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Old 09-11-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Really really dumb question.

How many bulbs are in the bi xenon head lamps? I got a set of 6000k bulbs to match the angel eyes I'm putting In and I always thought bi xenon meant quads but I just realized that's what I have because my brights just make the projectors brighter. Are they separate bulbs? Sorry for the stupid question, thanks
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How many bulbs are in the bi xenon head lamps? I got a set of 6000k bulbs to match the angel eyes I'm putting In and I always thought bi xenon meant quads but I just realized that's what I have because my brights just make the projectors brighter. Are they separate bulbs? Sorry for the stupid question, thanks
Bi-xenons use one bulb. It's simply a shutter that flips open to reveal full projection.

And, btw, the 6000k bulbs you bought are not only junk, they're potentially dangerous.
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Philips 85122+ or Osram CBI for xenon bulbs.

+1 bi-xenon headlights have a shutter that goes down to allow more light to exit the projector.


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Bi-xenons use one bulb. It's simply a shutter that flips open to reveal full projection.

And, btw, the 6000k bulbs you bought are not only junk, they're potentially dangerous.
Awesome, thanks. That makes sense. Oh for real? How are they dangerous?
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Poor visibility, poor quality parts in the bulb, can cause issues with the ignitor where it meets the bulb, etc.
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Philips 85122+ or Osram CBI for xenon bulbs.

+1 bi-xenon headlights have a shutter that goes down to allow more light to exit the projector.


Thank you for the reply! Good info
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:59 PM   #8
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good lights cost money!
I got khoalty ones. I jnow they're probably not the best but I've had them before and had no complaints. Visibility didnt seem any different than stock and I figured if they burned out I could just buy more. Do I need to go buy some Philips ones?
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Your call if you have the funds. I compared my Philips bulbs to my friends DEPO headlights with khoalty bulbs, destroyed them.






Compared to what I had before (which are your 6000k bulbs)

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Philips 85122+ or Osram CBI for xenon bulbs.
+1 on those CBI's, thats what I plan on getting when I get everything ready to redo my lighting set up. just waiting of my money tree to grow
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:33 PM   #11
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For the time being, my 6000K Philips are doing quite well. They are very bright and I often tend to compare them to other cars at night with decent results. I drove my buddies Lexus as well as his Merc with stock HID and the light output was roughly the same.

I haven't really noticed any issues in the rain either, be it rain at night or day. Then again, I'm not sure what is supposed to happen to the the 6,000's in rain. Just yesterday it was raining very hard throughout the day and night and I was driving around with no real noticeable difference in how far I could see. Perhaps someone with better knowledge can expound on that matter? Just something I'd like to know for my own knowledge.

I'm aware HID bulbs tend to get dimmer over time, but for now, I'm quite happy. When the day comes to replace them, I'll consider 5000K or 4,300K.
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