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Old 07-20-2009, 07:35 PM   #1
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HID headlights

Anyone out there ever consider installing the high intensity head light system? The prices have come down to the $150. range for cars. They supposedly provide a better night driving experience. The head lights on my coach are lousy even after replacing the bulbs with the new type that break the beam into three color zones for better night vision. I've had my eyes checked..they're OK

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Old 07-20-2009, 08:45 PM   #2
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We have a 2000 Horizon with the single sealed 2 beam bulbs that put out as much light as a good kerosene lantern. Although we don't drive after dark very often, it would be nice to have better forward lighting. I did a little research about a year ago and was confused by what was available and legal so I didn't go any further. If there is something available that's a direct replacement for what we have it would be great, even if it would involve some new wiring. I'll be interested in what others have to say.

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Old 07-21-2009, 03:52 PM   #3
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My low beams were inadequate from the time we bought the coach new, but the brights were great. I had the headlight alignment checked by a dealer and they said there was no problem. Because the dealer demostrated lack of competence & credibility in other areas I took the MH to a truck service place. They found the headlights were way off, "high and to the left." The re-alignment helped some (almost doubled the candle power according to their meter).

Then after a great deal of research, I replaced the low beam bulbs (I have two bulb system) with HIR bulbs. I went with HIR because the research indicated they are brighter (put out more lumens) than other bulbs that claim to be brighter than OEM, they put our very little additional heat compared to most high intensity bulbs, they don't glow blue like too many of the aftermarket bulbs, and they are are direct replacement for the standard bulbs after a very minor modification to the bulb (clipping off an ear on the plug-in socket). HIR are the same bulbs used in the Dodge Viper, and apparently in some John Deere equipment. The bulbs can be pricey from Dodge, but I got two online for $39 plus $5 shipping each. The HIR bulbs helped some, just as the alignment did. I still would like more light, but they definitely are better than they were at first.
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:20 AM   #4
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Upgrading your headlights depends on what you have now. In our case, we have sealed beam units that cannot utilize the commonly installed high-intensity after-market bulbs. However, there are companies that sell replacement units that are essentially "bulbless" lenses that can accept the new bulbs. However, it can get a little pricey since you have to buy the lens units, the bulbs, and a replacement wiring harness to accommodate the new bulbs. The good news is that the headlights will be very bright. If you don't have sealed beam headlights, you might be able to simply upgrade the bulbs that plug into the lens units (like most cars).

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Old 08-09-2009, 10:44 AM   #5
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Silverstar Ultra bulbs

Sylvania Silverstar Ultra bulbs are the best I have found both for my car and motorhome. They put out a very white light with a slight blue glow when looking at your vehicle.

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