It stands for High Intensity Discharge...normal bulbs use a tungsten filiment in the glass bulb with some sort of inert gas. The filiment glows, making light. the gas keeps the filiment from "burning"...you got the ideabut what is HID?
jessefrank said:I have HID Low and Fog's. Honestly IMO the low beams don't scatter that bad if much at all (which decreases light output farther from the vehicle and can blind oncoming traffic). The HID and 9006 halogen bulb shape is pretty similar which helps quite a bit. Also there are quite a few cars out there that utilize reflector style housings for HIDs, stock...02-03 maxima's for one.
The fogs are bright. If anything they are the culprits of blinding on coming traffic and look very bright from the front due to their housing style (it is designed to scatter light for short distance illumination).
I have my fogs aimed a little lower and have never had anyone flash me or cops stop me (I've had the low beams for over a year and the fogs for about 8 months). I think the light the fogs put out was a bigger gain/differrence than the low beams.
I got my HID fog kit from local member that sold his truck and I beleive it is a 880 HID retro-fit kit (the conectors have a slightly different style and you have to cut out a little tab to fit it into the titan fog connector). I believe he got the kit from Ebay. I got my low beam kit form amazon a long time ago, but it is also a china kit. I haven't had one issue with them so far and the light output is awsome compaired to stock. It seems now-a-days you can get HID kits on Ebay for ~$100...so for $200-$250 you can get low/fog HID kits.
This is true, but those housings were designed for an HID bulb. There are 2 types of bulbs D2S and D2R. The HID's that still use a reflector use D2R bulbs which have part of the bulb painted over to prevent excess light from escaping the housing and blinding oncoming traffic. The plug and play retrofit kits may work well for some, but they are not going on my truck (again, this is personal preference, not meant to be insulting)jessefrank said:Also there are quite a few cars out there that utilize reflector style housings for HIDs, stock...02-03 maxima's for one.
10k? geez...how can you see where you're going?! That's almost purple....too dark. 6k is much more illuminating and less likely to get you stopped. I don't have the fogs done but I do get flashed every so often for the low beam HIDs.roy365 said:Installed both fogs and low beams. Drove it tonight and had somone immediately flash me. I think it's the fog lamp HID that is aimed too high. My low beams seem a bit too low actually now. Maybe it's just the 10K beam. I need to adjust my fogs for sure as they will be an integral part in my view if i cant get more from my low beams.
exactly! the higher the temperature scale the less lumen output. factory-equipped HIDs generally run in the 4300-4500k range. i personally went with the 6k just cause i like the pure white color of mine.HudsonValleyTitan said:10k? geez...how can you see where you're going?! That's almost purple....too dark. 6k is much more illuminating and less likely to get you stopped. I don't have the fogs done but I do get flashed every so often for the low beam HIDs.