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I see on different sites on the net that some people with other model vehicles have upgraded their 35W D3S hid systems to 55w systems. Has anyone tried that and if so how did it work out?

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I've not done exactly what you describe, but I've run 35 and 55 watt HID systems in several vehicles, including motorcycles, and my experience has been that there's no perceptible difference. Any HID is SIGNIFICANTLY better than halogen *in the right reflector* - not all headlight assemblies are suitable, but I don't think upgrading OEM HID systems from 35 to 55 watts would be beneficial.
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Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately not what I had hoped to hear. My 2014 Sorento has the 35W HIDs but they are just not all that good at night. I got behind the wheel of a friends VW R the other night and was blown away with how good his HID lights were at night in the rain. When I asked him if he had upgraded he said no they were oem. Same type projector lamps same wattage but brilliant difference. I think Kia might have missed the mark with night driving.
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Are you certain yours are adjusted correctly? I believe there are many reports of them not being set at the factory, perhaps yours are too high and the majority of the light is being thrown too far down the road?
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Are you certain yours are adjusted correctly? I believe there are many reports of them not being set at the factory, perhaps yours are too high and the majority of the light is being thrown too far down the road?
Mine were adjusted way to low, and I though it would be better to have some good candles on the front of the car. After I adjusted them (there is a procedure somewhere in this forum how to do this), I have great light and can see as well as I could with the HIDs of my VW Passat Rs36
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OEM HID, right?
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OEM HID, right?
Yes, mine came like this from the factory. They were adjusted in a way that my font bumper was very well illuminated, but I hardly could see anything on the road. The dealer refused to change this, because they said it was specs.
I did it following the procedure written in this forum, and I have great lights ,and seem not to blind anybody (at least nobody is flashing their brights at me).
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Thx.. so I think that shows that the OP might actually have an adjustment issue as I suspected.

I only installed 35W HID myself (aftermarket of course) and they perform well - better than halogen my SX came with. That said, they were too high from the factory. With halogen I was rarely flashed so didn't bother adjusting, but when I went to HID, it was obvious they were too high - street signs lit up like spotlights!! So I adjusted them down and the light on the road ahead of me was SIGNIFICANTLY brighter - and no flashing.
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There are 2 real problems with HID bulbs in halogen projectors. The halogen projectors on my Sorento didn't have a proper cutoff shield and the projector lens is not clear. I'm in the process of installing 4tl-r projectors into my stock housings. The difference is amazing.
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Interesting. I had them in my 2011 and now in my 2015. The cutoff was/is perfect and the color was/is as it should be. Many other have as well.
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