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Old 05-11-2015, 06:42 AM   #1
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Hey guys, my names Zack, and I am addicted to lights. I always have been since I was a kid, so it kind of just happened with cars.

I'm big into cars. Owned a few over the years, almost all of them with Auxillary lighting. Here's my new project.
Now, we've all been on a backroad at night, driving way too fast for public, or our own, safety. I am one of those who will do ~100 on a backroad. I never enjoyed the feeling of not being able to see whats up ahead, so I am here to fix that problem and receive input from everyone.


It's an 05 Cooper-S. Now, before you freak out, I owned an E46 in the past and I made an account on this forum to try to find my old car and pick it up. I loved my E46, but I couldn't bring myself to put lights on it like this.

Now, a little backround. My car is not stock.
17% Reduction pulley on the supercharger
Alta intake + K&N filter
Invidia catback
MSD coil pack + leads + colder plugs
550cc injectors
Soon headers and a cam.

All of this with a tune from a guy named Jan @ RMW, car makes ~205 at the wheels.

Now, for the lights.

Depo headlights (Wanted to go cheap for now)
DDMworks 6000k bulbs + Philips 55watt Ballast

High beams
DDMworks 6000k bulbs + Philips 55watt Ballasts

Driving lights
x4 Hella 700FF's.
Currently on all stock Halogens, however, Just ordered 2 sets of DDMworks 6000k bulbs and 2 sets of 55watt Phillips ballasts.

Next step for the light project is a set of projector foglights, with, you guessed it, 6000k DDM works bulbs and 55watt Phillips ballasts.

This is my lowbeams. ~15 feet from a wall, and I never finished adjusting them.


All in all, I have excellent visibility. When driving normally, the headlights keep me content. Yes, they're cheap, yes they have hotspots and don't disperse the light as good as some OEM quality lights do. When I get everything set up, I will swap the projectors for higher quality. I had Halogens, and right now I have them open and am trying to fit a set of projectors in there right now that will have a bi-xenon function.

Now, for the good stuff. With these lights and their current setup I have a ~400ft visibility box, and I can see reflective surfaces ~500 feet away. That's just with the Halogens. Can't wait to upgrade these Hella's to HIDs.

That's all for now, let me think what everyone thinks about it. Over-kill?

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Old 05-11-2015, 08:35 AM   #2
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Why did you bother buying HID kits for those spot lights? They are meant for halogen bulbs.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:53 AM   #3
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Why did you bother buying HID kits for those spot lights? They are meant for halogen bulbs.

Likewise my highbeams are, too. Those produce an OK pattern. The main problem isnt the pattern. It's the amount of light. I know light is getting ~550ft away, but there isn't enough of it for me to use in any way besides against highly reflective surfaces. I don't feel like going with 100w Halogens since I run these for extended periods of time, and its 2 relays with 16AWG wiring.

Mainly just testing and to match the color I have going on now. I like everything to be uniform. A little unorthodox, I know, but atleast I have a half way valid reason.

I am giving slight concern to the beam pattern. Apparently the non "FF" lights produce a much more pleasant pattern when retrofit with HIDs.

I should also add all of those 700FFs are tied into my high beams.
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