55W HID Headlight kit


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55W HID Headlight kit

Postby nitefuzz » Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:53 am



After reading the post on the Pathfinder LED kit, I am wanting to know if the 55w HID kit is easier on the charging system then the stock H 4 lights. I found the 55 w kit through DDM Tuning in California, they have 35 w kits and 55 w kits, I ordered the 55 w kit because I figured brighter was better. After reading the post on the pathfinder LEDs I feel I might have wasted my $$$. Plus I see they are coming from China. So my question is, will the HIDs I ordered kill my alternator or is it a lot less draw then the stock H4s. Is the HIDs actually LED bulbs on steroids or are they a completely different type of bulb??
( yes I know the LEDs are definitely less draw then the H4s)



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Re: 55W HID Headlight kit

Postby Happytrails » Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:24 am

Wow 55w HID's your gonna be lighting up the countryside :D :D
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Re: 55W HID Headlight kit

Postby Mh434 » Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:48 am

Considering that the HID's supposedly draw 55 watts, and that's what H4's draw, there shouldn't be a difference vs. your halogens as far as I know. Both draw much more than the LED's. IIRC, the HID's have some hurdles to overcome if you have, for instance, a headlight modulator, although I have no personal experience.

I considered both systems and, due to the Pathfinders' more usable light pattern, I chose them over HID's (which, because they're not designed to work with our headlight reflectors, don't direct the light properly, and tend to blind oncoming traffic).

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Re: 55W HID Headlight kit

Postby nitefuzz » Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:28 pm

Mh434 wrote:Considering that the HID's supposedly draw 55 watts, and that's what H4's draw, there shouldn't be a difference vs. your halogens as far as I know. Both draw much more than the LED's. IIRC, the HID's have some hurdles to overcome if you have, for instance, a headlight modulator, although I have no personal experience.

I considered both systems and, due to the Pathfinders' more usable light pattern, I chose them over HID's (which, because they're not designed to work with our headlight reflectors, don't direct the light properly, and tend to blind oncoming traffic).




Are you 100% happy with your LED Pathfinders ??? Do you feel that they give you more light up the roadway then the stock H 4 halogens.

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Re: 55W HID Headlight kit

Postby Mh434 » Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:50 pm

Absolutely! Not content with a subjective analysis, I did some time/distance tests - objects are visible twice as far away (a full 11 seconds of full visibility with the Pathfinders) vs. less tha 6 seconds with the high-end Philips H4's I was using - and with the H4's, objects were far less discernible vs. the LED's bright, intensely white light.

That extra 5-6 seconds of visibility is a huge extra safety margin, IMHO.




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