Lets start with what I did
First things first is I wanted to ditch my HIDs. as much as I loved them they are fragile, same as ANY filament/electrode bulb. A good rock or even long term vibration will kill them. Replacement bulbs going for 30 buck a piece and even if they do survive Doc stupidity they still only have a life of around 3,000 hours. So durability and life was a big thing for me. Buy something ONCE and not worry about it.
Next is size...because size does matter
My current HID bar was fawking HUGE...(we will leave the football stadium and airport light comments alone) It being huge is a MASSIVE aerodynamic drag, even with my actuator that allowed me to lay it back.
And heavy, sorry but you can not mount individual HIDs on a bar above the windshield and not expect a tree or other item to whack into it. It needed a rack to be adjustable.
Here is the size difference between the 2
we are looking at 1/4 the size and wind drag.
HIDs with rack
Rigid 50" E series with all mounts
my MPGs have gone up like 2mpg highway as well
Anyway, power draw while running is close enough to leave it be, now the start up amps for 5 HIDs can easily hit 100a or more. So that means I had to have the correct wiring and fusing for each. that adds up the weight and was not included.