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Old 03-07-2014, 05:46 PM   #1
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So I am pretty sure my HID bulbs are older. They are very "yellowish".

What is the best place to buy new ones? Expensive? Also, what is the "K" rating on the factories. I would like something a TINY but more bluish white or white white.
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You lose light output the more (even tiny) you go blue (higher K) so you need to think about that. Is it more important you look cool, or you see better?
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As for buying them, I got mine from http://www.danielsternlighting.com

I think you HAVE to actual email him with your request (car type, etc) and he'll get back to you, but they were the cheapest place to get OFFICIAL Philips HID bulbs. No Chinese knockoffs or eBay brands. They're the brightest (by lumen output) bulbs on the market that are stock and not over driven or require different ballasts. He will answer all your questions too and give you great advice with PROOF that high K bulbs are producing less light.

While you're at it ask him about the bulbs did your brights and change those too. I believe mine were under $60 total and produce a HUGE amount of light (2100+ lumens/bulb, almost HID level) and just light up the world when used.

Be warned, those high beams are "special use" off road online. I only use mine when no oncoming traffic is around (honestly only time you NEED brights in this car) and have NEVER had a legal issue with them. They really help for mountain passes in the dark and stuff though...
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I just replace all the bulbs in the front of my car I went to NAPA HIDs are $100/each and the rest of my bulbs were $30 or less per pair. But I also got high performance bulbs for brights and fog. The only thing killing my lights now is the lenses.
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A note on the "high performance 180% brighter blah blah", almost all of it is marketing buzz. If they're not designed better or higher wattage, they're not producing more light. Check out the site I have you for some in depth info on the marketing. Go by the lumen count and not the wattage or "Hyper White" marketing lingo.

Standard bulbs are good with this car since those HID low beams are so good, but if you want ultra bright you're going to have to get bulbs producing more lumens such as the special service bulbs I mentioned below.
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As for buying them, I got mine from http://www.danielsternlighting.com

Be warned, those high beams are "special use" off road online. I only use mine when no oncoming traffic is around (honestly only time you NEED brights in this car) and have NEVER had a legal issue with them. They really help for mountain passes in the dark and stuff though...
*1. I have used him as well. Luckily, no safety or headlight inspections in Colorado. If it was not for all the marketing made up crap and weird tints, Autozone, Walmart and Oreillys could not sell $5 bulbs for $35.
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Found the original email from almost three years ago! This is GREAT advice and I took all of it. I've been super happy with my low HIDs and my brights. Just keep those brights off if there is any oncoming traffic, even if it's kinda far away. Pro tip, those same high beam bulbs can go into the fog lights... I just installed them expecting to be wowed by the extra light output... It's noticeable, but probably not worth the cost...

Info from email below...

Forget all the "crystal white" "extra white" "hyper white" "metal white" advertising crapola. It is all hype. Any higher-CCT bulb produces less light, of which a lower proportion is usable, than a correct 4100K original equipment bulb. Don't screw yourself; get the correct bulbs:
http://store.candlepower.com/d2sbulbs1.html

The high beam H7s: use Osram 65w H7s (2100 lumens vs. original 1400): http://store.candlepower.com/osraulhiouh7.html . They produce more light with better focus and longer life than _any_ other H7, including the 100w items you can buy from disreputable sources. Lifespan is also longer than any of the +50 (etc.) 55w H7 bulbs, and the 65w H7 is fully compatible with stock wiring.
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*1. I have used him as well. Luckily, no safety or headlight inspections in Colorado. If it was not for all the marketing made up crap and weird tints, Autozone, Walmart and Oreillys could not sell $5 bulbs for $35.
I've used 100/90w H4 halogens and 100w H2 high beams in VA with safety and headlight inspection. The headlight tester never went over what something like the 50,000 lumen or candlepower limit..
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I've used 100/90w H4 halogens and 100w H2 high beams in VA with safety and headlight inspection. The headlight tester never went over what something like the 50,000 lumen or candlepower limit..
50k lumen would be like having a small sun with you! The HID low beams are 3200 lumen each and 2100 for each high beam. Max I'm tossing down the road with all four bulbs lit is 10,600 lumen! Five times that would be INSANE! (I wouldn't turn it away though , lol)

Might be candlepower though or something.
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That was my point..the limit was so high I never got in trouble.
Except for one ahole that objected to the two driving lights on my 280Z and two fog lights. I pointed out that many cars have four headlights and fogs so I was not illegal. Had to get his supervisor though. Guy went through my brakes with a fine tooth comb...got squat because I had new pads.
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That was my point..the limit was so high I never got in trouble.
Except for one ahole that objected to the two driving lights on my 280Z and two fog lights. I pointed out that many cars have four headlights and fogs so I was not illegal. Had to get his supervisor though. Guy went through my brakes with a fine tooth comb...got squat because I had new pads.
So glad I live somewhere with no inspections

Sorry you have (get to? :P) to get screwed over by crap like that
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Yea I noticed lol but there's only one type of HID lol any links to fog light lenses for a good price on an 01 A6? These ones I have are kinda foggy and I want a colored one . Or is that illegal? Want blue ones lol match the paint.
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Yea I noticed lol but there's only one type of HID lol any links to fog light lenses for a good price on an 01 A6? These ones I have are kinda foggy and I want a colored one . Or is that illegal? Want blue ones lol match the paint.
There is actually a couple different HIDs believe it or not, and the actual manufacture of the bulbs can make a big difference. Stick with genuine Philips bulbs!

For the blue color, yes it's probably illegal. I think ~5000k and below are probably the only legal ones (white down to yellowing white, think halogen color). With that said, I was asking Daniel Stern about selective yellow fog lights and he suggested instead buying Metal Cast paint by DupliColor ( http://www.duplicolor.com/products/metalCast/ ) and painting them myself. He said to let each coat "flash off" first, basically almost dry all the way, before the next and to make it a couple coats darker then what looks right.

You'll probably be disappointed in look of the light afterwards in the sense that YOU the driver probably won't be able to see much of any of it projected in front of you. (Can hardly see the fog light anyway with 2100 lumen bulbs) Also, it'll probably look weird being blue when you have white headlights just six inches or so above them... mismatched. (And don't buy high K HID bulbs unless you want to run over something because as soon as it's dark and rains you'll have reduced your light to casting like 15 feet in front of your car...)
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I meant one color hahah. But thanks. And I want to see farther but with the laws here I can't get a lot of the good ****. But I make do . I need to adjust my headlights they shine a bit to low.
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I meant one color hahah. But thanks. And I want to see farther but with the laws here I can't get a lot of the good ****. But I make do . I need to adjust my headlights they shine a bit to low.
Where are you? The standard alignment for the A6's HIDs are pretty good when you have genuine philips HID bulbs. 6k+ lumens does a pretty good job with the road... by far the best headlights I've been behind. (Though to be honest I haven't driven any new cars with HIDs)

If you're talking high beams, order those bulbs I linked to. You should be able to get them shipped anywhere in the USA and like I said, I doubt you'll have any legal issues unless you have inspections OR you use them constantly when oncoming traffic is around and happen to **** off a cop with them.
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I'm in tutah the blues and yellows are all illegal. We're lucky to be able to tint the lights lol and irk if I like HID they're expensive and not all that much better then a good bulb. Supposed to last a lot longer tho. Guess I'll find out. But every time I see a car drive by with blur lights or yellow dogs they are pulled over doe the road. I want to maximize visibility but plain white is boring haha I'll try Phillips. I can't remember what brand of HID I got. It's been a minute.
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Where are you? The standard alignment for the A6's HIDs are pretty good when you have genuine philips HID bulbs. 6k+ lumens does a pretty good job with the road... by far the best headlights I've been behind. (Though to be honest I haven't driven any new cars with HIDs)

If you're talking high beams, order those bulbs I linked to. You should be able to get them shipped anywhere in the USA and like I said, I doubt you'll have any legal issues unless you have inspections OR you use them constantly when oncoming traffic is around and happen to **** off a cop with them.
And also my passenger headlight is missing the bottom 2 mounts so it juggles around I need new assemblies just do t want to spend $300 each. If I do I'm going to see if there's a different type of setup so they aren't just stock.
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I'm in tutah the blues and yellows are all illegal. We're lucky to be able to tint the lights lol and irk if I like HID they're expensive and not all that much better then a good bulb. Supposed to last a lot longer tho. Guess I'll find out. But every time I see a car drive by with blur lights or yellow dogs they are pulled over doe the road. I want to maximize visibility but plain white is boring haha I'll try Phillips. I can't remember what brand of HID I got. It's been a minute.
HID's are by far better then a normal bulb! The lumen output of a standard halogen bulb is like 700 to 1200 lumens. The stock HIDs are 3400 lumens each. A huge amount of light being projected down on the ground. Possibly your lenses are so hazed over that it seems like less then a halogen amount of light. You can clear them up by yourself if you've got a random orbital or something (hell, maybe even good results from a hand drill and the right kit) or you can find a detailer that probably would do it for like $50 or less. It'll bring back almost brand new look and a HUGE increase in light. (You should be able to see a razor sharp cut off line again)

From my understanding selective yellow wasn't illegal anywhere in the USA, but maybe that's changed, or maybe it's only for fog lights... The HID bulbs that are yellow though probably aren't good quality, I don't think philips makes any tinted like that.
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So I am pretty sure my HID bulbs are older. They are very "yellowish".

What is the best place to buy new ones? Expensive? Also, what is the "K" rating on the factories. I would like something a TINY but more bluish white or white white.
Perhaps if we hang in there a couple more years or even less LED conversions will be available. The new LED headlights on the 2015A6 are interesting. And laser headlights are in the near future.
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Perhaps if we hang in there a couple more years or even less LED conversions will be available. The new LED headlights on the 2015A6 are interesting. And laser headlights are in the near future.
I hear laser might not be allowed on the streets. Only track and courses. Lol
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