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sean1.8t
10-03-2006, 08:14 AM
i have a 6000k HID conversion kit from LLTek. and i was wondering if when my lights burn out i can get some 8000 or 10000k bulbs to replace them without having to replace the ballasts?


but i know that heat destroys electronics. and my ballasts are just sitting in my engine bay by all that heat. i bet if i put the ballasts in some heat insullated fabric they would last longer.. OH! some oven mitts, i bet that would probbly double or tripple the life of the ballasts. i wish i would have thought of this when i got them over a year ago

onemoremile
10-03-2006, 08:26 AM
yes.

you'll notice that after a couple years the lights will get progressively dimmer. that is why it is recommended to replace bulbs in pairs.

hid lights can last well over 100k miles.


edited for clarity.

EVIL-AUDI
10-03-2006, 08:26 AM
It depends on the conversion kit, but usually you can.

sean1.8t
10-03-2006, 08:46 AM
Originally posted by onemoremile
yes. you'll notice that after a couple years the lights will get progressively dimmer. that is why it is recommended to replace bulbs in pairs.

hid lights can last well over 100k miles.

wow, that didn't really answer my original question at all.. but it did answer a new one i guess. thanks..

and thanks evil-audi

onemoremile
10-03-2006, 08:49 AM
i did answer it. i said yes. then i added more info on how long the bulbs would last. it could be years before they "need" replacing.

sean1.8t
10-03-2006, 09:12 AM
yeah, the edited version makes a lot more sense. thanks man

SoFresh
10-04-2006, 04:09 PM
you should go with the 6500k, the 8000k and the 10000k look more blue and purple, but the light output isnt all that great as the 6500k

lilegbeaner16
10-04-2006, 05:37 PM
my ballast went out after about a year, and then a few months later my second ballast went out, so i ended up putting the lights back to stock, havent bother getting new ones

socal_A4
10-04-2006, 09:18 PM
I just got some lights from Cqlighting.ca... Anyone know the life span on those? I imagine the ballasts will last a long time.. but what about the bulbs a couple years? sry to thread jack

werksmini
10-04-2006, 09:43 PM
You get what you pay for...

And ill add to not getting some rice 10149852050k bulbs. Get some subtle ones.

sean1.8t
10-05-2006, 05:26 AM
i guess maybe 10000k is a little much.. maybe i'll look into 6500k...

bassed
10-05-2006, 07:50 AM
Originally posted by sean1.8t
i guess maybe 10000k is a little much.. maybe i'll look into 6500k...

4300-6000k is ideal and best output in visible light spectrum. Over is bad for primary lighting, while under is great for FOGS (3k is puurfect). If you are going for straight looks then replace with over 8k, but IMO it's not the way to go as function is key!

bellofello
12-25-2006, 05:35 PM
bringin this back from the stone age here. I am looking into getting some dual Halo projectors for my a4. If you don't like them, that's your oppinion, I do. They use H1 bulbs. So I was just going to replace the supplied bulbs with an H1 coversion kit.

Although some of the sellers say that HID will not work. Is this true?

I was going to get 6500 when I was looking into regular DEPO projectors. Now that I'm thinking of Halo's I was pondering 8000K. Could someone post a picture of the difference between 6500K and 8000K.

I realize that the 6500 would light up better, but I think the 8000K blue would look really good on the rings of the halo.

Thanks Guys.

kjr7888
12-25-2006, 07:45 PM
i have the halo headlights, and i converted them to hid. It can be done it was kind of a bitch... had to file a little of the bulb holder for the xenon bulbto fit. I got the 10,000k hids they look sick, but kinda hard to see if it rains or is foggy.

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q229/kjr7888/th_8.jpg (http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q229/kjr7888/8.jpg)

Das General
12-25-2006, 08:43 PM
Do a google search
6500k
http://sam.theicy.net/auto/lights.jpg

8000k
http://www.mercadolibre.com.mx/jm/img?s=MLM&f=11844549_5238.jpg&v=P

bellofello
12-26-2006, 02:49 PM
Hey thanks guys.

kjr7888- do you have any pictures of them when they are lit up? Also which HID bulbs did you go with, like the size, h1, h7, etc...

I think I'm gonna go 6500K and see how that works out.

AudiSport12
12-26-2006, 03:44 PM
I was going to get 6500 when I was looking into regular DEPO projectors. Now that I'm thinking of Halo's I was pondering 8000K. Could someone post a picture of the difference between 6500K and 8000K.

I realize that the 6500 would light up better, but I think the 8000K blue would look really good on the rings of the halo.


^^ you do realize that the blue put out by the HID's is not the same light that lights up the Halo's. they are seperate bulbs. you could probably put in LED's to get that blue you want in the Halos (if im understanding your statement correctly)


i put HID's in my old halo's. i had the H1 6500k's. ive got a few pics but i have the blue headlight tint on them so it looks more blue than it really was. kinda looks like the H7 8000ks i have now in my depos.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e277/kyleconn/DSCF0603.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e277/kyleconn/DSCF0595.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e277/kyleconn/DSCF0607.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e277/kyleconn/DSCF0591.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e277/kyleconn/DSCF0593.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e277/kyleconn/DSCF0586.jpg

bellofello
12-26-2006, 03:47 PM
looks good. I didn't know that it was a seperate bulb that lights up the halos. so now I do lol.

Thanks a lot, just wanting to make sure that they will fit.

I will do 6500 then

AudiSport12
12-26-2006, 03:49 PM
nice choice [up]

speedydragon
12-26-2006, 07:01 PM
if you decide to do 3000k fogs, would you have to go and purchase a whole new HID kit?

AudiSport12
12-26-2006, 09:08 PM
yeah you'd have a seperate kits for the low beams and fog lights.

juju4uofa
12-27-2006, 06:30 AM
So, do most of y'all just have low beam HIDs are high beams as well. It seems like it would be weird switching from HIDS to Halogens when you turn on your brights?

Das General
12-27-2006, 06:44 AM
I just swapped out my stock xenons for a set of 6000k ones. Seems pointless but my old HID's were getting dim and lame, plus I wanted a slightly newer look to my car. Now that my fogs have gone out, I will prolly purchase another HID kit, prolly 4300k or maybe ill match it and go 6000k. But you have to run seperate kits. Kits shouldn't be too expensive, I got mine for $199.98 (haha damn pyschological pricing!) shipped. It was a bitch to install though, bypassing the old ballasts and getting rid of the common 'bulb out' light.

jrodmk2
12-27-2006, 07:41 AM
which brand 6000k do you have?

IKE20VA4
12-27-2006, 08:15 AM
I've got 4100k lows (stock), 4300k high beam, 3000k hella micro de fog lights. The trifecta of HID.

AudiSport12
12-27-2006, 11:47 AM
damn so your talking over 600 bucks in HID's? why in your highs? im assuming living in Oregon you have some pretty dark roads...

i want to put HID's in my fogs but im afraid they will be too bright. anyone with pics of HID fogs? i think ive seen yours before 20VTURBOA4

IKE20VA4
12-27-2006, 12:07 PM
damn so your talking over 600 bucks in HID's? why in your highs? im assuming living in Oregon you have some pretty dark roads...

i want to put HID's in my fogs but im afraid they will be too bright. anyone with pics of HID fogs? i think ive seen yours before 20VTURBOA4

Well I didn't really have to pay for the low beams since they came on the car, but I have bought new bulbs I guess. I'd say I've put at least $500 into lighting. But the results on a pitch black road are priceless.. My camera is in the car.

But here is a 3000k kit in the STOCK fogs:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/20VTURBO/XenonFogs/DSCF1551.jpg

Then a 6000k kit in the hella micro DE: amazing cutoff and no blinding of other drivers. i felt bad having the HIDs in the stock fogs.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/20VTURBO/XenonFogs/DSCF1763.jpg

and yeah, no pics of the HID highs yet. But they will come soon.

oh here's a teaser...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/20VTURBO/HID%20high%20beams/DSCF1093.jpg

WhiteQuattro1.8
12-27-2006, 02:05 PM
I got 3000K in my fogs using A6 ballasts. My damn relay keeps cutting out on me after an hour or so. Takes a few mins before they can go back on. They look sick though. I used H7 bulbs ran a converter from the A6 igniters to the bulbs.

killroy77
12-27-2006, 03:16 PM
I've got 4100k lows (stock), 4300k high beam, 3000k hella micro de fog lights. The trifecta of HID.

Performance, and looks.

I say if you want performance go 4-5k, if you want looks go 6k. If you go much over that your quality of light is going to suck and begin to look cheap. Also if you keep it in the 4-6k range you can use Quality products like Philips or Osram vs Aftermarket bulbs that will blow after about a year or two. But again you get what you pay for.

The main purpose people seem to be going to a higher K rating is so you can have your lights look like Acura TL's, or X5's, but really all you need to do this is get some quality HID projectors.