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Old 12-08-2003, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i know this is a silly question but what is the difference of xenon krypton lights compared to hid lights? what are the advantages and disadvantages? does any one also know where to get corner bulbs that look white but are amber when you turn?
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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HID are high intensity discharge. they dont use a filament, but rather particles inside ignite and recyle themselves. They use a minimal amount of power and provide maxium light output.

Xenon filled bulbs are simply bulbs with Xenon gas. They may be slightly brighter than halogen and may last slightly longer, but they are essetially the same as halogen bulbs.

You can lso spray paint amber bulbs with a light coat of gray and it masks the amber, but looks invisible. Its what i do and it costs much less than the other bulbs.
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Old 12-08-2003, 04:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for the info. i checked out the sylvania web site and found out they make gray coated amber bulbs. i wonder how much they cost or haha just get some bulbs that glow white even though it's illegal but i hardly see any people get busted for having white corners. i heard also if your exhaust is too loud you can be given a ticket, but i think it's bull shit because my exhaust is very loud but no cops ever stop me. haha
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Old 12-08-2003, 11:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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those sylvania siverstars are pretty good, nice beam, orsram is also very good (basically the same company)
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I saw a nice bimmer one time when i was driving to NJ (at night of course) and it's lights were a cool bluish color... they were very intense too... What are these kind of lights called?
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its cheaper just to paint them and it works just as good. i know this because i have both. my rear lights are painted and my front corners are pre-silver coated bought ones. just put a thin glazing of silver paint on them and it shines perfectly, be sure that its not a thick coat! also, the lights get very hot so make sure to buy engine paint that can withstand very high temperatures. heres a picture of my painted bulbs and bought bulbs...
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haha a 3 man did u buy those bulbs at kragen?
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Yea the HID is supposed to simulate daylight, therefore they are way brighter than the regular halogen or the xenon blue bulbs. Right now the aftermarket sale of HID is banned and is under investigation. I talked to my rep from CATZ and he told me that since 1998 or something there has been like 35,000 complaints on HID as far as the brightness etc. He said that when the car manufacturers would go through the DOT test, they would deflect the light on the test cars so they would pass the test.

I have PIAA bulbs in my low beam and high beams...I love them, they give a pure white, no blue, no yellowish like factory bulbs..Just installed the high beams yesterday! Another cheaper alternative that looks really good are the Sylvania Silverstars that were mentioned earlier, put some in my dads GMC truck and he liked them alot.
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Most of complain is against Jap cars like Acura TL RL. Lexus RX LX ES GS etcÖÖ thatís why they start to use projectors now you get the idea. The Japs arenít like the Euros they also have low speed regulation like US donít need to see far thatís why the Japs FUCKED up the market!!! ghead
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yep. A D2R bulb works fine a projector. But before the D2S came out they were using the Rs that blinded everyone.
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Right now the aftermarket sale of HID is banned and is under investigation. I talked to my rep from CATZ and he told me that since 1998 or something there has been like 35,000 complaints on HID as far as the brightness etc.
the ban has made it harder to find true HIDs but some companies do have remaining inventory:

http://www.brightheadlights-hid.com/hid-lights.htm

if you are handy at modding things, you can probably get an aftermarket housing like ZKW (housings are still sold everywhere) and buy OE replacement ballasts and bulbs and mod them to work together. only aftermarket HID kits are banned, not OE. do an ebay search for D1R or D1S or D2R or D2S XENON and you should find a bunch of things like this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAP...&category=36476

and you can also find the replacement HID bulbs to go hand-in-hand with the ballast (see first link above). the nhtsa has come down hard on importers and wholesalers, but for inventive consumers, where there is a will there is a way.
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