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IMHO there's no such thing as 'too bright' as long as they are aimed properly. Check your alignment and they should be good. I'd start with 3-4" below horizontal with the truck 20-25' from the garage door and see how that works.
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my 6000k 35w lows are brighter then my hi beams, but I have projectors and I do get flashed brights from time to time but nothing serious as of yet. Wouldnt consider switching back at all because its nice when driving country roads to be able to see lol my lights are annoying though because as of recently when I hit a hard bump my drivers light flickers of and on for a second, but thats my fault, need to double check connection lol
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In the all the US, if lights are not DOT approved, they are illegal for use on the road.
I have not seen a HID or projector that has a DOT approval and does not say on the box, "for off road use only".

If you do choose to use these, at least finish the install by adjusting them as not to blind oncoming traffic. Properly adjusted, you will see even better than if they are too high because the light beam is on the road, not in the air!
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if you dont have projector headlamps which stock rams dont, it's illegal to have hids in my state. the way the light is dispersed there is no way to aim an hid hence the word projector. since my truck didnt have projectors i simply upgraded my bulbs from the stock h11's to h9's. the light output is far better and i can still aim them.
I don't believe you are correct... It all depends on the color (K- as in 6000k or 8000k) and the difference between 35watt HIDs and 55watt HIDs. 55watts being extremely bright. I live in LA and have never been stopped for my HIDs and have had them for almost two years. Vehicles are now coming with HIDs from the factory so I doubt they are "against the law"
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I don't believe you are correct... It all depends on the color (K- as in 6000k or 8000k) and the difference between 35watt HIDs and 55watt HIDs. 55watts being extremely bright. I live in LA and have never been stopped for my HIDs and have had them for almost two years. Vehicles are now coming with HIDs from the factory so I doubt they are "against the law"
Again, DOT (Department of Transportation) approval is the key people ignore. All new vehicles are designed and built with DOT regulations. Not so with most, if not all, after market lights units, bulbs, lenses, covers etc.

As for not being stopped in LA for HIDs, the LEOs probably have more important things to do other than lights as they do most everywhere. They don't even stop speeding, red light running and other idiot drivers!

Not being stopped doesn't make it legal.You are just getting away with it!
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Thanks everyone, i'm going to aim them down a bit and if that doesn't work.... screw it i'll just get the HID high beams so i can flash em back better
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Thanks everyone, i'm going to aim them down a bit and if that doesn't work.... screw it i'll just get the HID high beams so i can flash em back better
It takes about 5-7 seconds for HID's to warm up and shine. They don't do well (performance or longevity) when flashed like you would typical high beams. I recommend putting HID's in your Lows and/or fogs and getting a good pair of true white halogens (Philips CrystalVision or Sylvania Ultras) for your high beams so they'll react fast like you need them to.
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I don't believe you are correct... It all depends on the color (K- as in 6000k or 8000k) and the difference between 35watt HIDs and 55watt HIDs. 55watts being extremely bright. I live in LA and have never been stopped for my HIDs and have had them for almost two years. Vehicles are now coming with HIDs from the factory so I doubt they are "against the law"
the hids from the factory are in projector lenses not a standard halogen bulb lense. i put hids in my wifes car love em, but her car came with projector lenses that direct the light downward that is the difference. yea a cop wont stop you just cause of your headlights but if he suspects something else he will use that as an excuse to pull you over.
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You need to aim them a little lower or people will always be flashing you. once you do that you'll love them
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Ok, the 6000k and 8000k and 10000k don't have much to do with brightness, those are the numbers on the color scale for the bulb.

You'r headlamps have adjustments on them to change the direction of the beam, check these up against a wall.

Also, our trucks headlamps are not made to use HID bulbs, HID bulbs require a projector style lamp to make sure the beam is cut low and to reduce glare.

So yea, you are blinding people, I get blinded all the time. Just because you do not have your highbeams on does not mean that your lowbeams and fogs are too high/creating too much glare.
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