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I'm new here - I've got a 2014 Cadenza and am wanting to replace the factory headlight bulbs with new bright white HID's - any help and/or suggestions on which ones to buy and how difficult is it to replace them...thanks in advance!!
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Already HID, or standard halogens?

The HID's aren't particularly easy to get out. It's that metal bracket that holds them in, you can't get in behind them to remove the bracket while the light housing is still on the car. I found it was easier just to take the whole housing out. Removing the bumper cover was they way I went about it, then it was just a handful of bolts per light housing. Put it on the bench and went to work.

All in all not an easy job considering headlights should be much easier to get to...but I got it done in about an hour and change.
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We'll need a bit more info on what kind of lights you have already in order help. My car has halogens and I think most '14s do unless you have an SXL (there are a few exceptions). If you have halogens you'd have to get a conversion kit, which, if you're going to do that I don't see why you wouldn't just go LED. k5optimastore (a vendor here) has some pretty good parts for our cars, you may check over there as they have conversion kits.

I've personally been looking at bulbs lately but I've been focusing on the rating of the bulb more. I have LED fogs in my car from K5OS, but unfortunately 1 of them burned out They also have a higher K rating then my halogen lights and I think it looks a bit funky to have nice white fogs and yellow headlights so I'm on the fence about what to do. I'm not sure technically inclined when it comes to cars and I wouldn't be doing my own conversion, thus, paying for the conversion kit, plus bulbs, plus I believe the H7 bulb our car uses needs an additional adapter that doesn't come with the kit.

There have been some discussions in previous posts about the headlight housing possibly not working as well with different types of bulbs (halogens, HIDs, or LEDs). They are designed for certain types of lights and are diffused and refracted in different ways. I can't attest to any of this but there is talk of possible degradation depending on what housing you have and what type of lights you start with and move to. The question isn't necessarily "will I have light?", it's more of a "will this project a proper distance and illuminate the way I need. Think of flashlights, some of them are really nice and can project a long way, some of them are super bright as **** but don't project for anything, I think that's the same thing here.

Here is a link to the Cadenza parts page from K5OS: https://www.k5optimastore.com/collec...denza-products <-- I get no kickbacks or anything from this, I've just used several of their products and know they are good, the guys are pretty responsive too, great customer service. Paul usually lurks and is always eager to help if you have questions.
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We'll need a bit more info on what kind of lights you have already in order help. My car has halogens and I think most '14s do unless you have an SXL (there are a few exceptions). If you have halogens you'd have to get a conversion kit, which, if you're going to do that I don't see why you wouldn't just go LED. k5optimastore (a vendor here) has some pretty good parts for our cars, you may check over there as they have conversion kits.
I agree 100%, we need to know which model you have, but we can help either way.

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I've personally been looking at bulbs lately but I've been focusing on the rating of the bulb more. I have LED fogs in my car from K5OS, but unfortunately 1 of them burned out They also have a higher K rating then my halogen lights and I think it looks a bit funky to have nice white fogs and yellow headlights so I'm on the fence about what to do. I'm not sure technically inclined when it comes to cars and I wouldn't be doing my own conversion, thus, paying for the conversion kit, plus bulbs, plus I believe the H7 bulb our car uses needs an additional adapter that doesn't come with the kit.
Sorry to hear about the (1) bulb burning out. Email me about that if you haven't already!

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Here is a link to the Cadenza parts page from K5OS: https://www.k5optimastore.com/collec...denza-products <-- I get no kickbacks or anything from this, I've just used several of their products and know they are good, the guys are pretty responsive too, great customer service. Paul usually lurks and is always eager to help if you have questions.
Thank you so much for providing the link. Paul is no longer with us so I am monitoring the forums until we find a replacement.
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