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I want a brighter light. I bought the ZXE Xenon bulb and not impressed. I can't see much difference from the gold star I had. The thing that bothers me about the hid lights is the ballast going out and being left with no light. I always carry a spare bulb but with a hid that's a different story. Does anyone have some experience with a good hid kit they could recommend. Thanks, Swampy
 

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I have the cheaper ebay ballasts in my truck with Mishimoto bulbs and they've been trouble free for 4 years now. Although one ballast gives me a slight flicker. 6000k in both my low beams and fog lights. Stick with a 4300-6000K for the brightest light output, and if you're not running a projector... prepare to get bright lighted because of the glare in a halogen housing with HID's.

another option is the Cyclops LED, I installed some in my cousin's CBR 500 last weekend and they're as bright as HID's but dont have the glare because the way they are made. And you dont have to deal with a big ballast.
 

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I run a silverstar in my bike, brighter than stock and no ballast to die on you (probably on the highway, in the country, at midnight, movin at 120 km/hr).

Dingo.
 

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No fears just more practical and common sense approach to motorcycling. Basically if you can't see with a basic Silverstar you better go to to eye doctor/surgeon. I find the newer car headlights are very annoying especially when their beam shines into your eyes when they hit a bump. Just downright sucks!

Better yet how many folk really ride @ night to justify making the switch to HID because we are still invisible to ALL traffic at ALL times but I guess its not my money being spent either and if it was my money I'd spend it on gas right now @ $1.92 a gallon! :D
 

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It almost seems better to use these brighter lights during the day.. Like has been mentioned, at night, they tend to get a little obnoxious.. (says the guy in the clown-suit riding the bike with the blinky headlight)..(I KNOW!!! :))

But.. I sure seem to fixate on a brighter light on a bike during the day.. Seen many a bike where you could almost see the back of the headlight bucket as they chugged happily down the road, but when a headlamp is really lit up during the daytime it seems to catch my attention to a greater degree..

So ..It's all by degrees, I suppose.. But to a greater degree I think a brighter bulb helps to get you noticed more-so than not..
 

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I have the combination of the Silverstar bulb along with the headlight modulator. Best of both worlds imo, bright enough to see and be seen and modulates enough to get the attention at times that I probably wouldn't have gotten without it. I can count numerous times where I have a car start at an intersection and suddenly stop when my light catches their attention. That said, I've already started slowing down anticipating them NOT seeing me but once I feel that they do, I move through the intersection without incident. I also tend to give them a small hand gesture of acknowledgement for looking out for me. I may by in the minority her but I think the combo of both has helped more than if I had kept the weak standard halogen bulb in it.
 

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Most HID kits are plug and play to a certain extent, they either use the existing wiring for power or for the trigger signal. What this means is you can still carry your stock bulb and change it back just as easily in a pinch if you need too. I run a 35 watt 4500k low beam only in mine. Reason are one 35 watts and low beam are more than enough in HID and ballasts in general don't like short bursts of power like at start up. At start up I turn mine on high beam start it then switch to low beam.
 

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^^^I did the same thing on my Spirit and on my Fury.

Heres a pic of the output on the Fury, but with a 55W bulb (no, you dont need to change the ballast) im about 40' from the wall

 
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