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    I have in my possession an HID bulb which im assured is a 5000k Philips D2S which has been rebased to fit an aftermarket HID kit, im a bit dubious as to wether this is correct as the bulb has no id/writing on the bulb to identifiy, and isnt quite 'white' like i was told'. Can you tell a Kelvin colour by looking at the actuall bulb itself? Many thanks
     
     

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    Can't answer the question on markings but the 5000 won't be white but more of a slight yellowish white, for more pure white you'll need 6000.
     
     

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    the higher the bulb ie illuminums 12000k the more blue to purple is gets fine for show but i had them and they where terrible of a night i now run 6oook and they are white with blue tint and fantastic of a night
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    See this is the common confusion im gettting, the chap i dealt with said that 4300k has a slight yellow tinge and is used in most oem cars, 6000k has a tinge of blue, i said wanted no colour just pure white to which he sugested 5000k, which has made me really confused now lol
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by 318ci_rob View Post
    See this is the common confusion im gettting, the chap i dealt with said that 4300k has a slight yellow tinge and is used in most oem cars, 6000k has a tinge of blue, i said wanted no colour just pure white to which he sugested 5000k, which has made me really confused now lol
    yes but naturally a pure white colour will have a tint of blue in it.to be honest if you went 5k then thats going to be the closest you will get to 100 % white .
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    http://www.delonixradar.com.au/hid-x...lour-chart.php

    first link from google, it has pics that will give you an idea
     
     

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    i think the chart explains what i said thanks for that good chart there
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    K for kelvin which is the thermodynamic temperature scale. Higher temperatures 5000k + are known as cool colours - whites/blues, under 3000k are deemed warm so are more yellow. It gets bluer the higher up the numbers go, to a point. 6500k is about what you get in daylight. As extremewheels suggests high K is crap as we can't see well in it!! Go for 6000k ones if you want the blue look but beware of anything much higher than 9000k, they'll look very blue but you'll think you're going blind at night lol! 5000k for the whitest look
     
     

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    Those pics do make the 4.3k s look more yellow than they are, but about 5k is normal, the higher numbers are for people who just want something bigger to brag to their mates, and are usually way less effective.
     
     

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    The last thing i wanted was the boy racer appearance, just maximum legal light output, i dont know what your projector lenses where like before but mine were candle power. Thinking about going down the HID foglight route, has anyone done this. Just thought id do the whole lot whilst im at it. Also opted for Philips extreme vision+ 80% brighter full beam halogen bulbs, any one use these?
     
     

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