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Old 02-19-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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HiD headlight conversion for 1998 Tropi-Cal

The headlights on my MH are very poor even though I have replaced the original ones with a brighter version of sealed beam lights. I drive all the time with my my hi-beams on and no one complains and I can still barely see. I would like to convert to HiD bulbs if possible and I would appreciate any info on the subject.
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:37 AM   #2
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One should never drive with high beams all the time, if you have problems seeing the road, your headlamps need adjusting. Under normal conditions, low beam will give enough light to see then high beam when there is no oncoming traffic.
Walmart sells Silver Star bulbs which have almost a pure white brightness, much brighter than original bulbs. JMHO and good luck.
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The headlights on my MH are very poor even though I have replaced the original ones with a brighter version of sealed beam lights. I drive all the time with my my hi-beams on and no one complains and I can still barely see. I would like to convert to HiD bulbs if possible and I would appreciate any info on the subject.

Depends on what is currently installed. I assume you have the standard (for the era) rectangular sealed beam assemblies. Search (using the sealed beam number) on ebay and Amazon and you'll find lots of conversions. You'll want the kits that include ballast assemblies. You probably have a 4656 (but check yours !!). I've thought about it for my coach but seldom drive at night.

BTW, the typical conversion is usually for the low beams only. it's not necessary to also do the high beams.
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:02 AM   #4
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I have the same issue. Those 4 x 6 sealed beam 4 light systems were a bad idea from the get go. Used to have them on my 79 Cordoba and they were pretty crappy then just as they are now on my Tropical. This is going to be an upgrade that I am going to do as well. There are lots of kits available as mentioned. Prices are across the board going up into the 100's of dollars per light if you are willing to shell out for a full LED light. Probably not worth it for a 1999 so I will just go for the more attainable Halogen solutions. The bulbs are the most expensive bits. Higher quality ones will be brighter and last longer.
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You might check the voltage at the back of the bulbs. Many times the voltage is less than optimum because of distance the wire run is, the switch, etc. By installing a heavier gauge wire or a relay and direct connection to the battery you can improve the headlight's output.
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:07 PM   #6
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I had very poor lighting also, I had about 10-11 volts at the bulbs, so i instaled a relay. I also hooked up all 4 lights on high beam ( this is how the big rigs run them ) i had all 4 for low beam for a try, but was getting flashed , so i un hooked 2 of them on low beam. it made a huge difference fixing the voltage problem.
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