This is a gaseous element that can emit a bright white light when electricity passes through it. This is in obvious reference to the intensity of the brightness that xenon gas produces.
Since then, major car manufacturers have been installing these vehicle lighting systems in their models. In general, installing xenon headlights can increase the premium on the vehicle.
This component controls xenon bulb start-up, allowing it to reach its optimum operating phase quickly. The ballast contains a DC converter, allowing it to generate the voltage necessary for powering the bulb and the other electric components of the system.
It also contains a bridge circuit, which provides the system with a 300 Hz alternating voltage. As the name suggests, this component triggers the delivery of a “spark” to the xenon light module.
It connects to the xenon ballast and can contain metal shielding, depending on the model generation of the system. When you switch on the xenon headlight, electricity passes through the ballast and to the bulb’s electrodes.
The ionization of the gas mixture leads to the rapid elevation of temperature. This allows the bulb to operate at full functionality, delivering bright white light.
It is important to remember that xenon gas only gets used in the initial phase of illumination. As other gases inside the bulb gets ionized, they take the place of xenon in providing bright illumination.
HID lights travel wider and farther than halogen bulbs, allowing you to drive a lot safer in the night at high speeds. If you already have a halogen headlight, installing a xenon lighting system can be quite challenging.
While there are xenon retrofit kits available, you will have to have basic knowledge of automotive electronics to get the setup right. For a Leonid system, you will need a few seconds to “heat up” the bulb and get it to full operating capacity.
Like everything else, this type of vehicle lighting system has its own share of pros and cons. Both xenon light bulbs will work independently of each other.
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These are the baseline, and the cheapest component available, so they are used in the mass market to provide the standard quality of headlights we are all familiar with. But technology has come on a long way since these headlights were first developed, and today they are simply too inefficient to compete with the other models available.
Aside from high-end, luxury cars, which are now increasingly coming with more advanced head-lighting installed, road users can easily upgrade their standard headlights to either LED or Leonid lights, for significantly improved results. Without getting too stuck in to the technical differences between LEDs and Leonid headlights, both are capable of producing broad equivalences in terms of vastly stronger, more efficient lighting.
The differences come in the way these bulbs are designed and manufactured, and in general the expert preference would always be to choose LEDs over HID headlights. HID headlights are a significant improvement on halogens, and depending on the color temperature, you can choose a light quality that suits your preferences.
While His are brighter and more efficient than halogens, they are prone to failure over time in a way that LEDs simply aren’t. However, don’t be surprised if you end up changing your headlights several times over the next few years, particularly with so many cheap imports currently flooding the aftermarket.
If you want something longer lasting, and more cost-efficient over time while delivering substantial improvements in the quality of your road lighting, you may be better off choosing LED headlights for your car. By 2030, industry estimates project that as much as three quarters, or 75% of all lighting sold will be LED based, and car headlights are no different.
Because they are solid state and built to last, these headlights can in theory be used for decades before they will need to be replaced, saving you the ongoing maintenance burden and costs associated with other bulbs. Once you’ve installed your LED headlights kit, you can expect high quality, warm, white light, illuminating significant portions of the road ahead when compared to basic halogen bulbs.
The temperature at which the gas inside the HID bulb is heated determines the color of the light emitted ranging from red to white to purple. When looking to upgrade your headlights (or fog lights) from halogen to xenon His, you will need to choose the color of the bulbs.
Most people shopping for His believe that a higher bulb temperature will yield a brighter light but this is in fact not true. The light output (brightness) of His is therefore proportional to the amount of power that is supplied.
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There is a common misconception that a higher temperature bulb will emit a brighter light output, but this is in fact very wrong. The optimal HID color temperature for ultimate brightness stands right in the middle of the scale at 5000K or 6000K.
The light output can be improved by almost two folds up to 8,000 LM by using a more powerful ballast, such as the upgraded 55-watt HID conversion kit by Xenon. 5000K is the ultimate bright white light found right in the middle of the color temperature spectrum.
This bulb will unquestionably produce the purest white color and is perfect to dramatically improve nighttime visibility. Your lights will look like those of new luxury vehicles such as BMWs and Audi's and will be most similar to LED headlights.
These bulbs emit a powerful light-blue beam, which will only be marginally brighter than your stock halogens but will definitely look good. Blue and purple HID headlight bulbs are very popular despite not being a great source of light.
We strongly recommend against using blue or purple bulbs (anything 6000K) for your safety in times of poor visibility (fog, haze, rain, snow, etc. A Kelvin is a unit of measurement that describes color temperature.
The higher the K number listed on the kit, the bluer the light that it produces. One common misconception is that high Kelvin numbers mean brighter lights.
The ideal Kelvin range for a HID kit being used on a car would be 4300K to 6000K. In fact, 4300K is the closest replication to natural sunlight, and this means that they are ideal for driving.
At 10000K plus, the light becomes so blue that it starts to scatter before it hits the road, and it does not project far enough to really help the driver see either. The blue headlights in the HID color chart might look cool but don’t work well for actually seeing the road at night.
Cool colors include bluefish whites, through to the indigo shares. For the brightest possible light, opt for a 4300K or 6000K bulb, because these are quite close to sunlight.
Some people prefer 6000K kits, and these are a hugely popular aftermarket option. The light is 95% white, with 5% blue, making it probably the most attractive, clean and crisp looking of the HID colors.
It is not a good idea to use these lights, because you run the risk of getting a ticket if you are seen with them. No matter which one of the HID colors that you choose, it is important that you pick the right housing.
Reflector housing will not cause a color shift, and it will produce light that is uniform throughout. Projector housings are less commonplace, but they are designed for use with HID lights.
Most aftermarket HID lights are intended for off-road use only, and you could get a ticket if you use them on the roads because they are not DOT approved. While many people do get away with using 4300K and 6000K HID lights on their vehicles, they are simply lucky to have not been caught.
It is important that you check the law in your local area before installing any form of HID light, and that you realize that if you use unapproved HID lights on the roads you are doing so at your own risk.