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Old 03-31-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
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Hey guys; my father and I are going to smoke out our lights pretty soon and I want to replace my stock headlight and fog light bulbs before I smoke them. Is it acceptable to place a HID bulb without having the factory HID kit or do I just replace them with white halogen bulbs?
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Legally, you'd have to use the brighter halogen bulbs because HIDs are meant to be used in a projector style housing. Although, there are plenty of people on the roads using HIDs in their stock halogen housings, mainly because it's cheaper and the cops don't enforce it. In the end, it's your choice.
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Legally, you'd have to use the brighter halogen bulbs because HIDs are meant to be used in a projector style housing. Although, there are plenty of people on the roads using HIDs in their stock halogen housings, mainly because it's cheaper and the cops don't enforce it. In the end, it's your choice.
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For the love of god...don't put a HID kit in your halogen housing. Do a proper retrofit.
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Careful with the shade of "smoke" you go with on the headlights too. You want the lights to be functional as well.

For brighter light, go with the sylvania silverstar ultra bulbs:

https://www.sylvania.com/en-us/produ...tar-ultra.aspx
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Careful with the shade of "smoke" you go with on the headlights too. You want the lights to be functional as well.

For brighter light, go with the sylvania silverstar ultra bulbs:

https://www.sylvania.com/en-us/produ...tar-ultra.aspx
+1. Best bulbs I've ever used for my heads and fogs. Nice crisp white in a halogen housing.
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I wish it were legal to smash out people's headlights that put HID bulbs in there standard housing... 99.9999% of people can't aim a bulb properly and blind other drivers... I would have a field day at the strip with all those stupid civic drivers that think there soooooo cool...

I personally have the silver star bulbs. They are slightly brighter but nothing mind blowing. I personally don't recommend using any kind of permanent tinting on your head lights. It's a safety hazard to you and everyone else... I own a pair of the head light covers from AM. I never pulled the Velcro off or anything, I just slide them on during the day and rake them off if I go out at nite. To me, that's the best all around solution
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I wish it were legal to smash out people's headlights that put HID bulbs in there standard housing... 99.9999% of people can't aim a bulb properly and blind other drivers... I would have a field day at the strip with all those stupid civic drivers that think there soooooo cool...
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Get brighter halogens, find a set of Ford HIDs for your model and build a wiring harness (someone here has done it, I believe), or do a retrofit. Proper HID setups can be costly, but in my opinion well worth it.

Unfortunately, I can't afford a retrofit at the moment, so I've spent ab two hours aiming and testing my headlights for oncoming drivers' sake. I only use my fogs when there aren't other drivers around because my housings just can't be used with HIDs. I run 35W 5000Ks.
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