12-19-2007, 02:01 PM
I got my HID kit in the mail the other day. Randall's HID howto install is being modified a bit to include my Bi-Zenon kit along with his kit install. I'm going to post up the pictures from the kit here.
Just a few of the pictures here...
12-19-2007, 02:27 PM
I wish I knew how to do half the stuff you're doing. Thats going to be a kewl upgrade. Does it take any more power than the current setup?
12-19-2007, 02:28 PM
Whats tha advantage of HID? Is it more efficient?
I'm thinking of doing Halogen with my HX with this ebay kit -
Are Halogens more efficient than stock bulbs too?
Well, it makes me wonder how to get replacement bulbs for that ebay kit? Anyone know anything about this?
12-19-2007, 02:46 PM
HID's are way more efficent than normal halogen bulbs. Halogens use 55 watts of energy on low beam and 65 watts of energy on high beam.
HID's use only 35 watts of energy on both high and low beam. I purchased this kit so I can minimize the energy draw from my HV battery in the back while I'm FASing. With the DC/DC interconnect functional all the time with MIMA the high voltage battery is always charging the 12 volt battery so any current draw while FASing drains the 144 volt battery.
I also switched over to all LED's in the car. This HID kit marks almost the last step in removing battery drain while FASing.
Your stock headlamp bulbs are halogen, so there will be no difference in these lights from your normal lights other than apperance. $67 dollars as a buy it now price for headlamps... I'd be VERY careful about that... in fact I'd turn and run as fast as I could away from those. remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Headlamps that are halo/projector in nature should cost several hundred dollars!
I bet what this kit contains is only the internals to convert your headlamp over to this design... meaning you'll have to take apart your headlamp and install these reflectors inside them, which I can tell you from previous experience, it rarely turns out looking decent and you'll end up perminatly modifying your stock headlamps.
GAH I just noticed the shipping and handling on these things. $48 dollars!! See, theres always a catch! Don't get ripped off!
___I purchased and installed a HID kit for the MDX about 3 years ago from the most respected manufacture of the kits at the time. A bulb failed after 4 months and I removed them. The harness is still hooked up and it did work to illuminate the road very well but I saw quite a few high beam flashes. It was not other driver friendly by any stretch :( The OEM HID’s are auto-leveling which makes them completely street legal.
___Koreberg, I do not know about the latest kits but a few years back, you could cut your power output to the headlights almost in half!
12-19-2007, 11:51 PM
Please consider using some HID optics instead of your standard halogen optics if you aren't considering it already. Most of my driving is done at night and I can't stand it when somebody with a poorly installed HID kit comes towards me.
01-01-2008, 06:22 PM
I read in another auto forum that someone was burning out head lamps yearly and the first response was "are you using HID's?" and the second comment was that Prius owners that had the factory ones were commenting about on comming cars were flashing them (unfriendly to other cars) so xcel and seftonm have ghood info for you.