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I am thinking of upgrade my headlights to HID; the autobarn.com has a set for $750.00<BR>Does anyone see problems down the road with electrical issues.<BR>As I get older I don't think I see as well at night. I tried those $15 sealed beam extra or plus with marginal results.

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Thanks, for the link, but I was down that road with my Lexus. A blue bulb is not the same as HID; one may get the look, but the lighting power. You have to spent serious cash to get a system that performs.<BR>I have tried two different sets of those xenon bulbs and the results were less than satifactory.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.autobarn.net/sylxenhidx6s1.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.autobarn.net/sylxenhidx6s1.html</A>

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The ebay link for the xenon bulbs shows a rating of 110W/90W. Considerably brighter than standard 50W/45W. $100 a pair vs $1500 pair is a huge difference. Maybe they are good enough for him to see at night.

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FAQ<P>What Is XENON and HID Lighting? <P>HID/Xenon lights are a fairly new technology for automobiles. It is much more powerful lighting system than Halogen bulbs. Note that it is a lighting system, which consists of more than just a simple bulb. These system are factory options on cars such as BMW, MERCEDES, AUDI, ACURA , and other high-end luxury cars. <P> <P>What about those Xenon halogen bulbs?<P>Bulbs that claim that they are filled with xenon gas, or that they are the closest thing to HID are not. They are just simply HALOGEN bulbs with a bluish coating on them. These bulbs with the bluish coating simply filter all but the blue light out, effectively making the light output very little. Other bulbs, in order to make their bulbs brighter simply up the wattage usage of each bulb, which only puts a much bigger strain on your electrical system and your alternator. These bulbs are not legal, and do not in any way approach the brightness of High Intensity Discharge lights.<P> <P>What does HID Stand for? <P>HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. The term xenon is comes from the type of gas that is found inside the bulb . <P> What does the HID System consist of? <P>The HID system consists of 3 parts: <P> 2 Xenon bulbs <BR> 2 Electronic ballasts <BR> 2 Built-in Igniters (they are inside the ballast). <BR> <BR> Go to our Products page for more specific information on what is included<BR> <P>What advantages are there with HID compared to Halogen Bulbs?<P>There are many advantages to HID. <P>1/3 less power consumption . Xenon lamps are only 35 watts. The ballasts only draw 1.2 amps of power! This puts a much lower strain on the cars electrical system. Frees up more power to power other goodies, such as audio equipment<P> <P>3 times the light output: No halogen bulb can even come close to the output of a normal HID light. More light output if you do Stage 2<P>Safety and Visibility. More visibility equals more nighttime safety. Much more powerful than halogen, HID allows you to see farther and brighter during nighttime driving. Plus, HID approximates the temperature of sunlight, so objects appear more real.

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tcams76 the The Sylvania Xenarc High Intensity Discharge lighting systems represent the <I>"State of the Art"</I> in lighting technology.<P>Personally to get 80 to 90% of the benefit I use the <a href="http://sportscar-parts.com/mivastore/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=www.sportscar-parts.com&Product_Code=PIAA15660&Category_Code=H4+size+bulbs"> PIAA Platinum Series Super White Bulbs </a>. They are street legal and DOT approved. The light is white not the I]hokey blue. You can mount these bulbs in the <a href="http://www.jcwhitney.com/item.jhtml?ITEMID=1067&BQ=jcw2"> CIBIE 6" X 8" RECTANGULAR VISION PLUS HIGH-PERFORMANCE HALOGEN HEADLIGHT.</a> This will give you phenominal and legal headlights. I would go as far as to say that if you are not satisfied with these you will not be satisfied with the HID system. <B>And...</B>I would go on to say that if you are not satisfied with them I would be willing to purchase them used from you for $112. 75% of your purchase price. I am that certain. Robert

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Sounds great, but what about the high beams.<BR>How long have you been using this product.<BR>I'm in the process of installing a external amp and I don't want any electrical problems.There is nothing special about the amp I am going to install it's not some megawatt monster.<BR>I've heard good things about the PIAA Super White.

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I called autobulbdepot.com and a fellow answered most of my questions.<BR>The HID 6054(200mm) are not out yet.<BR>The Hellas are available in a number of bulbs.<P>thanks, again Robert<BR> <A HREF="http://www.autobulbdepot.com/fr_prodindex.tpl?cart=30951418462603688" TARGET=_blank>http://www.autobulbdepot.com/fr_prodindex.tpl?cart=30951418462603688</A>

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High beams are also DOT legal and very good. I have been using my PIAA bulbs in my 96 Riviera for 2 and a half years some 40,000 miles. The bulbs have not burnt out, I love the brightness and color (white). Had to purchase 4 bulbs, 2 high and 2 low. Use the low 90% of the time. No heat problems as they are 55 watts with conventional light output of some 110 watts. Just sold my old 89 and haven't done anything with the new 89, that is why I am willing to make the offer to purchase used. I will use them, as usual...no personal gain or benefit all at arms length. <P>They are just fantastic bulbs-no blue gimmicks!!1 Robert<P>PS I usually upgrade my headlights and short of a Super Oscar these are the best I have seen or used with the exception of the HID. Any Ideas what the cost of a replacement HID bulb is? I don't know but have heard that they are expensive also. <A HREF="http://www.cibie.net/super_oscar.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.cibie.net/super_oscar.htm</A> These will outperform the HID Robert

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