Withdrawal sucks!

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Yep, so as of yesterday, I am no longer running my HID kits. I'm back to my old TruView halogen bulbs :(. Apparently, I didn't realize just how bad the glare really was. When I installed my kits, I walked in front my truck and didn't believe that the glare was bad at all. It also didn't seem that the light was scattered or diffused based on what I could see from the front seat. The cutoff looked fine as well.

So for about a month or so after, nobody ever flashed me at night. But after that month, more and more people started to flash me, one even pulled over :uhoh:. Considering that I live in a VERY small town and take a not-so-busy highway to work everyday where I usually meet the same people everyday, I guess people got tired of being blinded by me. I didn't want to lower my headlights any further, because if I went too much farther, my highbeams would have been very close to where my lowbeams were with the halogens!

So I had my friend take my truck down a road while I went the other way in his. We turned around and headed back towards each other. DAMN! The glare was pretty fucking rough from a distance. That same night, I met about eight or nine cars on my way home from his place. I think all but one flashed me. That was the nail in the coffin, yesterday I pulled out the kits and reinstalled my old halogens.

... and it sucks! I used to drive around with these!? Holy Crap. I definitely miss the brightness and color of the HIDs, but I really don't want to be "that douchebag that blinds everybody" or any extra attention from the cops. It's not all bad though, my lights come on instantly again and I no longer have to be careful to avoid "hot restarts" when changing high and low beams. I also now realize how uneven the light spread was. There used to be a few hotspots and deadspots with the HIDs, but the halogens are completely even.

So now I have two Apexcone HID kits laying around. I have some local friends interested, but if they back out, I'll let them go for cheap to TMC members. :naughty:
 

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i hear yah, mine have terrible glare in the superduty, plus there are tons of "bright spots",
to bad i`m to cheap to buy projector light assys, and all new HIDS. :rolleyes:
 

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Lights.

See what happens when people ignore me about glare? :lol:

You could always look for a set of projectors...


I have heard that using projectors lenses with his set up will clear that problem up right or wrong? Please explain.
How bright are they meaning 5K or what?
 
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See what happens when people ignore me about glare? :lol:

You could always look for a set of projectors...


I have heard that using projectors lenses with his set up will clear that problem up right or wrong? Please explain.
How bright are they meaning 5K or what?


5k is the color temperature... Anything higher than 5k and you start losing brightness...

Projectors focus the light.
 

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See what happens when people ignore me about glare? :lol:

You could always look for a set of projectors...


I have heard that using projectors lenses with his set up will clear that problem up right or wrong? Please explain.
Only if you retrofit projectors that were designed for HIDs into your headlights. The projectors that you can find all over eBay are designed for halogens and will still have glare.

drperry, IIRC you have/had HIR bulbs in your highbeams, right? How are they?
 

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See what happens when people ignore me about glare? :lol:

You could always look for a set of projectors...


I have heard that using projectors lenses with his set up will clear that problem up right or wrong? Please explain.
Only if you retrofit projectors that were designed for HIDs into your headlights. The projectors that you can find all over eBay are designed for halogens and will still have glare.

drperry, IIRC you have/had HIR bulbs in your highbeams, right? How are they?


I had no glare with my halogen projectors with HID's in them... However, since the projectors were designed for halogen, they don't have near as much width as they could.

I've got the HIR's and I love them :thumbs:
So far, they're still outshining all my lights distance wise :lol:
 

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Unfortunate to hear yet responsible none the less. Check out Matt's HID glare thread though.
 

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