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Old 01-12-2008, 11:35 PM
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question on Nokya headlights

What's up to all fellow prelude enthusiast's,

I've got a question that I'm hoping someone on here can help me with. I recently installed some Nokya Arctic Purple halogen headlights on my '99 Prelude because I saw them on display once and really liked the color. However, now that I have them installed, they're not very bright at all and I'm concerned that they may cause a problem because they are rated at 100 watts and a friend of mine told me the stock bulbs are generally rated at 55 watts. It seems like they should be really bright since they're 100 watt bulbs...does anyone have any advice on what the problem may be here? Do I need an aftermarket wiring harness or something to make them brighter? I'm also concerned because I don't want to possibly burn up the stock harness due to the higher wattage bulbs, although the wires don't seem to get abnormally warm after having the bulbs on for a while so far. Has anyone else on this forum tried these bulbs before?

Any advice on this would be greatly apprecaited...
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:28 AM
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I would take the bulbs out and put the stocks back in until you get what you need to power them properly. I did something simular and ended up burning up the wires a bit.
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oh damn, yeah that's what I was afraid of. I think I'll take your advice on that. Just curious, do you remember how long you ran the lights you installed before your wires burned up?
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I had the Purple in then I took them out because I could not see in the rain.
the output is 100 watts but the intake of power is still 55 watts. They should be fine with the stock harness. they might get hot because of heat from the bulb. the reason they are not bright is that purple has a higher contrast on a white surface. But black has a very low contrast making it seem dim. If you are on a cement road they look normal but on paved they will look dim.
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is it this model: http://www.racinglab.com/nokarpurhids.html

the actual output is 100w. Its hard to tell how much reserve/extra insolation/heavy dutiness Honda built into the harness. This is the best 2 examples I can come up with: I kept blowing bulbs with a Piaa 959 kit, so i went to PIAA corp and asked for a warranty replacement....come to find out that i had nicked a wire, and that was the issue, but Piaa was kind enough to give me another wiring kit, and I asked if I could run something other than the 55w H3 bulb, the guy sed that they had conservatively rated the harness and that I could run a 25a fuse vs. the 15a & also run 85w bulbs with no problem.

2: have you ever bought some cheap 100w household bulbs only to compare that a GE 75W bulbs is brighter? Even though on paper/label the cheapo 100w is supposed to be brighter? But its not???

Lastly, I have used a SUVLIGHTS.com H4 harness to run actual 100/110w bulbs on both piaa, noname brand, and Raybrig. All the bulbs light output was noticably different.....Luckily, I was able to test them out in the middle of nowhere on a flat stretch of road with no streetlights etc....so i would pick the ones that seem to you & your eyes to work best.

You could test by running a oem bulb and the Nokya at the same time and check the temp of the harness with one of those wiresless thermometers...

hope that helps and doesnt confuse....
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i recently purchased the arctic whites....and they came out bright with a hint of blue..i love 'em..i've had no problems so far
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Cool... thanks for the advice guys!

That makes a lot of sense Dwend, regarding the darker contrast with the purple bulbs. I didn't even think of that at all...and, I know what you mean, the bulbs are definitely very difficult to see with in the rain

Also thanks for your input on this too, Flyby. The bulbs in that link are the same one's that I installed. Again, I agree with your point on this also.

So far, I've continued to use the bulbs, but just been checking the temperature of the wiring harness by feel, and it doesen't seem to be getting too hot. I like the color of the bulbs and I was hoping there was something I can do to make them brighter. However, now that I see that there's probably not really anything I can do because of the contrast with the darker road pavement, I'm probably just going to go with something else next time I get bulbs. Maybe the arctic whites...definitely want to go with something with a sharp blue or purple tint that's still really bright though.

Lastly, I appologize for the delayed reply to everyone's comments too...been outta town all week with no internet access. I really appreciate your inputs on this tho
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enjoy them, thats all that matters....Whenever im driving i always find it interesting/cool to see all the different colour lights that are out there.
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The Arctic Purple and Arctic Blue are rated at 100 W b/c they have to be to even put out a descent amount of light. Those colors just don't produce that many lumens in general. You do not need to worry about the wires burning up just b/c the bulb is a higher wattage. Remember wattage is a direct correlation between voltage and amperage. so basically, DO NOT increase the fuse size. this is what will cause your electronic components to burn up. The headlights themselves are the most fragile part of that whole circuit anyways so you shouldn't worry about whether the type of bulb will cause problems. I have used Nokyas for like 8 years now. just go with the Arctic White like Prludeboy95' said, they are sharp and have a good lumen output.
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Yeah, I'm a electrical tech and I'd say go with what the car is rated for only unless you spend the money and do a HID conversion or something like that. You will defintely burn up your car's stock wiring.

I don't have any experience with HID conversion but have seen many post about them on this forum, if you need any futher help I know there are alot of guys, and gals on here that can help you out.
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