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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 05, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey fellas. Did a search and found one post from 2 years ago on this subject. Looking for updated info on converting headlights from stock to HID for 68'. Hopefully the price has come down on the kit or process. Thanks for the info.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 05, 05:07 PM
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yes you can do it !
I did it on my 69.
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Awesome. The ad says that you can replace the bulb. Is that true? Do you change the wiring? Did you use the same 3 prong connection? Thanks again.
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Xenon lamps are not true HID lights, they are what used to be called Halogen lamps except the bulbs contain xenon gas instead of halogen gas, and the bulbs are typically coated with a blue coating to appear more like true HID lamps. HID stands for High Intensity Discharge which produce light by striking an electrical arc across tungsten electrodes housed inside a specially designed inner glass tube inside the bulb. HID headlamps do not use a filament. Instead, they contain an inert gas (Xenon), which emits light when it comes in contact with a high-voltage electrical arc. HID lamps require a high voltage power supply (ballast) that produces several thousand volts (15,000 to 20,000V) to the create the arc inside the bulbs, and then will operate at around 80 to 90 volts once the bulb is warmed up. If you can buy anything called HID lamps for less than $300 (and more like $500) for the bulbs and power supplies alone your buying H4 style Halogen bulbs. The HID assemblies for my Jimmy are over $500 a side for the housing assembly the HID bulb, and the power supply (ballast).

The H4 Halogen style bulbs do just plug into the original 3 prong wiring harness. All you need is a new 7" diameter lamp housing that will accept the H4 halogen (or Xenon) bulb and your good to go. If you increase the wattage of the bulb (which is illegal) above the 55W/60W rating of the original bulbs, you may want to run relays due to the increased current draw of the higher wattage lamps.

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Look at the Sylvania automotive lighting site. They had a setup that I bought under the Xenarc name.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 4th, 05, 01:57 AM
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I personally would not put HIDs on anything with availability of the new fangled Xenon lamps. I have them (xenon) in all my applications and they really improve night driving. My kid's Accura has the HIDs and they are no better than my H4s other than blinding oncoming traffic.

I would relay these anywho. The "gold standard" of the OEM industry is to relay anything and everything that sucks down more than 10 amps (mine run 8amps continuous max per side). These will...and your headlights will be brighter as well.

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www.madelectrical.com has great Tech section for info on relays and they have kits for them. As well as great info. on old car wiring.

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I got the brighter headlight kit from DSE and I can say that they help alot and way better that stock. Has pigtails to snap into stock connector and for $160, I think its worth it.

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