HID headlamps on 03/04 Camry?

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Old 27 Sep 2003, 10:38 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default HID headlamps on 03/04 Camry?

Hi all,

I am in the market for a new Camry, either 03 or 04. I could swear
I've seen the Camry with Xenon/HIDs on the roads in both the US and
Canada but when I asked at the dealership they disagreed strongly.

I don't know what these people were using, I'm quite sure they weren't
the fake $19.99 bulbs or if they were, they're well worth the money
:-)

Can the ES300 headlamps be fitted on the Camry?

Anyone know if there are aftermarket kits available and what the
ballpark price is?

Thanks!

Kevin
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Old 27 Sep 2003, 10:45 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: HID headlamps on 03/04 Camry?

Piaa makes top stuff both Hid and Hid similar and regular good
stuff..... go to PIAA .COM ,,,,,,,, its all quality, from a
customer...

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Old 28 Sep 2003, 10:15 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: HID headlamps on 03/04 Camry?

How much difference is the PIAA lights vs. the stock lighting on the 2002
Camry? Is it worth spending $100 on 2 lightbulbs?

"K C" <kebuchan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Hi all,
>
> I am in the market for a new Camry, either 03 or 04. I could swear
> I've seen the Camry with Xenon/HIDs on the roads in both the US and
> Canada but when I asked at the dealership they disagreed strongly.
>
> I don't know what these people were using, I'm quite sure they weren't
> the fake $19.99 bulbs or if they were, they're well worth the money
> :-)
>
> Can the ES300 headlamps be fitted on the Camry?
>
> Anyone know if there are aftermarket kits available and what the
> ballpark price is?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Kevin



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Old 28 Sep 2003, 12:22 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: HID headlamps on 03/04 Camry?

lights are rated in candlepower,or lumen. hid is about 1000us . the new
sylvania is apx the same candlepower as the pia, but im talking about
the bulb a 91 uses. it depends on the bulb your car takes, there is a
pia bulb with much more light, it the style that fits a mercedes. piaa
1500 fog lights are very good , i use 2 sets, fog and driving and have
piaa main bulbs for an equivalent of apx 500 watts of light. Very
bright. Piaa is a well made light and harness. with a well designed
light pattern.

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Old 28 Sep 2003, 12:38 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: HID headlamps on 03/04 Camry?

if you take an h4 bulb piaa has a good bright bulb, more than 100 watt
output .if you use a 9000 series sylvania is apx equal in candlepower
and look more like hid in color.

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Old 28 Sep 2003, 08:32 pm   #6 (permalink)
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ransley@webtv.net (mark Ransley) wrote in message news:<19312-3F771C85-115@storefull-2171.public.lawson.webtv.net>...
> if you take an h4 bulb piaa has a good bright bulb, more than 100 watt
> output .if you use a 9000 series sylvania is apx equal in candlepower
> and look more like hid in color.


I was looking for more of a real HID setup. Something with a self
leveliing system that ensures they're always directed correctly. I
think the Camry Solara has self leveling xenons. Same with the
ES300/30

Kevin
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Old 29 Sep 2003, 10:53 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: HID headlamps on 03/04 Camry?

The 2002/03 Camrys do NOT have HIDs as an option. It is possible to retrofit
projectors and a HID system in the car, I have seen it done on a 2003 Camry.

Here's a pic for those who dont' believe me.
http://www.toyotanation.com/attachme...&postid=199058

You basically have to cut out the back to make the projectors fit in and
then of course install the bulbs, wiring harness and ballasts. A system
like this (including OEM Audi Projectors) costs about $400 US.

Don't buy that PIAA crap...it'll melt your wiring harness after awhile if
it's more than 55 watts or so. And if any bulb claims 55 watts = 100 watts
output, it's crap.

"K C" <kebuchan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> ransley@webtv.net (mark Ransley) wrote in message

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> > if you take an h4 bulb piaa has a good bright bulb, more than 100 watt
> > output .if you use a 9000 series sylvania is apx equal in candlepower
> > and look more like hid in color.

>
> I was looking for more of a real HID setup. Something with a self
> leveliing system that ensures they're always directed correctly. I
> think the Camry Solara has self leveling xenons. Same with the
> ES300/30
>
> Kevin



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Old 30 Sep 2003, 12:42 am   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: HID headlamps on 03/04 Camry?

Gee Piaa Crap , Ive used Pia Crap in 3 caddys , 2 toys, 1
honda , and my neighbor has him in his mercedes... And my other
neighbor is the Chicago times Auto Columnist. My neighbor has a
Mercedes and says their H series are outstanding for the price ,
no Hid required, Yess their 9000 series are less than stellar, they
suck, but the h4 are different, and right and bright.

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Old 30 Sep 2003, 11:44 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Look at PIAA's marketing....
"This H4 style bulb combines several PIAA technologies. The Plasma Blue Bulb
features a Plasma Blue low beam, a Super White high beam, and PIAA's XTRA
technology that provides 60/65watt with 110/100watt output. SAE certified."

Simply put, you cannot produce more output than what is inputed. 60 watts
does NOT 100 watts. Blue bulbs are NOT brighter than regular clear bulbs.
Do they look nicer? Sure. Is the light whiter? Yes. Do they compare to
real HID? Not even close. Do they burn out fast and cost a lot? Yes. A
set of regular Philips bulbs will produce more light than the PIAAs, but of
course, it's hard to tell. Try turning on your PIAAs on a pitch black road,
it won't light up anything. If you try it on a dark snow covered road, your
PIAAs will look amazing.

But I do have to say that they are one of the more reputable companies out
there compared to the extra crappy stuff on ebay or Eurolights... but if you
want blue bulbs, try Sylvannias Silverstars...best bang for your buck.


"mark Ransley" <ransley@webtv.net> wrote in message
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> Gee Piaa Crap , Ive used Pia Crap in 3 caddys , 2 toys, 1
> honda , and my neighbor has him in his mercedes... And my other
> neighbor is the Chicago times Auto Columnist. My neighbor has a
> Mercedes and says their H series are outstanding for the price ,
> no Hid required, Yess their 9000 series are less than stellar, they
> suck, but the h4 are different, and right and bright.
>



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Old 01 Oct 2003, 06:55 am   #10 (permalink)
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Default Best Replacement Bulbs for 2002 Camry

What would be a brighter bulb upgrade to the stock lighting? I just want to
replace the low beam bulbs to something brighter. Is blue the way to go or
just get a whiter bulb?


"K C" <kebuchan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Hi all,
>
> I am in the market for a new Camry, either 03 or 04. I could swear
> I've seen the Camry with Xenon/HIDs on the roads in both the US and
> Canada but when I asked at the dealership they disagreed strongly.
>
> I don't know what these people were using, I'm quite sure they weren't
> the fake $19.99 bulbs or if they were, they're well worth the money
> :-)
>
> Can the ES300 headlamps be fitted on the Camry?
>
> Anyone know if there are aftermarket kits available and what the
> ballpark price is?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Kevin



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