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      02-24-2009, 09:21 AM   #67
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Yep, I think 6000k takes the cake for the best setup!
"...- but this doesnt mean they light up the road, because they dont...AT ALL! Im going to install a switch to make them turn off when my headlights are on.
Well, if you like at the 4th pic in my OP, you will see they project some light up to 75 ft. or so from the car.
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Well, if you like at the 4th pic in my OP, you will see they project some light upt to 75 ft. or so from the car.
What I meant is that they don't put out the kind of light, or anywhere near the kind of light the headlights do. I only have a problem with how they look, when you are looking at the car. it just looks like the entire headlight is glowing!
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      02-28-2009, 12:32 AM   #69
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Nice DIY and pics, great work Greg and it looks great.
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      02-28-2009, 11:19 AM   #70
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Nice DIY and pics, great work Greg and it looks great.
Thanks. I need to revise that, because the ground point I show is not the best.
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      02-28-2009, 12:40 PM   #71
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Any updates on the inner ring being uber-bright?
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      02-28-2009, 12:51 PM   #72
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Any updates on the inner ring being uber-bright?
It's the design of the halos that cripples most setups:



The inner lamp will always get a direct shot from the bulb (H8). However, the outer projector will always be weaker due to the travel path needed in the fiber lines to illuminate the ring. This is why the outer rings are always dimmer than the inner.

All the latest and greatest bulbs on the market will not correct this design, with exception of the HIDs - which seem to help a bit from the pictures previously posted.
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It's the design of the halos that cripples most setups:

The inner lamp will always get a direct shot from the bulb (H8). However, the outer projector will always be weaker due to the travel path needed in the fiber lines to illuminate the ring. This is why the outer rings are always dimmer than the inner.

All the latest and greatest bulbs on the market will not correct this design, with exception of the HIDs - which seem to help a bit from the pictures previously posted.
I was looking for that diagram. The HIDs do help the dimness of tghe outer ring, but the balance between the two is not improved. The only solution is could see, which involves disassembling the headlight unit, would be to put a metal cap in front of the bulb to blcok some of the direct light to the rings and cornering light reflectors.
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      02-28-2009, 01:39 PM   #74
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This is the best way to get them looking even:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...hlight=x-noise
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...hlight=x-noize
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Yes, those are very nice.
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Yes, those are very nice.
My problem with those is that I don't like the colors they offer (red, blue, and white). One way, albeit difficult, to reduce the glare of cam's HIDs is to slightly tint the halo rings, that way less light can get through.
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The longer I have my HIDs in the happier I am with them. The problem I have with the LED rings is you have to send you headlight assembly out and it gets taken apart. If the guy was local to me I might be more into it. But Camaross305's is really nice cause it's just plug and play. At first the brightness was almost a shock to me, but now I'm starting to really like it more. I was almost worried oncoming traffic wouldn't like it at night, but I guess since the light doesn't project forward like headlights it has not been a problem for other drivers.
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The longer I have my HIDs in the happier I am with them. The problem I have with the LED rings is you have to send you headlight assembly out and it gets taken apart. If the guy was local to me I might be more into it. But Camaross305's is really nice cause it's just plug and play. At first the brightness was almost a shock to me, but now I'm starting to really like it more. I was almost worried oncoming traffic wouldn't like it at night, but I guess since the light doesn't project forward like headlights it has not been a problem for other drivers.
Yea i love the HID's the LED rings are great but still not as bright as the HID's..... plus i dont like the fact of tearing apart a 1500$ headlight. Plug and play and the ability to go back to stock in 20 min is always great.
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Yea i love the HID's the LED rings are great but still not as bright as the HID's..... plus i dont like the fact of tearing apart a 1500$ headlight. Plug and play and the ability to go back to stock in 20 min is always great.
i love the led rings but do not like the fact that they are about $650(shipping, leds, installation) when through and done!
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i love the led rings but do not like the fact that they are about $650(shipping, leds, installation) when through and done!
I bet the next BMWs use this system.
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      03-01-2009, 02:21 PM   #81
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the led rings are a lot of work
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I was looking for that diagram. The HIDs do help the dimness of tghe outer ring, but the balance between the two is not improved. The only solution is could see, which involves disassembling the headlight unit, would be to put a metal cap in front of the bulb to blcok some of the direct light to the rings and cornering light reflectors.

I was also thinking about putting something around the bulb that would make them a bit less bright. my concern with doing this would be that if it emits less light into the inner ring, then it would probably light up the outer ring a lot less too. which again would bring us back to the problem of unbalanced light output.
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by the way, those LEDs look great!
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I have them installed, but the rings in the driver's side are not as bright as the passenger side when the car is off, but when the car is on it's fine. It's a home made kit so don't expect much in term of quality.
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I have them installed, but the rings in the driver's side are not as bright as the passenger side when the car is off, but when the car is on it's fine. It's a home made kit so don't expect much in term of quality.
Yea thats just the power supply..... check your grounds It also has do to with the way the HID bulbs heat up. When they first come on they need time to heat up.
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I bet the next BMWs use this system.
I would think they would with all the competition from Audi and their lights....
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