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Icon5 HID kit. What one to get?

I'm looking at hid kits and I need some input on what one to get. I'm ordering from DDM tuning. I was looking at 10000k or 8000k HI/LOW 55w slim ballast. Is this a good choice? 55w or 35w? What temp do you guys recommend. I don't really like that light blue look to the 6000k's. Anyone have any pictures or advice?
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i have the 55w hi lo 8000k HID's. they look light blue, which looks good to me. they are incredibly bright as well. and lastly i dont think the hi lo kit is worth it. if i could do it again i wouldnt get the hi low kit. the high's suck ***.
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ty, your av looks like ship... put your truck back up....


J, i am looking at the exact same setup as you are talking about, and i'm pretty certain that is what i am going to get... remember the higher the tempature (kelvin) the more blue it is... so a 10 000 is more blue than an 8 000, which is more blue than a 6500...

also discussed in another thread, was that the 55w typically washes some of the colour out, and makes them look like a lower tempature (10 000 looks like 8000) but i don't know if this is accurate or not... from what i remember on the site, the bulbs aren't much on their own, so if they are the wrong colour for me, i'll just end up buying new bulbs...

as for the hi/low kit, some areas, mine, for instance, requires you, by law, to have high and low beams! failure to have both can have your vehicle impounded and require a commercial vehicle inspection to have it deemed road worthy again... i know that here, you also have to have an illumination display that is automaticly activated to warn you that the highbeams are activated.

just be careful with what you choose... even if the hi/low suck, i'll pay the extra, 20$? to keep my truck from being impounded
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i just bought mine about a week ago, 9004's, 55watts..3000 kelvin. from what i've seen it seems the lower the temperature the less glare you'll have. i'll post back in a week and let you know how they are.
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3000... that's gotta be like a redish/yellow colour eh?

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I just put 5000k 35 watt ones in my projectors. not impressed at all with them. my silverstars still put out more light than the hids do. I will probably end up getting another kit, 55w with 8000k for the projectors, then sell the old kit. they have been in the truck for less than 1 week.
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just put on 35w 6000k love em but id get 8000k next time or 10000k if its 55w cuz 55's strain some blue out
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Thanks for the responses, so anyone think 10000k 55w would be a good choice? Since the color washes out they should look like 8000k 35w? I seen some on youtube, they kinda looked like a green color lol
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My vote is for a 35 watt 6000K setup. No need to go with more color or brightnedd. If you need 55 watts then maybe you shouldn't be driving at night.

35 watt 6000K on my quad:


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I love my 35w 5000k's in my fogs and low beams.. really bright and damn near white, there's a blue hue on warm up but that dies out.

I'm not sure what I want to do with the high beams. Probably silverstars so i don't need to wait for them to warm up when I use them, if I go HID's it'll probably be 55w 8000k
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My vote is for a 35 watt 6000K setup. No need to go with more color or brightnedd. If you need 55 watts then maybe you shouldn't be driving at night.

35 watt 6000K on my quad:
so i suppose all those people with hella, IPF, KC, and APC aftermarket driving lights shouldn't bother with them either, because they shouldnt' be driving at night either eh?

like, for instance, a large number of our members?

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so i suppose all those people with hella, IPF, KC, and APC aftermarket driving lights shouldn't bother with them either, because they shouldnt' be driving at night either eh?

like, for instance, a large number of our members?

case and point,
Good for everyone with aftermarket lights. Should you be driving with them on? No. At least in CA no more than 4 lights can be on. That includes 2 headlights and 2 fog lamps. All other lights have to be off and covered because it blinds people. I can see perfectly 95% of the time with just my headlights. The only times I've needed extra lighting is when offroad never on the road.
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what is the difference between driving on a road outside of city limits, which does not have street lights, or any house lights to help you see, and driving off road? visability wise? the only difference i can see is when you are driving off road, you are going slower, so don't need to see as far in front of you to, to safely stop before hitting something that comes into your path... i'm not saying that yuo shouldn't use off road lights when you are off roading, merely that some people prefer to have additional light to see at night... additionally, here, where i live, there is no law about having your lights covered, only that you cannot use more than 4 lights at a time, and cannot have more than 4 lights in addition to stock (fog lights don't count) they can be used on the hiway, and i did use my IPF lights on my f-250 when on the hiway out of town... i would prefer to see a deer in the middle of the road a mile down, and be able to coast to a stop before getting to it, than have to slam on my breaks to avoid hitting it, because my headlights were only adequate... i'm also not trying to argue my point, or say that you are wrong for believing in what you do, merely that there are 2 sides of the coin, and even if you don't agree with the other, you have to respect it...
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whoa whoa buddy. Back on topic, seems I havent read enough on HID kits. So one need a complete set for High and Low beams, and Fogs? Thats a lot of money.

Like above said. Silverstars for High, 8k for lows and fogs, thats what I would do. Then add 30 offroad lights just to be sure..lol
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when i get my kit, i'm going to go with 55w low/hi 9007. not going to bother with HID fogs, as those fog lights are coming off my truck fairly soon anyways, and if they don't they will be full of water in short order, as i like to take my truck swimming
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when i get my kit, i'm going to go with 55w low/hi 9007.
Have fun blinding oncoming traffic! Seriously, the 35w kit is more than enough. I re-aimed my lights lower because people got blinded. If you live out in the country with little lighting, look into adding some other lights instead, because you will blind those in the city...
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what wattage do bmw's and such have? (yes i realize they have projector lenses, not reflectors, but i'm mostly thinking wattge)
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so i suppose all those people with hella, IPF, KC, and APC aftermarket driving lights shouldn't bother with them either, because they shouldnt' be driving at night either eh?

like, for instance, a large number of our members?

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you, sir.. just made an *** out of your self.. you're a certified moron.. Bright as **** Head lights (the ones you legally have to have on at night........) are different than OFF ROAD lights. COMPLETELY different argument.


your head lights are always on at night, there for possibly blinding other people weather you want to or not.. after market offroad lights are(should be) wired separately and *shouldn't* be used on roads with other people on them..
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AH I forgot about this thread. Again if you need 7349753975932 watts of lights to be on while driving anywhere but offroad then you shouldn't be driving at night. Or buy a car with IR vision. Too man bro douchbags drive around on the road with 4 extra HID lights on blinding everyone everywhere on the road.
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I haven't run my fog HIDs in a while because i broke the bracket on the driver side one.. They kept blinding people but i couldn't aim them down more and thought it was just my truck.. Then i started noticing how high other Chevy fogs are aimed up too (to the point where they would annoy me up in a truck lol). guess its a chevy thing.


but damn, those fogs help more with my visibility than my headlights do.
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I want to get a set for my truck. 35 watt all around. I'll see where the beams go and re aim them if I have to. I have noticed that Chevy fogs do point up a bit. Superduty fogs are right in the rear view mirror when they have a lift. Not cool.
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Yep, thanks for the help guys...
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I haven't run my fog HIDs in a while because i broke the bracket on the driver side one.. They kept blinding people but i couldn't aim them down more and thought it was just my truck.. Then i started noticing how high other Chevy fogs are aimed up too (to the point where they would annoy me up in a truck lol). guess its a chevy thing.


but damn, those fogs help more with my visibility than my headlights do.
yeah i notice that on every chevy with your fog lights i see. they're always really bright
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you, sir.. just made an *** out of your self.. you're a certified moron.. Bright as **** Head lights (the ones you legally have to have on at night........) are different than OFF ROAD lights. COMPLETELY different argument.


your head lights are always on at night, there for possibly blinding other people weather you want to or not.. after market offroad lights are(should be) wired separately and *shouldn't* be used on roads with other people on them..
no it's not, the arguement was weather or not people want to be able to see, and if brighter lights are ever needed...
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if you cant see with stock headlights you shouldn't be driving period.. if you need 4 ******* 55w KC's on the front of your truck to see.. again get the hell off the road.

bombin *** across the desert of through the forest yea, you need light.. or if your out driving too fast across BFE West Texas, sure turn some bright lights on and make it day time again.. but there is absolutely NO need for that under normal driving conditions.
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