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Unread 05-29-2013, 12:23 AM   #1
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I'm getting a 2001 Nissan Maxima but i had a few questions about the lighting. See my problem is at night time I have a hard time seeing especially on my way home from work at night time driving through parks without street lights and with on coming traffic where it blinds my eyes. I've been prescribed glasses for night time driving to cut down the glare but I was wondering if there is a way i can see the road better. I see these new cars have something called HID lights (please correct me if I'm wrong) and I was wondering if there isa way that I can put those into my 2001 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L V6 5 speed manual. If not does anyone have any suggestions to make the road brighter legally? Would just replacing the entire lighting structure fix it such as buying a new one off rockauto?

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HID lights on cars not fitted with them from the factory are illegal. Whether the law is enforced or not depends on your location.

There are upgraded bulbs you can buy that are just improved. I'm not an expert on these - i'll let someone else weigh in here. It's my understanding they have varying degrees of improvement.
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Yes HID is what you are referring to.

Are your housings clouded?

You can upgrade to a brighter halogen bulb for your existing lights.

You can install an HID kit, from about $50 on ebay to over $300

Some people don't agree with HID kits on lamp housings not intended for HID, glare for oncoming drivers is the claim. I'll probably hear about this...

I have HID in my last 4 trucks and in my wife's Outlander and my daughters' Accord. In the last 5 years I've had maybe 3 driver's flash their lights at me, at least 2 of them were below the cut off because of a drop in the road.

If the housings are not clouded and the lights are not adjusted too high I see no reason not to install HID in them. You of course are at teh mercy of the law in your area. Some areas the law is enforced, not an approved bulb. In most locations if the lights are not blueish and they are not blinding the law will leave you alone.
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my housings are pretty clean according to the car fax report they had new housings put in in early 2012 because of fading. Living in philly I don't know what the law would think about HIDs if I don't go that route whats the highest power bulb I can put into the lighting socket?

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I think 65 watt is available, but again, they would, according to the law, also be illegal as you cannot legally install higher wattage bulbs than the car came with.
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Thank you very much for your help! I'll let you know tomorrow how it goes after I take a trip to autozone and try out some new lights.

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I have a friend who lives in PA and he says they're pretty strict about HIDs. In your case I'd go for higher wattage bulbs.

I don't see a point in HIDs if you're not using projector housings, but it seems like everyone does it here and the cops don't care. It depends on the housing, but it can be like driving with your hi beams on all the time.
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My wife's Outlander has projection headlights. They have a clear lens and a lens/reflector for the bulb.


This is the type of cut off beam that they produce.


A Maxima uses a projector lamp as well.


If the beam produced by the OEM headlight looks like the one I posted, it can be adjusted down to the point it will not cause any glare to oncoming traffic, certainly no more than a factory HID setup.

The beam cut off is well below even the back window of a Miata. I have had the Outlander follow me at night, and I've had it come toward me at night, their is no glare.

As I mentioned earlier, legally it is not allowed, but on a late model vehicle with OEM projector lamps, if you are using 4300-5000 bulbs and the lights are adjusted low I doubt you will have problems. With the brighter output of the light you can adjust the headlights lower and still see farther.
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That picture of the Maxima lamp doesn't look OEM.



I think this is what he would have.
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Some quick research tells me that the 2002 Maxima (not the 2001) came stock with HID headlights.

One wonders if the two are swappable....if so it'd probably pass for OEM, nobody would think twice.
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