HID Headlight Info ?

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  1. ArcticRider

    ArcticRider Been here awhile

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    I recently purchased a BMW X-Challenge and there are two boxes containing HID headlights.

    Neither has ever been installed and both are in their boxes but are an older generation.

    Can you guys tell me much about the advancements in HID headlights compared to this set-up?

    I have photos of one and will have to snap photos of the second Kit since it is different.

    Thanks

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  2. ArcticRider

    ArcticRider Been here awhile

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  3. plumer1kt

    plumer1kt Adventurer

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    the second seems to be next generation HID and is 55w
    more light output from the 35w and has less start up time,means that will reach sooner the maximum output when you turn your lights on.
    first gen HID's needed about a minute for that .
    go for the second set as it is 55w.
    easy to install if you have little experience with cables.
    you'll have to find a place for the ballast in your bike (don't know about your's) and route the cables not to interfere with moving parts.
    you must know that you will produce a lot of glare to the opposite drives on road with the HID's.
    lamps designed for halogen bulbs produce glare when hid's are installed to them and that is due to different optics need to be used for each bulb.look here to understand it

    if you drive off-road do not concern about glare and proceed with HID's.they are much brighter and worth the mod.
    on-road you will produce glare annoying the opposite drivers.
    LED replacement bulbs do the same when fitted to halogen lamps.
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  4. ArcticRider

    ArcticRider Been here awhile

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    Thank you for your detailed response.

    I have decided to list both on the FM and look for some auxiliary lights.
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  5. plumer1kt

    plumer1kt Adventurer

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    that's better!hope you read the previous link (the red letters).
    now check this to learn about voltage drop and how you can upgrade your main lights with a relay and a good bulb cheap and easy.
    personally i use GE MEGALIGHT ULTRA or OSRAM NIGHTBREAKER.
    if you go for this mod tell us about any improvement.
    enjoy your bike!
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  6. ArcticRider

    ArcticRider Been here awhile

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    I did read the red link...Thanks.

    I already have relays on my truck headlights for exactly the benefits you posted and I found a brand new relay assembly in the box of goodies from the PO from Eastern Beaver Company, Japan.
    Two sets actually designed for the horn (one set single and one set double) and I intend to modify the single for the headlamp and FM the other.

    Cheers
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  7. worwig

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    That first photo shows what appears to be a H4 hi-lo bulb. I use those today in my bike. They are actually shielded well, and the high to low function works pretty well. You get a pretty good amount of light, in the right place. I once tried one that did not have good shielding like that model, and it was total garbage. Uncontrolled light everywhere.

    BUT, I have had two issues. One, the bulbs do not last as long as I had hoped. I believe it is related to the driver. One of the electrodes inside the bulb slowly burns away, and the other does not. I can only guess that the bulb is getting DC, not AC. Not that familiar with the technology though. The other problem, is the solenoid that moves the bulb from low to high, is loosely mounted in plastic. It wears quickly, and the bulb alignment and shielding get pretty bad after a while. That is an issue for me, because I work the evening shift, and toggle high-low-high-low and LOT every day, causing it to wear fast.
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  8. ArcticRider

    ArcticRider Been here awhile

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    Thanks.

    I listed them on the FM if you could use the additional parts.
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    Perhaps I missed it but....I found that I went through ballasts as my light would come on when I first keyed up my bike ( '07 Dakar) before I hit the start button. This caused the bulb/ballast to dim or go out when full power given to starter..then light came on after re-ignition....I had the ten second time delay added to my set-up and found that I could get my bike started and running THEN the headlight would come on..just my 'dos centavos' but maybe someone will find it helpful....I dealt with Futurevision via Vendor forum...
    cheers
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  10. ArcticRider

    ArcticRider Been here awhile

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    Since you currently have the first HID I have listed installed on your bike...would you be willing to just pay shipping for this Kit of mine for spare parts?
    I don't want to just toss them out.

    I am still hoping the second set may actual sell.

    Cheers
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