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    QH, HID, or LED bulb?

    I had a win at an auction. I picked up a Hella 1503 searchlight at the right price. I had been after one for ages to fill the hole on the front of my County after my original one was stolen. I thought I had it well secured too. The thief must have gone to a lot of trouble. Anyway, the auction prize is brand new and has a QH 100w. bulb. My last one had a 150 w. bulb. Has anyone on this site experience with a 150w QH bulb compared to 55w HID and whatever wattage LED?
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    I converted some cheap plastic spotties on my ute... They where great, but a bit of delay...

    Where as, on the truck I had both led and hid, led up close out to 400 metres and the hid gave me the range... hid where spots thus the led's where the close range... Mind you we also converted the headlights to led and they where great on low beam but no range on there own, on high...

    To me, hid and led make a great combination as they light the road up for over a 1,000 metres and super bright for the first 500 metres... Makes driving so much safer...

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    Those big Hellas have range. Hella claim 800 metres reach with 100w. QH and six lane spread at 300 metres. What I was wondering was if HID or LED are whiter and brighter and have greater range
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbjorn View Post
    Those big Hellas have range. Hella claim 800 metres reach with 100w. QH and six lane spread at 300 metres. What I was wondering was if HID or LED are whiter and brighter and have greater range
    led and hid are both bright light, but led have the shorter range of light where have a longer range thus the brightness is out further...

    The range is different but hid do have a slight delay when dipped for a long period on low beam...

    So really, the only difference is the range of light...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wraithe View Post
    led and hid are both bright light, but led have the shorter range of light where have a longer range thus the brightness is out further...

    The range is different but hid do have a slight delay when dipped for a long period on low beam...

    So really, the only difference is the range of light...
    So does anyone know if a 150w. QH bulb would give greater or lesser range than a 55w. HID?

    The big Hella I had previously had impressive range with as 150w. bulb
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbjorn View Post
    So does anyone know if a 150w. QH bulb would give greater or lesser range than a 55w. HID?

    The big Hella I had previously had impressive range with as 150w. bulb
    There's a big difference between distance and visibility. You might be able to spot roadside reflectors at 500m with the HID but a roo at 200m will show up better with the halogen.

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    If you try a HID, go for 4300k as this is closer to daylight, and much easier on the eyes. My 35w 4300k HID converted Cibie Super Oscars were awesome lights. I'd go 55w next time.
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