Diode Dynamics Lighting Tech 101: Research Automotive Lighting Technology

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    PostDiode Dynamics Lighting Tech 101: Research Automotive Lighting Technology



    Research Automotive Lighting


    At Diode Dynamics, we want our fellow Subaru XV Crosstrek enthusiasts to be educated on automotive lighting products, so that they know they are purchasing the best products on the market. We have devoted this portion of our website to doing just that. Here you'll find information on different automotive lighting technologies, how they work and common misconceptions you'll see while shopping for your vehicle. We hope you enjoy learning all about lighting!



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    Some more exciting new things happening at Diode! We have recently invested in a state-of-the-art ROMER coordinate measuring machine and 3D printer, allowing us to bring new products to market quicker than ever before. Check out the link to our recent blog post below for the full write-up!

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    I have often wondered why people buy HIDs and LEDs with a color temp over 4500K?? After using both HID and LED in the offroad world, well...4500K is as high as I would ever go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel Freak View Post
    I have often wondered why people buy HIDs and LEDs with a color temp over 4500K?? After using both HID and LED in the offroad world, well...4500K is as high as I would ever go.
    While 4000K-4500K are what most OEM manufacturers use for HIDs, I personally prefer the 5000K color temperature.

    Anytime a vehicle is equipped with an LED array from the factory, they will usually be around 5000-5500K in color, which can clash a bit with the yellowish appearance of 4000K.

    You won't lose a noticeable amount of visible output from 4K-5K

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    Meet our newest LED bulb replacement, the HP48:



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    I'm trying not to spend money on spotlights for my XV, as most of my night driving is done where I need great spread and not huge distance. Obviously there are times when long distance spots would be very handy but it's not too often. wondering what my best option would be for upgrading my high beams? will a 4300K HID kit provide good spread and better distance than the stock high beams? I have an XV with factory HID low's so wanting to match the colour of these as much as possible, however I'm willing to change colour completely if it will mean more distance and spread. I'm also willing and able to upgrade wiring to accommodate higher heat if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sf502 View Post
    I'm trying not to spend money on spotlights for my XV, as most of my night driving is done where I need great spread and not huge distance. Obviously there are times when long distance spots would be very handy but it's not too often. wondering what my best option would be for upgrading my high beams? will a 4300K HID kit provide good spread and better distance than the stock high beams? I have an XV with factory HID low's so wanting to match the colour of these as much as possible, however I'm willing to change colour completely if it will mean more distance and spread. I'm also willing and able to upgrade wiring to accommodate higher heat if needed.
    If you are doing a lot of backroads driving, a 4300K HID conversion kit would be ideal for your high beams. They will produce significantly more usable output than your factory halogen bulbs, while maintaining a wide output pattern.

    HID kits will create additional glare, but if you aren't on heavily populated roads, that's not going to cause any issues

    You won't have to worry about any heat related issues either

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