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I run 5500k hids in my 03. Anything above 4500k (4300 really) you start to lose the intensity of light. At 6500k i bet that they do look blue vs useable light. I'm also only running 35w ballasts and I've had 0 issues.
With that said, I do plan on retrofitting the headlights with true HID projectors. This imo is the best way to go about getting better lighting. Pnp is great when done right and our cars take hids very well when aimed properly.
IF you still want something other than halogen, I'd stay with hid but come down on the range a bit. 5500k is a great color. A slight blue with a lot of white.
IF wanting to run LEDs properly, look to spend more than $22 on them. There was some that I had seen (Morimoto 2strokes maybe?) that the dies in the LEDs are very close to stock halogen filament placement. Yet again, not $22 for the bulbs.
(Taken from diode dynamics)
HID Bulb Color
The color of the bulb is important in determining the total output. An HID bulb produces many different colors of light, which are combined by your eye to create the white light you see. In addition to the visible light spectrum, HIDs also generate some ultraviolet light, which is not visible.
The brightest bulb color is 4300K, as it produces the least amount of UV light. You can see almost all of the light that is generated.
To achieve a "cooler" or bluer color with HIDs, the bulb is designed to output more blue light. However, as the color output shifts more to blue, more UV light is also produced, which is not visible! This is not a major issue with cool-white colors, but deep-blue HID bulbs will waste a lot of light output, because they will be generating so much invisible UV light.
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