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post #1 of 11 Old 03-15-2009, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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55w hid vs. 35w

One of my old ballasts just failed me and so I'm in the market for a new set. At the time I bought mine I only knew of the 35 watt ones, now I've seen that there are 55 watt. From a few things I've read it sounds like the 55 watt ones make the bulbs appear a little differently than I'm used to. I read something that said that 8k with a 55w would like like a 6k in a 35w(what my current set up is). I've also seen a quote that says the 55w ones pump out 40% more light than the 35w. I was just curious if anyone could tell me if it's worth upgrading now to the 55w if they pump out more light, or if I should just stick with the 35w ones. Also if anyone knew anything about the differences in the "color" of the bulbs between the 35w and the 55w that would be greatly appreciated. I like the 6k look but am a little scared to by 8k's because I definitely don't want that over the top blue look.

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Stick with the 35watt variant. The amount of light 35w HIDs produce is bordering on excessiveness with reflectors designed for halogens. Not only will you truly start blinding people with 55w HIDs but you'll also see some nasty reflector patterns. Furthermore, in inclement weather it may even be blinding to you!


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Agreed. 35W in those housings is pushing it. I would stick with 35, or if anything go back to halogen.

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Does it change anything if I plan to retrofit this summer?

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If you retrofit (projectors) then you'll probably need a bulb with a different base.

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If you do a retrofit you'll definitely need new bulbs. And please I speak for every other driver that's coming towards you.... Get a retro done or take the HIDs out. The glare hurts.... a lot!
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I had an old hid setup as well with 35w, about last week i had to replace one of my burnt bulbs. i thought about upgrading to 55w, but after seeing some of these new kits on the roads, i refrained from doing so.

like you, i was used to the light output and color of my existing hid kit, i dont see a reason to upgrade and waste money. i do believe that the 55w IS excessive, and the 35w does the trick without attracting too much negative attention.

if you were already happy with the 35w, and dont have a problems driving through the night, imo, there is no need for upgrade.

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I have seen some 6thgen accords with the 55watt kits, and the glare is not as bad as I thought it would be. The key is to aim the headlights down, but I agree how some could see the kits as pushing the envelope.

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I have seen some 6thgen accords with the 55watt kits, and the glare is not as bad as I thought it would be. The key is to aim the headlights down, but I agree how some could see the kits as pushing the envelope.
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yup. i aimed my inspired beams really low, i prolly over did it, but im very respectful to other drives. eh. i live in a small town/city, only drive small residential roads, "aimed lower to see the potholes better"

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get the 55w and aim it down. Then when you get the retrofit use the 55w ballast and get the converter plugs and new philips dl50 or if you can't find them 85122+ 35w blubs and overdrive them. That is what I am doing for my retro. And it freaken bright. Rapes all the bmw and tsx hid no problem
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if you want to install 55w hid in your truck or tractor, ok, no problem, you can go for it...but if it is your accord, you'd better stick with 35w....
no need to spend more extra money on 55w if you dont want to blind others eyes...

If you really need maximum light output, if you drive on very dark roads, you will want to install a 55W HID kits for more lighting power. you firstly can know the difference between 35w hids and 55w hids...

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