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Old 05-24-2004, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking at HIDs and there's a $25 difference between these two...


5,000k

6,000k

Don't they look the exact same?
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Old 05-24-2004, 04:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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to the eye, it is very difficult to tell a difference.
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Old 05-24-2004, 04:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh... but I'm assuming for $25 it's worth it to go to 6k?

And these would bolt up to a Euro Ellipsoid?

How would they compare to an OEM xenon?
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The K (kelvin) is only a color measurement (specifically "color temperature") not a luminocity output rating.
That picture does not show you the color of the two bulbs.
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Gotcha. The K denotes the colour of the light output, not the quantity of light output (brightness). thanks.
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4300K is OEM. 4300k-5000k has the maxium lumen output. Over 5k, and the lumens decrease.

The H1 size will fit perfect in factory ellipsoids.
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Type:-------------------Color Temp:------- Illumination(Lumens):

Halogen (Rally)------------3000K-----------1200
Halogen (Normal)---------3600K----------/---1600
Halogen (Blue Bulbs)------4000-8000K------/700-1400
HID (White)----------------4300K-------------3200
HID (Bluer)-----------------5200K-------------3000
HID (Purplish)--------------6000K-------------2800
HID (Purple)----------------7000K--------------2600
HID (Indigo/Violet)---------8000K-------------2000
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Im sure this isnt 100% accurate but it serves as a means of better understanding...
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