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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2005, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Just curious as to some other feedback about this topic. I have been pondering whether or not to purchase an HID kit for the 6. My brother drives a 2000 540i with factory HID and holy shit, its the bluest HID i've ever seen but lights up the road like god has came (I know that obvious fact is that it is a factory HID car). Then I see pictures of HID kits on the 6, and it seems that my Osram silverstars light the road better than the 6000k HID kits.
I would like to hear other's input as far as visibility with HID kits on the 6. If you have any pictures from either inside the cockpit or any showing the distance of area lit up by the lights, please post them! Thanks very much guys, appreciate any feedback!


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Well i can honsetly say that compared to the OEM bulbs the HIDs are like night and day. God awfully brighter, and really lights up the road at night. If you look thru this section of the forum there are plenty of pics of what alot of the different HID kits look like. GET THEM
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i don't think the oem or any other "hyperwhite" bulb (silverstar, luminic, piaa) come close to color and brightness of HIDs.

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Originally posted by jsherrill28@Jul 31 2005, 08:49 AM
i don&#39;t think the oem or any other "hyperwhite" bulb (silverstar, luminic, piaa) come close to color and brightness of HIDs.
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After having hids stock on my 2k2 max, and now 8000k on my 6, I can whole-heartedly say its the best (non-performance) mod Ive done. The visibility difference is night and day compared to halogens, and the area of coverege seems about 20-25% wider than without. You wont be dissapointed granted you buy a quality kit.
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Hey Choppa, how did your stock HID&#39;s compare to your aftermarket kit as far as visibility goes? I&#39;d like to get &#39;em, but I&#39;m afraid I&#39;ll be disappointed without doing the full retrofit, and I&#39;m not sure I have the patience for that.


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Originally posted by MZBuckeye@Jul 31 2005, 06:22 PM
Hey Choppa, how did your stock HID&#39;s compare to your aftermarket kit as far as visibility goes?* I&#39;d like to get &#39;em, but I&#39;m afraid I&#39;ll be disappointed without doing the full retrofit, and I&#39;m not sure I have the patience for that.
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hey mzbuckeye, i&#39;ve replied your PM regarding this as well....



First, i dont know why is your brother&#39;s bimmer has blue HID..... did you see it while it was turning on? OEM hids are rated at 4100K (some probably 4300K), so you dont see any blue in those.... as everyone knows, Kelvin scale is inversely proportional to the Lm (brightness)....

and, IF you drive mostly at night, it&#39;s best to get retrofit with 4100K bulb... the purpose of retrofit is to reduce/eliminate the glare HID kits produce if installed in halogen projector.... secondly, you&#39;ll get those blue/purple flicker if you retrofit... (reason for this is because of the cutoff shield, AND the lens itself)

IF you go for the looks, i m betting these people will get HID kits with 6000K bulbs... which is ~2800lm (compared to ~3200lm for 4300K-5300K HID kits), and thus, it wont glare the oncoming traffic as much as the 4300K kits...

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BMW HIDs are very different then adding aftermarket HIDs to a Mazda headlamp. BMW&#39;s have bi-xenon lights and look alot better then a Mazda will ever, even if you tried.



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BMW HIDs are very different then adding aftermarket HIDs to a Mazda headlamp. BMW&#39;s have bi-xenon lights and look alot better then a Mazda will ever, even if you tried.
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LOL... yes, and our car only accepts single-xenon.... but if you want to fabricate another brackets, it&#39;s doable too....

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Originally posted by MZBuckeye@Aug 1 2005, 05:22 AM
Hey Choppa, how did your stock HID&#39;s compare to your aftermarket kit as far as visibility goes?* I&#39;d like to get &#39;em, but I&#39;m afraid I&#39;ll be disappointed without doing the full retrofit, and I&#39;m not sure I have the patience for that.
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The stock maxima hids were around 4200-4500k (cant remember) and the housings were not projectors. Compared to the 8000k im running now I think the visibilty difference is minimal at best, but the edge of course is to the stock hids.

I dont think theres enought difference between the 2 to attempt a full retro-fit imo.
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