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Old 05-06-2010, 02:34 AM   #1
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Halogen lights question

My car has the halogen lights on it. I know that the bulb is an H7 55w. My question is, if I install a 100w bulb in the socket, will it mess anything up even if I only use it as highbeam bulb?

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Old 05-06-2010, 02:39 AM   #2
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Melt reflectors, wirings, plugs, etc etc. I wouldn't attempt to load the stock wiring with more current than stock
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:54 AM   #3
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Thanks, paraklas. I figured something bad might happened so I asked first. So can I get your opinion? If you had the money, would you just buy replacement super white bulbs ($40-$80) or get an H.I.D. kit ($450+) Summer is coming and I use my headlights mostly in the morning on the way to work and soon it won't be dark in the morning anymore.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:22 AM   #4
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theres a downside to both:
halogen bulbs burn out very quickly. It is not abnormal for them to burn out within less than a month. Ive seen an E46 eat through 3 piaa bulbs in ONE month!! ($70 a pair). this is not surprising to me. they dont offer any more output and just have a vague bluish tint to them(color depending on kelvin rating) the bluer they are, the dimmer they get. i would not recommend these under any circumstance
HIDs are much better and usually if they dont burn out on you within a couple of weeks(still under warranty), they will last you quite a while. If one does burn out, often a replacement will not match the other completely. There is a lot of scatter that occurs when putting HID kits into the halogen housing. Its not as aimed of a beam and will blind your oncoming traffic. there are also hot spots where the light will be more concentrated and dull spots as well. If you look at factory xenons, there is a very sharp line where the light is aimed. the "cutt off" is the distance that the light reaches. HIDs have poor cutoff.

there are some very knowledgeable guys on this forum that know a TON about this subject (some are very picky) but they can tell you more info if you like. bump the thread in 6 hours and im sure you will get more info. All i can say is do not waste your money on halogen replacements. they are junk
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:49 AM   #5
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Word , halogen +e46 = teh suck

However i am running 100W bulbs in my reflectors , nothing has happened sofar ... though i live in a colder climate than you so extra cooling might be needed for you.
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Stick with 55w if you are replacing the bulbs. You can either do a hyperwhite bulb set like the Xenesis Bulbs we carry or replace the entire headlight with Projector46s.
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:53 PM   #7
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p46 projectors ftw
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:54 PM   #8
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i like the halogen look on my car. it has that vintage classic look. reminds me of james bond
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:07 PM   #9
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Get some silverstar ultras, solid white light and crazy bright with a wide spread of light on the road. It also shines further down the road, you will never need highbeams with these. I've had mine on my car for more than a year already.

Plus if you get angel eyes they are better on our headlights.
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Old 05-07-2010, 01:07 AM   #10
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Don't waste money on P46s. Find some nice used OEM Xenons in good condition and, if needed, throw some new $30 5000K to 6000K bulbs in them and you will be set for a while
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:10 AM   #12
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not the best cut of... but not bad at all either. And on top of that, they're not nearly as expensive as other options.
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