Originally Posted by TwinTurbs
Ok so dremers...What kid did you use? you have a link or pics or anythin so i could check em? I dont want anything over 8oooK, and im looking for mostly a pulg-and play setup, im not all that good when it comes to heavy duty wiring or dismantling. My buddys Acura TL has stock HID (the purpleish 10oooK im guessing) and they are real nice, but id rather have a bluish like the STi..And i could care less about oncomming traffic, im the dude drivin it. So yea post a link or pics or somethin...
Some basic information to perhaps help you avoid some serious dissapointment after spending that money:
TLs come with HID systems that are some of the best avaialble. The stock capsules are 4300k. The blue you are seeing comes from light bending around the cuttoff shield inside the projector, NOT from the capsule itself. The end result is that you see blue at the cutoff line, but the driver sees white light on the road, thus giving the driver fantastic visability.
The only way to get light like anywhere near the TLs is to do a projector retrofit. Even a properly done HID reflector assembly (like installing a set of STI headlights) won't give you light anywhere near the performance of the TLs.
When you are talking about just sticking some HID bulbs into your original halogen reflectors you're going to get an end result that is worse than the STI because at least the STI has reflector optics designed for HID. You do not and you'll be losing a lot of your availble light upwards (in addition to blinding oncoming traffic). If you take this setup and compare it to you're friend's TLs you're going to walk away disappointed and embarassed.
Finally, going with 8000k bulbs is going to give you a very blue light that is going to perform worse than your original setup. 8000k bulbs are not going to make it easier to see at night, they're just going to make everything blue. 4300k will give you the whitest, brightest light and let you see the best. Going as high as 6000k will reduce your visibility slightly, but will give you blue tinted light. Anything over 6000k and you're just getting dimmer and dimmer lights. If you pop in 8000k bulbs and compare them to someone that had the stock halogen bulbs, you're going to walk away disappointed and embarassed.