What is HID?
High Intensity Discharge (HID) or Xenons as they are referred to also, were a new headlight technology introduced into the automotive world well over a decade ago.
They are common place on luxury vehicles and top of the range lines, or a very expensive optional extra.
Xenon light (called so because of the Xenon gas) produces up to 300% more light compared to the humble halogen bulb.
Xenon bulbs produce an arc of light between two electrodes as opposed to the conventional halogen bulb that relies on an heated tungsten filament.
Advantages of Xenon lighting.
Up to 3 times brighter compared to a halogen bulb.
Whiter light produced, allowing for better illumination of the road.
Longer life span (up to 2000 hrs).
Do I need a different kit for a different colour / shade of light?
No, the colour of the light is determined by the bulb and not the ballast.
I have changed one hid bulb, but it does not match the existing hid bulb in my vehicle. Why?
The xenon bulb ages, it loses its brightness throughout constant usage. It is advisable to change the bulb in pairs to ensure that the colours match
Do I need ballasts or will the bulbs work just fine?
Xenon conversion kits (HID kits) require ballasts that provide enough energy to power the xenon bulbs. Think of ballasts as step up transformers that take the vehicles 12V power supply and ramp it up to 23,000 volts.
Xenon bulbs / HID bulb require ballasts in order to work.
What are Xenon bulbs?
Xenon effects bulbs are just that, they are halogen bulbs with a trace amount of xenon gas that omit a whiter light. These bulbs have a tungsten filament and are exactly the same as halogen bulb in all but name.
Are HID conversion kits only for the dipped beam?
No, HID conversion kits can be installed on:
Are HID Kits Legal?
This is a rather grey area. Depending on where you look or ask you will receive different answers. More often than not, it’s a yes.
Here’s what we know..
The guidelines state that vehicles fitted with xenons may have a self-leveling system and a headlamp washer system.
The key word being ‘may’ and this is widely open to interpretation.
We found that if you use reasonable kelvin range (4300k -6000k) it generally causes less issues with other road users.
Providing your beam pattern is aligned there is nothing to worry about generally, however some testing centres will check for self-leveling systems and washer systems.
If you have a reflector lens you should be using anti-glare bulbs if at all possible (all of our H7 bulbs are anti-glare by default and work just as fine in projector lenses).
We have supplied many clients around the globe and closer to home, we have supplied our very own boys in blue (their private cars) and if its good enough for them….
What does the 'k' mean in 4300k, 6000k...?
The 'K' denotes Kelvin, which is the primary unit of temperature measurement in physical sciences, in this instance the 'colour temperature'.
4300k - This is usually the factory fitted xenon bulb specification and is described as a warm white colour, most household fluorescent are accepted to be at the 4300k - 4500k mark.
6000k - This is considered to be the most optimum colour for road usage and aesthetics, this colour omits a brilliant white light (ice white) and is best described as 'noon sunlight'.
8000k - This shade gives more blue overtones, it omits a more blue light which can be described as shaded skylight. This colour is less effective in terms of visibility than both 4300k and 6000k.
10000k - Like the 8000k but a darker shade of blue. This shade gives you less usable light.
Why do you only offer one type of kit?
It is simple, we have what we believe to be the best xenon conversion kit on the market, a kit we helped shape through our R&D team.
We believe that one kit that works at the top end of the automotive complexity scale right down to the day to day run around cars is all you need.
We disagree with selling our clients, our friends different types of kits with different price tags to suit different pockets, instead what we say, if you do not like the price ask for a discount, there is absolutely no harm in asking for a discount!
How do I know my OEM xenon bulb is faulty?
The quickest way to check whether your bulb is faulty is swap the bulb with the side
that is working. If the ‘faulty’ bulb works, then the issue is with your ballast. It’s also
worth checking the fuse box.
My xenon bulbs are changing colour / or have changed colour.
This is a clear sign that the bulb is either faulty or coming to the end of its life.
Change the bulb.
My xenon bulbs work intermittently.
90% of the time this means that the bulb is faulty, however it may also mean you
have a faulty ballast.
Why are these bulbs cheaper than what I pay at my dealership?
We believe in quality, but that does not mean we have to buy into the branding! The
products are fundamentally the same, our bulbs just do not carry a brand name,
other than our own generic brand.
HID KITS – Trouble shooting
I have installed the kit, but the lights do not turn on.
Check polarity of the positive and negative wires that plug into the original wiring loom.
The lights turn on, flicker and turn off.
Bulb is faulty or ballast is faulty, swap with the ballast on the opposing side and see if the problem has transferred, if yes, then this means a faulty ballast.