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I've heard two different things about how warm/cool HID lights run compared to Halogen. I've heard stories of people melting their fog light housings with HID and I've heard people say that HID is cooler because it's more efficient. I could never find any real tests or evidence of each.

Today I installed a 55w 5000k HID kit in the high beams of my sedan. I wanted to see if they create more heat or less heat compared to the stock HB3 (55W?) halogens. I installed the HID in one housing. Then I cleaned my headlight lenses and put a 1 inch square of masking tape in the same place on both housings right inline with the middle of the reflector. I read the temp of the masking tape with a cheap temp gun I have after 1 and 5 min of the headlights running.

HB3 Halogen:
Initial: 50.3F
1 min: 73.9F
5 min: 119.3F

55W 5000k HID:
Initial: 50.3F
1 min: 56.5F
5 min: 89.1F

So based on my (sort of) scientific test, HID do run significantly cooler than Halogen.
 

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No surprise here. Been known for quite sometime (hidplanet), but thanks for doing the tests.

However do note that the factory high beam bulb is 60W.

I bet you're enjoying that huge amount of light that the HIDs throw inside the high beam. I sure am. It's amaze(ballz).

I might throw in 70W HIDs into my high beams for the heck of it.
 

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No surprise here. Been known for quite sometime (hidplanet), but thanks for doing the tests.

However do note that the factory high beam bulb is 60W.

I bet you're enjoying that huge amount of light that the HIDs throw inside the high beam. I sure am. It's amaze(ballz).

I might throw in 70W HIDs into my high beams for the heck of it.
Thanks for the correction on the HB3 wattage. I've read through most of the lighting related threads and your testimony convinced me to go with the 55W HID in the highs. I'm gonna hit some back roads tonight to test them out. One of my bulbs flickers while it's warming up (fine once warm) so I might need to do some troubleshooting to see if it's a bulb or ballast.

What ballasts are you using ON2? (incase I need to return these )
 

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Thanks for the correction on the HB3 wattage. I've read through most of the lighting related threads and your testimony convinced me to go with the 55W HID in the highs. I'm gonna hit some back roads tonight to test them out. One of my bulbs flickers while it's warming up (fine once warm) so I might need to do some troubleshooting to see if it's a bulb or ballast.

What ballasts are you using ON2? (incase I need to return these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FC22DNS/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 )
http://www.ebay.com/itm/fast-bright...Parts_Accessories&hash=item2ecc7e9b5c&vxp=mtr

I'm using this kit in my high beams. It has served me well and I highly abuse my lights. I'm always flashing it and trying to damage it purposefully, but it won't die. These are solid. Great construction. The ignitor is separate (inline with the harness) but it doesn't bother me.

The point of high beams is to have the most light output when needed therefore I have 4300K in there. It is straight white with no hint of blue whatsoever for maximum lumens.

The initial startup/cold start is bright enough to flash. Full operation takes about 10 seconds.
 

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Yup. HID does run cooler and is more efficient that halogen.
 

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Thanks for the correction on the HB3 wattage. I've read through most of the lighting related threads and your testimony convinced me to go with the 55W HID in the highs. I'm gonna hit some back roads tonight to test them out. One of my bulbs flickers while it's warming up (fine once warm) so I might need to do some troubleshooting to see if it's a bulb or ballast.

What ballasts are you using ON2? (incase I need to return these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FC22DNS/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 )
How are you liking that brand? I need to order that size, and it's cheaper than what I buy at DDM. I have Amazon credit which also makes it more tempting. The 3 reviews all praise it, but we all know how fake those can be sometimes.

I know you said you only installed today, so I guess you can't give much of a review.
 

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How are you liking that brand? I need to order that size, and it's cheaper than what I buy at DDM. I have Amazon credit which also makes it more tempting. The 3 reviews all praise it, but we all know how fake those can be sometimes.

I know you said you only installed today, so I guess you can't give much of a review.
Actually I can tell you that I'll probably be returning them. Both bulbs are flickering intermittently during about the first 10 seconds as they warm up. Wouldn't worry me too much if they were low beams but I'm using them as highs which may have to warm up several times during a drive. After they warm up they seem fine and they fire back up instantly if I shut them off for a few seconds and turn them back on. Flicker might go away if I install relays but I don't want to do that. I'm probably going to order the ebay ones that on2 linked to a couple posts up.

On the plus side, man the output is amazing! Just took a drive on some flat country roads and when you turn them on it feels like they light up the road for 2 miles. Street signs illuminate so bright they're almost too bright.
 
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