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Looking around at these for high beam only I use the high beam during the day and think this might be a good way to go. Anybody buy one of those plug and play kits? Any way of knowing what color temperature is the most noticeable?

Has this been discussed before I didn't find much in searches. I see the prices vary all over the place. Kits to buy and kits to avoid?

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I got mine from CrossRoads and don't recall the temp. I'm not one to ride around with my high beam on, so the HID is only for night riding and really helps with that. For daytime conspicuity, I have a PIAA extreme white in the low beam slot with a switchable Kisan modulator on it. I also have a pair of Clearwater high power LED Darla lights mounted low for that attention grabbing triangle of light. I find this arrangement better than pissing off oncoming with an HID in their face.

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I bought the high/low pkg from Crossroads. I purchased the 5000 Kelvin, it gives a bright white light. The higher temps give a blue light and effect the brightness. I have run them for two years now with no issue. He is great to deal with and you can't beat the price.

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Looking around at these for high beam only I use the high beam during the day and think this might be a good way to go. Anybody buy one of those plug and play kits? Any way of knowing what color temperature is the most noticeable?

Has this been discussed before I didn't find much in searches. I see the prices vary all over the place. Kits to buy and kits to avoid?
Good advice given by those above me... I also ordered from Crossroads (VictoryHID.com). I ordered the low beam in the 6000. It is very bright, and the light blue tint of the light is just different enough from every other headlight that I believe it gets noticed more by folks looking my way.

I feel it's a great alternative to running with brights during the day. It's pretty annoying when you're being followed for miles by a bike with it's brights on (especially if they are HID brights).

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I got mine off EBay. I replaced my low beam because I use my high beam for flashing those idiots that like to keep there high beams on. 5000K have the brightest white light. Make sure you get an AC unit. They last much longer than the DC. Just remember your stock bulb is 4300K which will look yellow when turned on with the HID. You can buy a Xenon gas bulb to match the color you choose for less than $10.00.

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OK so it looks like I need to go low beam I do ride during the day with my high beam on so I have a better chance of being noticed that's why I thought changing the high beam would be better.

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My son runs both HID and runs with the high beam on and I can pick him up right away in the mirror. I tried HID in my bike but I found two things I did not like. One is the 5000k id WHITE. The white road signs looked like flash bulbs when I rode at night. The other thing is the bulbs are longer and you loose the beam from the light and it just puts light everywhere (road signs). It seemed to me the unfocused light did not help me see better at night. Others may say different, just my opinion

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I got mine off EBay. I replaced my low beam because I use my high beam for flashing those idiots that like to keep there high beams on. 5000K have the brightest white light. Make sure you get an AC unit. They last much longer than the DC. Just remember your stock bulb is 4300K which will look yellow when turned on with the HID. You can buy a Xenon gas bulb to match the color you choose for less than $10.00.
+1 Batman raised a very good point--something I knew and should have added in my post... From what I've read, the 5000 puts out the brightest light for night time riding -- brighter than the 6000. However, I am happy I bought the 6000 because I like the blue tint during the day and ride a limited amount at night... I would probably also buy a 5000 if I had to ride a lot in the dark...

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My son runs both HID and runs with the high beam on and I can pick him up right away in the mirror. I tried HID in my bike but I found two things I did not like. One is the 5000k id WHITE. The white road signs looked like flash bulbs when I rode at night. The other thing is the bulbs are longer and you loose the beam from the light and it just puts light everywhere (road signs). It seemed to me the unfocused light did not help me see better at night. Others may say different, just my opinion
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I got mine off EBay. I replaced my low beam because I use my high beam for flashing those idiots that like to keep there high beams on. 5000K have the brightest white light. Make sure you get an AC unit. They last much longer than the DC. Just remember your stock bulb is 4300K which will look yellow when turned on with the HID. You can buy a Xenon gas bulb to match the color you choose for less than $10.00.
Don't the gas bulbs draw more power and run hot?

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My Kingpin takes a 35 watt low beam and a 55w high. The 35w HID runs cooler than the standard bulb. I haven't seen any difference in the temp using the Xenon for high beam.

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