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Can I put HID bulbs in my projector headlights?

Last Updated: 26th June, 2020

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Bulb size: HID projectors are designedforuse with D1S, D2S, or D4S bulbs. No, you cannot simplystickthe bulb from your old HID kit intheback of a projector and expect it to fit or workwell. Ifyou're using a bi-xenon projector, you do notneedbi-xenon specific bulbs.

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Also, what kind of bulb goes in a projector headlight?

Halogen projector headlights: Thefirstprojector headlights used halogen bulbs, justlikereflector headlights. These headlightstypicallyproject a more even beam of light than reflectors, with asharpercutoff between light and dark, even though they use theolderhalogen bulb technology.

how do I convert my headlights to HID? How to Install HID Conversion Kit

  1. Open your vehicle's hood.
  2. Open the back cap on the headlight assembly and take outthestock bulb.
  3. Insert the xenon light into the headlight housing.
  4. Insert the xenon bulb into the headlight.
  5. Connect the HID bulb with the ballast and connect theHIDballast back to the stock socket.

One may also ask, are HID or LED better for projector headlights?

Projector headlights are significantlybrighterthan reflector headlights. They're less likely toblindother drivers. Xenon HID bulbs can only be usedwithprojector headlights. HID bulbs are too brightwhenused in reflector headlights, where the light they emitcanblind other drivers.

Can I put a brighter bulb in my projector?

As projector bulbs age, theirbrightnesscan decrease as much as 80 percent -- before thebulbsburn out. While increasing the lumens of aprojector beyondits rated brightness is not possible,you can reducethe number of lumens lost by bulbage.

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How do you tell if I have HID headlights?

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How do you install HID low beam lights?

Xenon HID Headlights Installation
  1. Open your vehicle's hood.
  2. Open the back cap of the headlight assembly and take outthestock bulb.
  3. Insert the xenon light into the headlight housings.
  4. Insert the xenon bulbs into the headlights.
  5. Below you will find an image of how to install thepowersupply.