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Car - Headlight BULB question?

xxxHolic 31,530 5,566 May 13, 2016 at 12:57 AM
Nissan Maxima 2000

The left low beam doesn't turn on today. When I use high beams, both sides work.
Does this confirm that no broken wire?

I'm looking to replace both headlight BULBs with LED. I do a quick search. Looks like I need to replace the entire headlights?
Can expert give a link or LED BULBs brand for this car?


Is this a halogen bulb or Xenon H.I.D?

http://smile.amazon.com/Philips-9...B00U1OLDRE


I search around, looks like Xenon H.I.D bulbs will fit my car.
Btw, do I need new headlight ballast for this Xenon H.I.D bulbs?

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That is what frequently happens when one part of the bulb blows. A new bulb should fix it.

For your HID install, it is a bit more involved. Most likely you will have to connect the bulbs directly to your battery and use a relay to activate them. Usually the kit includes everything you need to do this. Switching to HIDs is not something an amateur should do unless you are very mechanically inclined.

The LED lights usually include the entire headlight assembly which frequently involves removing the front fascia.
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I think you should go to the parts store and ask your questions there.
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http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Cry...B00SQU0XRQ

Xenon powered halogen <-- what does it mean? Is this Xenon H.I.D or just the regular halogen bulb?
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Xenon powered halogen <-- what does it mean? Is this Xenon H.I.D or just the regular halogen bulb?
That's just a regular bulb you can use that with no modification. I use the silverstars they are brighter with a longer throw.
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That's just a regular bulb you can use that with no modification. I use the silverstars they are brighter with a longer throw.
What does it mean by "Xenon powered halogen"?
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What does it mean by "Xenon powered halogen"?
Xenon is just a gas that is inside the bulb that helps create the temp color that the light puts out. Halogen is another gas. Not sure exactly but the Xenon is probably just used to initially get the bulb going. Lots of jargon used in marketing that isn't always accurate to what is going on in the bulb.
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Xenon is just a gas that is inside the bulb that helps create the temp color that the light puts out. Halogen is another gas. Not sure exactly but the Xenon is probably just used to initially get the bulb going. Lots of jargon used in marketing that isn't always accurate to what is going on in the bulb.
Sounds like a pain to replace with HID lights. I have no idea what to do with ballast thing.
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Sounds like a pain to replace with HID lights. I have no idea what to do with ballast thing.
The only problem with HIDs is they use more power than the circuit to the bulb socket supplies. So you connect them direct to the battery and use the original bulb socket to activate a relay that turns the bulb on. It can be a PITA. Just use SilverStars or those ones you listed. They will give you the look of HIDs without the hassle.
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The only problem with HIDs is they use more power than the circuit to the bulb socket supplies. So you connect them direct to the battery and use the original bulb socket to activate a relay that turns the bulb on. It can be a PITA. Just use SilverStars or those ones you listed. They will give you the look of HIDs without the hassle.

http://www.autoevolution.com/news...26530.html

HID lights use less power and brighter than halogen lights?
These are the reasons why I want to try HID lights.
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Have you polished the head light lens's?
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Have you polished the head light lens's?
What does it have to do with bulb blows?
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HID lights use less power and brighter than halogen lights?
These are the reasons why I want to try HID lights.
Not entirely sure but most of the HIDs I have seen recommend connecting to the battery and run a relay. The Xenon HIDs use like 3x as much power as stock bulbs.
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You really shouldn't put HIDs into housings that aren't designed for them. The beam pattern will be wrong and distracting/blinding to other drivers. You technically could get a ticket for it (although probably never would).

You can look into retrofitting projectors if you really want to (www.theretrofitsource.com), but please don't just drop HID bulbs into your factory headlights.

I'd just drop in a set of Silverstars and be done with it.
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What does it have to do with bulb blows?
Sounds like you want more light intensity out of your stock projectors. Any 2000 vehicle exposed to the elements, will have 'fogged' lens.

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