View Full Version : IPF 900 series HID

05-07-2007, 07:11 PM
Anyone put HIDs in any old school 900 series IPFs with the 130 watt h3 ?
With all the talk on HIDs im thinking of doing my IPFs, Is it an obvious question to ask if 35 watt HID is brighter than 130 Halogen ? I know the colour and current consumption advantage but interested in actual light output ?

05-07-2007, 08:33 PM

And Yes the HID is WAY brighter than the (constantly blowing) 130 watter.

I modified mine about a year ago, took a few hours all up.

05-07-2007, 10:18 PM
I second Piggy that HID is M U C H brighter than halogen.

06-07-2007, 07:22 PM
Good stuff !

Its funny you mention the 130 watt globes blowing, the only globes that dont are the very expensive IPF 130 watt globes, my first set lasted years, I then went thru at least 3 normal brand 130 watt h3 till I was talking to the ARB guys and said I cant seem to keep globes up to these IPF lights, his recomendation was go back to IPF globes, which I did with some hesitance but hey he was right !!!! They have lasted so much longer than the normal brand globes still on that set of IPF globes.

What HID kit did you go with TP ? 35 watt 6000 colour ?

07-07-2007, 12:24 AM
Yep, 35 watt 6000k.

I went back to 100 watt halogen as I went thru 4 130's in one country maintenance run for work in a week! (I do this run every 3 months too !)

Didnt ever blow another one after that, and I reckon the light output was similar.
Nothing like HID though.

07-07-2007, 07:42 AM
Try this comparison of normal halogen to the HID

07-07-2007, 04:51 PM
awesome pics syco, colour difference is amazing ! I knew Halogen was yellow but those pics just confirm how much !

07-07-2007, 04:56 PM
TP, my 900s are also on my work ute which covers heaps of ks of back track service work every week including lots of mountain hilltop climbes, the IPF 130 watt globes have been in for at least a year and are still going strong, I travel 45 to 50 k a year. I now am going to put HIDs in them, I will stress test them :wink: keep everyone posted

08-07-2007, 05:27 PM
My IPF's have now done over 880,000 kms ! (Yes you read right).
Have been on 3 different vehicles over a period of about 12 years. Still not dead!

jeff s
08-07-2007, 10:52 PM
Hey Team Piggy, thats sounds like dads axe.
Had it for twenty years and its had 4 handles and 3 heads,
Jeez its a good axe.

14-10-2007, 09:44 PM
G'Day Crew,

Buying a set of IPF 900XS lights and having them fitted by ARB in Capalaba (Brisbane) this Wednesday. What should I look out for install wise?? I expect a professional job, but dont know what to look for!

I am sure that they will do a great job..............

Looking at $540 installed. Was told that IPF do a 50Watt HID conversion kit which can be fitted later on, which I intend to do sooner rather than later.

Cost of the conversion kit fitted is about $500.00, so just on $1,000.00 all up. ARB did quote me $1700.00 for the genuine IPF 900 HID lights fitted, not too sure if it is worth going down this route straight up?

Sure beats the Quote I got from TJM for Lightforce HID $2448.00 fitted and Hella 4000's for $2994.00 fitted :shock:

Any input would be greatly appreciated.



01-03-2008, 01:52 PM
How did your HID Conversion go speedcomm?

01-03-2008, 02:44 PM
The lazy bugger hasnt done it yet!!!

01-03-2008, 07:24 PM
Neither have you slacko..................

17-08-2008, 07:35 PM
Hey Guys, :D :D

can someone point me in the right direction ( Ebay or otherwise) to get the HID upgrade for my IPF 900 XS lights. I have been reading about the Lightforce upgrade and I want in!!!

I have found a link for www.predatorparts.com.au (http://www.predatorparts.com.au) in Brisvagas but he seems about $100 dearer than everyone is talking.....

Any help is appreciated

18-08-2008, 06:54 AM
try this guy. he has 50w 6000K for $150 (High Beam only), $200 for 50w/6000k for Hi/Lo comes with warranty.


I find his prices very attractive and great service too.

18-08-2008, 08:42 AM
Hi Babs,

I bought a kit from a seller in Hong Kong, Bennyw62 I think he trades as. Bought the 55w 6000k kit. Got them in about 4 days and I was able to track them all the way. Paid $139.00 plus freight from memory.
Installed the kit myself but had problems trying to lengthen the Hi tension leads from the ballast to the light so ended up rejoining them to the original length and mounting the ballast on a bracket on my nudge bar.
I have one spot and 1 spread beam and the light is fantastic.
Would not go back to QH now.



18-08-2008, 02:22 PM
Hi Dobbo,

Is the Ballast waterproof? I'm thinking of doing something similar.


18-08-2008, 03:30 PM
Dustie, the seller says that they are water resistant. I haven't encountered any problem as yet but then again it hasn't been raining all that much. Don't know what they would be like if you took them swimming.

18-08-2008, 03:31 PM
Dustie, the seller says that they are water resistant. I haven't encountered any problem as yet but then again it hasn't been raining all that much. Don't know what they would be like if you took them swimming.

18-08-2008, 05:30 PM
Ive got IPF 900XS HIDs (one spot, one spread) plus fatboy globes in the headlights of my 90 series. Its a fantastic setup and can see clearly for ages. Am sure you could get more light (and a lighter wallet) by going to lightforce 240 HIDs but very happy with the light output for the size. The ballast's are mounted just in front of the A/C condensor behind the bull bar. ARB mounted em like this so can only assume these are waterproof enough to be mounted there.

Cruisin 120
02-09-2008, 12:09 PM
I got a question for some of you that have placed an ebay bought HID upgrade kit into the IPF XS 900 spotlight, ive looked around but cant really find what i need to know. When you buy a H9 kit I belive it is? does it come with a new bulb holder that requires mounting, or does the new HID globe use the existing mount inside to spotlight housing? If it is a new globe mount does it require any modification of the light, or is it simply remove and replace? (except for a new hole for wiring) Also does the globe mount (if required) change in style from different sellers? what should i look out for? thanks in advance for your assistance.

02-09-2008, 01:07 PM
Hi Cruisin120,
it is simply a matter of removing the old H9 bulbs and fitting the new HID bulbs into the refelector. No other modifications are needed though you will need to drill a larger hole in the back of the light to run the loom through.
I bought my kit thru seller bennyw62 and his kit advertises that the bulbs have ceramic bases not plastic that some other seller supposedly sell.
Mine are the 55watt 6000k bulbs and I love em.

02-09-2008, 10:44 PM
Hi Cruisin 120

Check this post of my install into IPF900XS lights
http://www.pradopoint.com/viewtopic.php ... c&start=45 (http://www.pradopoint.com/viewtopic.php?t=686&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=45)

Fairly easy install actually but the only thing I had to do was lengthen the wires to get the ballasts to the back of the engine bay

Cruisin 120
03-09-2008, 08:10 AM
Thats for the help and information fellas, most appreciated, retired the lightforce and have ordered the hid kit from the benny... seller, and a set of IPFs!

19-09-2008, 12:11 PM
:arrow: The October 2008 edition of the Overlander 4wd magazine includes a pretty exhaustive review of HID lights - if anyone's interested.