LED vs HID

Discussion in 'Generation 4 - Exterior Upgrades' started by Andrew C, Feb 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM.

  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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