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Old 01-16-2013, 08:40 PM
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HID Lights are they worth it?

Considering HID lights for my 2007 GMC Yukon XL after going through 3 bulbs in 2 months. They are warrantied by NAPA but tired of changing them. Lets hear some pros and cons

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Old 01-16-2013, 09:17 PM
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Considering HID lights for my 2007 GMC Yukon XL after going through 3 bulbs in 2 months. They are warrantied by NAPA but tired of changing them. Lets hear some pros and cons

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I have 10000K's in one of our trucks. Awesome. No better vision at night. I wanna get them in all our trucks. Only downfall is that they are blinding since the truck does not have projectors, just standard headlights
Every once in a while, someone will flash their lights. Always makes ya feel bad
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:30 PM
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I have 10000K's in one of our trucks. Awesome. No better vision at night. I wanna get them in all our trucks. Only downfall is that they are blinding since the truck does not have projectors, just standard headlights
Every once in a while, someone will flash their lights. Always makes ya feel bad
Are the 10,000k lights just about pure blue?


I'm running 35 watt, 4500K in my low beams and fog lights and I'm very happy with them. I'm considering going with 55 watt, 5000k in my high beams and then wiring the truck up for the 6 hi mod. I hate going back to a vehicle with just normal lights, feels like I have a flash light taped to the hood to drive by.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:24 PM
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I have the exact same lights as mark in the exact same truck (from the front lol) and liked them so much I put them in the gf's car since since she has trouble with night driving. My brights seem less effective now than these in my low beams / fogs. Not so much in the amount of light but the quality/clarity is literally night and day.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:34 AM
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Are the 10,000k lights just about pure blue?


I'm running 35 watt, 4500K in my low beams and fog lights and I'm very happy with them. I'm considering going with 55 watt, 5000k in my high beams and then wiring the truck up for the 6 hi mod. I hate going back to a vehicle with just normal lights, feels like I have a flash light taped to the hood to drive by.
I wouldn't say they're pure blue, but sort of a bluish, whitish, purpleish????? They don't look like a rice burner Honda with that ugly pure blue.

I got them off eBay 4 years ago for $125 and have worked perfectly since then with no problems.

Lol I know what you mean. It feels like there's 2 cheap flashlights on the front of a vehicle when you go from a HID vehicle to a halogen equipped vehicle.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:10 AM
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Sounds good guys I will get them ordered this morning.

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:57 AM
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Camp - post up some pics when you get them installed!
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:28 PM
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Will do. I will have them tomorrow Mr Elite is coming out to install my new alarm and remote start in my Duramax and tint my windows in my 1989 Peterbilt 379 and is bringing the HID's with him
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I have 5000K in my high lows and fogs. With the all high mod on my truck its like day time at night. I will never own a vehicle without them.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:57 AM
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I got the 6000k for the Yukon. Gonna start with the headlights get the fogs next.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:20 PM
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Running 35w 6000k in lows and highs with 4 hi mod. Awesome!
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:54 PM
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The higher the number the bluer the color right?
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:05 PM
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The higher the number the bluer the color right?
Correct. I believe 4300k is the purest and most useable amount of light. My 4500k's are almost pure white and very easy to drive with.
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Correct. I believe 4300k is the purest and most useable amount of light. My 4500k's are almost pure white and very easy to drive with.
Technically 6000k is the ones ur thinking of. Anything after 8000k is way to many lumens for the human eye to detect, so in turn its more color than anything else.
I personally like to have the hint of blue in there so I put 8k's in everything..


3000-4000k usually a yellowish color
6000k is very white, some may have a very light hint of blue...
8000k has a bluish tint
10000k is either very blue or purplish
12000k and up is VERY purple in color and way overkill on the lumens!!!

BJ, post a pic of the Yukon when U get a chance!!
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:27 PM
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If your saying 6-8k is the best temp rating for the hid's, then why does everything I read say OEM lights on the high end cars are almost always 4300k and that is the most useable amount of light available? After 4500k the useable light drops off but a 5000k still does pretty well, 6,8,10k etc are usually chosen for the appearance and the blue tint but are not the brightest available.
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My 10,000K's are bright. Not really that blue at all.

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Old 01-18-2013, 09:51 PM
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:18 PM
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If your saying 6-8k is the best temp rating for the hid's, then why does everything I read say OEM lights on the high end cars are almost always 4300k and that is the most useable amount of light available? After 4500k the useable light drops off but a 5000k still does pretty well, 6,8,10k etc are usually chosen for the appearance and the blue tint but are not the brightest available.
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If your saying 6-8k is the best temp rating for the hid's, then why does everything I read say OEM lights on the high end cars are almost always 4300k and that is the most useable amount of light available? After 4500k the useable light drops off but a 5000k still does pretty well, 6,8,10k etc are usually chosen for the appearance and the blue tint but are not the brightest available.
I dont remember saying 6-8k is the BEST, in my statement... I also never said that ur statement of 4300's being the purest color was WRONG either, I hope wat I said didnt come across that way...
From my education and experience (10 yrs) in aftermarket/custom industry.. simply put.. cost. Factory HID lights are considered more of a Xenon type (bulb) witch is a bulb with a ballast on the end of it, HID lights on the other convert there power thru a secondary ballast, both are usually right around the same power rating yet they are both Xenon Gas bulbs, It would cost a manufacturer significantly more to produce actual HID setups on vehicles!! Its more cost effective to go with the Xenon Bulb (ballast built on to the end of a bulb) then to have separate ballast/transformer in line to the bulb, I would have to lean on the fact that warranty issues or claims would come into play upon manufacturer decisions as well...?
As for color..... have U ever noticed that a 4k bulb has a yellow color to it..?? Any idea why that is??
Now U are also correct to a point on the usable light... It does have alot to do with the amount of of kelvin/lumens the human eye can detect, the higher the kelvin #, the hotter the gas burns, witch in turn predicts the overall color of the bulb... And yes.. at a certain point its unusable to the human eye... So I would have to say we are both kinda dancing on the fence of fact and preference on parts of this topic.... I understand completely wat ur saying, but the statements Ive made are purely based upon the amount of information I have come across studying these types of lights for legality reasons in my industry.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:13 AM
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I installed a Xenon HID kit (6000k) in my motorcycle and it had more of a blue tint then white. I wish I had gone with the whiter 5000k's.
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