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Anyone here ever put HID's in their 159. Am considering it but have been hearing different stories about them.

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Howdy all.
Anyone here ever put HID's in their 159. Am considering it but have been hearing different stories about them.

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I-mailed the Gardaí to find out whether or not HID's are legal in Ireland, I received two e-mails back from them. One said it was legal where-as the other said they were not....glad they cleared that up for me.
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..if the car can pass the nct with them it's legal as far as i know.

the problem though is that an HID "filament" is a different shape to a regular bulb. The reflector/lens in your headlight will be set up for a regular halogen bulb, so even when you have the HID filament in exactly the same place the beam patern will be different... this is also why many aftermarket HID kits cause so much glare.

changing the beam pattern can be dangerous for you as well.. better lights aren't just brighter lights.
for instance if you have too much bright light close to the front of the car it limits your ability to see past the throw of your dipped beam into the darkness, because the bright light tends to close up your pupils... you often get the same effect using foglamps in clear weather.
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Excellent reply there Mick!!
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..thanks kikih

i reckon the aftermarket HID kits probably work ok in some headlamps, and i know people have passed NCTs with them.
but they're a disaster in many others, and in reality you're probably better off with a big 110aH battery and proper bulbs like philips vision plus or something (not the tinted blue yokes though..! ), unless you can get your hands on the original factory xenons somewhere..
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