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Anyone swapped out the factory HIDs?

Stock are too yellow. But they is also mainly because the auto light control dims them too much. They start off really white and then dim to an yellow. Only on a pitch black road do they go up to full white.



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I didn't know that they offered factory HIDs.
On the SXL with the tech package
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Have the SXL with HID, but have not had any 'dimming' issues, and color is fine. 2016, but shouldn't be any different.
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Have the SXL with HID, but have not had any 'dimming' issues, and color is fine. 2016, but shouldn't be any different.


Check when street lights are on and on a pitch black backroad.


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Guess when I'm driving around in town at night there's enough ambient light that it doesn't appear as a problem. It's out in the weeds where I need bright, and they seem to do just fine there.
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The stock HID headlights are 5k. I switched them out with 6K with bulbs from amazon. It makes a big difference and the best part is that it matches perfect with the color of the cube foglights.

Best part I found is that I was able to install the bulbs without having to remove the front bumper. I'm not sure what everyone is talking about having to remove the bumper to change the out the headlight bulbs.

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Thats the installation info I was looking for. But how can you change to 6K without changing the ballast?

Anyone used a LED for low beams that actually works? There is an discussion for high beams but its easy to get lost as to whether LEDs work for low beams...


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Thats the installation info I was looking for. But how can you change to 6K without changing the ballast?

Anyone used a LED for low beams that actually works? There is an discussion for high beams but its easy to get lost as to whether LEDs work for low beams...
I have tried 2 LED sets and both worked well. Hikari Ultra's are awesome and the RCP7's were good too (but started to get loud and were having issues after a year.... glad they had a 2 year warranty). Both shine far, much more light, good pattern, and the Hikari Ultra's are very quiet. Both sets I have used match the factory LED lights good too.

https://www.kia-forums.com/2016-sore...ml#post1975204

Based on these results, there should be several other good choices for projectors like ours:

https://bulbfacts.com/led-kits/chart/

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I have not looked but does the stock HID harness work without splicing? I don't want to void warranty. I am already running the DRL mod but thats conspicuous and internal.


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Thats the installation info I was looking for. But how can you change to 6K without changing the ballast?

Anyone used a LED for low beams that actually works? There is an discussion for high beams but its easy to get lost as to whether LEDs work for low beams...


I found a H11b replacement set of bright white LED lights for about $25 USD. I do not represent this website but have used their resources to replace every incandescent bulb with a LED equivalent. Geek.wish.com

Protekz LED Kit Two Light Bulbs 1600W 120000 Lumens 6000K White H1 H3 H4 H7 H8 H9 H10 H11 H13 9004 9005 9006 9007 5202 9012 2504 9145 9003 9008 880 881 899 HB1 HB2 HB3 HB4 HB5 Headlight Foglight.

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