Over the years and despite my 6/6 vision, I find myself struggling to see comfortably when driving at night. The halogen bulbs that I keep replacing every year seem to be getting dimmer and/or my eyes are not as good as before.
Combined with my quest to optimize light sources in my life (see LED torch lights, LED home replacement bulbs, laser pointers), I finally found a local installer and HID enthusiast who can solve my problem.
Jimmy or trxx7989 as he is known online supplies and installs quality HID parts and kits in Kuala Lumpur. He has a Lowyat.net forum thread where he advertises his service. Since he works full-time elsewhere, he only has Saturdays available to do installations at a car workshop in Shah Alam.
I posed Jimmy a couple of questions and after obtaining purchase approval from my boss, I arranged to meet up with him to retrofit the 5000K HID projector kit on my Honda City VTEC in January.
The kit includes:
- Morimoto Mini H1 2.5″ projectors and 5000K bulbs
- Mini Gatling Gun shrouds (doesn’t kill anyone)
- Bi-xenon wiring harness
- Taiwanese 35W ballasts
Jimmy does most of the retrofitting and dedicates time to do the job well, so be prepared to spend at least 5 hours of downtime. He would brief me on the parts and options before starting. I opted for:
- Smaller shroud to minimize effects to the light output
- No modification/smoke effect for the original reflectors
- 5000K colour output to achieve accurate daylight
He explained the important advantages of his offers:
- Morimoto is well-reputed for their quality build and beam cut-off and spread, equal or even better than OEM versions
- He has spent time to research and recommend the best parts
- His ballast has been tested to run reliably in the local climate
Spending time with him that afternoon I can see that Jimmy is passionate and knowledgeable about car technology. He would take the time to fine-tune the projectors and wiring, which takes the most part of the installation time. Making sure that the kit does not cause annoying glare to others in front is one of his main priorities.
Going with a retrofitter like Jimmy is important because this guy knows his stuff about the wiring. He uses proper relays and harness to ensure the proper startup and operation (hi/low beam) of the lights.
The light output is very impressive for an aftermarket kit. The main points I note are:
- Fast startup to final colour – under 10 seconds
- Clean cut-off and RHD pattern
- High lumens output – obviously better than 55W halogens
- Wide but even spread – about 40 degrees to the sides
- H1 size fits over the existing reflector mount with no modifications – I can switch back to H4 bulbs easily
Now, I feel confident and relaxed that my night drives, especially more to suburban areas and highways, will be covered by these 2.5″ HID babies.
Here are two videos of the startup shot in the day and night using a Nikon P7100 camera, focus and exposure locked.
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