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Old 01-20-2010, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HID Lights? Legal Or Pull Me Over Now?

Well a friend of mine gave me a set of HID head lamp kits for my car. The light kit is the kind that replaces the stock bulbs with a Xenon arch lamp, ballast and ignitor. The color is 6000k white/blue. The kit was a Xmas present and was purchased from carhidkits site, so I do not want to offend my friend by never trying them, but at the same time I do not want to blind others on the road or get a FAT TICKET. What are the penalties if it is not legal? Heck, what is the legality of these light kits? I live in CA if that has any bearing.
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I have had them in my car for quite awhile now and no issues with THOSE 'm in CA too(Bay area)
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It is illegal, but you have a BMW ... no cop is going to know when BMW actually started using HIDs and what is factory and what isn't.

That said, if you are not putting these in projector housings, make very sure they are aimed right at least, otherwise you'll blind everyone everywhere.
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Simply tell them this. "It's the Xenon upgrade" stay between 6k and 8k.
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Where im from they're legal up to 6000k. Remeber to aling them tho, half the feckin people over hear drive around with the things pointed at the sky.... more chance of seein a aeroplane than the road.

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I'd say you're okay as long as they are in a projector housing. If you put HID's in a non projector housing using a factory reflector housing the beam of light is highly scattered because HID's do not use a filament. It's the projector that focuses the light and the projector also has a built in cut off. Buy the proper headlights first (if you haven't done already) and then go for HID's.
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If they come with a projector, then I'd say your fine. HID bulbs have a higher output, and the projector (rounded lens part) focuses the light onto the road so you don't blind people. Alot of people are buying HID upgrades without a projector, so when they turn them on...the light isn't focused and scatters every were. That's how people get blinded. It's good that you're being considerate of other drivers.
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Agreed, just get projector headlights and there will be nothing to worry about. If you have it in reflector housings you will blind people, and at least in NC you can get a ticket if your headlights are distracting to other drivers.
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