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12-29-2012, 08:01 PM #1
Lighting comparison: projector to reflector
Okay guys, here is my entire saga ive been planning to unleash about my experience with my projector headlights for over 3 years now.
keep in mind though that some of these picture may seem bright due to the focus of the lens, they in fact are not unfortunately.
Now originally, i had 10,000K HID's in my OEM reflectors (wait until the last pictures before yall criticize for what you may think would be terrible scatter for oncoming drivers in the stock reflectors)
Low beam is 10000K HID in refelctor and projector
these are basically my headlights.
notice how there is a ring directly in front of the high beam bulb, thereby completely eliminating any effectiveness of the highbeam)
(ALL THE FOLLOWING ARE MY PROJECTOR SETUP)
definitely not as bright as it looks
this is what i have criticized most about these headlights is the fact that the hi/lo beam cutoff separation is next to nothing, the high beam obviously cannot be adjusted separately from the low beam, this is why i had to add aux driving lights for hilly roads, because i could never see a damn thing on tight corners
ALSO, i even upgraded my high beam bulbs to 100W bulbs, and still due to the emphasis on the halo design and cheap projector setup, the manufacturer did not put any effort into making the highbeams functional
fog (OEM) with HID
believe it or not i would have never lasted so long with these headlights had it not been for the amazing output of my OEM foglights with HIDS, these had truly unbeatable output.
notice how uneven the output is on the beam pattern
once again check out the cutoff lines between the hi and lo beams
driving on the road(low/hi/hi-lo)
just horrible output
my mother refuses to drive my truck at night, whenever im in town because she complains she cant see anything, the only reason i have tolerated them so long is because they "look" awesome, and my eyesight is very good so I can see good enough with them (also the aid of my foglights was the key to having good vision on the road)
now the comparison, since i never took pictures with HID's in my OEM reflectors...
the projector from about 10 feet
the reflector from about 10 feet
projector on left/reflector on right
First off I would like to ask, isnt it unbelievable that my OEM reflectors produce practically no scatter??? something unheard of i think...
Now you can see what im talking about when i was the first to notice a substantial decrease in nighttime vision after the reflector HID to projector HID swap.
they were the standard Spec-D tuning 99-02 silverado dual halo projector headlights. and i had to do some customizing to make the bulbs fit in the first place.
For anyone wishing to get projectors on their vehicle i recommend you do it the right way and get a retrofit setup by a professional or retrofit it yourself if you have the skills. dont buy the aftermarket projectors, because they are cheaply made and do not harness the light correctly to give you the best vision.
Of course, i cant control the young kids like i was, who would go for the killer looks with a sacrifice in performance, you will do what you want.
But as for me now that i have removed my bumper and am back to only having the headlights for nighttime lighting, I feel i will be throwing my OEM headlights back on.
thanks for reviewing my rant good luck to all!
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