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This is a discussion on 2013 WRX base model HID's within the Exterior & Appearance forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Hey im looking for suggestions on a good set of HID's. I had them on my previous truck before the ...

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    2013 WRX base model HID's

    Hey im looking for suggestions on a good set of HID's. I had them on my previous truck before the subaru and they sucked. My car is my pride and joy and i really want something of quality. Any help would be appreciated.

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    I think the issue with aftermarket HID's is not the lights, but the fact that the reflectors are not designed for HID's and the light pattern is not what it's supposed to be. But I also like the light output of HID's and will certainly follow this post hoping to hear from those who have installed them and what the results are.

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    2013 WRX base model HID's

    *Sigh* This has been discussed at great length in multiple other threads. Please search around first.

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    Re: 2013 WRX base model HID's

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    *Sigh* This has been discussed at great length in multiple other threads. Please search around first.

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    H9 bulbs? fraction of the cost. i've been running those in my 2012 Wagon.

    twice the lumens as the H11's - cost varies.
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    ^ this. You can get two H9 bulbs at any autozone or auto parts store around you. I wouldn't waste money on like Sylvania Silverstars, ultra this ultra that, just get the least expensive ones. You do have to make a small modification to a small tab on the female end of the bulb (the part that plugs in). You can use this thread as a reference, it should cover everything you need to know:

    H11 to H9 conversion. DIY with temps - NASIOC

    I did this modification a few weeks ago. I trust that the light is brighter, thought I didn't get any real before and after pictures to compare and honestly can't tell THAT much of a difference but I trust its there.

    As for proper HIDs, you would need a complete retrofit from a company like theretrofitsource or lightwerkz. I plan on doing this in the spring/summer when it's warmer out.

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    Ok yea because the yellow projector lights are not bright at all. Thanks guys big help. Rambo I am new to this forum just signed up yesterday. Just asking some basic questions that I had. I am sorry.

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    I helped my friend do his H11 to H9 conversion yesterday. Difference is night and day(literally). Plus it will only set you back about $30 and filing down a small tab in the bulb socket. Avoid the "Silvania Silver Star" and other premium line of bulbs that promise whitest light possible(they are biggest hoax of a product that I can think of). Buy the basic Sylvania or Philips H9's you can find. You should be able to find them in your local Auto Parts store. I also linked the bulbs you'd want below.

    Philips H9 Standard Headlight Bulb, Pack of 1 : Amazon.com : Automotive

    Sylvania H9-65W/ 64213 European Halogen Headlight Bulb, (Pack of 1) : Amazon.com : Automotive

    I wouldn't suggest doing plug n play HID conversions. Its a very bad idea if not done correctly. A proper full projector HID retro fit will set you back $300+ and a ton of custom work.
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    what color would those H9's project?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick_Fish View Post
    what color would those H9's project?
    The bulbs will still emit a yellowish tint(Approximately around 3800K to 3900K. Typical OEM HID's are 4300K), but it's quite a bit whiter than OEM halogens because it does emit 40% more lumens (blows out some of the yellow into white light) than the H11 setup (H11=1250 lumens vs. H9=2100 lumens). The point of the specified bulbs is to put out as much light as possible.

    The tinted blue bulbs manufacturer claims to emit white light actually puts out less light than OEM. People get a placebo effect of "brighter light" because the light looks whiter and obviously the bulbs more expensive .

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    Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply: Safe, Legal, Blue...But Are They Any Good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick_Fish View Post
    what color would those H9's project?
    i am using h9 hyper whites from headlight bulbs dot com. off the top of my head, they are 4500k (i think).

    once these burn out, i'm just going to get the $10 H9's from pepboys/autozone/wally world. i like the output on the ones i have (tiny hint of blue) but the $30 bucks a whack isn't worth it. mine are 65 watts.

    i don't trust any of the eBay / Amzason "HID" look-a-like bulbs as most are either cheap chineese knock off's or cost a lot of money. i've seen some for as much as $75 bucks. no thanks.

    i've been running mine since August, if they last over 2 years, i'll order another pair... i'm very skeptical as one of my yellow fogs i got from them burnt out within 90 days. could have been a bad bulb... they do have a 1 year guarantee. i ended up getting a pair of overlays from ebay and throwing my OEM bulbs back in.

    Quote Originally Posted by KHP View Post
    The bulbs will still emit a yellowish tint(Approximately around 3800K to 3900K. Typical OEM HID's are 4300K), but it's quite a bit whiter than OEM halogens because it does emit 40% more lumens (blows out some of the yellow into white light) than the H11 setup (H11=1250 lumens vs. H9=2100 lumens). The point of the specified bulbs is to put out as much light as possible.

    The tinted blue bulbs manufacturer claims to emit white light actually puts out less light than OEM. People get a placebo effect of "brighter light" because the light looks whiter and obviously the bulbs more expensive .

    You may find the below link interesting.
    Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply: Safe, Legal, Blue...But Are They Any Good?
    also, ^ this ^ -if only i'd read that before i ordered $90 dollars worth of bulbs. ROFL.

    i do however like my DRL's / Hi Beams in a more "yellow" color. same, i'm running yellow 9005's (or is it 9006's) in my DRL / High beams.


    YMMV

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    I bought xentec hids from ebay... h11 6000k 35w... they work great, look nice, and defiantly an improvement from stock! Best 30 bucks Ive ever spent... heres a picture on my hatch... Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by atissasha View Post
    I bought xentec hids from ebay... h11 6000k 35w... they work great, look nice, and defiantly an improvement from stock! Best 30 bucks Ive ever spent... heres a picture on my hatch...
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    Ive heard HIDS are a menace when installing tho. But if you got yours to work i should try your brand! How long have u had them on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick_Fish View Post
    Rambo I am new to this forum just signed up yesterday. Just asking some basic questions that I had. I am sorry.
    It's fine, but please do search around in the future. I use Google site search for here a lot, it seems to be more effective than the forum's own search utilities.

    Type in google: "YOUR SEARCH TERMS HERE site:clubwrx.net"
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