello or KC?

I'm lookin at getting lights, for now they will be the windshield mounted lights but I can't decide if I want to do the Hella slimlites or the KC slimlites

Or would I be better off goin with the KC Daylighter series of lights?

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Old 01-19-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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Daylighters and slim lights, the only difference is size and cost. Side by side they are identical in light outout (that I can tell).

Never used hellas, but I've heard thay are good as well.

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Old 01-19-2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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I'm lookin at the Hella Black Magic 500 Series slimlites, I like the way they look but I'm not sure about the 12v/55w bulbs compared to the 100w that KC has...

What does the wattage translate into lamens(sp) terms?
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THe power required by the bulb, but it can also relate to brightness, think of lights in your house or a 3 way bulb, 50w vs 100w vs 150w... but in auto lights your brightness will also be affected by the optic and reflecter quality.

Power (w) = Volts (12) * I (amps)
P/V= I

55/12= 4.6 amps draw
130/12= 10.8 amps draw

so 3 pairs of 130w kc = 32.4 amps to power
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:38 PM   #5
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Alright so the wattage has nothing to do with the brightness?
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:12 PM   #6
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Its part of it, but not the most important. Like more power, more light. but if you dont use quality products, like off-road lights from the dollar store, and you put 150w bulbs in them, they wouldn't be any where near as bright as a pair of quality 100w lights.

Then if you look at HIDs, 35w lights are brighter than a 130w light. Watts just tell you what kind of load your going to be putting on your electrical system. If you want bright lights look for lumens or candle power. More is better.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:24 PM   #7
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Alright, with all that being said which would you go with?...

The Hella...
Halagon 500 Series Black Magic Light by Hella and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware-RH3
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The KC Daylighter
Daylighter Driving Light Kit by KC HiLiTES and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware-RH3

I'm leaning towards the KC's but I would also like popular opinion...
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Amazon.com: Hella 005750991 500 Series 12V/55W Black Magic Halogen Driving Lamp Kit: Automotive

If you plan to use these on the road, get the hellas. If you want OMG where did the second sun come from lighting that is illegal to use on the road, get the KCs
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:34 PM   #9
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That's the answer I was lookin for...

Thank you good sir
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I may not be the brightest bulb in the box, but you get enough together and we'll surely light up a room. (I use my KCs on the road when its pitch black and I haven't seen a street light in a few miles) 55w is just the legal amount
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Having had several sets of kc driving lights over the years, it's very hard to beat their quality and it's impossible to beat their no questions asked 23 year unlimited warranty that even covers burned out bulbs. And there is no doubt a 150 watt KC will be brighter than a 55 watt Hella since their optics are very similar.

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