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HID's in Hella 500's?

Just wondering if anyone has done this.

I pretty much only use my driving lights when I'm heading to my parents farm or when I do a bit of offroading

I know the bulbs can be replaced. But I'd like to have a LOT more light without buying super expensive driving lights

I'm also curious if the wiring would hold up ok with that

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i think rngprerunner did that...
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thhere shouldnt be any issues with the wiring...500s are gonna pull more power than hids. there is no reason you couldnt do it... as long as the housing i longenough for the bulb
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I think I'm gonna look into it
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Would it better to get 35W or would 55W be ok as well?
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bump if anyone has any ideas
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If you are looking for bright then why not go 55w? I was gonna do this, but ended up needing the money elsewhere.
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I'm assuming using the DDM tuning kit, this should be plug and play right?
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I really really don't think 500's have the depth to house an HID bulb...

You can't HID a KC slimlite....you can however HID a KC Daylighter...

HID bulbs are freakin' long and I just don't think those hellas have the room. I know Slimlites don't because I tried.
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Do they even sell a bulb that size? Those bulbs are tinyyyy
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They sell a kit for an H3
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How much longer are the H3 HID bulbs than the standard H3's?
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i've thought about this as well but i don't think it would be deep enough.

im just gonna buy some legit 9" HID offroad lights
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How much longer are the H3 HID bulbs than the standard H3's?
The only difference with all the aftermarket HID kit bulbs are the bases for the bulb....howhat makes them compatible with the headlight housings. The bulbs themselves, the glass tube, are all the same. If you've got HID's, you'll notice how the glass part is about 2" or 2.5" long. KC Slims on the OUTSIDE of the housing is about 2.5".



I'm not speaking of like the KC or HELLA or Light Force or whatever real HID off road lights.
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Well, on the order of getting more light. Would H3 Silverstar Ultra's be brighter than the stock bulbs?
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Why waste the $50 on silverstars when you can upgrade to 130W or 100W bulbs for like $10?? Don't forget making sure the harness, switch, and relay can handle it...
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Why waste the $50 on silverstars when you can upgrade to 130W or 100W bulbs for like $10?? Don't forget making sure the harness, switch, and relay can handle it...
Very true, but I want to keep the lights behind the grill until I make my light bar. I'd like to do basically your setup on my truck.

I just need the cash
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Wow Shane I totally misread your post.

I didn't realize that you meant just get higher wattage bulbs. They are pretty cheap, and I'm almost certain the harness can handle it
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I actually have been tempted to do this to my KC Daylighter's i've got sitting in the shop, a 55w HID kit is -really- cheap, and it would be simple as heck to wire it up.
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I know this is bit of an old thread, I currently have two daylighters on my truck, I am wondering if the 55HID will have the distance the 100watt halogen bulbs have.

cheap upgrade yes but is the beam still nice and tight like the halogens. id like to see a side by side photo of the two bulbs to see if aiming of the bulb itself is needed.
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I know this is bit of an old thread, I currently have two daylighters on my truck, I am wondering if the 55HID will have the distance the 100watt halogen bulbs have.

cheap upgrade yes but is the beam still nice and tight like the halogens. id like to see a side by side photo of the two bulbs to see if aiming of the bulb itself is needed.
the 55w HID will be twice as bright as the 100w halo's and will have the same beam pattern because its the same fixture.. there are no downsides to it

Also if anyone is still wondering;
HID bulbs in hella 500's are not too long but the base of the hella 500 does not really work with the HID bulbs. some clever modifying is needed.. NOT plug and play
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HID bulbs in hella 500's are not too long but the base of the hella 500 does not really work with the HID bulbs. some clever modifying is needed.. NOT plug and play
I was hoping they were.

I ordered some 100W halogen bulbs for them the other night, hopefully that makes a big enough difference
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I was hoping they were.

I ordered some 100W halogen bulbs for them the other night, hopefully that makes a big enough difference
it'll still be a big difference from the hella 55w bulbs and you dont have to screw around with properly mounting the HID's
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I've had the 100w bulbs laying in my passenger seat for a week now, for my Hella 700FF's. I'm hoping the relay can handle the additional draw. If anything, I figure it'll just wear the relay out faster.


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Am I going to need a relay for these 100W bulbs?
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