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I have done a lot reading and research in upgrading my headlights. I had LASIK surgery about 12yrs ago and astigmatisms have really given me trouble seeing at night. I am looking at a retroshop kit, 35W, 4300K w/ projectors. Are you guys happy that you did the swap, will this been enough of an upgrade for me. As you all know this isn't a cheap upgrade even using my own lamps I just wanna make sure I don't regret it. Thank-you in advance.
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i wen to hidkitpros.com and i have had zero issues with my setup, very pleased by quality and service, im happy i have HIDs now very good upgrade to do
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Honestly, because of your surgery, I don't know if it will be enough. The best way to tell would be to ride around with friend that has similar lights as to what you want to upgrade to. 4300K is going to have more of a yellowish tint, not much, but a little. 5000K or 6000k would be the way to go. I think they have better light output than the 4300K. I wouldn't spend the $400 bucks before doing a night ride along with a like-lighted vehicle.
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Hi everyone,

I have done a lot reading and research in upgrading my headlights. I had LASIK surgery about 12yrs ago and astigmatisms have really given me trouble seeing at night. I am looking at a retroshop kit, 35W, 4300K w/ projectors. Are you guys happy that you did the swap, will this been enough of an upgrade for me. As you all know this isn't a cheap upgrade even using my own lamps I just wanna make sure I don't regret it. Thank-you in advance.
Honestly if you are looking to upgrade this is the best way to go for DOT approved lighting. that being said when you look into projectors it is a big you get what you pay for case so the extra money for peace of mind is definatley worth it

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Honestly, because of your surgery, I don't know if it will be enough. The best way to tell would be to ride around with friend that has similar lights as to what you want to upgrade to. 4300K is going to have more of a yellowish tint, not much, but a little. 5000K or 6000k would be the way to go. I think they have better light output than the 4300K. I wouldn't spend the $400 bucks before doing a night ride along with a like-lighted vehicle.
Yes and no, For straight useable light 4300K is the most lumen output that the human eye can see but the 5000K is only roughly 5% loss of lumens for a much more comfortable light where as the 6000K is a very cool light that is easy on your eyes the problem you get into is that it will wash out in a high energy light such as 4300K for example and you will lose ~10% lumens compared to 4300K

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Yes and no, For straight useable light 4300K is the most lumen output that the human eye can see but the 5000K is only roughly 5% loss of lumens for a much more comfortable light where as the 6000K is a very cool light that is easy on your eyes the problem you get into is that it will wash out in a high energy light such as 4300K for example and you will lose ~10% lumens compared to 4300K

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I just received my full retro'd kit from Retro Shop, hopefully installing Saturday. I'll definitely report back when I get everything done.
I come from OEM BMW HID's with wicked projectors and I'm thinking these Retro'd lights with the proper projectors (Morimoto) in them just might be even better. We'll see.
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I am sure others would like a review of the install and end results so keep use posted, pictures would be great also.
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I spent 20 years in the automotive lighting industry as a lighting engineer. I am not sure any switch is DOT approved (unless tested on a goniometer) but I agree a projector that was designed for HID will give a crisper cutoff. That being said, the quad headlamp output was not very good. I initially added a 35W- 6000K system in and it wasn't bad but not enough light and bluer than I like. Stock color is around 4300-4500K. Anyway, I added 55W- 5000K. I am very impressed with the consistency of the beam pattern. It is very smooth and not choppy. I have not had a lot of people flashing their brights at me.
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What kind of $$ are we talking for a good quality 55W - 5000 or 6000K system?
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and also what are the top brands to look for?
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