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Old 11-04-2010, 01:18 AM
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HID Glare Solution?

So I got my Prelude used about a few weeks ago. The previous owner put in HID's with the stock lamps so glare is blinding people to death at this moment. Now I have no money to do a retrofit or buy a new lamp so I was thinking. Glare Shield? Where do I get them and how do I put them in? When I'm driving on the highway my HID's literally hit signs above me even when I'm practically under it.

Links or anything would be great.

Oh... Ontario/Canadian law requires DRL's. I don't have any... solution?
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

what k bulbs are in your car ? if there over 6000k then downgrade !
also try adjusting your lights they might just be aimed high
i amied mine down as soon as i got hids

also in canada yes you have to have daytime running lights ( i dont ) but you dont have to have them on your head lights they can be any light

there is a small bulb "park light " in your head lights you can just wore that to come on as soon as you turn the key
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what k bulbs are in your car ? if there over 6000k then downgrade !
also try adjusting your lights they might just be aimed high
i amied mine down as soon as i got hids

also in canada yes you have to have daytime running lights ( i dont ) but you dont have to have them on your head lights they can be any light

there is a small bulb "park light " in your head lights you can just wore that to come on as soon as you turn the key
Where would I be able to find out how many k my bulbs are? I assume they're around the 6000k cuz my Acura CL-S has stock HID's and they are pretty much the same brightness.

I was told I should change my parking lights to LED's so they're brighter and then use those as DRL's. One of my high beams are burnt out but the glare from my HID's are brighter and aimed higher then my high...

As for the height of the lamp. I turned it down as low as I could.
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

A proper projector retrofit is the only real option to fix the glare. You could cheap out and get the projector headlights off evilBay, they are only marginally better but an improvement nonetheless. The evilBay ones are a halogen projector, not a HID projector and the light output suffers as a result.

As for DRLs, is your car a Canadian delivered car, or a US car? If it's a canuck, then all you should need to do is replace the high beam bulbs and check the fuses. If not you can probably buy the DRL module from a wrecker in Canada.
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

yeah go ahead and change your park lights to led i did, cost was cheap and easy to do
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

Just adding my expierience but I've got hid and had that problem as well. Yours sounds like a major alignment issue. And you can determine the k of your bulbs off color 6k should be white and if it is a higher k then that a blueish tint can be seen anything below 6 will have a tint of yellow. after you check your adjustment and everything seems right and the bulbs are in their propper sockets I would just say screw the other drivers ha as long as you can right?! Lol
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A proper projector retrofit is the only real option to fix the glare.
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

He said he does not have money for lamps of a retrofit... I assure you where there is a will there is a way aim them lower for sure man that will help bunches.
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

That's just too damn bad now, isn't it? Aiming them lower won't solve the problem; it will make it even more difficult to see at night. The only solution is to go back to Halogen,
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

so super cheap and tint the headlights
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

I don't believe I can go back to halogens cuz the guy fcuked it up. I asked my mechanic and he said you'll blow the halogens if you switch. It is a canadian car so I assumed DRL's woulda came stock but I guess the guy f'd that up too.

Seems like the only solution right now is to ride it out through the winter and then buy those halo projector head lamps. They go for around $300 or so, doesn't seem too bad.
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

i also have a 5 gen and i was wondering if i could just buy a pair of aftermarket headlamps and possibly just change the bulb for better ones??
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

I really like this style of headlamp but it seems to be only available in that smoked color which is ugly for my white prelude...

97-01 Prelude Halo Projector Head Lights Smoke Fog Lamp on eBay.ca (item 200528798903 end time 07-Nov-10 01:09:33 EST)
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

I have those exact same projectors with HID's and zero problems, I also at one point had factory headlamps with HID's and zero problems so I dont know whats going on with yours...
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

this is weird. i have 8000k H.I.Ds in black depo headlights and not a single flash from an oncoming driver...hmmm.
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I have those exact same projectors with HID's and zero problems, I also at one point had factory headlamps with HID's and zero problems so I dont know whats going on with yours...
I never said I had those headlamps. I have the stock OEM lights with no projectors. I was just thinking of getting those to replace my stocks.
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

Maybe the guy that put them in either A) A poorly made HID kit, or B) Messed up the install. If you're getting a lot of glare, the capsule could be sitting crooked in the headlamp.
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

Well I'm going to probably go ahead and order those halo projectors that I saw some prelude users on this forum had. Doesn't seem to hard to install and it'll help me avoid tickets.
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I got some cheap Angel Eyes with projectors on eBay for like 300$ and they light up just fine, the cutoff is actually surprisingly accurate and I never get flashed at. Also they look cool as hell, get compliments ALL the time.
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Re: HID Glare Solution?

^^I think they must.

Seriously, there will always be glare when you fit HIDs to a halogen reflector headlight setup. Sure you can aim the lights down to minimise glare to other drivers, but if you look at your beam you'll notice it's focused on the ground, about 2m in front of the car. Not much use there is it? As for how much glare is too much? It depends on the person. I know people whose headlights spray light all over the road, and they don't think they are glarey at all. Just because you don't think it is glarey doesn't mean it's not annoying (and just because people don't flash their lights at you doesn't mean your lights aren't annoying them). Unless you put your HID bulbs into a projector housing of some sort, you will always have glare. As said above, the evilBay projectors are better than nothing, and a projector retrofit is the best option. ANd as with anything on these cars, the best option is also the most expensive.
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^^I think they must.

Seriously, there will always be glare when you fit HIDs to a halogen reflector headlight setup. Sure you can aim the lights down to minimise glare to other drivers, but if you look at your beam you'll notice it's focused on the ground, about 2m in front of the car. Not much use there is it? As for how much glare is too much? It depends on the person. I know people whose headlights spray light all over the road, and they don't think they are glarey at all. Just because you don't think it is glarey doesn't mean it's not annoying (and just because people don't flash their lights at you doesn't mean your lights aren't annoying them). Unless you put your HID bulbs into a projector housing of some sort, you will always have glare. As said above, the evilBay projectors are better than nothing, and a projector retrofit is the best option. ANd as with anything on these cars, the best option is also the most expensive.

Pretty much. You don't always have to pay to play if you scout around and find good deals and are willing to do a little labor.

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My friend said do a retrofit or else it would always have glare. He said he has someone that'll do it for me for $400. That too much?
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Is that including parts?
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