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Smythe86 04-18-2013 03:09 PM

HiD bulbs
 
I was looking into replacing my oem headlights with some hiD lamps. Any suggestions? I was thinking about going with the piaa set they have on quadratec. Although I'm sure I can get them cheaper elsewhere

Jma20a 04-18-2013 04:25 PM

this is a great HID setup, i have a set of morimoto 5five on my subaru. and you can also take a look at a set of LED headlights like this kit, most people say to stay away from leds because they done get hot enough to keep your headlights from ice forming on you lense in the winter, but the leds in these kits get hot

Smythe86 04-18-2013 04:40 PM

Thanks. I have read that with the 2012 jk you can simply switch to hid bulbs without the extra relays and converters. But idk how true that is

Jma20a 04-18-2013 04:43 PM

to power the HID bulbs you need to have a ballast, the JK might already have them but i doubt it.

Smythe86 04-18-2013 07:13 PM

Well I heard a rumor that jeep planned to install hid lamps on the 2012 and then didn't use the bulbs. Idk. Ill have to look into it

Jma20a 04-18-2013 07:15 PM

There is no way they would add everything but the bulbs.

Smythe86 04-18-2013 07:52 PM

Very very true

Jma20a 04-18-2013 08:01 PM

The factory wiring may be higher quality than normal, some cars need to beef up the wiring when adding hids, leds, and sometimes just putting on a higher power bulb

Smythe86 04-18-2013 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Jma20a (Post 3654057)
The factory wiring may be higher quality than normal, some cars need to beef up the wiring when adding hids, leds, and sometimes just putting on a higher power bulb

Yea. I may just go with the sylvania silver star

Jma20a 04-18-2013 09:35 PM

i went with the delta tech quad bar housings with the hyper white xenon bulbs in my tj and they work great.

OhSixTJ 04-24-2013 11:41 PM

They don't come with ballasts from the factory unless it already has factory installed HID bulbs.

HID bulbs in non HID lenses suck for oncoming traffic. You're wasting light. But, if you're dead set on wanting them:

You'll need a kit, it comes with bulbs and ballasts. Most kits are a simple plug-and-play.

eboven 04-25-2013 06:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jma20a (Post 3653350)
... most people say to stay away from leds because they done get hot enough to keep your headlights from ice forming on you lense in the winter...

This is just not true - I have the truck-lites on my TJ which is driven daily in Colorado rocky mountain winters... Zero issues with visibility resulting from ice forming on the lens and we've had some pretty nasty ice storms so far this spring. The LED lens' do actually get fairly warm...

For some reason people on this forum try to talk you out of LED lights - the only reason I can see to not get them is the price. If you can afford them, they'll be easier to install than HID's, just as bright, and will last 10 times longer than HID's.

Smythe86 04-25-2013 09:47 AM

Yea I like the look of LEDs too

cclax44 05-26-2013 09:08 AM

i cant stand driving at someone with hids. it also makes everything look blue which throws me off.

HK_Runner 05-26-2013 09:47 AM

They could be the cheaper HID retrofits. A good HID setup is still the best as far as beam pattern and length/width of the beam goes. Problem is the good ones are ridiculously expensive, since they are basically variations of the ones used in the high end Audis, BMWs, etc. Also, the cheap retrofits offer options of the more blue color...pretty useless and tacky-looking.

I just installed the Truck Lites and returned them. The beam pattern, artifacts, and reflective foreground were pretty annoying and fatiguing. The search continues, and I am focusing on the JW SPeakers and the Cibies, since my favorite HID setup is around $1,500. If the HID cutoff is well-defined, there should be no annoying glare for oncoming drivers.

OhSixTJ 05-26-2013 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by HK_Runner (Post 3793996)
Also, the cheap retrofits offer options of the more blue color...pretty useless and tacky-looking.

Sure, if that's the color you choose to go with. Stick with 3700 or 4300 or 5000 and the light output should be almost regular white.


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