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post #1 of 5 Old 10-23-2010, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Another HID conversion.

No, I didn't take photos of the installation. Frankly, I found it fairly easy, well, compared to what I'd read here! There's stacks of room behind the upper fairing for full size ballasts, but I digress.
I've been riding my Wee to work the past week and have had two cars merge into my lane and one turn in front of me. This just never happened on my GTR, so I knew the HID's had to come of that bike and onto the Wee ASAP!
Being frugal, I'd bought a car HID kit when I set the GTR up, so I already had the whole wiring harness and two ballasts and bulbs. The HID's have proven to be very reliable, the GTR has had the same setup for near on two years now, no issues to report, let's see how long it lasts on the Wee.
It will be interesting to see what happens on my commute next week, I expect a big improvement from the cagers and them being able to see me.
When I fitted the HID to the GTR, I noticed cars on side streets would wait for me to pass when I was a lot further away from the intersection than before.


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post #2 of 5 Old 10-23-2010, 11:39 AM
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great looking upgrade. I will doing mine as soon as DDM gets more in stock. I need them since there are so many inattentive drivers in California. Are those 8000 lumen?

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Are those 8000 lumen?
I think you mean 8000 Kelvin color temperature? That would be really blue, and any glare is greatly increased by the blue light. The short wavelength blue light scatters when it hits anything in the atmosphere...fog, rain, snow, mist from tires on a wet highway, etc. Blue also causes on-coming drivers' eyes to contract less increasing the glare they see.

Lumen is a measure of light output, i.e., a measure of the power of light perceived by the human eye.

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I think you mean 8000 Kelvin color temperature? That would be really blue, and any glare is greatly increased by the blue light. The short wavelength blue light scatters when it hits anything in the atmosphere...fog, rain, snow, mist from tires on a wet highway, etc. Blue also causes on-coming drivers' eyes to contract less increasing the glare they see.

Lumen is a measure of light output, i.e., a measure of the power of light perceived by the human eye.
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Yes, they're 8000k. I find it an excellent colour temperature and doesn't look blue at all, but cuts down glare considerably over say 4-6000k.
It looks more like daylight than blue when I have them on, or perhaps those big arc lights they use on movie sets.

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