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Angel Eyes, DDEs, lighted rings, Clear Turn Signals, LEDs, Xenon, HID, or Bi-Xenon. If it lights up and you want to discuss it, post here!

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Old 03-07-2008, 06:53 AM   #21
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I had a rheostat from Radio Shack installed in the wiring harness between the main fuse and the relay. It worked fine when the weather was above 45 or 50 degrees. The rings dimmed evenly and did not flicker when they were warm.

Below 45 or 50 degrees it made the cold weather problems that plague these Angel Eyes worse because it cuts the power to the ballasts.

I had 6000k Predator Chromiums with the rheostat. If I had to do it again, I would just try 4300k with no rheostat.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:21 AM   #22
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Try wiring them to your parking lights. They are 6 volts not the usual 12.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:34 AM   #23
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Try wiring them to your parking lights. They are 6 volts not the usual 12.
The parking lights are 6 volts until you use the turn signals, then they blink with 12 volts. If you wire your angel eyes to the parking lights, they will flash brighter when you switch on the turn signals.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:19 AM   #24
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Thanks for all of your help everyone. I think I'll leave them alone for now, as I'd rather have them too bright, then plagued with problems...unless anyone has another idea?
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:28 PM   #25
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I had a rheostat from Radio Shack installed in the wiring harness between the main fuse and the relay. It worked fine when the weather was above 45 or 50 degrees. The rings dimmed evenly and did not flicker when they were warm.

Below 45 or 50 degrees it made the cold weather problems that plague these Angel Eyes worse because it cuts the power to the ballasts.

I had 6000k Predator Chromiums with the rheostat. If I had to do it again, I would just try 4300k with no rheostat.
*sigh* Again... K does not denote brightness... only COLOR.
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*sigh* Again... K does not denote brightness... only COLOR.
You made your point just a few posts above, no need to repeat it, and no need for your elitist *sigh*.

My reason for using 4300k angel eyes would be to avoid the Neon Blue aftermarket look of the 6000k versions. Having the color match my halogen headlights and foglights more closely would help the 4300k angel eyes blend in more and stand out less visually even if the brightness would be unchanged. It's just like having a car with xenon headlights stand out more in a group of other cars with halogens on the highway. Sorry if I didn't explain that completely and clearly enough above.
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i was told by a lighting sponsor that they can be dimmed by the method already mentioned, a rheostat.

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i was told by a lighting sponsor that they can be dimmed by the method already mentioned, a rheostat.
A sponsor in California told me the same thing before I tried it, and it should work great if you live somewhere warm.
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