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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-28-2010, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I'm new to the forums and new to the whole car modding scene (into some computer modding though). I just got a new 2010 Mazda3 iTouring and want to put in some brighter headlights.

So based on what I have read on this forum, DDM Tuning headlights seem to be the way to go. So I was looking around on their website and I am trying to figure everything out. These are the ones I found for the Mazda3: http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...ast-35W-or-55W.

First off, are these the ones that would be the best to get for driving around town mostly? I'm assuming 35watts is what I should get, and I'm thinking 5000K (unless you guys advice me otherwise, I don't want to get pulled over). Also, what bulb type fits in the Mazda3 (H11?) and in order to swap out these with my current headlights, would I just need to pop the current ones out the back of the current headlight unit under the hood and pop these ones in? (And then wire them up of course, I'm sure I can handle that).

Thanks in advance for your advice!
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-28-2010, 10:13 PM
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I just also ordered the 5000k ddm kit. Im a little worried they will have a blue tint.
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Yea I was kinda worried about that too, let me know how they look when you get them so I can drop down to the 4000K if necessary. In the picture on their site they looked pretty pure white, so I wouldn't be too worried but let me know. I hadn't really looked at the price until now, $35 seems dirt cheap for the bulbs and ballasts, am I missing something?
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You guys are worring too much about these colors.
The only way your going to get any blue in these lights is if you get the 8000k which is what I have. And I can barley see the blue hue in mine they are more ice white. I have the 55w which burns down a bit. The 5000k and below are going to be a white to white yellow hue. So stress less...

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4300k is what most factory equipted HIDs have. 5000k won;t have a blue tint when you're looking out from the drivers seat, BUT will have a blue tint is you're looking at it from the outside.


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[quote author=Grumpyjap link=topic=182923.msg3870402#msg3870402 date=1291045048]
4300k is what most factory equipted HIDs have. 5000k won;t have a blue tint when you're looking out from the drivers seat, BUT will have a blue tint is you're looking at it from the outside.
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Which IMO..is weak...unless you put 55 watts behind them. I tried the 4300k 55watts and it still looked weak but my eyes have 39 years on them. The 8000k lights up the road for my eyes much better the signs light up very bright I feel you pick up reflectors on cars and bikes and such father away than with 5000k and below.

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Cool beans. Mine will be replacing some silverstars. Cant wait to see the difference.
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[quote author=quantumphreak link=topic=182923.msg3870495#msg3870495 date=1291049962]
[quote author=Grumpyjap link=topic=182923.msg3870402#msg3870402 date=1291045048]
4300k is what most factory equipted HIDs have. 5000k won;t have a blue tint when you're looking out from the drivers seat, BUT will have a blue tint is you're looking at it from the outside.
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Which IMO..is weak...unless you put 55 watts behind them. I tried the 4300k 55watts and it still looked weak but my eyes have 39 years on them. The 8000k lights up the road for my eyes much better the signs light up very bright I feel you pick up reflectors on cars and bikes and such father away than with 5000k and below.
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from a strictly technical standpoint, 4100K produces the most lumens, i.e. gives you the brightest light. anything above or below that will be dimmer. Going down will produce a severe drop in brightness (which is why halogens are so much dimmer) Going up will produce much less of a decrease, but a decrease nonetheless. even at 30,000K the light will be a deep purple, yet still slightly brighter than halogens.

My point is that 8000K is not as bright as 4100K (or 4300K). Not by much, but there is a difference. I have a Phillips H.I.D. Kit with 6000K bulbs and the statement "blue tint from the outside" is barely applicable. You can barely tell the blue.

anyways, you'll be just fine with 5000K, however I do hope you plan on using a ballast and wiring harness too, not just plugging the H.I.D. bulbs directly into the headlight plug.

Oh and about silverstars, I've never seen them myself but many of the members of the forum who have tried them will testify that the slight increase in whiteness does not justify the price increase
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Yeah technically 4100K on paper produces the most light. But having purchased the 4500k 55 watt kit from DDM and the 8000k 55 watts and 8000k 9006 35 watt for my fogs. We placed the 4500k 55 watt kit in and park down the street from my house very dark hit the lights and waited 10 minutes for the brightest point then walked off and marked the last sign the lights hit and lite up. it was about 5.2 street blocks. then switched the to the 8000k 55 watt. And it was a world of difference the 8000k lite signs up further than we all wanted to walk. And thats how I decided on my kit kept the 8000k and sold the 4500k to him and ordered the 8000k fogs to match. But thats me I'm not one to just order it because every one said what it looked like and from pictures. The kits from DDM are cheap and since he already wanted to buy the kit I didn't want, it was a easy choice for me to see first hand. There were seven of us that agreed that the 8000k was brighter further.Now having said that the 4500K did light up the trees around the car better but faded out in distance than the 8000k so if you live where deers are it might be better to have the 4500k but to see them at further distances the 4500k don't even come close to the 8000k.

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The benefit of a slim ballast is just easier mounting, right?
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