HID's in a 7 inch design will out shine an LED any day. That's why trophy trucks still use massive 8 inch BD HIDs because the distance is unmatched compared to even a Rigid or Baja Designs bar. But I agree with not replacing the stock halogens with HIDs. Their a real pain to deal with.LED lights are the way to go for sure. HIDs have no chance of competing with LEDs for cost, light, or power draw. HIDs in the headlights is basically a cosmetic choice at this point. a good set of LEDs, or a LED bar will make HID headlights barely even show up.
BTW I need some more amber covers for my 2x2 pods. The tabs keep breaking off from vibrations or heat. Could you give me a deal on them if I buy a few sets?