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    HID bulbs in main beams.

    I'm considering this as I've not found any halogen bulbs which come close to my HID's. I'm aware of the potential shortfall's, but am wondering if anyone has actually done it and able to offer up their experiences?
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    I'm also interested in this.

    Spray pattern is not really an issue with main beam is it?

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    Not as long as you dip when cars come lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by quattrojames View Post
    Not as long as you dip when cars come lol
    Sorted.

    Might have to get two.

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    One for each main beam?
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    Quote Originally Posted by quattrojames View Post
    One for each main beam?
    2 kits I mean.

    or 3 and put some in the reversing lights.

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    The biggest issue with having hids as main beams is that they don't tend to ignite as quickly as conventional bulbs. The lives of the bulbs will be reduced also. I know you said you were aware of the pitfalls but thought I'd mention it anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chriscooke View Post
    The biggest issue with having hids as main beams is that they don't tend to ignite as quickly as conventional bulbs. The lives of the bulbs will be reduced also. I know you said you were aware of the pitfalls but thought I'd mention it anyway
    Not aware of the ignition time of the hids.
    Flashing people could be an issue I guess.

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    Lol thanks, I'm aware of them, but I'm hoping to hear from someone who has actually tried it. I think there's a couple on here who have.
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    I tried it in my old MG ZS and didn't like it. They were so bright that the light reflecting off road signs was pretty dazzling! The time they took to warm up wasn't too bad from what I remember (but it was years ago I did this). I only tried them once then swapped them back to halogens. They may be different in an A4 but I didn't like them in the ZS.

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    I did it and you helped!

    Help with Fitting HIDs

    They're fine. They take a few seconds to get to full brightness and I don't use them very often but it's nice to have them since the OEM filament bulbs were so poor.
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    I posted this in March 10:

    Quote Originally Posted by quattrojames View Post
    I've seen this done a lot on Audizine, and will be interested to hear how an HID bulb performs as a main beam bulb for the reasons mentioned by Woorlord.
    I really ought to try and progress my mods quicker...!
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    Re: HID bulbs in main beams.

    I have them in high beam and they are great no issues at all

    As has been said they do take a few seconds to warm up

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    I've got a spare set of hid's. I might try this at the weekend if I get time.

    and perhaps try to post a vid of them working.
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    Now I'm on my pc I would just like to point out a few things

    go for 4300/4700k as close to white as possible mine are 6000k and are way too blue and because they are bright you get a bit of light bounce back which can make you strain your eyes more and it can make you more tired!!

    saying that though I have never had a problem I just thought I would point it out

    oh and they are really really bright you can see for miles mine even drown out oncoming cars light round corners and can catch you out when they appear!!

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    I have a set of 4300k now, (the same as my dips) from the group buy Trups did. I'll get them fitted soon and update how I find them. Two things are worrying me still:
    1. Warm up time.
    2. Glareback from roadsigns etc.
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    you do get a bit of glare back but its nothing to write home about

    and yeah they do take a few seconds to warm up too

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    Fitted these today. I also swapped the lights for a set of joey modded ones I bought off MattyboyC. Here's the dipped and main HID's being put in:



    Halfway through:



    The alignment isn't 100% yet, but it's quite close... Dipped beams....



    vs Main beams.....



    ... and a shaky phone pic my wife took!

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    One of my concerns was the time it would take for the HID bulb to warm up to it's maximum brightness, it's probably 2-3 seconds before full brightness, but useable brightness is virtually instant. Not the best video, but you get the idea...



    ... and this is the headlight flash, from cold. The instant light is blinding, as per HID's when they flash and then it drops off, but it's certainly a very noticeable flash!

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    They look good James, just when i was loosing interest in the car there's another mod i can do ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by quattrojames View Post
    ... and a shaky phone pic my wife took!
    you tell us that someone else took that pic, we'll believe you!

    Loving the joey mod headlights too, I've got a spare set of knackered ones in my loft from when the wide had a front end and wrecked them. They're begging to be taken apart for testing purposes to hone my technique.


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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy88 View Post
    you tell us that someone else took that pic, we'll believe you!
    Good

    Quote Originally Posted by crazy88 View Post
    I've got a spare set of knackered ones in my loft from when the wife had a front end and wrecked them.
    We'll believe you

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    I must get round to this, but the weather has been absolutely awful here which doesn't really help you to get motivated to do anything...

 

 

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