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Discussion: Projector Headlight Lighting- Xenon(HID) vs. Halogen

View Poll Results: Which do you prefer Overall: Xenon(HID) vs. Halogen
Xenon: Best overall 15 31.91%
Halogen: Best overall 3 6.38%
Not sure 11 23.40%
Xenon upgrade: Do it yourself 20 42.55%
Xenon upgrade: Professional installation 6 12.77%
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:28 AM   #1
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Smile Discussion: Projector Headlight Lighting- Xenon(HID) vs. Halogen

Which is better OVERALL Xenon or Halogen?

Things to concider:

1. Safety
2. Cost of upgrading and maintining
3. bulb life
4. color and clearity
5. Vanity

If you are considering Xenon, will you install yourself or have a professinal install?
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Even though I have a PnP xenon kit, I would say to stick with halogen, unless you are willing to retrofit HID projectors.

Alot of work goes into designing proper optics for HID's, simply dropping in a rebased xenon bulb and wiring up ballasts doesn't get you there.
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Even though I have a PnP xenon kit, I would say to stick with halogen, unless you are willing to retrofit HID projectors.

Alot of work goes into designing proper optics for HID's, simply dropping in a rebased xenon bulb and wiring up ballasts doesn't get you there.
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As far as the actual lights go, xenon lights are better. They are brighter, last longer and use less power than halogen.
As stated though, a correct projector is needed to make the brighter light really effective. Without a projector the xenon glares and reflects light all over the place and blinds on-comming traffic.
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maybe you should redo the poll. not xenon vs halogen, you should hid projectors vs hid drop in kits. you are only really comparing bulb types
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Yea, if you're talking cheap ebay projectors lights halogen bulbs are better since they're not designed for HID. Doing a proper HID projector retrofit would be the best option.
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I have FX bi-xenon retro's with Philips 4300K bulbs. They are way way brighter and fuller than the stock halogen/reflector, just no comparison.
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