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Old 08-21-2007, 12:03 PM   #1
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Unhappy What's up with my dim HIDs?

My 6 month old 6000K lights seem to be much dimmer than my OEM 4300's. Is that normal? Sure it looks cool from the outside, but it sure doesn't look cool when I'm driving and my buddy's Civic with Silverstar halogen lights are brighter than mine.

Is there a way to boost output? I noticed when I was in my friend's Audi A4 with 6000K's, his light output washed over the ground like it was sunny out compared to mine. What else can I do?
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:20 PM   #2
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correct, 6000k is 25% less light then stock 4300k temp.

Your projectors are inferior to the audi's valeo's, although both are nothing special.
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:38 PM   #3
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Thanks...are there any options to make the lights brighter? I just found out the grand I bought are called Bahn.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:55 PM   #4
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not really. jus stick to your stock 4300k. you could try to do a retrofit with a different projector, but that will cost time and more money than just switching back your bulbs.
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Old 08-23-2007, 08:39 PM   #5
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Buy new 4300K OEM-brand bulb (Phillips, OSRAM), It'll look yellow for awhile, but holy cow will that flood the road with usable light.
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correct, 6000k is 25% less light then stock 4300k temp.

Your projectors are inferior to the audi's valeo's, although both are nothing special.
This is true, Bosch headlights in general are average. I'm glad my 5series has HELLA units which are vastly more intense and sharp.
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Buy new 4300K OEM-brand bulb (Phillips, OSRAM), It'll look yellow for awhile, but holy cow will that flood the road with usable light.
Are brand named bulbs just better quality, so that gives a more efficient/brighter arc?
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Old 08-24-2007, 04:00 PM   #8
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Focal points. Plain and simple. If you stick with OEM-brand bulbs, you're pretty much gauranteed that you aren't getting rebased D2S bulb. For brightness, look for the Lumen figures, the higher, the better.
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