A halogen projector with a HID Kit bulb is a mis-match
. HID bulbs are uniquely made and different from filament Halogen bulbs . HID bulbs are to be accompanied by specially adapted HID projector bowls to reflect light in a superior fashion compared to Halogen in general .
To the untrained eye the WOW factor of a kit is the same for everyone at first , including me . I'm glad I didn't buy into a kit like I thought I should at first . Something inside kept me hesitating too with all I was reading here , despite the fact I hated to have to open up my headlight housings if I chose to retrofit . Today I recieved my TSX projectors from Canada Post
I know of some that went ahead and bought them kits and no later than a few months ; traded them in for True HID projectors . At first it's all ''eye-candy'' but then you realize that bunch of intense hot-spots of mis-directed light in the foreground is too much
; when you can't see past it 'cause your pupils are tightened (like a flashlight in your eyes) ! Very unsafe ! With a true HID projector with its super razor sharp cut-off and evenly smooth beam spread .... you end up seeing the night & day difference .
This is what you should know when it comes to HID Halogen kits (see following link for addtional wisdom)
pics taken from http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3505
Disaster pix. HID kit in Halogen Housing
This is what HID is suppose to look like.. Pictured is a STi
Talk about a Razor Sharp Cutoff. Pictured is a S2000 OEM setup
HID KIT vs. True HID
check out what a "kit" does to stock Neon headlights lol....
Notice the glare and VERY uncontrolled pattern with a bunch of hotspots?