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02-13-2008, 03:04 PM
Hello, I installed HID's on my car since July, I have the 10000k on low's and on the fog lights, but there is not enough light on the street. The headlights are well adjusted. Since the beginning I noticed the problem, but I just didnt bother. But what got to me now, is that my brother and a friend each have S10's and they have the 10000k on their lows, and their headlights are smaller, and even like that they illuminate the street at least double then mine, and thats cause i have all 4 lights on. And now a friend installed the 1000k on his fusion (just on the lows), and his car also illuminates double then mine. So it only concludes that its my car, I have the stock headlights. Is it because they have a chrome deflector in front of their bulb instead of my black deflector that goes around the bulb? O and I have not override the DRL's, i just always turn them manually on. Could it be that i have not override it? Also, is it possible to open up the headlight in the oven, and remove the black reflector or cut a piece? Because I have opened headlights before, but for a sonoma. Or what can I do?

02-13-2008, 03:14 PM
From what I've read, you're supposed to override the DRLs. Also 10,000K doesn't have the best light output, and our headlights have sh!tty output to begin with.

02-13-2008, 03:22 PM
well, ill give it a try to override them. But is it better to follow the procedures to override them, or just remove the fuse of the DRL's?

02-13-2008, 03:24 PM
First off...If you have hids you def should override drl's....if not your going to damage your ballasts.

ALso, you have 10000k bulbs in stock grandam housings. I cant believe you can see anything. Get rid of the bulbs, get a set of 4000-5000K and it will be much better. However, you shouldent have hids in stock housings in the first place imo.

02-13-2008, 03:25 PM
the most light output from HID's is from a 4300-5k bulbs, the most Lumens is put out in that range, anything above has too much color and puts out less light, and below they're yellow and also less light.

10k, i bet your bulbs are purple looking. buy 5k or 4300, and you'll see a huge difference, ebay they're really cheap now, even just to see the difference. i have ebay bulbs and no problems with them at all.

02-13-2008, 03:31 PM
Yea i understand, and mine are from ebay too, and no problems whatsoever. I buy them from hidking. $85 the whole kit. And yea mine are really blue, Im planning on changing to 6000k. But the reason for my question was the comparison with the other vehicles, since i have 4 bulbs and they only have 2, and even like that i have half their illumination. Is there a way to upgrade wiring for the lows? Because i did change all the wiring for the fog lights, even with relay and fuse.

02-13-2008, 03:32 PM
6,000k Ftw.

02-13-2008, 04:10 PM
6,000k Ftw.

Thats what I have in bi-xenon in stock housings and love them. I wouldnt hesitate to buy them again

Mike Jung
02-13-2008, 05:54 PM
Lumens ratings FTW.

Lumens = actual light output.

Obviously, you didn't check the specs on those 10KKelvin HID's bulbs lol

Like the others said, get them in the Blue/Yellow colour temperature range of 4K-5.5KK Kelvin

3200K = tungsten lighting

5500K = direct sunlight/electric strobes (flash) /daylight balanced bulbs.

02-13-2008, 07:12 PM
I wouldn't go over 6K.

02-13-2008, 07:17 PM
Don't put 6000 in the headlights AND the fogs... get some lower lumen HIDs for the fogs- something in the yellow range.

Mike Jung
02-13-2008, 07:22 PM
Don't put 6000 in the headlights AND the fogs... get some lower lumen HIDs for the fogs- something in the yellow range.

But you mean lower colour temperature K; not lumens.

02-13-2008, 07:52 PM
I got the bluish/white (I forget what temp that is) bulbs and on the open road they're beautiful. Here in the city, they still light up the road better than the stockers, but the amber of the streetlamps tends to wash it out.

02-13-2008, 09:26 PM
As far as upgrading wiring and what not....Its a good idea, I myself dont like the idea of running the ballasts off of the stock harness (so i made a relay kit).

BUT, that wouldnt make anything brighter. Ballasts output is constant, if its on, its putting out what it can. (ballasts can color shift with age and abuse, but thats not relivent here)

02-14-2008, 06:56 AM
Like everyone said....
10,000k= teh lose
GA housings = teh lose
DRLs with HIDs = teh lose

I have 5,000k in projectors, and I love them. I can't imagine how badly you are blinding people.