HID kits

Discussion in 'Non Technical' started by Sammy472, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Sammy472

    Sammy472 New Member

    Hi guys, my name is Sam. I a new here, but I have been following these forums for a couple of months now. It has been very handy to have this knowledge at my finger tips. It has saved me from making many stupid mistakes on my Z. So a big thanks :)

    Anyway, I was wondering about installing HIDs. I have tried the 'search' function to help me but I am still a little bit confused :S

    I understand that you can buy the HID kits, but from my understanding they only come with 2 ballasts and 2 bolbs. I was wanting to change my parkers, fog lights, low and high beams over to HIDs. Do I need to purchase more than one kit? or is it possible to run the other lights off these 2 ballasts?

    Is it possible for someone to make up a quick list of what I will need to complete this conversion? It would be much appreciated. I am still considering if I should attempt the conversion or pay someone to do it for me.

    Thanks again guys. Love your work ;)

    - Sam
  2. Hidds

    Hidds THAT annoying guy....

    you need to buy a kit for each set of light you plan on doing,

    having HID parkers and HID foggies is over kill.

    the conversion is all plug and play, check the tech section for more info if you cant figure it out.
  3. Anti

    Anti 14.7 x 14.7 = 44.1

    Hi Sam, welcome to the forum. Where abouts in Sydney are you? I live near Epping and am happy to help out anyone that feels like dropping by.

    In answer to your question, you'll need 3 HID kits. One for each the low beams, high beams and fog lights. The parkers will take a simple wedge-style LED, which can be had from any Jaycar or similar for a buck or two.

    It is recommended you choose different powers for each of the pairs of lights. 35 watt is a good, bright-but-not-blinding pick for the low beams and will probably not land you in trouble. High beams and fog lights you can go more, but the higher you go the more you risk getting picked up for it. Maybe 55 watt for the fogs and 75 or 100 for the highs, but only because you won't be using them with anyone else around.

    There is no off-the-shelf option for our high beams. The closest bulb type obtainable is H1, which will require a custom spacer (anything really) jammed between the bulb and where it slots into the headlight. I have done this and it really is very easy. For the low beams, a H3 kit will fit in where we have H3C's. I don't know what's required for the fog lights.

    If you need any help fitting (you'll realise you won't when you actually give it a go) feel free to drop by and I'll show you how it's done.
  4. Mclovin

    Mclovin Well-Known Member

    Mine has been nothing but trouble, LED's blew too often in the parkers and one HID sometimes fails to turn on, they're only 18 months old and never did this until roughly 6 months ago. Also since installing the HID's the headlights have nothing sealing the bulb in place so moisture can get in. Been thinking about going back to stock.
  5. ryzan

    ryzan Moderator Staff Member

    Fogs take H3's too. I've got 6000k 35watt and 55watt in the low and high beams and they are absolutely awesome. 3000k fog lights for that yellow jdm awesomeness. You also should mod the wiring loom so the lows stay on with the highs (otherwise when you flick between them you will have a moment of no light).

    As for hid kits, I'd reccomend going for a proper AC kit. Cheaper kits out DC instead of AC which apparently shortens the lifespan of the bulbs.
  6. Medallion Man

    Medallion Man New Member

    HID's in the low bean is a popular mod over here in the UK.

    HID's in the fogs and high beam isn't really done... I can see no reason not to do the fog's but the high bean in the UK is used all the time to signal other drivers to pull out or move on from a junction or narrow road (yes, against the highway code).
    due to this the life of the HID would be greatly reduced as they don't tend to like being flashed....

    something I would advise (and have dome myself) is set up a relay for the HID's so that they pull power direct form the battery, it fixed the issues I had with blowing fuses, ballast & bulbs blowing.

    Also I just used bright led's in the side/running/park lights... :)
  7. mholt

    mholt Member

    medallion man thanks it is high beam
  8. Sammy472

    Sammy472 New Member

    Thanks for the useful info guys.

    Any suggestions for which brand I should go for? I see there is a fair amount of variety on ebay :S

    - Sam
  9. rob260

    rob260 Administrator Staff Member

    HID's are not advised for the fog lights as they generate alot of heat and the foggies are only in a small housing.

    I am running 55W HID highs, 35W HID lows, LED parkers (matched to 6000K) and have left the fog lights alone. Puts out a shitload of light, I have the mod for highs and lows on at the same time and it's like daylight out there...
  10. rob260

    rob260 Administrator Staff Member

  11. Anti

    Anti 14.7 x 14.7 = 44.1

    You do not know night time daylight 'til you've driven with my 100w high beams. 100w is equal approximately one sun.
  12. rob260

    rob260 Administrator Staff Member

    Ha well man I would but you know, your car don't drive that well and all that... :p
  13. Anti

    Anti 14.7 x 14.7 = 44.1

    hahahaha :D still boosts before yours!
  14. rob260

    rob260 Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah just need a few people to push it!
  15. jamersss

    jamersss Member

    Got my HIDs in on Sunday, it is fantastic compared to the stock low beam lights.

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