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post #1 of 10 Old Apr 30th, 2009, 2:49 pm Thread Starter
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HID High And Low?

What are the opinions on swapping out the high AND low beams? Space issues due to two ballasts etc?

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post #2 of 10 Old Apr 30th, 2009, 3:04 pm
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Re: HID High And Low?

On the LT, the high beam is too much. Unless you do a lot of riding through wide open spaces* with limited oncoming traffic, you'll be flipping between high and low which puts you in the precarious position of waiting for your HID to warm up.

*= wide open spaces would be states like Nevada, where you can go for hours and not see another vehicle on the road.

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Re: HID High And Low?

I loved my high beam on the LT.


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Re: HID High And Low?

Did both.
No space issues getting it all tucked away.
Bit awkward working on it behind the tupperware ..... but that's the case with nearly everything behind the plastic.
Only (and I mean only) downsides are that you can't flash the highbeam at people due to time necessary for the HID to heat up AND you won't be making any friends with vehicles you meet on the highway with both lit.
The light intensity with both running is amazing.
Just like daylight.
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Re: HID High And Low?

In my bike I have a HID LO + halogen HI. When I switch to Hi, the LO beam (super white light) remains on and a yellowish much less intense light (from the halogen bulb) appears in the middle of the LO beamīs field. To be be honest, there is no difference at all if I use Hi or not.
I lowered the beam as much as I could, because HID lights tend to blind the drivers of oncoming vehicles.

I believe the best combination is HID LO + some auxiliary lights mounted on the front forks or so
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I did both and think it's just great. I don't use the high beam with oncoming traffic around but then I wouldn't do that with a standard lamp either. Do Both!!

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Re: HID High And Low?

I have done the HID low beam ... Stock High with a Silver Star bulb

*Then added a single driving light above the front fender equipped with another HID bulb and ballast.

This allows 2 HID light sources and the ability to blink the High beam normally.

Also have 2 wide angle fog lamps under the tip over wings that are on at all times, they have Silver Star bulbs in them as well.

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Re: HID High And Low?

I used HID on low only. Unless you do most of your riding in the open west (US) you will not have much chance to turn on an HID high beam.

The big bang for the buck is low beam. I would rather have the halogen high, with a better bulb than stock, and added driving lights. I had HID driving lights under the mirrors.

Also, if one wants to use a headlight modulator on high, a standard halogen is required. Cannot modulate HID.

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Re: HID High And Low?

Thanks for the input. There's no price break for ordering two units, just cheaper shipping. Will do low beam first and go from there.

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HID low Great, Hid HI Incredible . The piaa 1100 are a good supplement for the HID low. Add the PHID above mirrors and Hellia Micro DE = Daylight.

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