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Old 03-30-2009, 11:27 AM   #4381
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Could you explain that a little more in depth? I am not sure I am following you.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:47 PM   #4382
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Could you explain that a little more in depth? I am not sure I am following you.
A lot of cars today offer two types of lighting. Xenon High Intensity Discharge and Halogen. All Xenon HID headlamps require the use of a projector (the bug eye like things in Cabbs' pictures) to focus the light into a pattern that is usable and safe for others. Most manufacturers who use Halogen use standard reflectors or they use projectors which are like Xenon ones, but they're slightly differently designed because the light output difference is pretty big.

Most aftermarket ellipsoid projector headlights like the ones from DEPO and the ones Cabbs bought use halogen projectors because they're cheaper to produce and because they're intended for use with halogen bulbs. A lot of people still use them for HIDs simply because it's a cheap way to get good lighting and it does indeed work. However, there still is a world of difference between using proper HID projectors that are designed for HID bulbs/ballasts and using halogen projectors with HID bulbs/ballasts.

One way to do it properly is get headlights equipped with halogen projectors and retrofit HID projectors into them. It's not too hard of a job, just takes care and patience. Never, ever, EVER put HID bulbs into a standard halogen reflector though. You'll just spew light everywhere and be a dick to other people on the road.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:55 PM   #4383
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Yep, my projectors still have more glare than an actual HID projector does. HID's in stock housings is a big no-no.

There is one exception to the reflector/HID thing. A few lexus cars (IS300 and GS300/400, and I think even the Toyota Prius) Have reflectors with HID's, but they're specially designed to reduce glare from HID's.
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:04 PM   #4384
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Ah, yeah that is true. I have noticed the Prius has reflectors with HIDs, but yes those would be specially designed to put the light down on the ground rather than everywhere else.

I'm actually thinking about getting my headlights retrofitted with TSX or the TFX projector conversion. It does cost about double what I could normally pay for DEPO Euro ellipsoid projectors, but I think the extra cost would be well worth it.
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If you're willing to put forth the effort then it's worth it. I'm kinda lazy though
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Nah, I'm just going to bring them to this service that does the retrofitting for you.

http://lightwerkz.net/
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Ah, yeah that is true. I have noticed the Prius has reflectors with HIDs, but yes those would be specially designed to put the light down on the ground rather than everywhere else.

I'm actually thinking about getting my headlights retrofitted with TSX or the TFX projector conversion. It does cost about double what I could normally pay for DEPO Euro ellipsoid projectors, but I think the extra cost would be well worth it.
Duuude if you're retrofiting get TSX clear lense with RX projector bowls its like the sweetest setup ever!! The output and width on those is amazing let me see if I can dig up some pics.
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Nah, I'm just going to bring them to this service that does the retrofitting for you.

http://lightwerkz.net/
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Maybe because it's not worth it.



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Haha that's probably right though.
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