Originally Posted by THE TECH
Definitely paranoia. No way possible you could smell them unless your car was on fire.
I agree. They do get hot, but not hot enough to melt the surrounding area. I will say that the HID ones I have seen in person are too bright though.
I'm not sure what brand they are (had a shop fit them), but they seem less bright than stock during the day which I'm okay with, but agreed they appear much brighter at night but only really when the headlight is also on :-/ The rings alone don't seem to be distracting, but the combination of the rings and the xenon lamp create a very bright white/blue haze which could be distracting.
I'll see how other road users react and hopefully move to a lux kit in a few months.
To answer the original post, if I could go back a month I'd start with the lux kit based on all the reviews here and the pictures.