A guy at work just went to Jaycar and bought HID globes and put them in his car (Nissan Pathfinder) . He reckons I should put some in my car (I wont be am happy with the globes I got ) But I was wondering . I always thought you needed more than just replacing globes, for HID`s. Thought lens,reflectors etc needed to be changed also.
Can you guys help me understand what exactly is needed for a correct HID set-up .And if this guys set-up is dangerous for him at least I can maybe able to help explain how he`s gone wrong
99% of aftermarket hid globe kits on the market are not ADR approved. Making them illegal. The main problem is the aiming of the lights, unlike the standard headlight globes hid don't have the light cut off built into the globe. That's why factory hid setups have a metal / plastic tab that sits above the globe acting as a cut off for the light. This is so you don't blind on coming drivers and so you can aim the lights. Your better off using a Phillips +50 to +100% globe range there cheaper than hid and there legal. $50 for a set of globes or big $$$ to make the hid globes work properly
There are regular incandescent bulbs on Ebay marked HID. I assume he has these as you need a ballast/ignitor to run true HID lights.
HID can be very problematic for headlights that were not designed for fitment- reflector types in particular.
Having experimented with HID myself in reflector lights. I have now reverted to stock (but still have high beam HID). Yes they are not as bright. But you do not have to worry about blinding on coming traffic and also trying in vain to adjust them properly.
Read this for more info.
Last edited by heyitsEnricoPallazzo; 12-06-2011 at 01:02 PM.