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EPiSKiNG

986 Boxster Halogen Light Replacements - HID/LED/Projector?

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Greetings!

 

I recently bought some replacement halogen assemblies to replace my browned/burned headlights.  I'm going to use the halogens that are currently in the headlights, but am wondering what the best option is these days for HID, LED/Projector replacement.  Above all else, I don't want to melt my lenses, and I want to maintain the stock look of the car, cause ya know, it's gonna be a collectors edition one day ? The most recent topics I've seen are at least 4 years old...

 

So far I've seen Pelican's Xenon/HID retrofit kit: https://www.pelicanparts.com/More_Info/STHIDH96000.htm?pn=ST-HID-H9-6000&SVSVSI=1054 and Pedro's Garage TechnoLite HID: http://pedrosgarage.com/Site_2/TechnoLite_HID.html

 

Thoughts?

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2 hours ago, EPiSKiNG said:

Greetings!

 

I recently bought some replacement halogen assemblies to replace my browned/burned headlights.  I'm going to use the halogens that are currently in the headlights, but am wondering what the best option is these days for HID, LED/Projector replacement.  Above all else, I don't want to melt my lenses, and I want to maintain the stock look of the car, cause ya know, it's gonna be a collectors edition one day ? The most recent topics I've seen are at least 4 years old...

 

So far I've seen Pelican's Xenon/HID retrofit kit: https://www.pelicanparts.com/More_Info/STHIDH96000.htm?pn=ST-HID-H9-6000&SVSVSI=1054 and Pedro's Garage TechnoLite HID: http://pedrosgarage.com/Site_2/TechnoLite_HID.html

 

Thoughts?

 

You need to be careful about fitting HID lights into housing without the correct projector lenses as they will simply create massive glare for oncoming drivers.  In many states, doing this will both make the car ticket bait for cops and will fail state inspection.  Both HID and LED's also can create a lot of heat, so their housings need to be designed to handle it.

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Yeah, my desire here is definitely to ensure proper lighting and the safest levels for both me the driver and the rest of the people on the road... Should I stick with halogen bulbs then?  If so, what halogens will run cool enough to not cause browning/melting of my new clean lenses?  If I really wanted to do an upgrade to some other form of light, do you have any recommendations for the upgrade?  Is the Pelican Parts link I provided in the OP inclusive of the proper lens, or would any light other than the OEM halogen require the baking of the headlight in order to separate and replace the lens?  Is there anyone on the forums or who I can contact that is willing to do this for a price?

 

Thanks!

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43 minutes ago, EPiSKiNG said:

Yeah, my desire here is definitely to ensure proper lighting and the safest levels for both me the driver and the rest of the people on the road... Should I stick with halogen bulbs then?  If so, what halogens will run cool enough to not cause browning/melting of my new clean lenses?  If I really wanted to do an upgrade to some other form of light, do you have any recommendations for the upgrade?  Is the Pelican Parts link I provided in the OP inclusive of the proper lens, or would any light other than the OEM halogen require the baking of the headlight in order to separate and replace the lens?  Is there anyone on the forums or who I can contact that is willing to do this for a price?

 

Thanks!

 

Anything but a halogen bulb would require projectors, which means either totally different housings, or customizing yours.

Just stick with the factory recommended bulbs.

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Thanks for the reply!  Do you know what the factory recommended bulb is?  I live in a very hot climate, and I want to make sure I don't burn the lenses ?

 

Thanks!

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13 hours ago, EPiSKiNG said:

Thanks for the reply!  Do you know what the factory recommended bulb is?  I live in a very hot climate, and I want to make sure I don't burn the lenses ?

 

Thanks!

 

You didn't say which year the car is, but most used an H7 bulb.

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Ahh, sure didn't... It's a 1999 Boxster Base.  Does this mean any H7 bulb will work?  Do some run cooler than others?

 

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1 hour ago, EPiSKiNG said:

Ahh, sure didn't... It's a 1999 Boxster Base.  Does this mean any H7 bulb will work?  Do some run cooler than others?

 

Thanks!

 

The car calls for an H7 55W bulb.  Wattage is the key, as that is also a measure of the amount of heat it generates.  Just stick with the factory rated bulb, and stay away from the aftermarket "night vision" style bulbs which actually up the wattage to give more light, but burn the lenses in the process.

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