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HID Lights are they worth it?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by campkd6, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. campkd6

    campkd6 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    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

    Thanks
     
  2. allseasons87

    allseasons87 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    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 :eek:
    Every once in a while, someone will flash their lights. Always makes ya feel bad :rolleyes:
     
  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,734

    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.
     
  4. WilliamOak

    WilliamOak PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,986

    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.
     
  5. allseasons87

    allseasons87 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    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.
     
  6. campkd6

    campkd6 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    Sounds good guys I will get them ordered this morning.

    Thanks
     
  7. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,005

    Camp - post up some pics when you get them installed!
     
  8. campkd6

    campkd6 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    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
     
  9. William B.

    William B. Senior Member
    from S.E. IA
    Messages: 978

    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.
     
  10. campkd6

    campkd6 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    I got the 6000k for the Yukon. Gonna start with the headlights get the fogs next.
     
  11. crazyboy

    crazyboy Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 296

    Running 35w 6000k in lows and highs with 4 hi mod. Awesome!
     
  12. Greenmtboy

    Greenmtboy Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 372

    The higher the number the bluer the color right?
     
  13. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,734

    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.
     
  14. MR. Elite

    MR. Elite Senior Member
    from E Town
    Messages: 549

    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!!
     
  15. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,734

    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.
     
  16. allseasons87

    allseasons87 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    My 10,000K's are bright. Not really that blue at all.
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2013
  17. campkd6

    campkd6 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    Pic is in the Chicago weather thread
     
  18. Greenmtboy

    Greenmtboy Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 372

    I'm with you on this!
     
  19. MR. Elite

    MR. Elite Senior Member
    from E Town
    Messages: 549

    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.
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2013
  20. Greenmtboy

    Greenmtboy Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 372

    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.