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35W vs 55W HID comparison here

35W vs 55W HID comparison here

Postby carsonhowe22 [OP] » Jan 08 2012, 6:28am

Just recently installed HIDs to mine and my friends trucks. I have an '04 Silverado and he has an '04 S10 Xtreme. I have 35W 5000k HID lowbeams from CustomHID and he has 55W 5000k HID lowbeams from DDM Tuning. Here is the comparison:
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Re: 35W vs 55W HID comparison here

Postby Whiteycrewcab » Jan 08 2012, 6:36am

Ive heard the 55w will melt your housings after a while...tell your friend to keep an eye on em.
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Postby zombiehunr » Jan 08 2012, 6:40am

I put a 55w kit in my cbr motorcycle, melted lense housing in about a month
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Re: 35W vs 55W HID comparison here

Postby Whiteycrewcab » Jan 08 2012, 7:01am

Thank you for your service for our freedom Zombiehunr
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Re: 35W vs 55W HID comparison here

Postby Silverado55 » Jan 08 2012, 7:48am

I wonder if there is much heat difference between stock bulbs and HID bulbs. The Stock bulbs are 55w halogens so 55w HIDs should be the same?
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Postby zombiehunr » Jan 08 2012, 8:12am

Whiteycrewcab I appreciate the thanks

55w halogen don't produce as much heat as 55w hid lights, when I had em in my bike I was living in Florida so the weather didn't help, I'm now in Washington so running hid lows and fogs is ok because 40 degree weather keeps them nice and cold

also the hid light is focused on one spot of your headlight lens, 35w hid is plenty bright
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Re: 35W vs 55W HID comparison here

Postby dmaxfireman » Jan 08 2012, 2:58pm

For anybody trying to decide whether to get 35w or 55w

In my hot shot truck I had a set of 55w 4300k low beams and they were great for me but downright dangerous for other drivers. Whether I was coming up behind them or coming at them they were too bright even when properly adjusted. Stick with 35w setups, they are plenty bright enough, trust me and are much less taxing on other drivers when adjusted properly.
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Postby carsonhowe22 [OP] » Jan 08 2012, 4:05pm

On the topic of 55W melting your housing.. Ive heard several things about this, but I think it all depends on your application. I've heard that 55W can melt your housing if you put them in your fog lights, but not for your lowbeams unless you have small headlight housings.

On the issue of blinding oncoming drivers, that also depends on your application. In most cases, the bulbs are not aimed and can be dangerous. I can't speak for many other vehicles, but my body style Silverado lowbeams are aimed, which is another reason that my friend's HIDs look brighter, because his aren't.
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Re: 35W vs 55W HID comparison here

Postby oldsaltydog » Jan 08 2012, 6:17pm

here are my 35 watt hids 6000k[gallery]5620
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Re: 35W vs 55W HID comparison here

Postby MouSe » Jan 09 2012, 12:23am

carsonhowe22 wrote:On the topic of 55W melting your housing.. Ive heard several things about this, but I think it all depends on your application. I've heard that 55W can melt your housing if you put them in your fog lights, but not for your lowbeams unless you have small headlight housings.

On the issue of blinding oncoming drivers, that also depends on your application. In most cases, the bulbs are not aimed and can be dangerous. I can't speak for many other vehicles, but my body style Silverado lowbeams are aimed, which is another reason that my friend's HIDs look brighter, because his aren't.


Yeah, I aimed my 2004 as well. Helped a lot. Never got flashed once.

Took them out though because I've started towing more, which makes aiming pointless because it raises them up again.
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