I read on the LOD message board that someone replaced their bad HID bulbs with halogen bulbs in the HID housings.
They commented that there was not much difference in light output.
The next 2 links are to pictures of the door in our shop with the headlights turned on .
This is a picture of the halogen bulbs in 96 HID headlight housings.
I mounted them in the HID housings thinking that I would not spend the
extra money for the HID bulbs and ballast if they were almost as good.
You decide!!! I spent the extra money!!!
All of the next sets of pictures were taken with these settings,
on a tripod directly in front of the car 4 feet off the ground..
Shutter Speed 1/2 sec
Focal Length 36 mm
No adjustment was make for the orange color that always seems to be
produced by incandescent bulbs (halogen), when you take a picture.
You will notice that the light from the HID bulbs appear much whiter,
something that I did not notice as much looking down the road, but the camera did.
All of the pictures are 800X600 and between 200k and 300k.
I have now cut off the lens from the old headlight assembly and have installed
clear Lexan for the lens.
With the clear lens on them the light is so bright that it looks like a train coming at you.
Also has round spots like a spotlight, totally unusable without some kind of diffusion.
I plan to build a wooden jig the same height and distance apart as the car
to mount both headlights (left and right). Then do some playing around with the lens.
I will put any new info here when I get to work on this.
For pictures of the 1996 LSC HID lights and ballasts visit Callouie's HID Pix.
Article by Bill Hittle. For questions and comments contact him at e-mail.
Visit Bill Hittle's website.
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