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    Default hid kit or not to hid kit

    Whats happenin everyone? i have seen most of the posts on hid lights but none have answered the question i have. i have a 2009 silverado and want to purchase some hid lights, however, i'm not sure if i have to get the kit or if i'm able to just buy the bulbs. Any help is much appreciated.

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    im pretty sure you would have to buy the whole kit, i think the bulbs are just replacement ones

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    yes if you do not already have the kit then the bulb will do you no good

    2003 Z71 Silverado LS
    Access roll up cover
    Bed Rails
    Billet Grill insert
    Bed Rug
    CB with PA system
    Waiting to be installed
    Two 8in RF HX2 punch( would have 12s but they got stolen)

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    What's special about them that requires the kit?

    I'm interested in doing this on my silverado, is it worth doing?
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    in order for the HIDs to work you need the ballast to produce the kind of power needed for the lights to be as bright as they are

    2003 Z71 Silverado LS
    Access roll up cover
    Bed Rails
    Billet Grill insert
    Bed Rug
    CB with PA system
    Waiting to be installed
    Two 8in RF HX2 punch( would have 12s but they got stolen)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z71_guy View Post
    in order for the HIDs to work you need the ballast to produce the kind of power needed for the lights to be as bright as they are
    He is correct. I can get you a price on a kit if you are interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z71_guy View Post
    in order for the HIDs to work you need the ballast to produce the kind of power needed for the lights to be as bright as they are

    agreed is correct. the gasses used in the bulb require a much higher voltage to start burning with a very high starting current to get them going. this can only be safely done with a ballast which acts as a starter, and a transformer making a few volts turn into tens of thousands of volts to make a long story short. (dont ask for the long one)
    2000 silverado with a 5.3l v8, shorty headers, upgraded plugs, 10 mil wires, magnaflow high flow cats, flowmaster 80 series muffler(2 in 2 out) w/ 18 inch stainless silverline tips. i have a k&n CIA. its a 4x4 z71 offroad package. Ls model.
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    Hid's need a power supply to ignite the bulbs when they are first turned on. If you do not have the ballast which produces the power then you do not have true HID's. They sell look-a-like bulbs that look so-so but in my opinion it looks better to have the real thing.
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