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post #1 of 11 Old 06-23-2012, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Which HID bulb color?

Here's what I want from a HID system-to be seen by oncoming traffic! I don't ride much at night so I don't care whether they are better than the OEM halogens. I was thinking going with 6000k as they are blue in color. I think the 4300k are too close to daylight color. I am not interested in adding LED Aux lights.

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4300 puts out the most light. I don't see blue as being more visible and its bad in fog.

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4300k is the way to go to see and be seen.

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I've had everything from 4300k to 8000k. 8000k was too blue, 4300k was fine, but 6000k was plenty bright for me and I'm a boy racer at heart that kind of likes that blue tint . My vote is 6000k.
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I tend to notice cars with blue lights more as i wonder if they are legal. I have seen a few cars lately with one blue headlight, and one green headlight. I'm guessing these are not white lights and likely illegal, but they do stand out.

I think anything that makes you stand out from everyone else is a good thing. I would go with the 6000.
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All HID headlights are illegal in the USA except OEM and those using DOT approved projector housings. I used halogens when only sealed beams were legal too. As long as my lights are not interfering with the vision of others, I want the best lights I can get.

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I ordered the 4300k from Visionari. I see it was recommended on this site.

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The reason for vision problems with blue lights---

---The shorter wavelength blue light scatters from mist, rain, snow, etc. and creates glare for both the rider and on coming drivers. This scattered light also tends to fill in shadow detail of road hazards making them harder to spot. (Skiers and snowboarders wear amber goggles to filter out blue light and increase the shadow contrast of uneven places on the snow. Yellow headlights and foglights have limited benefits in this way.)


4300°Kelvin is a good color temperature for good vision.

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4300°Kelvin is a good color temperature for good vision.
Clarity and contrast with 4300K at night is much better for me and my old eyes. My wife has 6000K in the car (they were a gift; I didn't buy them) and I just don't care for them compared to 4300K.

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The other thing is that as HID bulb ages they colour shift, even with the best of Phillips, So your 4300k will eventually look like a 5000K anyway.

Agree 6000K looks cool but 4300k is the best in terms of brightness to the road.

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