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better headlight performance?

I'm looking into Recon HID bulbs for my 2013 F350. The factory lights are sorry. From what I can tell, my truck uses H13 bulbs. Are the Recon HIDs worth $250? Input appreciated!
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Simply put, no. That's a rip off for those HID's. If you're just wanting to do the HID upgrade without doing a projector retrofit, which is preferred but not mandatory, order the hi/lo kit from ddmtuning.com. You'll be better off and at a fraction of what recon wants.

Everyone will tell you not to run HID's in a non-projector housing but so what....

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They work fine in my non projector housings. Just direct them down a bit. If not, you'll blind everybody and the light dispurses.


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do some research on hid lights w/o a projector. It is actually very unsafe. You basically blind the oncoming traffic. Our trucks sit high and blind people with regular lights. Throw some hid with no projector and it is just bad news in my opinion not to mention illegal in most if not all states.
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Everyone will tell you not to run HID's in a non-projector housing but so what....
Yah, why the heck would you want to hear what other guys have to say about what they installed and figured out what doesn't work well then passing it on to other forum members so they don't waste their money doing the same thing. Why put in retrofitted HID bulbs that usually end up flickering all the time, that have less light output then they are capable of because the OEM reflector isn't designed for that type of long bulb, that usually don't point in the same direction because again the OEM reflector isn't designed for that type of long bulb, that cause oncoming drivers to constantly flash their high beams at you for all the above reasons? Yah..."SO WHAT"?
Save yourself the headaches and spend a little more money and have headlights that don't cause every driver to give you the finger by getting proper HID conversions. Cary at CT Performance Inc is supporting vender that does such conversions.



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I run HID lights in my oem lamps with no problems at all. Looking at them directly is no worse than staring directly at any other headlight and they are way better than stock bulbs. So yeah.......so what. To the OP i used Lumens high performance lighting and have never once seen a flicker either. A nice 6000k will give you a nice white light that will make spotting deer at night much easier

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What are you guys throwing down $$$ for your conversions?
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I run HID lights in my oem lamps with no problems at all. Looking at them directly is no worse than staring directly at any other headlight and they are way better than stock bulbs. So yeah.......so what. To the OP i used Lumens high performance lighting and have never once seen a flicker either. A nice 6000k will give you a nice white light that will make spotting deer at night much easier
If you could switch back and forth between your HID kit and a true HID conversion you would see for yourself that there is absolutely no comparison. I do a vast majority of my driving on dark unlit back roads that have wolves, deer, moose appearing out of nowhere all the time and I can guaranty you that there's a HUGE difference in how far down the road the light from the same HID bulb slapped inside OEM housing lights up and the same bulb put in a true HID converted housing. If all you want is "I got HID's in my truck" then save your money and put in the kits.


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I put the hid lights in my truck for an improvement over stock of which they are. I can see the difference right away, im not 16 and couldn't care less about being able to say i have hid lights. Secondly i'd rather my truck not look like it has bug eye projectors in it. Im sure however that the projectors do an even better job at higher cost than just hids. For the money I spent $100 to be exact, its well worth it to me and they are an improvement regardless of your opinion Term3. Thanks though

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I put the hid lights in my truck for an improvement over stock of which they are. I can see the difference right away, im not 16 and couldn't care less about being able to say i have hid lights. Secondly i'd rather my truck not look like it has bug eye projectors in it. Im sure however that the projectors do an even better job at higher cost than just hids. For the money I spent $100 to be exact, its well worth it to me and they are an improvement regardless of your opinion Term3. Thanks though
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