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Old 06-20-2006, 11:52 PM   #1
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HID fogs vs 9006 Silverstar bulbs

hi guys. I wanna buy a set of HID's for my fogs, and I was just wondering of good brand names, cause i am finding lots, and i have not heard of alot of them.
I saw Xtec brand, but I am not impressed by the DDE's I bought or the service now (inverter blew and i get no response from e-mailing them), so I am debating even looking at those.
I know they'll be expensive (may buy 6000k d2s xenon replacements too so trying to sneak a deal), so i am wondering if anyone has just installed the sylvania silverstar 9006 4100k bulbs? do they make a diff over the factory yellowish bulbs, or is there not enough power to run these silverstars brightly enough?
any help would be great.
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:24 AM   #2
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from what i'm told the silverstars tend to burn out fairly fast due to the brightness. if you want to go HID try prolumen.
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:48 AM   #3
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in the year i ran Xtecs i went through 3 ballast.

i had prolumen for almost 2 years now, not a single problem.
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Old 06-21-2006, 01:17 AM   #4
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If you have some extra money laying around, I would also suggest getting prolumen hid's. I have tried the other light bulbs that give off an hid look, but was not fully satisfied until i changed them out to the hid fogs. Now I use them everytime my headlights are on.
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Old 06-21-2006, 01:20 AM   #5
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+1 on the Silverstars. I bought some for $20 a pop for my old car. They blew within the year and I put my stock ones back in. Dont waste money on the Silverstars.
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Old 06-21-2006, 01:26 AM   #6
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what bulbs do you have in your headlights? OEM? If you have 5k or 6k there, buy the Prolumen kit, etc and match the color. If you have OEM bulbs there, do what I did and get rebased OEM bulbs:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=328216
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:13 PM   #7
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Prolumen you say... hmmm where is a good place to buy them online, cause I dont think any stores in canada sell them regularily around me in alberta anyhow.

I have he 4300k oem hid lights, what would best match them or should i just upgrade to new d2s lights and hid fogs with 5000k or 6000k all around?
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umnitza and jlevi sell prolumen kits if i'm not mistaken
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:45 PM   #9
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sweeet, yeah i am just on the jlevi website now.
BUT i am intruiged by www.hidexperts.com as well.
swwms like a good idea and great priced.
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:51 PM   #10
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weird i cant find prolumen kits, even through a search on the page.
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Old 06-21-2006, 06:58 PM   #13
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thanx.
anyone else checked out the www.hidexpert.com website? seems good.
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weird i cant find prolumen kits, even through a search on the page.
Contact Jlevi directly. Or PM HABBIE on www.bimmerforums.com
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in the year i ran Xtecs i went through 3 ballast.

i had prolumen for almost 2 years now, not a single problem.

I have the exact same problemw ith my xtecs.. the problem: i can't justify buying a new set when there is a lifetime warranty on the xtecs and everytime the ballast stops working they send me a new one
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I have the exact same problemw ith my xtecs.. the problem: i can't justify buying a new set when there is a lifetime warranty on the xtecs and everytime the ballast stops working they send me a new one
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haha... so true. But then again, mine has only gone out twice (it happened for the second time thi8s past weeek and I haven't gotten around to ordering the new one yet )

Luckily I have HID fogs which are bright enough to substitute in for my hid headlights till i get the passenger side ballast replaced
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We are running a GB special on ProLumen HID kits for $275 shipped. They come with a full lifetime warranty and are 100% plug and play
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thanx.
anyone else checked out the www.hidexpert.com website? seems good.

Yes. That's what I have. See two posts above yours
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Old 06-22-2006, 12:45 AM   #20
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sna77 yeah i clicked the link from what you had and i was impressed with how they'll match my factory 4300k lights currently.
i wat as much light as possible from the kit, and i know going to a 6000 or even just a 5000k will make the color bluer (more eye pleasing) but I'll loose some brightness of them and i am getting them cause i drive a dark highway a LOT.
so far you're satisfied eh? how muych diid you pay and where do they come from (germany, usa...)
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