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HID (High Intensity Discharge) SHOULD outlast your car, in theory. There are no fillaments to burn, only gases that heat up. There are a couple of cars I see with blown HID bulbs, but there are ignitors and ballasts that could be the cause too. They use 1/3 the power of halogen and shine up to three times farther, depending on the kelvin you buy. Most OEMs range from 4500 - 6000 Kelvin. Anything over 6,000 kelvin and you are losing light output for a more purplish light.
 

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Excellent!! Thank you very much!! :urthebest

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HID (High Intensity Discharge) SHOULD outlast your car, in theory. There are no fillaments to burn, only gases that heat up. There are a couple of cars I see with blown HID bulbs, but there are ignitors and ballasts that could be the cause too. They use 1/3 the power of halogen and shine up to three times farther, depending on the kelvin you buy. Most OEMs range from 4500 - 6000 Kelvin. Anything over 6,000 kelvin and you are losing light output for a more purplish light.
 

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No prob. I had an aftermarket kit on my RSX from xenondepot.com and the kit was excellent. They mold the light bulbs to be the same exact length as a halogen bulb. This proves beneficial because on OEM HID reflectors they are totally different than halogens. The best bet is to have HID bulbs and reflectors, but no can do in the Armada unless you have someone throw some ECE projectors custom. That will cost some loot though...
 

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No prob. I had an aftermarket kit on my RSX from xenondepot.com and the kit was excellent. They mold the light bulbs to be the same exact length as a halogen bulb. This proves beneficial because on OEM HID reflectors they are totally different than halogens. The best bet is to have HID bulbs and reflectors, but no can do in the Armada unless you have someone throw some ECE projectors custom. That will cost some loot though...
Any idea why these bulbs would be illegal if there not original equipment?
 

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Anything you install in the headlight housing must be DOT approved. The reason why aftermarket HID systems are not is because they dont auto level or can be self leveled. All OEM HID's have this feature because the glare is so intense if shined directly in the on coming drivers eyes.
 

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TooTall said:
Anything you install in the headlight housing must be DOT approved. The reason why aftermarket HID systems are not is because they dont auto level or can be self leveled. All OEM HID's have this feature because the glare is so intense if shined directly in the on coming drivers eyes.
You da man, thanks!!
 

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Also, HID headlights need to have a deflector. The low beam for the Mada should be ok, but the highbeam doesn't, which will really make the light blinding if you install a high beam HID. ;)
 

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Also, HID headlights need to have a deflector. The low beam for the Mada should be ok, but the highbeam doesn't, which will really make the light blinding if you install a high beam HID. ;)
Just the low beams for me. Of course I haven't done much of anything yet.
 

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what kind of HID would you recommend I purchase for my sons 1985 240sx? He is noticing the lights aren't very bright.

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The ones Burtman offers appear to be universal but maybe a bit pricey for a car that age. It's all up to you. Maybe some silver stars from sylvania might be a better option bout 50 bucks at Walmart and pretty bright.
 

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Mary said:
what kind of HID would you recommend I purchase for my sons 1985 240sx? He is noticing the lights aren't very bright.

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I agree. HID are too much. Do two things. One, make sure his headlight housings aren't really beat up. You could replace those with new headlight housings that are clean. Then add PIAA bulbs or silver stars, etc. Much more light than stock but much cheaper than HIDSs. HIDs would cost a good chunk of the value of the car. ;)
 

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Just got back from the dealer, they are selling in the parts departement show case, different light bulbs for the Armada( super white, Platinum white, purple, and bright yellow) made by HALO company,for the Low beam its 9006 the pair is $24.99, and for the High beam 9005 and its the same price. now I asked the dealer if this will void my warranty, they said if we install them, which will be about half an hour charge for $85.00. will not void the warranty, but if you buy them here and install them yourself and anything happens. then yes it will void the warranty. :confused:
 

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Just got back from the dealer, they are selling in the parts departement show case, different light bulbs for the Armada( super white, Platinum white, purple, and bright yellow) made by HALO company,for the Low beam its 9006 the pair is $24.99, and for the High beam 9005 and its the same price. now I asked the dealer if this will void my warranty, they said if we install them, which will be about half an hour charge for $85.00. will not void the warranty, but if you buy them here and install them yourself and anything happens. then yes it will void the warranty. :confused:
OMG!! What a scam!! Are they serious with that B.S.? Bottom line it will not void warranty and that's backed up by FTC ruling. If you really want the bulbs get'm and do the install yourself just keep your fingers off the bulbs.
 

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OMG!! What a scam!! Are they serious with that B.S.? Bottom line it will not void warranty and that's backed up by FTC ruling. If you really want the bulbs get'm and do the install yourself just keep your fingers off the bulbs.
I know, but what can you do. those guys can Rob you blind :eek:
 

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ggeorgie said:
Just got back from the dealer, they are selling in the parts departement show case, different light bulbs for the Armada( super white, Platinum white, purple, and bright yellow) made by HALO company,for the Low beam its 9006 the pair is $24.99, and for the High beam 9005 and its the same price. now I asked the dealer if this will void my warranty, they said if we install them, which will be about half an hour charge for $85.00. will not void the warranty, but if you buy them here and install them yourself and anything happens. then yes it will void the warranty. :confused:

Dont let them do it. It would only take you 5 minutes to change, if that. I had the Piaa GTX bulbs for my low beam.

http://cgi.ebay.com/PIAA-GT-X-GTX-6...ryZ72235QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I got them from Jason, site sponsor. They are much better than the Xtreme white but are not cheap for what they are. I use them in my motorcyle as well. I can see what warranty it will void unless you get a bulbs that has a really high wattage and melts the headlight housing or wiring harness.

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I installed 6000k HIDs in the Armada last night. Big difference. I just have to adust the lamps down a bit so as to not blind on comming traffic.





what kit and did you do it yourself

A friend of mine gave me his set up he wasnt using and all I had to do is buy the ballast. The install was easy, I soldered the 2 wires for each side, installed the bulbs, and mounted the igniters. I did it in about and hour or so. Xentronic was the kit and Mcculloch where the bulbs I used. So far so good.
 

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Jason has a nice looking kit. Remember, HID is very different from white bulbs. The amount of light is dramatically different, but so is the price. ;)
 
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