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    HID confusion

    Is it true that scratching off the ceramics on the return wire of a HID bulb allow the bulb to burn brighter?

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    Re: HID confusion

    i dont see how, as the ceramic sleeve cant possibly block much of the light coming from the bulb

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    doesn't that just insulate the wire from the bulb's heat?

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    Re: HID confusion

    That is what I thought but I continue to find weird bits of info on the internet that say other wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adeyam
    That is what I thought but I continue to find weird bits of info on the internet that say other wise.
    Well if its on the Internet it has to be true....lol. I would say just for insulation. Is this something you want to do....make your HiDs burn brighter?

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    Re: HID confusion

    I have changed out my head lights and fog lights with HIDs that burn at 5000, but my car came with stock hids for the low beams and that has me stumped. The way the bulb even clips into the assembly is different. I cant find a ballast or bulb that has that same style of receptacle, so my high beams and fog lights look great but my lo beams look dingy and dull.

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    lol...I know ..I know, if it wasnt for the frustration of my stock hid lo beam conversion attempts I would not have given the idea a second thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adeyam
    I have changed out my head lights and fog lights with HIDs that burn at 5000, but my car came with stock hids for the low beams and that has me stumped. The way the bulb even clips into the assembly is different. I cant find a ballast or bulb that has that same style of receptacle, so my high beams and fog lights look great but my lo beams look dingy and dull.

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    lol...I know ..I know, if it wasnt for the frustration of my stock hid lo beam conversion attempts I would not have given the idea a second thought.
    KOT posted this on another thread. Hope this helps as I'm not 100% sure what your question is.

    High beam are 9005, fog light is 9145.

    If you have factory HID then all you want to buy are the bulbs. Ballasts stay with the car and are built in to the housing. The bulbs are D1S for factory HID. If you have factory halogen, then you want 9006 hid kit with ballast.

    Again, that's....

    Fog 9145
    High 9005
    Low 9006 or D1S

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    Re: HID confusion

    Fog is H10/9145


    Quote Originally Posted by Blayne View Post
    KOT posted this on another thread. Hope this helps as I'm not 100% sure what your question is.

    High beam are 9005, fog light is 9145.

    If you have factory HID then all you want to buy are the bulbs. Ballasts stay with the car and are built in to the housing. The bulbs are D1S for factory HID. If you have factory halogen, then you want 9006 hid kit with ballast.

    Again, that's....

    Fog 9145
    High 9005
    Low 9006 or D1S

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tlorenzen
    Fog is H10/9145
    I was going to put the H10 in there but he already did the HiD fogs. But yes good add Tlorenzen, I should have listed it.

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    Re: HID confusion

    The D1S bulbs actually have the ignitor built into the bulb itself. That is why they have a cube like base and they are held in by a spring loaded wire. Where as aftermarket 9006/9005 and whatever have the ignitor built into the ballast.

    In years past, it's been said that the bulbs that have the ignitor built in, last longer and has a shorter "warm-up" period. If you were to turn your low beams on, for the first time in hours, you'll see them turn on faster than the high beams would.
    So whether they last longer or not, I don't know. It could also depend on the manufacture of the bulbs. D1S, 9006 or other wise.

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    Re: HID confusion

    So all I need to make my factory bulbs burn brighter, and more white is a bulb?

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    Re: HID confusion

    The only thing you can do with D1S bulbs is to purchase different color temp bulbs. Factory are 4,300K while most of us have bought 5,000K to 6,000K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingoftypos
    The only thing you can do with D1S bulbs is to purchase different color temp bulbs. Factory are 4,300K while most of us have bought 5,000K to 6,000K.

    KOT
    Like he said. I upgraded to 6,000K to match my HID fogs and they were much brighter. Go that route and you will be happy!

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    Re: HID confusion

    Sweet, thanks for the info.

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