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    confused Hids?

    Can anyone shed any light on what exactly HIDS are and why you would want them?

    I have a 2003 2.2 SRI.


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    Think it stands for High Intensity Discharge, they're the xenon lights, and 10000x better than the standard halogen lights!

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    Cheers guys.

    I have a 2.2 2003 SRI so to clarify I could upgrade to HIDS just by changing the type of bulb? No changes to headlight structure etc?

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    Indeed - have a look on HIDs Direct for the Vec-C kit mate, installation is pretty simple...

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver-tongue View Post
    Can anyone shed any light on what exactly HIDS are and why you would want them?
    Halogen headlamps create light by heating up a filament. High Intensity (gas) Discharge headlamps create light by passing a high voltage through xenon gas (a bit like a camera flash). They are much brighter, whiter and use less electricity. (typically 35 W for HIDs vs 55 W for halogens).

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    ...could upgrade to HIDS just by changing the type of bulb?
    No. HIDs require a high voltage power supply. Additionally, if you want to follow the laws of most countries, you need to have the bulbs fitted to headlamp assemblies certified for the use of HID bulbs. These must have a headlamp levelling system and headlamp washers fitted. Not trivial if you want to do it properly.

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    Cheers Steve.

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    I've had HID's installed on mine mate and i'm never going back. They're awesome!!

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