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Old 05-01-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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Xenon HID Color Temperature

I have a 2000 323 Ci, and I'm trying to match my high beams and my fog lights to the OEM Xenon lows. What color temperature in a xenon upgrade kit will most closely match the lows, and is there a certain brand that anyone would recommend?

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Old 05-01-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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Xenon Headlight Color Temperature

I have a 2000 323 Ci, and I'm trying to match my high beams and my fog lights to the OEM Xenon lows. What color temperature in a xenon upgrade kit will most closely match the lows, and is there a certain brand that anyone would recommend?

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Old 05-01-2013, 07:20 PM   #3
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:25 PM   #4
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I tried a 4300k halogen bulb, but it was still orange. Does a 4300k xenon appear different? I thought the Kelvin temperature scale was the same for all light..? Not arguing, trying to understand
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I'm fairly certain the light of a "4300K" regular bulb vs. a 4300k HID bulb will differ significantly. it's just not the same. I think if you go with a 4300k hid kit or maybe even a 5000k hid kit would look good.

If it were me I would get 6000k bulbs for my low beams, and then order a 6000k hid kit for the fogs... Both will match plus both have a little more of the Stark white with maybe a faint hint of blue to it.
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OE xenons are 4300k that will naturally color-shift to 4900k over the life of the bulb. You can get Philips D2S color matched bulbs that are "pre-shifted" to 4900k. They're actually designed for applications that require replacement of just one bulb so that they're both matched, but most just buy them both. 4900k is closer to white with a hint of blue. It's kinda the goldilocks temperature.
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I tried a 4300k halogen bulb, but it was still orange. Does a 4300k xenon appear different? I thought the Kelvin temperature scale was the same for all light..? Not arguing, trying to understand
Halogen bulbs rely on a blue coating to achieve their color. Since there are no real government standards to regulate the claims, they can say pretty much what they want. It will also get worse over time.
Also, the intensity of the light source has an affect on how the color appears to your eyes, ao a halogen light may be 4300K from 1 foot away, but not much further.
I have white LED fog lamp bulbs which are almost a perfect match for the OEM 4300k bulbs. I'm not sure if that is an option for you or not.
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