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whats the difference or what is better.. CCFL or HID projector headlights?

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Initial post: Feb 8, 2013 10:03:21 PM PST
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whats difference of ccfl and hid?

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 9:17:31 PM PST
BobbyLee says:
The CCFL Halo's are just that. Its a florescent ring around the outside of the lens(ala BMW). Doubles as a daytime running light(DRL, safety feature, purely cosmetic) The projector type of headlight assembly is the most current, focused beam system available. The newer HIR2 bulbs are designed to throw light out from the top of bulb(coatings inside the bulb accomplish this), this is still basically a halogen bulb but provides excellent light distribution. The HID system which can be fitted/retrofitted in a projector housing will give a much whiter(6000K) light. The newer 55watt setups can produce incredible amounts of light over the older 35watt kits. The light is a result of an electric arc passed through an inert gas(sounds like neon light, but the arc is actually plasma) Different heat ranges are available, each with a different hue to the light output. I like 8000K, slight blue tint. Only ONE WORD to the wise, buy the best, not the cheapest! Having tried several different kits(that all failed) I found, this is the best company out there and I've recommended setups to the guys in my truck club with great success. Bob

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 10:36:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2013 10:41:13 AM PST
J. Rew says:
CCFL = Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light. These are the types of lights that are used in computer monitors, some flat-screen TVs, accent lighting, and some home lighting. They are also used in some automotive applications, but only as accent lighting or low-output lights since CCFL generally aren't bright enough for headlights or other high-output applications.

HID = High Intensity Discharge. This is the newer headlight technology that replaces a normal light bulb filament with a high-voltage arc. You see these often in BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Cadillac. There are plenty of retrofit kits to upgrade standard halogen headlights with HID capsules (and the required ballasts). I agree with other posters: go with quality over cheap since most of the cheap kits won't last very long and don't perform very well. Also be careful to get the proper application (bulb size, etc.) and be aware that some HID upgrade kits cause your headlights to lose their high-beam function. Read the fine print and do plenty of research.

Projector = A type of lens system that focuses the light output. Projector headlights have those tell-tale small round lenses that looks like half a sphere. Projector headlights can be halogen or HID and many car manufacturers make models with either halogen or HID projector headlights. Projectors have the theoretical advantage of more focused light patterns and a sharper cut-off at the top of the beam. In reality, OEM free-form reflector headlights sometimes out-perform cheap projector "upgrades". Good quality projectors can be a nice upgrade, however, especially since they look pretty cool IMO and they can offer better light pattern output if they're good quality. Most projector headlights can accept an HID upgrade kit as long as you get the proper bulb size application. Be aware that the bulb clearance for projector headlights can be very tight, so check your HID bulb dimensions before you plunk down your money.
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