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Hey guys I'm new to the forums and just got a 2013 sedan sport and put on 6k hid lo beams and wanted to know if I could do hid high beams and pull the drl fuse and not stress out the wiring harness too much with having 4 ballasts (2 lo and 2 high), if not I was going to do LED for the fog and high beam, thanks guys!
 

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Could you do HID high beams? Yes.

Is it recommended? No. Why? It's because HIDs have a warm up time... a delay of 3 seconds or so before they turn on and are useable. If, for example, you need to flash someone, they're not going to be responsive in that scenario.

Using HIDs for short bursts like that can also wear out/damage the bulbs/ballasts.


What about LEDs? Sure you can do that. But again they're not recommended. LED's aren't going to be bright enough vs your halogen high beam bulbs.

Unless you don't care about functionality.

I believe this has been addressed in the "9th Gen Lighting Thread: Headlights, Taillights, HIDs, LEDs, Retros, etc." thread: http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showthread.php?t=76447
 

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Yea functionality wasn't that important since with 6k HID lo beams the high beams don't really do anything so yea something that actually brightened up would be awesome as long as it didn't stress the car or at the very least I would like to get rid of the brown and put some LEDs on. I was reading the thread you referred to but I wasn't sure what the majority consensus was, thanks!
 

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Could you do HID high beams? Yes.

Is it recommended? No. Why? It's because HIDs have a warm up time... a delay of 3 seconds or so before they turn on and are useable. If, for example, you need to flash someone, they're not going to be responsive in that scenario.

Using HIDs for short bursts like that can also wear out/damage the bulbs/ballasts.


What about LEDs? Sure you can do that. But again they're not recommended. LED's aren't going to be bright enough vs your halogen high beam bulbs.

Unless you don't care about functionality.

I believe this has been addressed in the "9th Gen Lighting Thread: Headlights, Taillights, HIDs, LEDs, Retros, etc." thread: http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showthread.php?t=76447
http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showthread.php?t=124177&page=3

I use 55W 4300K HID's in my high beams.

Good ballasts can output 80%+ rated output initially (that 1st moment you flash), which is more than enough to flash to get someone's attention.

I've never seen any HID kit take 3 seconds to turn on. If you mean warm up, then most aftermarket HID kits take 10 seconds or more, but like I said, the initial output is what matters in regards to flashing. The only ballast that takes 3 seconds or less are the OEM Denso or other high quality OEM ballasts.

The HIDs will be responsive. As soon as you flick that switch. There will be light. It is instant. There is virtually no delay between you flicking the switch and light coming out.

Sure, many people say flashing HIDs will burn out the ballast quicker, but I've done flashing tests (100+ flashes in succession) with my HIDs past and present without issues. And besides, even if the ballast does go out, just get a replacement. I haven't had to, but if I did, I wouldn't fret.

Check out my video of high beam flashing here. It's towards the end that I do the flash.

http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showthread.php?t=106385&page=2
 

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I use 55W 4300K HID's in my high beams.

Good ballasts can output 80%+ rated output initially (that 1st moment you flash), which is more than enough to flash to get someone's attention.

I've never seen any HID kit take 3 seconds to turn on. If you mean warm up, then most aftermarket HID kits take 10 seconds or more, but like I said, the initial output is what matters in regards to flashing. The only ballast that takes 3 seconds or less are the OEM Denso or other high quality OEM ballasts.

The HIDs will be responsive. As soon as you flick that switch. There will be light. It is instant. There is virtually no delay between you flicking the switch and light coming out.

Sure, many people say flashing HIDs will burn out the ballast quicker, but I've done flashing tests (100+ flashes in succession) with my HIDs past and present without issues. And besides, even if the ballast does go out, just get a replacement. I haven't had to, but if I did, I wouldn't fret.

Check out my video of high beam flashing here. It's towards the end that I do the flash.

http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showthread.php?t=106385&page=2
I agree with this - I have DDM's on my high beams and they flash virtually immediately..at least no delay I can tell. And if the ballasts go bad over a period of years, I've got extras...
 

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I use 55W 4300K HID's in my high beams.

Good ballasts can output 80%+ rated output initially (that 1st moment you flash), which is more than enough to flash to get someone's attention.

I've never seen any HID kit take 3 seconds to turn on. If you mean warm up, then most aftermarket HID kits take 10 seconds or more, but like I said, the initial output is what matters in regards to flashing. The only ballast that takes 3 seconds or less are the OEM Denso or other high quality OEM ballasts.

The HIDs will be responsive. As soon as you flick that switch. There will be light. It is instant. There is virtually no delay between you flicking the switch and light coming out.

Sure, many people say flashing HIDs will burn out the ballast quicker, but I've done flashing tests (100+ flashes in succession) with my HIDs past and present without issues. And besides, even if the ballast does go out, just get a replacement. I haven't had to, but if I did, I wouldn't fret.

Check out my video of high beam flashing here. It's towards the end that I do the flash.

http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showthread.php?t=106385&page=2
Do you mind recommending some good cheap ones off eBay or amazon? Thanks!
 

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Bulbs from DDM for 15 dollars per pair.(No shadows)
Zenex Ballasts from Amazon. Buy a pair for 40 bucks * 2.

^This will result in very good lighting.
 

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