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Has anyone gone back? Just curious since I removed my PureVision HID 6000k bulbs and put the halogen ones back in.

For the first time after a year of use I stepped out of my car on a level parking lot and walked far from my car. The lights were 2 big glares which got smaller as I approached the car. I had lowered them many notches from stock setting to avoid just that. The shaking over bumps, slight blue on the ground, and relying on the bulb for color instead of the lense did it for me.

The light output isn't bad and matches the other kits I've seen here, but I desire better. Don't want to do an entire retrofit, just looking to pop a pair of OEM projectors with Evo 8 lenses and a DDE kit in. I haven't had any luck finding a driver's side OEM projector or lenses.. Anyone know where I can obtain them? Thanks
 

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Question. Officially, where does mazda place their OEM ballasts under the hood? I'd like to put mine in the same spot.
 

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There was a hatch set on ebay, but for the oem hid projector setup it's going to be an arm and a leg. My advice is too keep looking :) I paid $75 shipped for a halogen setup whereas if I hadn't waited I could have easily spent $200 on one.

Personally I think hid kits suck too, at least the 6000k kit. It looks cool, but there just isn't enough light to justify it. I'm just going to head over to d2s bulbs in the 4300/5000k range.
 

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[quote author=sotl link=topic=72056.msg1273199#msg1273199 date=1174154983]
tiny bump

Question. Officially, where does mazda place their OEM ballasts under the hood? I'd like to put mine in the same spot.
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The headlight housing is actually different. The ballasts are screwed directly into the bottom of the headlight.
 

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[quote author=ziegs2020 link=topic=72056.msg1273675#msg1273675 date=1174180472]
My advice is too keep looking :) I paid $75 shipped for a halogen setup
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:thinking: wait, did you mean hid setup? because it wouldn't make sense to me otherwise.

Guess I kinda jumped the gun then as my passenger hid headlamp is underway from ebay. Is it true that 1 headlamp and ballast can cost $800 from the dealer? Nice to know at least that I can just screw the ballast underneath. Right now the current ballasts are stuck with the adhesive tape that came with them in that favorite little spot under the plastic in the middle near the front.

on a side note I saw this hid kit ad on eBay.. the bold part made me laugh

"Xenon HID light is a micro-discharge bulb filled with a mixture of noble gases including xenon. The bulb has no filament, as is the case with a halogen bulb, but the light arc is created between two electrodes. In addition, it is a revolutionary lighting concept that gives 100X more light at with less energy than halogen bulbs to improve road safety and allow for comfortable driving at night time"
 

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I paid $75 for a headlamp unit that uses the halogen bulbs/projectors. OEM hid headlamps usually start at $200 for one on ebay, arm and a leg from the dealership. I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up costing $2000 for just one pair of hids headlamps.
 

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[quote author=sotl link=topic=72056.msg1273199#msg1273199 date=1174154983]
tiny bump

Question. Officially, where does mazda place their OEM ballasts under the hood? I'd like to put mine in the same spot.
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I made a thread a while back showing where the OEM ballast location is.
http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=15418.msg203878#msg203878

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Question. Officially, where does mazda place their OEM ballasts under the hood? I'd like to put mine in the same spot.
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Still no luck finding evo8 clear lenses. Anyone know if any other 3" lenses work? ahem *Respiro
 

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[quote author=sotl link=topic=72056.msg1285902#msg1285902 date=1174635900]
Still no luck finding evo8 clear lenses. Anyone know if any other 3" lenses work? ahem *Respiro
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Have you searched HID planet?
 

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[quote author=ziegs2020 link=topic=72056.msg1273675#msg1273675 date=1174180472]
There was a hatch set on ebay, but for the oem hid projector setup it's going to be an arm and a leg. My advice is too keep looking :) I paid $75 shipped for a halogen setup whereas if I hadn't waited I could have easily spent $200 on one.

Personally I think hid kits suck too, at least the 6000k kit. It looks cool, but there just isn't enough light to justify it. I'm just going to head over to d2s bulbs in the 4300/5000k range.
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I know you were expressing your opinion, but you really think 6000k kits don't produce enough light? I've tried multiple Halogen bulbs and the difference is always night and day. What kit did you have?
 

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[quote author=sotl link=topic=72056.msg1285902#msg1285902 date=1174635900]
Still no luck finding evo8 clear lenses. Anyone know if any other 3" lenses work? ahem *Respiro
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Have you searched HID planet?
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yea, i search their buy/sell section along with ebay each time I do. The reason I ask if I can use another set is because I saw a few different 3" lenses on HID planet.

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I know you were expressing your opinion, but you really think 6000k kits don't produce enough light? I've tried multiple Halogen bulbs and the difference is always night and day. What kit did you have?
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I got a ProVision HID kit, but I'm not comparing its output to halogen. Because my kit, too, is day and night. But to standard HID setups w/ proper glare reduction, output, and looks.
 

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[quote author=Operator link=topic=72056.msg1287946#msg1287946 date=1174725962]
[quote author=ziegs2020 link=topic=72056.msg1273675#msg1273675 date=1174180472]
There was a hatch set on ebay, but for the oem hid projector setup it's going to be an arm and a leg. My advice is too keep looking :) I paid $75 shipped for a halogen setup whereas if I hadn't waited I could have easily spent $200 on one.

Personally I think hid kits suck too, at least the 6000k kit. It looks cool, but there just isn't enough light to justify it. I'm just going to head over to d2s bulbs in the 4300/5000k range.
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I know you were expressing your opinion, but you really think 6000k kits don't produce enough light? I've tried multiple Halogen bulbs and the difference is always night and day. What kit did you have?
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Having driven cars with oem hids, I can say the kit is an improvement, but the output wasn't as bright or white as I expected. I'm using the Prolumen 6000k 35watt kit and it tends to have more then a hint of a blue hue. It pretty much washes everything in a white/blue light which I don't like, but it looks nice from other drivers prospectives. I guess everyone's eyes are unique, but I believe I may prefer the 4300/5000k output instead.
 

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I guess it could also be I have the 50w kit and it's output is white with a hint of blue. You can clearly tell the difference between my 6000k 35w fogs (more blue than white) and my 6000k 50w lows (they put in the 4300k-5000k range). My neighbor has a 350Z with oem HID's and I tend to think his output is lacking.
 

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I guess it could also be I have the 50w kit and it's output is white with a hint of blue. You can clearly tell the difference between my 6000k 35w fogs (more blue than white) and my 6000k 50w lows (they put in the 4300k-5000k range). My neighbor has a 350Z with oem HID's and I tend to think his output is lacking.
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i think the color difference is due more because of the housing. From what i've noticed kits in reflective housings tend to be more blue/annoying (damn neons/civics/6G eclipses). I saw a 350z with oem HIDS. It had reflective housings. It wasn't that great either, but then again, all reflective hid setups I've seen haven't impresssed me in output.. I'm just glad all those SUV's that have them around here have good glare control. When I had my kit in, though, I'd get a bit annoyed on the highway how my side of the road got filled with a passing car's hid light.

Do your lights resemble this?
 

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I actually haven't taken distance pics of my HID's since I swapped them out again. But trust me there is a distinct difference between 50w 6000k and 35w 6000k. The 2 sponsors that sell them here will agree with me on that.
 

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i was referring more to the glare. My 35 watt kit looked somewhat less intense at almost same distance. At that distance the cutoff was a bit above my ankle since I had aimed them pretty low. I took them out right away after seeing how annoying they were.
 

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I got one in.. came with the ballast already screwed in.. and what I think is the leveling motor. Can anyone confirm? I also notice that that the wide plastic opening you put your hand into to get to the clip is longer making the clip feel like its sunken deeper into the headlight. Is it normally closed off with a rubber cover like the halogen unit?
 

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