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Lighting woes

I drive 95% of the time at night. Some of this is on really DARK back country roads. Lighting is and has always been an important issue in my vehicles. This thing is just not cutting it. My stock lenses where pretty fogged and with the stock bulbs it was hard to light the road. I swapped them for a 6k heat 35w hid set up. While better still very sub par. I swapped out the lenses for a clear set. They need to be adjusted but still not even as bright as most stock newer vehicles. Now my lenses are smoked (at the time I couldnt find any clear non halo units) but its still pretty disappointing.
I read on here about people wiring the lights thru relays and to the battery? Anyone have good results? My next step is going to be some LED driving lights I guess. Any suggestions before I start adding lights

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Not sure the smoked color is helping. For a stock type light Sylvana Silverstars have always been my go to light. A fair amount brighter than a stock type bulb and a nice crisp light. I'm not sure what is in my truck. But the lights are nice and bright.
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By "6k" do you mean 6000 Kelvins? Looks to be, from the color of the lights. Those blue-ish lights produce less usable light. Get Silverstar Ultras (same color temp as the Silverstars, but more power) or the equivalent. As for a color temperature, go for the 4000K-5000K range, that's the closest to a full white. Any color temp above that actually produces less light.

And if those are true HIDs, not just the ricer bulbs they CALL "HID", then without projector housings, you're not only losing most of your light, you're endangering other drivers.

You should also consider some auxiliary road lighting. perhaps mounted in the holes of the bumper.
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I got some clear ones I'd trade ya straight up since I'm smoking all my lights and haven't done the headlights yet


Although Cary makes some very sweet looking hid/projector lights for our truck, not cheap but very easy and very nice looking

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Can you do me a favor and take a new pic a few feet back?

Lol. I really like the look of these lenses and they will look great when I get her painted. I need to adjust them up. And I think im picking up an LED light bar for added light. I just wish for driving purposes I could get a little more from them

They are actual HIDS. This is the 5th set ive bought from my distributer and these do appear more blue than the rest of them. I really hate the way the halos look on these rigs (or all of them ive seen on fleebay anyway) but trust me they are in no way a danger to anyone right now.

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If they're not in projector housings, they're a danger, by definition. As mentioned, Cary's product (search CT performance) is a true projector. Aesthetics are fine to consider, AFTER public safety and sufficient lighting for the driver.

Bottom line - HID bulbs, over 5000K, in reflector housings, are a recipe (and an explanation) for cr@ppy forward lighting.
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i have used the relay method. i did it because i was melting headlight switches. if there is an increase in light output it is minimal
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Well crap. I ordered a new toy today but its "offroad" only

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I used the RJM (I think that's the right letters) for the harness. Made a huge difference in light output. Too bad the closed doors. I know Cary sells a kit that does the same thing.
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