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Nice job. I would imagin the cut off can not be controlled by simply replacing the bulbs, I think it is directly related to the lenses the car uses. The HID does make a huge difference. I had pretty much made up my mind I didnt need that, but now I am rethinking the issue. So many toys and so little money...
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I'm in also. They had the gb on the hyundai site for $390 w/shipping for the 4100k phillips. That was a great deal, but it seems to be over. If we could start another gb for that I would definitely be in.
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* * * * * * Remember, we have a HID sponsor here too, guys.

Check out Brightstar.[/b]
I looked at them but I have no idea who makes the bulbs or the electronics for their kit. I do know that neither Osram, Hella, or Philips make a 5000k bulb which means it's probably coated. Bad news. Once you stray from the big boys, reliability seems to be hit or miss out there in the aftermarket world. $300-$400 is alot to gamble with.
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Wow, you can really tell how much more light the HIDs put out compared to halogens in that grass picture. I'm DEFINITELY getting a set after Xmas...I'll probably go with a 6000k set to achieve a more blue hue though.
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Another thing... If you go onto the Illusion-lighting site, click on gallery, then phase 2...scroll down to Mazda and click on the Mazda6 application. It appears that they have replaced the stock projector with a Bosch one. With this HID-use projector, you'd get the really blue/purple hues at the top of the beam cut-off. I really don't know what the difference between an HID projector and a non-HID one but it appears that the new Bosch one is missing the thin piece of metal that divides the stock projector horizontally. Anyone else have any thoughts?
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* * * * * * thanks for the comparison. *I'm amazed how much more light the HID's throw out.[/b]
yup. Thanks.
I am much more amazed how little, if any, difference is there between the standard halogens and Silverstars.
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good, that means you can get in the group buy i'm trying to tie together
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I think the HIDs are around 3200 lumens versus 1100 or so for the halogens so they're about 3x brighter. The silverstars are definitely closer to blue/white, probably pretty close to HID color but they may be a little dimmer than halogen, for sure. Driving around with the silverstars for awhile prior to the HIDs, I felt like I had less illuminated area.

AKA1sexy6, the HID projectors basically have a different lense designed to focus the additional light in a wider beam pattern in front of the car. Also, I think it is designed differently to help decrease glare above the cutoff. The blue/purple color at the cutoff is a perk. :D With the halogen projector in th 6, the HIDs appear to have a little blue but mostly yellow at the cutoff. The funny thing is that ECE (European) compliant projectors are designed to throw no light above the cutoffs which actually does well to eliminate glare to other drivers. The stupid DOT regulations say they have to bleed some light above the cutoff to help illuminate road signs, but the end result is increased glare. (glare is the reason NHTSA is cracking down on HIDs) Granted, it's nice to be able to see the signs, but one would think a lower intensity set of driving lights could be incorporated on cars to illuminate overhead signs and road signs above the site line.
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With all this being said, I think I will invest in the Bosch HID projector lenses when I install my HID kit ;)
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