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« on: April 22, 2013, 07:38:21 PM »
What are the legalities and regulations regarding converting from regular halogen bulbs to HID? Im getting conflicting stories, I'm being told they're perfectly legal and also that they're illegal if installed in a regular Halogen light housing. Does this mean that all the kits available on trademe, through auto electrical stores and even my local Nissan dealer are illegal? Can someone shed some light? I do a lot of night driving over long distances and after having HIDs in my old truck, I can't find any regular bulb that compares.

If they're legal, whats a good kit to go for, if they're not, whats a good alternative?
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 07:43:55 PM »
no thats no correct sorry mate, unless rules have changed then fitting HID to a NON HID headlight is illegal, due to the reflectors of the NON HID being a different pattern to the HID ones

most people just fit them and if they get picked up on a WOF then swap them out......I had a set in mine (was the best lighting i ever seen NEVER again used high beam) it went for a cert and passed with them in, but failed a WOF

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http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/get-your-lights-right/get-your-lights-right.html

High intensity discharge (HID) conversion kits

HID conversion kits (an HID bulb with a high voltage power unit or ‘ballast’ which fits into the original headlamp unit in place of the original bulb with no change to the headlamp lens, reflector or housing) are illegal on any vehicle being used on New Zealand roads.

However, a complete halogen headlamp unit can be replaced with a complete HID headlamp unit provided that the replacement headlamp unit complies with approved standards. If in doubt, get advice from a vehicle lighting retailer you trust.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013, 07:50:31 PM »
Are they an easy install, Tony? And if you have to go back to regular lights for a WOF, is it as simple as reinstalling factory bulbs and plugging them in?

Theres also a local auto electrician advertising Xenon conversions on the radio, are these the same thing?
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013, 07:52:05 PM »
yip easy to fit just plug and play...and yip easy swap out just as you said
and yes i think that is the same thing mate
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2013, 08:02:07 PM »
Cool, does it matter what kit you get, as long as the bulbs are the same as originally fitted? I see most sellers have different colour temperature options, does it matter what you go for?

Sorry for the million and one questions, just want to get the right ones first time.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2013, 08:05:14 PM »
im unsure about the bulb temp sorry mate.....but aslong as you get a kit to fit your factory bulb then it will be mint....
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013, 08:10:30 PM »
6k is a clean white light anything higher starts looking blue. replace your high beam with hid then you still have normal main beam for city/town night driving

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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2013, 08:26:16 PM »
I run full set of hid in my 33 hi beam is like driving tv at night I just swap them out  come wof time

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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2013, 08:42:28 PM »
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6k is a clean white light anything higher starts looking blue. replace your high beam with hid then you still have normal main beam for city/town night driving


I'm actually tempted to do the lot, overkill, but I like them...
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2013, 09:30:12 PM »
Do this mod to R32 headlight's (Audi A6 Bi Xenon Projector conversion) -

http://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/117874-install-audi-a6-bi-xenon-projectors-r32-headlights.html

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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2013, 10:17:10 PM »
Waaaaaaaay too big a mission.
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2013, 11:12:41 PM »
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Waaaaaaaay too big a mission.


It's not that hard. I did mine with cl7/cl9 accord ones and it wasn't too bad
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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2013, 01:32:52 AM »
People will hate you because you blind them. HID headlights need self-cleaning capability and auto-adjusting to be legal.

HOWEVER I don't give a f*ck about a couple of others getting dazzled, even the new cayennes and audis etc still blind you when they have their lights on, so go for it I say. I might do it soon too, my mate had them in his S15. Tony is right when he says they're awesome. Ever since the S15, my R32 lights have just seemed so terrible.

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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2013, 07:43:28 AM »
6k ones are best, as said above. Any higher and they become blue and purple in colour. Any less than 6k and they look yellowish.
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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2013, 08:37:46 PM »
i switched to povo lights instead of the projectors and put in narva h4 plus 120's and ran them off a relay, more than enough for some country driving, and you get a set of fog lights in the process.

still waiting for someone to flash me when i have fogs and low beam on at the same time.