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Old 10-23-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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Best and brightest headlights without going HID

Im about to black out my headlights but am worried about night time driving, not to mention all the rain we get here in Florida... can anyone recomend a make/model headlight that would be plenty bright even with the tint? I dont care as much about the color temp of the light and looking like HID as much as I do function... tho, it would be cool.

The reason I dont want to go HID is because I dont want to fuss with installing a ballast and all that, it has nothing to do with the lights being "to bright" or "to blue"

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Im about to black out my headlights but am worried about night time driving, not to mention all the rain we get here in Florida... can anyone recomend a make/model headlight that would be plenty bright even with the tint? I dont care as much about the color temp of the light and looking like HID as much as I do function... tho, it would be cool.

The reason I dont want to go HID is because I dont want to fuss with installing a ballast and all that, it has nothing to do with the lights being "to bright" or "to blue"

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Trust me an hid installation is no hassle and takes no expertise whatsoever I guarantee you
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Its also a great opportunity to call up a friend and have a few cokes and work on the the stang haha
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Im sure it is an easy install and Im pretty handy anyways but I really don't see a need to drop two or three hundred on a HID kit....if there is a good one for a reasonable price I would be more interested but I still think I can accomplish my goal without going HID.
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H13 is going to be your bulb type I believe and the price for the best I've seen is made by silver star and they are around 70 a pair. Me personally wouldn't want to deal with shipping an breaking bulbs so whatever you may find that is better I would go to the store and personally get them. That's just me being paranoid of someone breaking my bulbs.
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Im sure it is an easy install and Im pretty handy anyways but I really don't see a need to drop two or three hundred on a HID kit....if there is a good one for a reasonable price I would be more interested but I still think I can accomplish my goal without going HID.
Hmm yeah I see where your coming from, but look at Sonic Electronix I got mine for like 145 heads and fogs
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Hmm yeah I see where your coming from, but look at Sonic Electronix I got mine for like 145 heads and fogs
$145 is reasonable, I will take a look at them and see if its something that fits me. Thanks for the input.

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H13 is going to be your bulb type I believe and the price for the best I've seen is made by silver star and they are around 70 a pair. Me personally wouldn't want to deal with shipping an breaking bulbs so whatever you may find that is better I would go to the store and personally get them. That's just me being paranoid of someone breaking my bulbs.

Im with ya on this one man. I dont see a real need to buy them online since there are plenty of auto parts stores around and paying for shipping on something like lights seems silly. Ill take a look online and see what model I should get then I will post up my findings for input.

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$145 is reasonable, I will take a look at them and see if its something that fits me. Thanks for the input.

Im with ya on this one man. I dont see a real need to buy them online since there are plenty of auto parts stores around and paying for shipping on something like lights seems silly. Ill take a look online and see what model I should get then I will post up my findings for input.

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No problem and SonicEletronix takes great care in shipping. They came very well packaged. You won't be able to find HIDSsin autoparts stores
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H13 is going to be your bulb type I believe and the price for the best I've seen is made by silver star and they are around 70 a pair. Me personally wouldn't want to deal with shipping an breaking bulbs so whatever you may find that is better I would go to the store and personally get them. That's just me being paranoid of someone breaking my bulbs.
I Put silver stars in my wife's car they are brighter than my hids . Just don't look as cool to me lol. But like everyone said ,don't let the hid kit bother u . Once u get the kit it you will see how easy they are to install . And my kit was cheap . 60 bucks off eBay .
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I Put silver stars in my wife's car they are brighter than my hids . Just don't look as cool to me lol. But like everyone said ,don't let the hid kit bother u . Once u get the kit it you will see how easy they are to install . And my kit was cheap . 60 bucks off eBay .
+1. The brightest halogens I've seen are silver star ultras. Very cheap on eBay. But HIDs just look cool as hell and are wayyy brighter
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I have silver star ZXE's, and they were a great improvement over the stock bulbs.
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I hear that the brighter Halogen bulbs have a very short lifespan. Anyone have any experience with having to change them out pretty often?
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I hear that the brighter Halogen bulbs have a very short lifespan. Anyone have any experience with having to change them out pretty often?
This is true. It even shows about 1/4 lifespan on the box. I've had them in my 99 for about 3 years tho...
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+1. The brightest halogens I've seen are silver star ultras. Very cheap on eBay. But HIDs just look cool as hell and are wayyy brighter
I love HIDs!! Favorite design on any car
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I Put silver stars in my wife's car they are brighter than my hids . Just don't look as cool to me lol. But like everyone said ,don't let the hid kit bother u . Once u get the kit it you will see how easy they are to install . And my kit was cheap . 60 bucks off eBay .
Got the damn daytime running lights. My car will not run an HID or foglights. Silver star was the bran I think I looked at. The ultimate or highest color temp they make is what I want. Just don't know how drl will affect the life
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I've been running the silverstars in all my cars since 2004, only had 1 bulb burn out in that entire time. My 30 minute drive to work every morning is in the dark so I run mine for at least 30 minutes a day year round.
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^ +1

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Haha true that!!

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$145 is reasonable, I will take a look at them and see if its something that fits me. Thanks for the input.

Im with ya on this one man. I dont see a real need to buy them online since there are plenty of auto parts stores around and paying for shipping on something like lights seems silly. Ill take a look online and see what model I should get then I will post up my findings for input.

Thank you all.
Plus from the looks of it you don't have fog lights do you can throw some hids in there from sonic for like $70-$65 they have the best quality around
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And no matter what your friend says, don't let him talk you into removing the front bumper haha

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Haha true that!!

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Plus from the looks of it you don't have fog lights do you can throw some hids in there from sonic for like $70-$65 they have the best quality around
^Yeah!! I've been very pleased I just forget to turn them on
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Im going to go snag some Silverstar ultra's from the shop down the street from me. I called yesterday and they had them in stock so It's an easy solution. Ill have them for a few days before I get my blackout's in the mail so I will do a before and after comparison for those who are interested.
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You should never put HIDs in a halogen housing. It will scatter the light like crazy and blind oncoming drivers at night, which is obviously very dangerous. If you want HIDs do it the proper way and get projectors.
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Plus from the looks of it you don't have fog lights do you can throw some hids in there from sonic for like $70-$65 they have the best quality around
You are correct, I dont have fog's yet. I bought the car about a week ago so I haven't done much other than tint yet.
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Got the damn daytime running lights. My car will not run an HID or foglights. Silver star was the bran I think I looked at. The ultimate or highest color temp they make is what I want. Just don't know how drl will affect the life
You can use HIDs even if you have daytime running lights. You just need to get a relay harness for the HIDs. I know this because I ran into the same issue because I have daytime running lights as well.
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You can use HIDs even if you have daytime running lights. You just need to get a relay harness for the HIDs. I know this because I ran into the same issue because I have daytime running lights as well.
You, may be my best friend right now. Not to jack the thread, but how did you do this and where did you get it. Will the hid always be on? Or will it shut off like a normal headlight.
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The lights stay on as your day times but don't strobe any at all. And I work at an audio shop and I just got one we had in stock. You should be able to find one on the Internet. But the harness has to be ground and hooked into your battery and then it will have a plug in for your passenger side head light and it will give them the constant power they need to stay on. You can probably just find one online somewhere. They're only like 20$ I want to say.
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I want a lights off, lights on option. Are the HIDs blinding to others in the daytime though?
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I want a lights off, lights on option. Are the HIDs blinding to others in the daytime though?
No, only at night. Unless you have projector headlights. I would not put HIDs in a halogen housing, it scatters light and blinds other drivers you share the road with.
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He's right. They're blinding at night but you could resolve that by tinting your headlights with about 35% or so. That way you would still maintain visibility and not blind people. Also, you could just cut the wire for your daytime lights and just cap them off and then the head lights would only come on when you clicked them on.
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He's right. They're blinding at night but you could resolve that by tinting your headlights with about 35% or so. That way you would still maintain visibility and not blind people. Also, you could just cut the wire for your daytime lights and just cap them off and then the head lights would only come on when you clicked them on.
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And if you would like to do it the LEGAL way then get new headlights that have HID projectors. Just make sure that the new headlights are DOT approved.
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I run 6k HIDs behind a set of smoked lights I picked up at AM. Before I would get bright lighted all the time. I have yet to be bright lighted since the install a couple of months ago.
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In my opinion your best bet is to get a nice set of bulbs like every one is saying and instead of tinting your head lights buy new headlight with a black housing looks good and is all legal
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That's pretty much the exact set up that I run. 6K HIDs except I used tint film instead of buying new housing. Mainly because I didn't have the money for the new housings.

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An alternative that you can get that gives about the same color temp are super blues halogen replacement bulbs. They're only like 25$ and they're completely legal. The color temp is around 6500K
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That's pretty much the exact set up that I run. 6K HIDs except I used tint film instead of buying new housing. Mainly because I didn't have the money for the new housings.

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An alternative that you can get that gives about the same color temp are super blues halogen replacement bulbs. They're only like 25$ and they're completely legal. The color temp is around 6500K
Those bulbs are NOTHING like HIDs in the means of light output. The color is similar though.
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I know. But you get a nice color temp and you get to stay legal. But me personally I'd rather have the HIDs and tinted headlights.
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