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HiD headlights on Elise?

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Hey Everybody
Just wandering if the 2005 US spec Elise comes with HiD headlights or are they just projectors with regular bulbs?

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according to the dealer the HID / xenon are not yet known as an option. But who cares, it cheaper to have better ones put in by aftermarket companies.
Thanks for the reply.
Or better yet we can just leave it as is.

My choice for a group buy:
Can someone comment on the legality of these conversions, assuming you stick to a 4100k kit.
As far i know from the infiniti dealer.

Each state has a limit on hid / xenon high degree. Also color cannot exede a certain K #

If it says for off road use then its not legal on street. If not then you can use it. My friend has 8000K HID bulbs and they are blue but cops havn't said anything yet.
I checked the XD website. From their FAQ:

Are these XENON HID light systems street legal?

Every jurisdiction has its own rules and regulations governing the use of automotive lighting. XENON HID lighting systems that are supplied with the vehicles from the factory are DOT approved. Our kits are also made by the same OEM manufacturers that supply all the major car companies of the world. NO XENON HID lighting system available from any source is DOT approved if installed outside of the factory. Moreover, in the U.S, this is not street legal for use on public roads. As a result, we officially endorse the kit for exhibition and off-road use and will only sell the kit to be used for these purposes. We are not responsible for buyers who violate the terms of sale while in which they will assume all responsibilities for any unauthorized or unintended use other than exhibition or off-road use.

So no, they are not legal. Furthermore, Xenon headlamps from the factory seem to have a temperature no higher than 4100K, and more critically, an auto-leveling system. The latter requirement probably solidifies the assumption that Lotus will not bring it to us. I'm making the assumption that these are federal requirements.

What exactly is your friend doing with 8000k bulbs? :rolleyes:
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He has an rx7 FD 93 with HID kit similar to the one from RE amemiya and i asked him what the K of his bulbs are and he said 8000 and i have a pic somewhere if you interested.

Also recently another friend got nearly same bulbs for his wrx and cops have not stopped either of them.

4100K is ok

6000K creates a very nice color

and 8000 is just too much.
Having seen this question brought up before, I wasn't going to read this thread, but then while driving home tonight I realized that I don't care what kind of lights the Elise has. It won't be getting dark when I am driving my Elise.

The closest we get to dark between mid May and early August is civil twilight.:D


why a car?

get a dog sled...

isnt it snowing nearly all year ?
I think as of August 1 2003, DOT made all aftermarket HIDs illegal to put on a car. I have also heard of huge fines for companies that are caught still selling them and consumers that buy them.

Personally I dont care.


Do you have the links for these 10 companies? I think I will definately put them in when the time comes.
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