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Okay so I am obviously very dumb because I am still confused.. haha well here comes the questions..

What do I need to get the have HID fogs and normal lights? What is recommended in terms of temperature for both?

Also, can I get some links to what to buy for anyone who has an answer?! Thanks!
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Okay so I am obviously very dumb because I am still confused.. haha well here comes the questions..

Not a problem, that's what a forum is for


What do I need to get the have HID fogs and normal lights? What is recommended in terms of temperature for both?

You need to find out what type of OEM bulb your fogs are and order the appropriate HID bulb. If you want to keep your OEM halogen lights, that's fine (although you will benefit GREATLY with replacing your low beams). For fogs, some people like the 3000K (yellow light) or if you want stock (4300K) or a slight blue (no more than 6000K). Anything above 6000K looks purple, thus the amount of lumen goes down tremendously (off setting the benefits of upgrading to an HID in the first place). OF course, don't forget ballast for each HID bulb and a wire harness. Retro Fit source is a great place to get all this.


Also, can I get some links to what to buy for anyone who has an answer?! Thanks!
retrofitsource.com . Great place to start!

1) HID bulb (2)
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Thanks for this great sticky!

I just have a couple questions. Any info on 35w vs. 55w ballasts. Also, if 4100k is proven to be the best light output, why do 4300k seem to be so popular and easy to come by while 4100k seem rare.
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Thanks for this great sticky!

I just have a couple questions. Any info on 35w vs. 55w ballasts. Also, if 4100k is proven to be the best light output, why do 4300k seem to be so popular and easy to come by while 4100k seem rare.

4300k is a OEM color rating. 4100k is more of an aftermarket rating.

55w ballasts can be a 'bit' brighter, but bulb life is decreased. There are also only certain housing that can take the 55w setup due to heat.
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If u use 50-55w ballast on oem bulbs, like osram and philips, they still run cooler than the aftermarket bulb. U can feel the difference if u have a spare projector to do some testing, i tried it, the aftermarket is hotter in the temp, but the most lumens projected on the road is oem bulbs, the color will be warmer and the life is shorter tho.bulbs are gettin cheaper when new stuff is out, just make sure u get oem bulbs at a realiable source such as trs, there is knock offs out there, especially on ebay.
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Thanks for this great sticky!

I just have a couple questions. Any info on 35w vs. 55w ballasts. Also, if 4100k is proven to be the best light output, why do 4300k seem to be so popular and easy to come by while 4100k seem rare.
Thanks!!

You can tell the difference between a 4100K and a 4300K if have the Hubble Telescope's "eyes". The difference is 200 which isn't noticeable. 4300K is the way to go and is readily available. Like I mentioned before (in other threads), the HID light that my parents Lexus cars emit are the SAME as my HID retro 4300K morimoto bulbs (colorwise).

35W vs. 55W are noticeable, but it isn't a HUGE difference. Durability is said to be an issue, check out HIDplanet on their forum for the latest on that. I'm the type of person who does a mod and WANTS to leave them alone forever and not deal with them (I hate reliability issues and shortness of service life). If this doesn't bother you, then by all means go for it!

RiceandPho is right, get quality (OEM) parts (to avoid issues and major aggravation)
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Although u and your parents lexus have the same color, the lumens on the aftermaket bulbs is not close to oem bulb, i can gaurantee u that if u put a oem bulb like philips or osram, its going to be more brighter, also since ur retro havee clear lens, itll have a strong cutoff effect. I like it when i hear my coworkers says my light changes to various colors when im behind them. Oem bulbs with oem projectors with clear lens is the best combination. Oem bulbs and aftermarket projectors will be close.
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Yah I definitely prefer reliable mods plus anything is going to be better than my current sun faded headlights. I'll probably end up going with the 35w 4300k
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Yah I definitely prefer reliable mods plus anything is going to be better than my current sun faded headlights. I'll probably end up going with the 35w 4300k
Yeah, if you can get retros, make sure your headlights are in very good condition. I WAS going to get new ones, but figured my assemblies were good enough. 1 year later, the clear plastic (on top part closest to the hood, it was SLIGHTLY faded, but I managed to buff off), is starting to "spider web". It's bearly noticeable, but its only going to get worse. I'm not happy about that, but I try to apply cleaner wax as much as I can to make them last longer. I plan on doing another retrofit, but with Lexus LS bixenon projectors. The Acura TL bixenons are WAAAY too sensitive to polarity (yes, I blew my second pair......... i hate my life....... )
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Yah I'm planning on getting a second set of headlights, that way I can take my time with the install and have a nice project during the cold winter months. I'm just not sure whether to get some generic ones off amazon or to get some quality OEM ones.
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Yah I'm planning on getting a second set of headlights, that way I can take my time with the install and have a nice project during the cold winter months. I'm just not sure whether to get some generic ones off amazon or to get some quality OEM ones.
2 months later............. hahha, sorry. I would save up and get the OEM b/c the quality is LEAGUES ahead of whats out there. I got fleabay lights ($90shipped) and the quality is laughable (one example: the chrome on the bottom part of the headlight, is chrome on one and painted silver on the other... funny stuff). They served as "down time headlights" while my retros were being built. Anyway, they are $175 for each on partznet.com. Expensive yes, quality yes, headaches down the road, no. Even the retrofitter say its better to "retro" an OEM assembly.

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Anyway, they are $175 for each on partznet.com. Expensive yes, quality yes, headaches down the road, no. Even the retrofitter say its better to "retro" an OEM assembly.

How is your project coming along?
I will most likely pick up a set from one of those online parts stores since I'm going to need a couple OEM parts (ie: lights, lower garnish etc) and it will be easier to buy everything from one place. Still kinda on the fence about which path I'm going to take. I'm in no rush tho since I plan on doing this once so its important that I get it right the first time...wishful thinking, I know
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great thread! ive had HID's for about 3 years in my taco so ive known a lot about the subject but i learned a lot reading this thread
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Cool, I've never seen this thread before! I was actually thinking of creating something similar as it seems that so many of my projector retrofit customers need to be educated about the product. This is an excellent thread and resource. Thanks OP for your post!!!
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Here's my question: Have a 2007 4Runner Sport, and want to know if anyone manufactures a bolt-in complete headlight ass'y with xenon HID mods (4300 High and Low) already installed? Local installers are reluctant to install HID projectors because it's necessary to "bake" the headlight ass'ys to melt the sealant, then disassemble the assy's, make the swaps with new projectors then re-assemble everything and re-install. Labor costs would drive a strong man to his knees, and rumor is that eventually those headlights will start to leak in the rain, with deleterious results all around. Also, can you recommend a good installer in the DC metro area?
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