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Old June 21st, 2009, 09:39 PM   #1
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hey guys i want to purchase a new set of headlights but arent sure to get projectors or regular ones. I do like the style of projectors tho. Whats the difference between projector headlights and regular ones? and which are better with HIDs?
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The only comparison that stands out in my mind is that projectors look nicer, but don't put out as much light.

However, if you decide go with regular headlights, we have them in stock on our website. But either way, I wish you luck in finding what works best for you.

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I like the regular look with clear corners... but to each their own.
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Projectors are better for HIDs. Reflector housings are NOT designed for HIDs and result in terrible glare to oncoming drivers.

The type of housing you choose has NOTHING to do with the amount of light output. The amount of light output is determined by the type of bulb you're using. The housing is just to focus the light and make it usable for seeing (focus it into a beam).
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It isn't just a question of projector vs reflector; you also need to take into account how the entire system was designed. Put a bright HID bulb in a reflector designed for a halogen light, and you'll get a terrible beam pattern. Lots of light, but not necessarily where you want it, and you may lose your high beams (or some of the systems are more like losing your low beams as far as oncoming traffic is concerned). OTOH, there are also a lot of second rate projector lamps out there.

My advice if you want HIDs is to get a set of OEM HID projectors off of something like a late model Acura or other car with easily transplanted HID projectors, and shoehorn them into your stock housing. That way you end up with a system of lights and housing that are designed to work together, meet all legal requirements as long as you align them right, and get you more light with a good beam pattern.
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My advice if you want HIDs is to get a set of OEM HID projectors off of something like a late model Acura or other car with easily transplanted HID projectors, and shoehorn them into your stock housing. That way you end up with a system of lights and housing that are designed to work together, meet all legal requirements as long as you align them right, and get you more light with a good beam pattern.
I second this as it's what I did with my headlights (I tinted them dark b/c projectors look like crap, IMO). E55 projectors allow for high and low beams. The only part I disagree with is that they are still illegal. The only time HIDs are legal is if they came from the factory that way. No one really cares, but that's the federal law.
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Originally Posted by BossOfDaRich View Post
hey guys i want to purchase a new set of headlights but arent sure to get projectors or regular ones. I do like the style of projectors tho. Whats the difference between projector headlights and regular ones? and which are better with HIDs?
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