I have taken some
pictures of converting my headlights from Halogen to
HID. The thumb nails are all compressed 50 %. The big
pictures are not compressed at all. Here is the location
of the wire to cut to disable the CHECK EXT LAMPS
I read on the LOD
message board that someone replaced their bad HID bulbs
with halogen bulbs in the HID housings. They commented
that there was not much difference in light output. The
next 2 links are to pictures of the door in our shop
with the headlights turned on. This is a picture of the
halogen bulbs in 96 HID headlight housings. I mounted
them in the HID housings thinking that I would not spend
the extra money for the HID bulbs and ballast if they
were almost as good.
Below is a
picture of HID bulbs taken about 1 hour later with the
same HID housings.
You decide!!! I
spent the extra money!!!
All of the next sets of pictures were taken with these
settings, on a tripod directly in front of the car 4
feet off the ground.
Shutter Speed 1/2 sec
Focal Length 36 mm
No adjustment was
make for the orange color that always seems to be
produced by incandescent bulbs (halogen), when you take
a picture. You will notice that the light from the HID
bulbs appear much whiter, something that I did not
notice as much looking down the road, but the camera
did. All of the pictures are 800X600 and between 200k
There are four orange cones set at 88 feet intervals (1
second at 60 mph). The 2 lights on both sides of the
road after the forth cone is a fifth cone at 88 more
feet with reflector tape on it just to see which light
pictures of the light from the old halogen headlights.
Sucked BIG time!!!!
The reflectors and lens were bad in both of these units
the left one much worse. I tried PIAA's and 100 watt
bulbs (PIAA's are a waste of money - my thoughts), the
100 watt were much better, and I could not hurt the
reflectors as they were already bad.
pictures of the light from a friend's 95 Mark VIII with
65 watt high intensity blue bulbs.
The bulbs were from Germany. The lens and reflectors
were like new.
pictures of the light from a new set of HID headlights
installed into my 93 Mark VIII. The Bright picture is
with both low and high beams on, as that is the way the
96 LSC's are.
pictures of the light output from my 98 GMC Sonoma
halogen headlights, factory aligned when new.
I think the GMC
has the best light output for seeing the most distance.
I have now cut
off the lens from the old headlight assembly and have
installed clear Lexan for the lens. With the clear lens
on them the light is so bright that it looks like a
train coming at you. Also has round spots like a
spotlight, totally unusable without some kind of
diffusion. I plan to build a wooden jig the same height
and distance apart as the car to mount both headlights
(left and right). Then do some playing around with the
lens. I will put any new info here when I get to work on
Article by Bill
Hittle. For questions and comments contact him at
Bill Hittle's website.