LED vs HID

Discussion in 'Generation 4 - Exterior Upgrades' started by Andrew C, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Andrew C

    Andrew C New Member

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    upgrading my headlights and im wondering what you folks would recommend for a replacement bulb.
    im leaning towards LED because of the simple install but i need the best down road light projection i can get. So im willing to do what needs to be done to achieve the results im looking for.
     
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    Hid is the only real option we don't have any good led drop in's yet.
    Unless you do a retrofit.
    I would recommend mishimoto hide or led retro for price and quality

    If your looking at bulbs and want the bightest hids Phillips night breakers are pretty good but osram has the best.


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    Any ballast upgrades? I notice they do cut back pretty good when first turned on as my newer mazda dosnt and they are very bright. I thought it was all really in the ballast box thing
     
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    I dont think they cut back. You have to remember that h.i.d is a controlled arc in gas. Like an ignition coil you have to jump up voltage to bridge the gap then you can lower the voltage to maintain the ark. If you scope a coil it almost looks like a heat beat graph.

    The jump in intensity is the initial starting ark. There is no need to maintain that high intensity ark all the time.

    Are you sure your mazda isn't LED? Seems more are going that way becuase cost of ownership is lower.
     
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    Id have to look, its a 2016 mazda 3. Thanks for the info, I totally forgot how they worked as i learned sometime last year and forgot thats why they are brighter for a second
     
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    So I was looking to see if Mazda are using led bulbs that you can replace or built in like the morimoto and it seems they are doing it the same way as morimoto does it since there is only one plug on the housing [​IMG]

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    After doing a lot of research, I found an LED upgrade for my HIDs on my 2011. It is on amazon.com and is by Car Rover and is $79.99. It is truly a plug-and-play. It uses the HID Ballast. You unplug your HIDs from the cable and plug the converter into that same cable and put your light bulbs in. That's it. You have to look for D3S LED converion kit, NOT 9005.
     
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    Make sure you can turn the bulb to align them I hope there at least as good as a halogen

    Can you get before and after pictures of the beam pattern?

    My friend bought some for his van they looked as bright as his hids in the housing till I drove it and then they turned out to be pretty bad but we didn't mess with them at all to see if we could align them before the van got in a accident

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    sorry, can't post pictures. Already installed them.
     
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    What do you think of them? Are they a lot brighter? Can you see down the road better?
     
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    I will I will have to let you know. I currently have my car in the air. I remove the bumper and I'm painting the grill and the wheels. So, I haven't had the car out at night. Hopefully in the next day or so I will have everything finished and I will reply to you at that time.
     
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