The mailman dropped by today with the usual taped up box from China. Inside was the 2 x 100 watt HID system. I was surprised to find a very high quality professional build that included a wiring harness and relay. All connectors are standard automotive diagnostic type (idiot proof for connection & polarity). All exposed wiring on the harness is contained inside a thick plastic sleeve to protect it from moisture penetration and under-hood engine heat. The bulbs are mounted on ceramic insulators to tolerate the heat from the 100 watt HID's.
At turn-on, they came to life immediately after applying power and reached full luminescence after about 15 seconds. The ballasts took about 25 minutes before they became nearly to hot to handle. The heat coming off the bulbs felt similar to warming my hands above an electric heater. I ran the system for 1 contiguous hour during an initial trial burn-in. More testing to follow before I begin the searchlight mod. I want to make sure I can return it to the supplier should a failure occur before cutting any wires.
As you can imagine, these things are bright. A guess would be roughly the equivalent of around +5000 watts of incandescent light. A friend has a photo studio where I played around with his lighting arrays, so I would guess that comparison to be in the ball park. My whole dining area was light up like the sun. Far to bright to be in the area without dark polarized sunglasses. Its so bright that all the adjacent rooms leading through open doorways were also brightly light... amazing!
THANK YOU 2100 for your excellent suggestions!! I wonder what the ceiling bounce test would net on your light meter?
The camera has a hard time capturing actual luminescence and doesnt come close to showing the actual brightness. It makes 35 watt HID's look dim by comparison.
I'll try to get beamshots before and after the searchlight mod.
This 100 watt halogen spotlight will receive the 100 watt HID conversion shortly.
Edit: Battery performance run time added:
17 amp hour rating
Battery age: 7 years
2 x 100W Test
Resting Voltage: 12.93V
Run time in minutes to 11.0V (loaded): 21 min., 11 sec.
Resting Voltage after 5 minutes recovery: 11.97V
1 x 100W Test
Resting Voltage: 12.91V
Run time in minutes to 11.0V (loaded): 55 min., 50 sec.
Resting Voltage after 5 minutes recovery: 11.76V
I will try to barrow a friends clamp meter to get amperage readings later...