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So i been wanting...or wondering, about what the differences are between all the brands and types of lighting i can switch my head lights to I kinda like the HID but i don't really know the differences between the types of lighting. And i've also been tryin to figure out which brand of fog lights is good and fits well with the tc. I don't kno much bout cars so i fiured i'd ask all of you tc savvy men for some info.
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High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting technology replaces the filament of the light bulb with a capsule of gas. The light is emitted from an arc discharge between two closely spaced electrodes hermetically sealed inside a small quartz glass tubular envelope capsule. To operate, they require ballasts, which supply proper voltage and control current. The amount of light produced is greater than a standard halogen bulb (in your tC right now), while consuming less power, and more closely approximating the color temperature of natural daylight.

In all High Intensity Discharge lamps, light is produced by passing a current through a metal vapor. Free electrons colliding with an atom in the vapor momentarily knock an electron into a higher orbit of the atom. When the displaced electron falls back to its former level, a quantum of radiation is emitted. The wavelength of radiation depends on the energy zone of the disturbed electron and on the type of metal vapor used in the arc tube.

benefits over halogen? more light output, whiter light, longer service life. thats all i know about HID lighting.

you can also simply swap out bulbs in your stock lights to get something more pleasant to drive by, and if you are into the appearance, the angel eyes halo's look pretty cool on the tC.

here are a couple pics.

factory halogen foglamps :

with HID foglamps :

angel eyes :

i still run sylvania silerstars, despite some people reporting premature bulb burnout.

sylvania silverstar headlamps with HID fogs :

as for what fogs fit, where are you thinking of putting them? cause that will play a part in what fits, obviously.
anyway, hope that helps a little.
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i think thats about as good as it gets

I am on the same boat the the person who starrted this thread. I also want to change my lite bulbs as completely altering the lighting system is too pricey for me. I read somewhere that the HiD bulbs mite burn the plastic casing in the head lite. is that true? what about wirings? do i need to replace that too?

thanks for all your help.
i dont know of anyone with a tC who has installed HID's and had anything melt. does that mean it couldnt happen? no.
do you want to do HID? or are you just looking for a high quality bulb replacement? with a straight blub replacement you have to change nothing but the bulb. Sylvania Silverstar bulbs served me well for the first year on my tC. Luminics (one of our mega cool site sponsors) has replacement bulbs for the tC in a variety of styles.
if you really want to go HID, i am sure there is someone here who can point you in the right direction. do a search for HID and see what pops up. i know nothing about an HID swap. i had no interest in modding my headlights that much. i just wanted a good, clean, white light. a quality bulb swap did that.
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