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Old 01-04-2013, 12:33 AM   #29
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My guess is none of your family worked traffic. I'm also going to guess that based on where you live, there's a good chance your family members work for the same department I just retired from.

There actually is a California Vehicle Code section that prohibits modifying any of your vehicle's factory lighting equipment, section 26101 (a) C.V.C. I used that section all the time when I ran across rice rockets with super bright low beams and/or hyper blue headlamps. Now, that being said, am I in violation for converting my halogen headlamps over to HID? Yep! But it's a risk I'm willing to take. My lights are not blue or overly bright. 99.99% of LEO's out there won't give me a second look, nor will they have any idea whether or not my Providence's headlamps are factory.

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Actually they all started out there, but that was before Rice Rocket was a word and blue lights were non-existent. As you are obviously aware, aimed properly, you can get away with significantly brighter lamps.

As soon as I get back to the laptop I think I still have a link to a really well written article of the problems with HID in filament designed fixtures. It sure slowed me down...
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Well it's so old enough that the pix links are now gone, but the story, once you weed through the BS, is at least there. HID focusing is a big deal when installing them into fixtures never designed to focus an arching light.

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Well it's so old enough that the pix links are now gone, but the story, once you weed through the BS, is at least there. HID focusing is a big deal when installing them into fixtures never designed to focus an arching light.

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Good article. I read a similar although shorter, less in depth, article. It still convinced me that the only proper way was to replace the entire headlight assembly with ones from the OEM designed for HID.

My MH was easy as it uses the headlight assembly from the Cadillac Escalade which is available in halogen or HID.

Thanks for sharing the link
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Well it's so old enough that the pix links are now gone, but the story, once you weed through the BS, is at least there. HID focusing is a big deal when installing them into fixtures never designed to focus an arching light.
I can see where that could be an issue with some headlight lenses. Some lenses may not disperse the beam well and blind others. I got lucky with mine as they work well with my lenses. It's definitely one of those "buyer beware" mods where you want to try them for a while to see if they work for you. By all means, don't toss your old light bulbs until you know for sure they are a good fit.

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If you really want to retrofit HID's correctly into a non-HID headlamp assembly, you need to install projectors.

Not easy at all... but lot's of good info here:
The Retrofit Source online: headlight upgrades for all applications
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