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    Default HID/Halogen replacement - 2013 Silverado

    What do I need to know?
    I want to improve the standard low beams (H11). These also double as daytime running lights. Has anyone replaced theirs with the HID replacements (with ballast) that I have seen advertised? If so, what do I have to know - since I have heard that the daytime runners use less wattage and that is a problem for the ballasts and the HIDs. I have also heard that should I get sylvania silver star (or comparable) their life is severely limited for the same reason...

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    I replaced both my low and high beams with HIDs and love them. The increased brightness is unbelievable, and I highly recommend them. I purchased them through vvme.com which use Hella ballasts and Sylvania bulbs. I just replaced the low beams after about 2 years with them installed. I am not electrically inclined, so as long as you can read directions and turn a wrench you should have no problems. I did get the harness so that I could use with the DRLs, but due to installing the passenger side below my air intake box, it didn't reach and I didn't use it. To get around the DRLs flickering, I took out the fuse which disables them. As far as I'm concerned, they would just burn out my bulbs sooner, and I can use my fog lights during the day if needed.

    There are some posts on here which I used when I got started. Do a little searching and you'll find some very helpful installation posts.
    2009 GMC Sierra 5.3L running on E85
    Black and chrome
    Volant CAI
    Borla dual exhaust
    Chrome Billet grill
    Tonneau cover
    4300k High/Low Beam HIDs
    Westin Ultimate Bull Bar with PIAA 540s
    Blacked-out tail and third brake light

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgbird View Post
    What do I need to know?
    I want to improve the standard low beams (H11). These also double as daytime running lights. Has anyone replaced theirs with the HID replacements (with ballast) that I have seen advertised? If so, what do I have to know - since I have heard that the daytime runners use less wattage and that is a problem for the ballasts and the HIDs. I have also heard that should I get sylvania silver star (or comparable) their life is severely limited for the same reason...
    I would talk to some people in your area with HIDs in their vehicles and see how your local law enforcement deals with them or if they just leave them alone. In my area the sheriff is known to tow vehicles with HIDs because no hid kit is actually street legal and they can tow the vehicle saying that it is a safety issue for other drivers. I can go down by my parents home and the police don't bother people there. I would love to go hid in my truck, even if I used a white color temp rather than blue I am still concerned about being stopped. Some people never have any issues at all.

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors, http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...5-GMC-Yukon-XL
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

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