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Hello again,

I was looking for some advice on getting Xenons ? I had some that said there were Xenons but they couldnt have been cause I couldnt see anything :( So I was just wondering if you guys might have some advice for me :) I called the dealer and they didnt have emm ..

Michael :)

I was doing some searching on this and you need a kit ? sounds pricey

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Real xenons will be pricey. The complete install requires the high intensity discharge lamps and the ballasts to fire the lamps. There are aftermarket kits available for around $300, although I can't vouch for the quality. You see "xenon bulbs" advertised all the time, and as you found out they are just colored halogens.

Charles

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Real xenons will be pricey. The complete install requires the high intensity discharge lamps and the ballasts to fire the lamps. There are aftermarket kits available for around $300, although I can't vouch for the quality. You see "xenon bulbs" advertised all the time, and as you found out they are just colored halogens.

Charles

Thanks Charles,

Thats what I sorta thought just colored blubs :( I'll do looking around. I love the look of the true Xenons of the new Cadillacs . I love that clean bright white look ! I'll see what I find and post some linkes.

Michael :)

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  • 3 weeks later...

I have tried a ton of bilbs.

You will definately love CATZ lights.

I get mine off ebay.

They are unbelievably bright!

Jay

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Be very careful if you use bulbs that are higher wattage than stock. The higher wattage, combined with the usually low quality bulb socket, can cause the wires to melt near the socket. I have seen it on a friends car and he had to replace that part of the harness. An expensive mistake.

Colored bulb = plain glass bulb with less light output. Avoid. The "whiter" light has not been proven to improve your night vision any better than a stock halogen. The colored bulbs typically have to overdrive the filament to get the extra light, which directly translates to shorter bulb life. High price + short life + risk of burning out the wiring.

You might check out HIR bulbs (halogen infrared reflecting). They use a clear bulb coating that reflects the infrared back into the bulb to increase the filament temperature. Hotter filament = whiter light. The HIR are stock wattage bulbs, whiter and brighter than stock, as long lasting as a stock halogen.

HIR bulbs

So you get the white ricer bling factor without risk of burning out the wiring or using a bulb with very short lifetime.

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100 watt bulbs will burn/discolor the reflector inside the projector housing(too much heat) and your lights will be ruined. (Yes I did.)

First step to better lighting is to get a high power harness.($60)

I dont know if HIR will discolor/burn the reflector in the projector(low beams) as I havent tried it. Can say for sure its OK in the high beams. Any HID kit you get needs the harness also and you want the lowest K # (close to 4300, which is OEM) you can get. You will also need a KC Hilights relay kit that keeps the low beams on with the high beams. After doing all that you will find that getting a OEM set of HIDs produces a superior beam pattern. Let me know if you have any queastions.

Been there, done that.....

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FYI, be aware that the US DOT has banned for sale all aftermarket HID kits for road use. Installing HID lights into cars that are not originally installed from the factory is also illegal.

Backing information:

http://www.dot.gov/affairs/nhtsa4304.htm

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread...25&pagenumber=1

http://www.xterraownersclub.com/cgi-local/...f=4;t=002465;p=

http://www.ffcobra.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb....c;f=33;t=031135

However, the chances of you getting caught may be zero depending on where you live and the anal-ness of the local cops.

Some basic information about using and installing HIDs and their legality:

http://forums.officer.com/forums/archive/i...hp/t-41131.html

http://orca.st.usm.edu/~jmneal/tiburon/hids.htm

As for the fake HID bulbs (colored bulbs), here's the NHTSA's take on that:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/rulings/glare.html (section 2.3)

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Thanx thu.

I wonder if i could get parts from like an 03 or 04 seville didnt they have xenons on them ? :) So I was just thinking maybe that could be cheaper and it would make more sense..

Michael-

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Thanx thu.

I wonder if i could get parts from like an 03 or 04 seville didnt they have xenons on them ? :) So I was just thinking maybe that could be cheaper and it would make more sense..

Michael-

My 02 STS has the HID option. The light output is amazing in comparison to halogens bulbs and other drivers often think I have my high beams on...not sure if they're in shock or blinded when I flash them back... They're also very expensive for maintenance. I think the assembly is ~ $1K and the bulbs are ~ $230 each. When my passenger side light went out, the dealership had to replace the ignighter (bulb) and something else for a total of $600+ in parts. Luckily, the extended warrenty picked up the tab.

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Just keep looking here and you will find just what you need,

http://motors.search.ebay.com/cadillac-sev...ts_W0QQfromZR40

Thanx thu.

I wonder if i could get parts from like an 03 or 04 seville didnt they have xenons on them ? :) So I was just thinking maybe that could be cheaper and it would make more sense..

Michael-

My 02 STS has the HID option. The light output is amazing in comparison to halogens bulbs and other drivers often think I have my high beams on...not sure if they're in shock or blinded when I flash them back... They're also very expensive for maintenance. I think the assembly is ~ $1K and the bulbs are ~ $230 each. When my passenger side light went out, the dealership had to replace the ignighter (bulb) and something else for a total of $600+ in parts. Luckily, the extended warrenty picked up the tab.

I will have to call and see how much I can get these pieces for !

Thanky,

Michael :)

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The SRX has a HID option, but mine has the projector beam headlights (very bright as well), anyone know if you could easily change it over if I found the parts?

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If I have correctly interpreted what I have found so far, we're not even allowed to install HIDs on car models that offered them as an option. In other words, if the specific car did not have them from the factory, then it's illegal to change them over.

I think this has to do with proper installation and gross headlight aiming which requires special equipment.

Caveat: I have not read the actual letter of the regulations. I'm interpreting what I have read so far. I hope someone can dig into this further.

2003 Seville STS 43k miles with the Bose Sound, Navigation System, HID Headlamps, and MagneRide

1993 DeVille. Looks great inside and out! 298k miles!

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