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Old November 27th, 2006, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default Lets talk HID offroad lights.. What are you running?

These lightforce 240's have caught my eye:

http://www.lightforce.net.au/images/HID.pdf


I have found HID's priced anywhere from $470.00 a piece to $2299.00 per light. And the price seems to depend on how small, and compact the lights are.. Some have remote ballasts, while others are integrated.

I've only seen one truck offroad with them, and it was Skooterbuilt.. Ever since I seen what they could do, I planned on getting a set.. Now that my build is almost done, I figured its time to start shopping..
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Old November 27th, 2006, 11:38 PM   #2
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While not HID I used to run a pair of 100W KC rectangular lights (6x9s?) on my truck. Those things were like instant daylight. I have simple hella 500s on my Jeep now and they are wimpy but decent for spotting deer in the ditches. Thinking of going back to those KCs. They were only $120/pr. The Hellas were only $60/pr (with wiring harnesses).

The HIDs are extremely expensive for what you can get out of other types of offroad lights much more cheaply. Can you educate me as to why you prefer the costlier HIDs? Do they last forever? Do you get 10 of them in a kit (like I see on performance Baja offroad rigs)? Braggin' rights? I am curious...please educate me (I know I opened myself up for a flaming here but I'll take it if I can learn something).
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Old November 27th, 2006, 11:42 PM   #3
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Old November 28th, 2006, 12:30 AM   #4
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The HIDs are extremely expensive for what you can get out of other types of offroad lights much more cheaply. Can you educate me as to why you prefer the costlier HIDs?
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Old November 28th, 2006, 12:33 AM   #5
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Id just go with some nice KC's leave the HIDs at baja
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Old November 28th, 2006, 12:37 AM   #6
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Old November 28th, 2006, 08:26 AM   #7
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i run 2 Hella Rallye 4000 hid lights on my Jeep. I really like the performance of the lights, they produce more light, without requiring a lot of power. When i bought mine used they were expensive, about $1000.
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Old November 28th, 2006, 08:40 AM   #8
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i use a 120v inverter and a 200watt flood bulb
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I just replaced my headlights with H4 housings and used some 5" clear H4 lenses cut into my stock fog lights and put a high/low hid kit into them. $20 each light plus $250 a pair of H4 HID's. Nice and bright. you could just get some KCs cheep and put an H3 HID bulb in it. The H3 kits usualy go for about 125-200 a pair.
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I've been kicking around getting a set of the IPF 930 Super Rallys. They are a nice looking light and I am sure they perform great being an ARB product. am sure the IPF HIDs are $$$.
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Old November 28th, 2006, 09:34 AM   #11
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For offroad I used a set of (I think) 130w KC's and they put out a lot of light.
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I run some $10 tractor lights on my, 55 watt H3 bulbs, with an excellent flood pattern.

2 lights is enough so I don't use my headlights for anything offroad. 1 light mounted as a backup.


But, a set of $500 lights WOULD make you cool, so I'd go for them. Get the kind with angel eyes.
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Old November 28th, 2006, 01:10 PM   #13
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Well when I finish with My project I will be running about 5 100W daylighters in the front and 2 55W in the rear to back up.
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Well when I finish with My project I will be running about 5 100W daylighters in the front and 2 55W in the rear to back up.
why that many, 2 good quality lights up front is all you need, and 1 in back.
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hid's look cool and provide a lot more light but they aren't really worth the extra money imo, but they look freakin cool i might convert my headlights someday, but paying 1000 dollars for a set of off road lights that can break is not my cup of tea.
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Just comes down to what you do with them. 90%+ of wheeling in MI is daytime stuff, and most of that remaining 10% is at speeds what will not run out the range on a standard set of nice driving lights.

You'll find that the are that most 4x4s are lacking is in proper flood lighting in front, behind, and under their rigs.

Our night runs on Slickrock and Schoolbus in Tellico made this painfully clear. Spotters couldn't see the rocks 20 ft in front of the Jeeps. What good are HIDs to light up the 1000 ft in front of the Jeep, if you can't see the ledge 20 ft in front, or the trail behind.
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