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4300K or 6000K HID Kit?

just another thread on HID Kits, tried searching but can't really find the answer im looking for...

I run 4 cibie super oscars and looking to upgrade them to HID. I've found a decent kit but i can't decide between a 4300K kit or 6000K. what are the benefits or disadvantages for running each type. do they both send light the same distance? and/or is the 6000K 'bluer' than the 4300K. i heard the 6000K is more for country driving and picking up wildlife easier, where as the 4300K is more 'coastal driving'?

would someone care to make my choice easier?

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Unread postby jono_70cruiser » May 28th, 2010, 1:58 am


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To put it simply mate, go the 4300k.

4300 is like natural light, it penetrates further and its far better for our eyes. Anything over this begins to go blue, and ours eyes cant pick up the light as good. In my experience i reckon 4300k is the best, and i believe that you can actually notice the loss in lighting between the two.

Your eyes will really love you for the 4300k, whereas the 6000k is more for bling and anything above is just for ricers.
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Unread postby bozo21 » May 28th, 2010, 2:25 am


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It is a difficult question to answer. It depends on what your eyes see as being the best.
I have a 42 watt 5000k kit in my super oscars and had a 6000k kit in the headlights.
I recently replaced the 6000k kit in the headlights with a 55 watt 4200k kit.

To be honest, I preferred the 6000k kit over the 4200k kit but the 5000k colour in the driving lights is better again.

4300k will be a closer colour to the original halogen globes.
6000k will be a bluer colour. Many people told me the 6000k lights looked blue but from the drivers seat they worked well and not blue at all.

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my friend is really up to date with the HID kits and always tells me to buy 4300k over 6000k, not sure if thats any help!! but yeah :)

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4300k has more useable light output, so 4300k will (in layman's terms) have a longer throw pattern.
6000k is "bluer" than 4300k. 6000k is marketed as being closest to natural sunlight, however if you've used 6000k lights you'd be inclined to disagree.

The 6000k is said to be quite bad in wet weather, also. As the "bluer" the light is, the more it reflects off the rain - Or something along those lines. I think it was Nemesis on here who mentioned it.

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I've played with a few different colour temps in my driving lights, I've found that 4300-4800K were the best for visibility, the higher temps like 6000K didn't give great illumination, and had the nasty side effect of making reflective signs and surfaces extremely bright without lighting up much else (a real pita for night driving)
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Ive got 4300K in my headlights in my GU....very happy with them, makes for a heap less fatigue when driving at night by trying to see were you are going with normal lights.
They very rarely get used on high beam as the light output on low is more than enough.......only one drawback is when i turn the XGT's on they look a little sad...and alot yellow!

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I can't offer any advice comparing 4300k to 6000k, but I've had to make a similar decision recently when I fitted HID bulbs to the spot lights (Narva Ultima 175's) on my work van.

Before ordering the bulbs, I searched around on a few different forums, and the general consenus was that 4300k gave the best lumen output and the lowest glare back from signs, rain, fog etc. So that's what I got, 55 watt 4300k.

I'm very happy with my choice. The light output is amazing even from these small lights, and the glare back is no worse than with 100 watt halogen bulbs. A lot of my night driving is in fog.

As money allows I'm hoping to get 100 watt 4300k HID's to fit to the Hella Rallye 2000's on my Patrol.

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Unread postby YNOT » May 28th, 2010, 4:36 pm


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If you buy 6000K sell your fourby and buy a rice rocket. 6000K provides less usable light, and increases driver fatigue and also increases your 'tool' factor. I found alot of information on ricer forums as they convert their standard headlights to hid and their is a fair bit of discussion so do your research there, just for a comparison here's a piccie, the guy reckons they are the same bulb (i think from phillips) just in the different light temperatures.
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Unread postby Nic92GQ » May 28th, 2010, 5:15 pm


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Hey guys,

I've been looking at a 55w HID kit on ebay, its a 4300K kit complete with ballasts etc. What's your opinions on these kits? 55W H4 BI-XENON HI/LO HID KIT 4300K 6000K SLIM BALLASTS - eBay Headlights, Lights, Indicators, Car Parts, Accessories, Cars, Bikes, Boats. (end time 04-Jun-10 21:52:29 AEST)

That's the link, its pricey for $160 but looks pretty sturdy. Its for a 98 Prado
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Definitely 4300k
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55w isn't too bright Pog? I currently run 55/60 Narva headlight bulbs
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4300k

Unread postby udm » May 28th, 2010, 6:50 pm


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big remz, those ballasts look like they have a plastic casing, might wanna give this guy a look eBay Australia Shop - Predator Performance Lighting: HID Spotlights, HID Spotlight Kits, Torches bought a pair of IPF 900XS converted to HID and they are brilliant, pretty sure he can also do custom kits to suit your lights (not sure if he does hi/lo kits tho so might wanna ask some questions)

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it seems my mind is made up, 4300K the way to go.

cheers fellas.:thumb:

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