High intensity discharge (HID) headlights, distinguished by their blue tint and high cost, have taken off slowly in the U.S., but a supplier predicts OEM installations will exceed 10% worldwide by 2008. Osram Sylvania, the automotive lighting unit of Siemens AG based in Danvers, MA, says less than 1% of vehicles in North America have HID headlights compared to 5% in Europe and Japan. Consumers and OEMs have balked at the cost: they're usually an $800 to $1,000 option. But Charlie ...

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