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55 watt bulb vs 35 watt bulb

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by TUCKER2, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:16 PM
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    TUCKER2

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    I'm about to buy HID's for both headlights and fog lights and inquired about what watt bulbs they sell. The guy said the 55 watt kits produce too much heat on the housings and the glare is horrible for oncoming traffic. I wanted to know who has 55 watt and has it melted anything???? Any feedback is welcomed.

    I'm going to buy the 4300k and do the retro fit, but just wanted some input from owners on the 35 watt vs 55 watt.
     
  2. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:21 PM
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    In my brights I have the 55 watt 4500k and in the projectors/driving lights I have 35 watt 12k (both ddm tunning)..and so far I've been able to run the brights for at least 15mins without feeling any amount of heat that seemed dangerous to the housing. But the dif is day and night between 35w and 55w. I'd say 35w is better for the city and for sure less blinding.
     
  3. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:26 PM
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    IamTacO

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    55w or 35w is for the ballast, and has nothing to do with the bulbs. if you care to know, on hidplanet.com. its been discussed that 55w ddm ballasts have melted shrouds on hid projectors. cheaper quality aftermarket bulbs do run hotter than oem bulbs. there is always a risk that you will melt the reflector with a cheap bulb
     
  4. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:27 PM
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    A 55w outside of a projector style housing WILL provide too much glare, leading to oncoming being blinded and also harrassment from the cops. I would not buy 55W HIDs for a stock headlight housing, i'd do the 35's. If you do a projector light, then the 55's are awesome. I've got them and love them! :)

    Cut off line with projectors:
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:31 PM
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    stick with 35w ballast. 55w is too much and the light output isnt as clean
     
  6. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:32 PM
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    dude those are SICK headlights!!
     
  7. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:38 PM
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    what kinda projector do you have? where from? how much?
     
  8. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:43 PM
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    I think he is rocking the morimoto minis. What HID rig are you running? And what bulb size are the morimotos- H1?
     
  9. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:47 PM
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  10. Oct 26, 2010 at 8:56 PM
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    good choice with the tl's. are you running the zkw lenses? im running the morimoto mini d2s projectors
     
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    How is the light output with those headlights and HIDs? Got any pictures?
     
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    35w heads, 55w fogs. Just dont drive with your fogs on by cops
     
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    i got 55w and it hasnt melted anything nor i've been flash.


    ok, just one time
     
  15. Oct 26, 2010 at 11:11 PM
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    give it time. ddm kits are too inconsistent. just give it time
     
  16. Oct 27, 2010 at 8:33 AM
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    Yessir.The output is awsome on the brights, and the lows (they're 12k so I kinda sacraficed good lighting for good looks) are good enough for me.Ill find some pics and get them up.
     
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    I have the 55w with Hi/Low in my stock lenses on my '09 and lenses are ok and light output is clean. I did use 55w in aftermarket lenses on another truck and those were bright, but put out too much glare.
     
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    55w is overkill IMO.
     
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    for whoever was askin..
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    35w lows
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    35w lows w/ fog
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    55w high w/ fog
    [​IMG]
     
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    dammmm, that bright
     
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