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Old 06-23-2010, 02:24 AM   #1
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HID bulb replacement...

Have any of you upgraded the stock HID bulb on the RS model type headlight? I am talking about stock replacement, not a halo kit or anything else. I want to change mine out to 6000K, just curious who has done it and how easy/hard it is to change it out.

Is there a DIY anyone can post? I have searched without avail....
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Old 06-23-2010, 02:28 AM   #2
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If you scroll down on the home page they had a post of a schematic of the whole car. That might help you. I'm pretty sure it's not to difficult.
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Old 06-23-2010, 02:45 AM   #3
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If you scroll down on the home page they had a post of a schematic of the whole car. That might help you. I'm pretty sure it's not to difficult.
thats a parts reference guide, thanks!

but, I want to know who has changed out their bulbs and was it easy or hard to do so...what entails in the removal and replacement of the bulb?
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Have any of you upgraded the stock HID bulb on the RS model type headlight? I am talking about stock replacement, not a halo kit or anything else. I want to change mine out to 6000K, just curious who has done it and how easy/hard it is to change it out.

Is there a DIY anyone can post? I have searched without avail....


Not sure what you're asking? If you don't have an RS package and want to make the lights brighter like HID, here is a link where a member changed from halogens to LEDs and it gives the HID appearance and I'm sure it's brighter than stock but again, I'm not sure if this is what you're trying to do or make a RS package brighter than what it is now. You may want use the search feature and put in HID upgrade.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...headlight+leds
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Not sure what you're asking? If you don't have an RS package and want to make the lights brighter like HID, here is a link where a member changed from halogens to LEDs and it gives the HID appearance and I'm sure it's brighter than stock but again, I'm not sure if this is what you're trying to do or make a RS package brighter than what it is now. You may want use the search feature and put in HID upgrade.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...headlight+leds
He wants to make the stock HIDs brighter. Not sure why though, they're fine the way they are.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:07 PM   #7
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Stock are only 4800k. He wants to replace with 6000k. The 6000k is whiter.

I do not have the RS so other than clarifying the above, I'm unable to help.

You might try calling the folks at AAC (Justin or Andy) and asking this question. You can PM them on these boards too.
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Not sure what you're asking? If you don't have an RS package and want to make the lights brighter like HID
I do have the RS package.

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He wants to make the stock HIDs brighter.
Exactly!

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Not sure why though, they're fine the way they are.
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Stock are only 4800k. He wants to replace with 6000k. The 6000k is whiter.
Thank you for the clarification.....
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:17 PM   #9
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6000k isn't any "brighter" than 4800k, it's just a different color intensity, meaning it changes the hue of color emenating from the bulb.

Some people think 4800k looks good, others think 6000k is a better white. It's all a matter of preference.

Both are very close in actual lumen output. So one is not "brighter" than the other, per se.

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6000k isn't any "brighter" than 4800k, it's just a different color intensity, meaning it changes the hue of color emenating from the bulb.

Some people think 4800k looks good, others think 6000k is a better white. It's all a matter of preference.

Both are very close in actual lumen output. So one is not "brighter" than the other, per se.

Correct.... "whiter". Move up to 8000k and get a very slight blue.

I've noticed that no matter which lights you have, if you turn them off... it gets dark.
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I don't believe it! I'll have to go see for myself...

Oh, and OP, check out this thread:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?p=632917

Post #20 has information about bulb type needed (hint, D1S)

The guys at BFXenon may be able to help you find the bulb you're looking for too
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:48 PM   #12
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Yes, it is a D1S bulb, I just want them to match the AAC LED's (drls) since Jonathan at AAC said they were at 8000K....I figured 6000K would be ok without loosing too much light on the road. The higher the Kelvin, the cooler they look but the less light on the road. 4000K-6000K is not much of a difference but they do look a little more bluish....that's what I'm going for.

Guys this is my Personal preference before anyone starts bashing...if you don't like it yourself, that's cool. I'm not asking anyone to modify/change anything on their car. Just a note.....
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:49 PM   #13
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Yes, it is a D1S bulb, I just want them to match the AAC LED's (drls) since Jonathan at AAC said they were at 8000K....I figured 6000K would be ok without loosing too much light on the road. The higher the Kelvin, the cooler they look but the less light on the road. 4000K-6000K is not much of a difference but they do look a little more bluish....that's what I'm going for.

Guys this is my Personal preference before anyone starts bashing...if you don't like it yourself, that's cool. I'm not asking anyone to modify/change anything on their car. Just a note.....
I have found that the higher the 'K' rating the less light there is to illuminate the road due to the color shift. Stock HIDs are 4300K and if you go to 8000K you will have less light (more bluish) on the road to drive with, and might get a ticket. Again just me 2 cents for what it is worth.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:54 PM   #14
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I have found that the higher the 'K' rating the less light there is to illuminate the road due to the color shift. Stock HIDs are 4300K and if you go to 8000K you will have less light (more bluish) on the road to drive with, and might get a ticket. Again just me 2 cents for what it is worth.

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I figured 6000K would be ok without loosing too much light on the road. The higher the Kelvin, the cooler they look but the less light on the road. 4000K-6000K is not much of a difference but they do look a little more bluish....that's what I'm going for.
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Some people think 4800k looks good, others think 6000k is a better white. It's all a matter of preference.

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Old 02-05-2011, 12:02 PM   #15
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Did you ever find a solution? I've been doing research and the factory bulbs are 4300k and put out about 3200 lumens. Changing to a 6000k bulb drops the lumens to about 2800 and you can see the dropoff in light and the color is definitely blue tinted. An 8000k bulb is bluer still and the lumens drop to about 2600. The higher the color temperature, the less illumination.

I'm searching for a good 5000k or 5100k bulb which will be about 3000 lumens and be bright white right on the edge of blue. I'm also trying to find a 55w solution (the factory HID's are 35w). Anybody have a good solution for this?
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You wont get brighter than the stock bulb. If you want brighter you need a new projector that uses a decent bulb. D1S is old technology in HID. The higher K you go the less light you will have and the more color you have. Which isnt good for seeing at night. Stock is 4300k. The highest I would ever go is 5000k.
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Did you ever find a solution? I've been doing research and the factory bulbs are 4300k and put out about 3200 lumens. Changing to a 6000k bulb drops the lumens to about 2800 and you can see the dropoff in light and the color is definitely blue tinted. An 8000k bulb is bluer still and the lumens drop to about 2600. The higher the color temperature, the less illumination.

I'm searching for a good 5000k or 5100k bulb which will be about 3000 lumens and be bright white right on the edge of blue. I'm also trying to find a 55w solution (the factory HID's are 35w). Anybody have a good solution for this?
The factory headlights wont last more than 6 months with a 55w setup. It will ruin the chrome in the projector. You can make it have alot more blue without changing the bulb. And it will cost you nothing if you do it yourself.
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Here are my instructions for replacing the stock HID's (D1S) with something else.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=120592

To make sure there is no static charge left at the bulb I would pull the fuse for each headlight in the fuse box in the engine compartment.
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These D1S bulbs are in stock if you are still in need of replacements!
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I put 6000k 55w lights in the fogs of my CTS-V and they were whiter and much brighter that the stock 4300k D1S's. I got my kit from DDM Tuning. If I would have used these lights as the regular beams they would have been way to bright for legal use. I cant quite remember, but I think they were around 5000 lumens.
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