Why people black out headlights with HID

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  1. metalpeddler88

    metalpeddler88 New Member

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    Forgive me for the dumb question... I'm trying to plan out my Retrofit HID headlights, and I see that most people who do retrofits also do the black headlight mod. Is this just an aesthetic thing, or is there more reasoning to do this? I'm just wondering if the HIDs would still reflect off of the stock chrome housings and create glare for other drivers.

    I'm planning on going with The Retrofit Source complete kit, with shrouds. I also plan on using the Depo headlights with black bezels ([ame]http://www.amazon.com/Depo-312-1186P-US2-Toyota-Tacoma-Headlight/dp/B005XRPNYI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397869199&sr=8-1&keywords=tacoma+depo+headlights[/ame]). I'd prefer not to black out the housings, mainly because my painting skills still need work, and I only want to rip apart a headlight once. :rolleyez:

    I guess my question is, why do people black out the headlights along with retrofits, instead of leaving them chrome? I suppose this could also be an unofficial poll.

    I did a quick search and didn't find anything, although I could be overlooking the answer. :dontknow:
     
  2. justin13703

    justin13703 Active Member

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    The only reason is personal preference. There is no effect on light output either way.
     
  3. Sproulesxrunner

    Sproulesxrunner Active Member

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    It is just for looks. If you like the look of the fully blacked out headlight you could paint the reflector in black plastic dip and if you screw up just peel it off and try it again.
     
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    metalpeddler88 New Member

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    Ok, that's what I kinda figured, but I just wanted to be sure. Thanks guys! :smile:
     
  5. BSP06XRU

    BSP06XRU Old Member

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    Preference.

    I like my reflector bowls stock...

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    Those look sweet. That's what I am hoping to achieve, but without the eyelids. I wasn't going to do halos, but now looking at yours, I may reconsider. :top:
     
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    The shroud looks incredibly small for the reflector, so a bit awkward, but looks like a great install you did. :top:
     
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    BSP06XRU Old Member

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    Thank you.

    :adore: From you, I take that as a major compliment.

    BTW, I didn't have a shroud option back when I did mine.
     
  9. Large

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    Aesthetics only, you can keep them chrome or paint them. I plan on doing my next set by shipping the housing and getting them hydro-dipped in carbon fiber. Here are my current ones:

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  10. metalpeddler88

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    I ended up not painting them, and I like them.
    Sorry, I stole your idea BSP06XRU. :wink:
     

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    How does I real carbon fiber?
     
  13. metalpeddler88

    metalpeddler88 New Member

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    I saw this at TW. Definitely interesting, but whew, the moneys. Wallet hurts just thinking of it. Looks like he has some crazy plans. :smile:

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/li...rojector-retrofit-completed-headlights-8.html
     
  14. X_Less

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    Hydrographics.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgEjrtBprlo

    Cheaper than you think, It also looks really cheap and fake too when you get close to it.

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    Real carbon fiber
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    The fake is just like a grey and black checkered pattern, While real carbon fiber has like a 3D affect and it doesn't have imperfections like unusual curved weaves.

    Notice the straight carbon fiber weaves in the bends
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    See the wave the "weave" makes around the turn signals and how wide each "weave" gets...
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