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post #31 of 191 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, you are right, I will have to cut 1 hole and that will be for the rectangular window underneath the headlamp, where the ballast will go. I will be using the Bosch / AL Ballast, same as t_mo_t and robinlb used. But I will not drill any other holes in the housing to run the power from a new harness.

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You shoulda painted those bezels while you were in there!

Looking forward to the pics of the wiring.


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I really wish someone could show me a HID vs. non-HID lighting picture. I'm just wondering what the differences in the lighting are and how good the HID coverage is (and I'm very concerned about that sharp cutoff limiting effective light and effective lighting range).

I'm just not comfortable dumping the several hundred dollars on them without knowing what I'm getting for it. I've tried test driving cars around here, but with all the light pollution, I can't tell the difference.

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I really wish someone could show me a HID vs. non-HID lighting picture. I'm just wondering what the differences in the lighting are and how good the HID coverage is (and I'm very concerned about that sharp cutoff limiting effective light and effective lighting range).

I'm just not comfortable dumping the several hundred dollars on them without knowing what I'm getting for it. I've tried test driving cars around here, but with all the light pollution, I can't tell the difference.
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As far as a comparison shot, you will have to search around. Try looking around on www.hidplanet.com/forums to get an idea. The sharp cutoff does not limit the effective light or range. The sharp cutoff is there to keep you from blinding oncoming traffic, while maintaining a bright light so you can see clearly in the dark. If you are new to HID lights, there is alot of information to take in, such as the different types of cutoff shields, bulb types, projector types, and jargon. If you have the time, read through the FAQ on HID Planet or on FAQ HID

I agree, you should not feel comfortable dumping hundreds of $$$ on something that you are not familiar with. I know I wouldn't be comfortable either. If you educate yourself on it, then you can determine if an HID retrofit is something you want to do or not. And by researching, it can keep you from spending more money than necessary.

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so what was different from the retro that t_mo_t and robinlb did?
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They used DOT spec projectors, as opposed to ECE spec projectors used here. The ECE are used in the M3, I believe, while the DOT specs are used in regular 3 series Bimmers. The difference in color is the main difference. The ECE-spec give much more of the colorshifting at the cutoff.


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They used DOT spec projectors, as opposed to ECE spec projectors used here. The ECE are used in the M3, I believe, while the DOT specs are used in regular 3 series Bimmers. The difference in color is the main difference. The ECE-spec give much more of the colorshifting at the cutoff.
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yeah, mine is really OEM for the mazda6 in europe and 06 mazda6... yeah i m thinking of getting the ECE lens myself... oh and btw, i think m3 is using the bi-xenon if i m not mistaken....

but those are really good cutoff !!! gotta love it.. and there's a guy in TO6club whom i helped with his ECE retro... his output looks good too.. although he didnt washer mod, but he bent his shield and got a nice sharp blue cutoff... oh and, although the ignitor is inside and everything, i also had to drill a hole on the dustcap for the wiring harness... other than that, all the wires go inside the headlight... it should be fine without the wiring harness, but i just want to be on the safe side.

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so what's the difference between ECE and DOT?

i'm guessing the DOT and ECE are pretty much the same, just approved by different commissions?
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Honestly, no picture does it justice.. all you see is a diference in color especially since the camera will adjust exposure to reduce brigthness since it seems too bright. My suggestion would be to find somone with projectors and get in their car and see for yourself. I was in my cousins acura TL and man that thing shines like no other. You dont think that your stock 6 has a "yellow" light until you sit behind the wheel of that thing. Its BRIGHT.


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My E46 retrofit will be using the XTEC D2S kit with 4500K bulbs. Will be interesting to see how it turns out.

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