absolutely no offense man, but you doing a google search for "unsafe HID", and posting the results here isn't going to change my mind on anything.
I have driven a mn12 cougar retrofitted with HID headlamps, and the difference is night and day.
The stock headlamps on the mn12 are inadequate in my opinion. That is why I stepped up to PIAA bulbs.
You are right that some HID, and PIAA bulbs throw more light all over the road (left and right) than the stock bulbs do, but this is easially corrected by aiming the headlights after installing the upgraded headlights.
I have the bulbs aimed in my car, and the light is not bothersome to other drivers, but it would have been if I did not aim them.
As for the HID retrofitted thunderbird, the light would be all over the road if you purchased a non "self adjusting" kit. But nowadays, there are "self adjusting" systems available. When you turn on the headlamps, the light is leveled so that the beam is on the road and out of other drivers eyes.
Furthermore, I can not imagine getting pulled over for having xenon headlamps, when every luxury car on the market has them now.
We aren't talking about blue LED's for blinkers (which police look for), we are talking about an advanced lighting system.
interesting thread though,
Originally posted by ShadowDragon
Hey if you wanna spend that much money on something unsafe and even proven by a honda board to have less light output on the center of the road and a lot more on the sides (read oncoming drivers) go for it!
I'm just saying it's rather expensive to be getting pulled over by cops for. But if you have the money to blow, more power to ya as long as you don't live near me and drive on the same streets I do.
The funiest part was a ricer saying "stock is best". ROFL
50 ft left 100%
50 ft center 100%
50 ft right 100%
100 ft left 100%
100 ft center 100%
100 ft right 100%
50 ft left -15.0%
50 ft center +0.0%
50 ft right -21.5%
100 ft left -28.7%
100 ft center -16.6%
100 ft right -17.2%
Average performance: 16.5% loss over stock
50 ft left -57.9%
50 ft center -44.4%
50 ft right -44.7%
100 ft left -61.0%
100 ft center -76.5%
100 ft right -50.2%
Average performance: 55.78% loss over stock
50 ft left -45.5%
50 ft center -30.8%
50 ft right -38.7%
100 ft left -61.0%
100 ft center -63.0%
100 ft right -57.5%
Average performance: 49.42% loss over stock
BMW M3 Stock (HID)
50 ft left +20.0%
50 ft center -19.7%
50 ft right +86.1%
100 ft left +14.5%
100 ft center -22.7%
100 ft right + 5.8%
Average performance: 14.00% gain over stock Honda