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Old 3rd August 2011, 19:05   #166
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Default Xenon Conversion for my Ford Fiesta S?

Hi there. I just got a keeda
I want to retrofit Xenon headlights for my Ford Fiesta.
Now I need help regarding this. Now certain things come to mind:

1. I need 55w Bulbs (not the generic 35w which are available here) HIGH PRIORITY
2. Which Xenon set would be suitable for my car? From what I have read, my Fiesta has H1 bulbs for the low beam and H7 bulbs for the high beam. Does this mean I need 4 ballasts (2 each for high beam and low beam?) I WANT XENON IN BOTH HIGH AND LOW BEAMS.
3. Will a BIXENON set be of any use?? (what if I use the SAME set for high beam and low beam)
4. What kind of power draw are looking at? I have burdened my system with quite a bit of stuff (Core i3 computer, LCD touchscreen, 4 amplifiers out of which one does 1551w of RMS power, hence must be having a large current draw)
5. Which temperature of bulbs is best recommended for maximum visibility and night driving in the rains with streetlights on?? I should think 4300 k is best for that scenario. The colour of the beam doesn't matter to me (Do not need HID for showing off)
6. Do I have an option of going in for a projector beam setup since HIDs can blind a person if not aligned correctly. I don't like to modify my headlight but I wouldn't mind a professional job. Don't want to pay much for it, since this kind of kit will cost me quite a bit and the added cost of headlight conversion will make this an expensive project. The aim is to keep the costs down.
7. HOW much better will a 4300k Xenon be over a, say 130/100 Philips Rallye H7/H1 halogen beam setup??
7. Any other things come to your mind???
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Default Re: Xenon Conversion for my Ford Fiesta S?

Frank see this link
The Retrofit Source online: headlight upgrades for all applications

You can order whatever you need here.

1) With 55w bulbs I think projectors are a must.

2) I would not recommend for high beam because if it is off you will not be able to flash since xenons take time to warm up. Also flashing damages the xenons. Get only for low beam, it will be more than enough, and maybe for fogs.

3) Another option is to fit bixenon projectors in your low beam casing. So you will have xenons + halogens for high beam.

4) No clue, but while starting it will be quite a bit. After that less than stock lamps.

5) 4300k is the best from what is available. Its not much greater for wet roads but when its dry it is better than 6000k. You can go more yellow and it will give you better visibility.

6) See the link above.

7) Xenons will have slightly more light than 130w but a lot less heat and power consumption.
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Thanks for the link.

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1) With 55w bulbs I think projectors are a must.
Why so?

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2) I would not recommend for high beam because if it is off you will not be able to flash since xenons take time to warm up. Also flashing damages the xenons. Get only for low beam, it will be more than enough, and maybe for fogs.
Not touching the fogs for now.
I agree about the point you raised about the high beam. Not viable.


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3) Another option is to fit bixenon projectors in your low beam casing. So you will have xenons + halogens for high beam.
But then I have 2 bulbs, so when I flash for the low beam the H1 talks and when I flash for the high beam, the H7 talks.
Hence, if I do install a bixenon kit, how will the wiring go?? AFAIK, each bulb responds to it's respective 'command.'
How do I get the low and high beam 'commands' to get to one bulb without changing the wiring (not viable, not even an option)

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4) No clue, but while starting it will be quite a bit. After that less than stock lamps.
So those ballasts consume less power than halogens right?


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5) 4300k is the best from what is available. Its not much greater for wet roads but when its dry it is better than 6000k. You can go more yellow and it will give you better visibility.
4300k is good. Will match the high beam and will also match the fogs.


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7) Xenons will have slightly more light than 130w but a lot less heat and power consumption.
I am not known to keep headlights on for hours. I switch them off at the smallest excuse and I hate driving with the lights on.
Do you think it's worth the pain and expense of going in for a Xenon kit of 130/100 will be fine ?(in terms of heat and power issues)
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4300k will be muchhh whiter than your stock high beams and fogs btw. If you are not interested in opening the headlights etc, then just get a HID from a reputed manufacturer of 4300k. Should cost around 7k for the kit.
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How much does a Philips cost? 4300k?
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How much does a Philips cost? 4300k?
Philips too should be around 7-8k max.
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Philips too should be around 7-8k max.
for a 35W or a 55W?
I am getting a 55W kit for 6.8K brand cant recall,but comes with a year's warranty.
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for a 35W or a 55W?
I am getting a 55W kit for 6.8K brand cant recall,but comes with a year's warranty.
35w. None of the reputed brands sell 55w here. And I think a proper 55w kit is very rare, and it will be way to bright.
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35w. None of the reputed brands sell 55w here. And I think a proper 55w kit is very rare, and it will be way to bright.
brightness and intensity is what i want
might go for it next month,with good projectors.
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50W 55W CONVERSION KIT HID XENON H1/H4/H7/HB3/HB4/9007 | eBay



EDIT: Have ordered one of the 6000k H7s. I thought I'll try the H7 kit for the low beam and see if it's effective. For 2.6k it can't be beat. It will come to about 3.5-4 k when I get it.
Waiting for it to reach me in the next 8-10 days. Wish I can install it before I leave for my Holiday :0

Also, if this kit is good, I shall get one more for the FOG lights too. If it isn't, I will transfer this kit to the fog lights and get a WARMER colour for the headlights.
I shall let the high beam remain a Halogen as people have said that they take time to heat up so flashing them instantaneously will not yield max power.
I anyway HATE driving on high beam and I use it only for the odd flashing. I might replace that bulb with the most powerful H1 bulb available.
Should put an end to my queries in this thread, I suppose :-)
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Frank those ebay HID kits are crap. I've tried it so I know. Just cancel that if you can, and buy one here. Those also don't last more than 1.5 years.
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arey no sweat. If it's **** i'll transfer them to the fog light section and get the p8 set for t
he headlamp section
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The Xenon lights (55w 6000k HID Kit) were delivered to me on Friday. SUPER quality ballasts and good looking bulbs.
Got them fitted at Four Seasons.
I could have gone to my local electrician, but fitting of Xenon lights requires no compromises, but lots of expertise and skill since we are modifying one of the important safety aspects of the car. The best people to have done this is Four Seasons. They have done a marvellous job.
I shall frame my satisfaction after fitting HIDs in one word.
MARVELLOFRICKINKILLERFABULOUS

They are super bright, light up the road like DAYLIGHT and (due to the good reflector design of my Fiesta S) have a very good spread and throw. Colour temperature is just fine and they add to the WOW effect! These lights have really made my night driving SUPER fun due to their superior reach. It's LITERALLY and DAY AND NIGHT difference!
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By using HIDs without proper projector setup you are going to blind oncoming traffic.
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HIDs with proper alignment might not blind the opposite driver.
(READ: The LOWEST possible bulb position using the electronic bulb alignment knob given in the car)
I drove against a lot of opposing traffic today and not even once did anyone flash their lights at me, or signal me to switch off my 'high' beam. The Xenons are only installed on the low beam though.
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