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Old 03-20-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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I'm going to tint my head and taillights relatively soon and I was wondering if anybody ever had trouble with cops when installing them. I was going to go with 35w 5000k. I figure with the dark tint over the headlights they wouldn't be that bright. I just don't want any trouble with the cops
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never had an issue any any car i've owned with them..they are illegal so run at your own risk...btw i'd get 55w not 35w...you will be dissapointed if you get 35w in those housings
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I'm going to tint my head and taillights relatively soon and I was wondering if anybody ever had trouble with cops when installing them. I was going to go with 35w 5000k. I figure with the dark tint over the headlights they wouldn't be that bright. I just don't want any trouble with the cops
Most cops don't care nowadays (at least in my area)
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Most cops don't care nowadays (at least in my area)
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Are they legal anywhere?


Florida?
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In PA and NJ a legal HID constitutes one that is aimed through a non reflective projector housing aimed no higher than the high of your own car

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never had an issue any any car i've owned with them..they are illegal so run at your own risk...btw i'd get 55w not 35w...you will be dissapointed if you get 35w in those housings
I have 35W in tinted housings and they're perfectly bright and illuminate fantastically.
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Are they legal anywhere?

Florida?
In a halogen housing, no.
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ever notice those ridiculously bright blue white lights on the street? blindingly bright? that's why they are illegal. and tinting headlight is also illegal no? my friends have done it and it turns the light almost purple and essentially useless it's so dark. I don't recommend it
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ever notice those ridiculously bright blue white lights on the street? blindingly bright? that's why they are illegal. and tinting headlight is also illegal no? my friends have done it and it turns the light almost purple and essentially useless it's so dark. I don't recommend it
Yes, that is also because I can't tell you how many people just buy tinted bulbs and never know that isn't an HID. Real HID bulbs aren't colored.
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Got pulled over a few weeks back, no comment about my lights! So I'd say your fine I run 55W 5000K in smoked headlights
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So why would you do something to your car because it's "SIC" and take a chance to get pulled over on a traffic stop? Not to mention, installing something that would reduce your nighttime driving vision.
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I was thinking they increase night time driving visibility hence the reason why I was asking. I wanted brighter lights so when I do tint them I can see
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I was thinking they increase night time driving visibility hence the reason why I was asking. I wanted brighter lights so when I do tint them I can see
I had an extremely bad experience with a car that had hid installed in factory housings.
Night time in the rain I couldn't see the road at all. Zero visibility. A flashlight out the window would have been better
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I had an extremely bad experience with a car that had hid installed in factory housings.
Night time in the rain I couldn't see the road at all. Zero visibility. A flashlight out the window would have been better
Touché sir..... Conditions like that are pretty bad! However much better than running stock lights in tinted housings
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So why would you do something to your car because it's "SIC" and take a chance to get pulled over on a traffic stop? Not to mention, installing something that would reduce your nighttime driving vision.
why do people run catless midpipes when they are illegal..because we like them
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why do people run catless midpipes when they are illegal..because we like them
...catless midpipes don't endanger other drivers...
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...catless midpipes don't endanger other drivers...
i dunno..extremly loud car goes past an older couple driving down the road. guys hearing aid is sensitive goes crazy at the exhaust note...he reacts and pulls the wheel...slams off the side of the road and dies in a ball of fire
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i dunno..extremly loud car goes past an older couple driving down the road. guys hearing aid is sensitive goes crazy at the exhaust note...he reacts and pulls the wheel...slams off the side of the road and dies in a ball of fire
Lol.

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well in all honesty ops question is answered..they are illegal but nobody cares lol
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So HIDs do not increase night visibility? They're just for looks?

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So HIDs do not increase night visibility? They're just for looks?
Cause that's the only reason why I wanted too
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So HIDs do not increase night visibility? They're just for looks?
hell no they increase big time

halogens and zenon bulbs range 800-900 lumens

35w hid range from 2000-2400 lumens depending on color temp (that does change visible light)

55w hid range from 4000-4400 lumens for the same reason
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Oh I was confused because several people said it affected their nighttime driving negatively.
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sometime with tinted housings depending on the color temp the tint can make the light a weird shade..one of the reasons i ran tinted housing for one day then traded them for oem ones. if you want tinted housings look into the 55w 5k kit
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Thanks a lot for the help then!
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