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affordable lights?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by drifter, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Nov 11, 2010 at 9:10 PM
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    drifter

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    Hello,
    I'd like to get a couple lights to put up front for some extra illumination when offroad etc. Would driving lights or flood lights work? With all the different options, I was wondering what would be good for my needs. I'd like to keep it below $150 for two ok lights, or around that much.

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  2. Nov 11, 2010 at 9:31 PM
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    memario1214

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    I would suggest 2 hella 500s converted to HID. You'll get your light
     
  3. Nov 11, 2010 at 9:37 PM
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    cool, how well did they work before the HID conversion?
     
  4. Nov 11, 2010 at 11:37 PM
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    idk if this pic helps but heres my hellas in the day time

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  5. Nov 11, 2010 at 11:40 PM
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    I bought 2 harbor freight lights (6" about $10 each) and converted them to 55w HIDs from DDM Tuning.
    They are very bright and work very well.
     
  6. Nov 11, 2010 at 11:41 PM
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    thats a good idea, i planned on converting mine to hid when i had em
     
  7. Nov 12, 2010 at 6:03 AM
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    The hella light output by themselves is "OK" at best... $55 extra to turn them into 55w hid is well well worth it!
     
  8. Nov 12, 2010 at 8:46 AM
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    where do you get 55 bucks from? what brand of hid?
     
  9. Nov 12, 2010 at 9:00 AM
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    DDMtuning.com I did a set of hella 700ff's in HID for a little over $100.
     
  10. Nov 12, 2010 at 10:17 AM
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    That was DDM... That's how much my 55w cost me shipped to my door when I ordered them. :notsure:
     
  11. Nov 12, 2010 at 10:18 AM
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    ooo gotcha
     
  12. Nov 12, 2010 at 2:42 PM
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    Thanks guys, these are some good ideas.
     
  13. Nov 13, 2010 at 8:45 AM
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    Kragen HIDs are around $100 apiece, and have the ballast mounted inside the light. You can do Hella 500s with HID conversion for a little over $100/pair.

    Hella: advantage - price, and you can do 55w HID, disadvantage - wiring and hiding external ballast, and kinda worthless without the HID conversion

    Kragen: advantage - ease of mounting/wiring, nice pattern, disadvantage - price

    You could always do Hella 4000s or Light Force for around $100/light, but that's non HID, they're dang bright though.
     
  14. Nov 13, 2010 at 12:23 PM
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    Hella 4000 Metal (pencil beams, 100 watt halogen):

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    Stock high beams:

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  15. Nov 13, 2010 at 3:55 PM
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    Kragens might be an idea.

    I like the idea of the Hella 500's. Man, I wish those Hella 4000's were closer to my price range.

    What is the difference between hella 500 and hella 500FF?

    Thanks Cmack, but I might just stick to getting brand new ones.
     
  16. Nov 13, 2010 at 5:44 PM
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    The hella 500 uses different angles in the lens to focus the light where the FF uses reflectors in the housing to aim the light.
     
  17. Nov 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM
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    Converting the black magics to HID is also a real pita as well so just take that into consideration. As far as which of the 500 styles is better, I don't know. I bought the FFs because I liked the clear look better and I am happy with them.
     
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    All right, I'll probably ignore the black magics.

    Since the FF's and normals are so closely priced, I might just grab the FF's when I'm ready.
     
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