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Old 03-31-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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HID headlights anyone?

considering an upgrade kit for my suburban... anybody have any experience with halogen vs. HID? the snapshots comparing the illumination spread/distance is, pardon the pun, night and day...
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:10 PM   #2
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HID is much brighter, it would be a worthwhile upgrade, especially as we all lose our night vision as we age.
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Came with our 06 Nissan Maxima, and the difference is huge. They have a different name and burn a pure white. Why on a totally loaded 08 f150 lariat they are not standard is beyond me. Really appreciate them on dark rainy nights.
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Just put a set of HID conversions on the motorcycle (which has great headlights anyway) and WOW!!!!!!!!!!! What a difference!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm totally sold and will be converting the Sprinter in the next couple of weeks. Probably one of the best upgrades you can do.
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:27 PM   #5
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yup, they're bright. they're great for the driver, not so great for oncoming drivers. in populated areas, i feel they are too bright and blind oncoming vehicles. the hid truck vs. a car is the worst situation.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:04 AM   #6
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yup, they're bright. they're great for the driver, not so great for oncoming drivers. in populated areas, i feel they are too bright and blind oncoming vehicles. the hid truck vs. a car is the worst situation.
even with proper alignment?
thats my only concern at this point... driving on narrow two lane highway... blinding oncoming drivers... could be very bad
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I get blinded more by inconsiderate morons driving with their high beams on rather than oncoming HIDs.
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I get blinded more by inconsiderate morons driving with their high beams on rather than oncoming HIDs.
this is true...
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If you're planning on doing a lot of night towing, you can always aim the lights slightly lower than normal, this will offset the slight rise in aim when towing (slight rear end squat= front end rise).
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If you're planning on doing a lot of night towing, you can always aim the lights slightly lower than normal, this will offset the slight rise in aim when towing (slight rear end squat= front end rise).
Strangely enough, my Sprinter HAS this feature on the dash....... a dip switch to lower the headlights when you're towing or carrying a heavy load that compresses the rear suspension.

I guess the Euros are a much more considerate bunch than we are while on the road!!!!!!!!!!
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Strangely enough, my Sprinter HAS this feature on the dash....... a dip switch to lower the headlights when you're towing or carrying a heavy load that compresses the rear suspension.

I guess the Euros are a much more considerate bunch than we are while on the road!!!!!!!!!!
our benz had a dial fer it...
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Wife's Lexus has them. Well worth the cost if the kit is well-engineered. They are somewhat superior to the CIBIE lamps I have installed on Jeeps and my old Chrysler with custom-made harnesses and 100W high beams. The "accuracy" is the key.

I have yet to be "blinded" by HID lamps. The law allows a shorter distance to dip the beam than people realize. And the more "accurate" the light, then the better the control by the oncoming driver. Just as Pop used to say, "move your eyes to the shoulder until they pass".
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