Re: HID to replace halogen plug and play?
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I have a 2006 Sienna that I purchased new in 06. I converted to HID in 2009, I'd say 7+ years is pretty good so I wouldn't worry about the longevity. Wish I could say that about the LED headlights I have in my Odyssey, one died after a few days.
My kids' mom has the Sienna but I can post pictures tomorrow of where I mounted the ballast, it may be different on your year. Just a heads up, though, it's on the inner fender.
My ex-wife smashed my 2013 into the back of a delivery truck, it also had HID headlights, but they were only in there for a few months before she destroyed the van.
Flickering, never seen any issues. Flickering is bad, and in many cases is a sign of a bad connection/insufficient power/bad ground, this could be why you say they don't last long. I.E. installed properly they last for over 7 years and counting.
Legal? Laws vary depending on how ridiculous a state wants to be. But where I live, the only law stating concerning HID is based on color; Section 25950 of the California Vehicle Code states: “Unless provided otherwise, the color of lamps and reflectors upon a vehicle shall be white or yellow for those visible from in front of a vehicle.”
Blinding oncoming traffic? Never seen this to be an issue either. The only vehicle I have that does this is my 1999 Chevrolet Suburban (also has a HID conversion). The reason it blinds oncoming traffic is because it's lifted 12" and the headlights are at mirror level. To be fair it doesn't just blind oncoming traffic, I blind all traffic, but at that height halogens, LED, and HID all are blinding people.
Throwing light everywhere? May be time to clean that lens of yours. It's not laser precision, but it's extremely bright, yeah...light is going to shine on things, but isn't that the point? If I wanted headlights that DON'T shine on things, I would just drive with the headlights off. If you take a 35-watt halogen bulb, place it in a lens, it will be dim and have a slight pattern of light ahead. If you put a 500-watt halogen in that same lens, ...this is going to surprise you...it projects light on thing ahead of you in the same pattern that a HID conversion would do. It's the physics of light. True the lens wasn't specifically designed for HID, but the reason someone might think light gets thrown all over the place is because it's bright.
Here's a test for you; go to a sporting goods store and grab a halogen flashlight and shine it on the wall. Then grab that 2850 lumens LED flashlight and shine it on the wall. Is the pattern wider? Does it "throw light all over the place"? YEAH! It's also about 40 times brighter.
I believe in safety, I can see road signs, wildlife, other cars, and road edges much better when there's more light. For safety, I'd say jump on that HID conversion, you won't regret it.
Current vehicles with HID conversion:
1970 Chevrolet C10 (installed full H4 HID conversion 3 years ago when I bought the truck, no issues)
1999 Chevrolet Suburban (installed 4 years ago when I bought the SUV, no issues)
2006 Toyota Sienna (installed over 7 years ago when a halogen burned out, no issues)
2015 Toyota Corolla (installed 2 years ago when I bought the car, replaced 1 bulb due to an accident)
1974 Porsche 911 (installed full H4 HID conversion 1 year ago when a sealed beam bulb burned out)
Last edited by ModIt; 01-18-2017 at 07:45 PM.
Reason: Added list of my other cars with the HID conversion