With our projector lenses we have the same cool effect as the BMWs, Audis, etc. In fact my wife asked me why it was white then purple then blue as I was coming up the street and I knew right away I got the effect I
wanted. The projector lenses refract the white blue beam from the 6000k bulbs changing colors around the edge of the projector lenses which is awesome. Light out put is phenomenal. I am very happy with this upgrade and dam pissed that we did not get it from Lexus from the begining. I now feel my GX is a true luxury car with these lights on them.
I guess both companies have different ways with the same results. Either way we all win because we get to use our HIDS. Cap I did mention the kit was plug and play several times in my instructions, unless you are just being funny.
My kit came from Xenon Depot. The people there were very friendly and helpful. The install was plug and play; just had to strap the wires neatly and hide them away from sight. The total time to install was about an hour. I suggust using velcro stickers to attach the ballasts to the car. The bulbs also fit perfectly into the headlamp assembly. Attached is a pic of the HID low beam with the Hi-beams on at the same time. I had my mechanic install them. Hit me up if you live in Southern Californa, he can install them very cleanly.
Cyberflip, is your kit a a 6,000K kit? I know Tony's is. I'm debating between 4,100K and 6,000K. I like the factory 4,100K on my '02 RX300.
How's the glare/cutoff as compared to the halogens? I would imagine that the projector lenses do a much better job than reflectors, as long as the HID bulb lenth from the base is the same as the halogen filament is from the base.
I think I'll be ordering mine this weekend. Hmmm.....4,100K or 6,000K??
6000K all the Way! Get the 6000K kit, u'll thank me. As for the beam cut-off, it's perfect! The light is very bright and the beam just cuts-off at the right level: right below trunk level of the car in front of you. You'll be amazed at how objects at night are more vivid and clear. I even leave my headlights on during the day time! On a busy freeway I feel like Moses parting the Red Sea because everyone in front of me sees this big black SUV with bright xenons! If you want a head turning addition to your car, this is it. If you live in Southern California, hit me up with a pvt message so I can give you the number to my mechanic who installed this kit very cleanly.
Steevr the 4300k kit is the same color as the sun as far as color temperature, that color produces the most light output or lumens of all HID bulbs. That is why most OEM HID systems use that bulb. The only issue I had with that color temperature is that it tends to turn yellow when it warms up. The 6000k bulbs puts out 20 percent less lumens but has a nice blue white glow when it warms up, giving a better HID look that alot of people want. Any HID system is better than the OEM halogens as far as lumen output is concerned so you are a winner with either color. I know when I had my BMW alot of the guys over at E46fanatics.com were switching out their 4300k bulbs for the 6000k bulbs because they looked to yellow white after warming up, after a while they tend to look almost halogen yellow.
I honestly had 4300k, 5000k, and 6000k before and I like this one the best due to the fact that we have projector lenses in our trucks, so any lumens lost from color is minimal because the beam is more focused than on a reflector pattern. Cut off is perfect around the edges, very sharp.
By the way the new Hid bulbs are longer from the base of the reflector than the factory bulbs so that is why you see more road illumination on the ground than on the factory picture, which is really good. There was always a dead black space between the bumper and where the factory beam picked up, now the HIDS reveal that spot without using the fog lights to light it up. My beam cuts off right at the trunk line of most sedans.
After hooking up your battery you have to "normalize your sunroof and windows" as quoted in the Lexus owners manual pages 42 and 103 or else your windows and sunroof won't work. I almost freaked out when I could not roll down my windows today and was going to take it to the dealership when I looked through the owners manual and it said that it was normal to loose windows and sunroof control after the battery was disconnected. Man I thought I screwed up or something.
Edge good quality bulbs like the ones from phillips will out last the life of your car. The high beams are seperate you have to buy another HID kit to convert those. I don't use my high beams that often and when I do they seem bright enough to justify not buying another kit to replace them. The process of installation is the same as for the low beams. I might buy some white halogens to match the low beam HIDS.