Xenon is a great option for situations where the material of the countertops cannot handle the heat produces by halogen. Fluorescent under cabinet lighting are energy efficient and don’t give off much heat, however, they are non-dimmable.
Be careful that you select an LED under cabinet light that has a diffusing lens, or you might see the reflection of the individual diodes on you counter top. If you select and LED under cabinet light in the correct color temperature with a diffusing lens, you will be happy with the results.
Make sure the LED source you select is bright enough for your task lighting. So, terms like xenon lighting” or “halogen lamps” might make vague images of the Periodic Table come to mind, or hearken back to the hazy days of high school science class, but that's about it.
In order to understand the nuances of xenon and halogen light bulbs, let's first cover the basics: Xenon and halogen lamps get their names from the kinds of gases added within the light bulb's glass envelope.
Well, regular incandescent light bulbs have vacuums within their envelopes because air oxidizes the glowing tungsten. An inert gas, like xenon or a halogen, slows down this process, prolonging the life of the light bulb.
A halogen is a covalent element on the Periodic Table, which easily forms negative ions. In a halogen light bulb, the filament wears down, shedding tungsten atoms over time.
These discarded atoms unite with the halogen gas molecules in the lamp forming tungsten halite, which is then redeposited on the filament. It works in much the same way as the halogen gases when retarding the filament's evaporation, but it also produces a bright-white light when stimulated by electricity.
A xenon light's typical rated life is around 10,000 hours, lasting 5 times longer than the average halogen lamp. Because xenon gas glows when excited by electricity, it also takes less energy to achieve the same lumen output.
Xenon gas also requires less heat to produce light, so you don't have to worry about such high energy bills. It's no secret halogen lights run hot, which means they're not suitable for every application.
The oil your hands leave behind on the glass will eventually heat up and may cause an imbalance, making the light bulb rupture. Xenon light bulbs don't produce as much heat, and emit minimal UV rays.
Both halogen and xenon light bulbs have perfect Chris (color rendering indexes) of 100. With flattering colors and easy dimming capabilities, halogen and xenon lamps are both great choices to light your home or building.
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.
For maximum brightness and the ultimate nighttime driving experience, we recommend going with our 55W HID kit in white, which produces an exceptionally powerful, dense, and wide bright white light without risking any damage to your vehicle, headlight or electrical systems. * Total light output from both headlights or fog lights Most people looking to upgrade their headlights to His from halogens are doing so with the intention of improving visibility on the road, in which case the best HID color would be 4300K, 5000K or 6000K.
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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. The headlights used in the first vehicles were very rudimentary; basically, they were lanterns that used a candle inside a glass housing to light up the road.
Later they advanced to gas burning lanterns, and kerosene lamps, like the ones Coleman still makes for camping. Incandescent light bulbs typically put the filament in a vacuum to preserve it, but as used in car headlights, they are filled with special gases in the halogen family (usually iodine or bromine).
Burning hotter allows them to five off more light, but it also means the halogen bulb must be made of special glass and handled carefully so as not to leave fingerprints on it that can cause a hot spot. The HID light bulb (which stands for High Intensity Discharge) is filled with Xenon gas, and there is no filament.
While there are some HID retrofit kits available, halogen and xenon bulbs need a different reflector and mount in order to provide the best light; it is not just a matter of changing bulbs. Thomas Edison, the inventor credited with the first long-lasting headlamps in 1879 used incandescent light bulbs and most cars today are based off his original designs.
Incandescent light bulbs, as used in car headlights, are filled with a special gas called Halogen. It is also why standard automotive headlights are called Halogen bulbs.
Compared to the tungsten, the previous metal used in bulbs, they were superior. The HID light bulb (which stands for High Intensity Discharge) is filled with Xenon gas which responds to the spark created inside the HID bulb.
Instead, it uses two electrodes that meet inside the Xenon glass filled bulb. A Ballast is used to send up to 24,000 volts of electricity which creates a potent spark and ignites the Xenon gas mixture.
LED lights generally render colors with slightly less accuracy, but if you find one with a CRY above 80, you should be golden. If replacing a xenon light you already use, observe its brightness level and find an LED with a similar output.
Xenon lights, like other incandescent, can dim easily with a standard switch. When looking for an LED replacement, make sure your chosen fixture has dimming capabilities.
When using LED replacement lamps in a xenon fixture, you need to make sure they will be compatible. Make sure the light bulbs have the same wattage and voltage ratings, the same kind of base (bi pin, wedge, festoon, etc), and that the glass envelopes are the same size.
Before you invest in new light bulbs, make sure they will be able to stay relatively cool within the fixture, because too much heat can reduce the rated life of an LED.