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    Quote Originally Posted by loanrangie View Post
    IPF's with a HID conversion, i have the 800's which are rectangular but the 900's are round and approx. 200mm diameter.
    What kit did you use for the HID conversion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveG View Post
    What kit did you use for the HID conversion?

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    From a guy on eBay.

    From the same seller, he has a good rep for his HID kits -

    55W H3 6000K HID KIT FOR IPF 900 SPOT DRIVING LIGHTS | eBay
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveG View Post
    What kit did you use for the HID conversion?

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    Jaycar have both 35w and 55 w kits. I tried the 55w in Hella 1503 searchlights on highway trucks and in a single (cyclops) lamp on my County. Awesome lightup but I found the halogen just as effective and not as wearing on the old man eyes. I did not like the delay arcing up with the HID bulbs. One second at 110 k's is 30.5 metres.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbjorn View Post
    Jaycar have both 35w and 55 w kits. I tried the 55w in Hella 1503 searchlights on highway trucks and in a single (cyclops) lamp on my County. Awesome lightup but I found the halogen just as effective and not as wearing on the old man eyes. I did not like the delay arcing up with the HID bulbs. One second at 110 k's is 30.5 metres.
    Pretty sure I have the 35 watt Jaycar kit in the Narvas.

    The delay is noticeable with them compared with when I had a different system (hi-lo HID) with different ballasts in the headlights. The delay after the initial supernova when those were first turned on was much shorter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveG View Post
    Thanks everyone.
    As luck would have it an as-new pair of IPF 900's came up just around the corner from a mate I'll be catching up with this weekend. Picked them up for $80. I'll see how they go as-is for a start and look at a HID conversion if I still need more.

    Those of you that have HID conversions, do you find them to be a harsh sort of bleached light like some LEDs can be.
    I like my current LED headlights but mainly because they put out a decent amount of light and are completely sealed so I'm not having to change a globe every few months. In comparison I find the standard "quadoptic" halogens in the 130 a nicer light (when they are both working!!)

    Steve
    Hi Steve, I run IPF 900 with 70w HIDís. I went for 4500k as I find the 6000k too white also harder to see skippy on the side of the road. 4500 is closer to the yellow spectrum. 55w would be ample.
    Cheers. Phil

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    Although you say FYRLYT's are out of your price range I would highly recommend them . Have them on both my cars. The whole point of FYRLYT's is that they are the correct colour temperature and are less likely to wash everything out

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    I do not have a lot of experience with the "very far beam" lights you guys have but I do have a bit of experience with light colours. I have been messing around with HID conversion on several vehicles for years now and I used to go for 6K at least because that made them visible during the daytime. Once I shifted down to 5k I thought I saw less of the light during day for sure and seemingly at night (it's all between the ears) but it turns out that the light is closer to daylight and thus goes up in its surroundings more.

    Since then I have purchased a car which came with HID's from factory in the late 90's (and is still in top shape, so no worn HID's) and they are 4.3k if memory serves. Thus far I have found this to be the best light colour yet! I guess they did know what they were doing back then

    So, tl;dr go with something close to 4.3k and your eyes will thank you for it, wether you go led or hid. Not too many LED's come in this colour though.

    Cheers,
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    Just to wrap up the thread, I ended up biting the bullet and getting a 4.3k 55w HID kit from that eBay seller for the IPF900's.
    Finally got a chance to give them a decent test last night taking the scenic route home from work. They work well and have definitely given me the reach I was after.

    The light bar still provides a fair bit of close range side fill that the IPFs don't so everything works well together.

    Thanks all

    Steve
    1985 County - Isuzu 4bd1 with HX30W turbo, LT95, 255/85-16 KM2's
    1988 120 with rust and potential
    1999 300tdi 130 single cab - "stock as bro"
    2003 D2a Td5 - the boss's daily drive

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