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Best Color For Xenon Lights

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Paul Gonzalez
• Friday, 18 December, 2020
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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.

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The brightest HID color temperature is 5000K, emitting perfectly white light. 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. Kelvin is an absolute color temperature scale that can also be approximated in lumens, which is a common measure of light output/brightness.

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.

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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. One of the main reasons why headlights today are so good is replacing the old halogen bulbs with newer technologies.

This technology greatly improved on halogen bulbs, both on light intensity and energy consumption. HID or xenon lights were first introduced to the public in 1991 with the launch of the then-new BMW 7-Series.

That said, while these headlights were available as an option on cheaper cars, they were never offered as standard. The xenon headlights color temperature, on the other hand, depends on your needs and wishes.

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This gives the colors a more saturated appearance, but also reduces the overall contrast and perceived sharpness of the scene. When the sun is on the horizon, on the other hand, the color temperature is much cooler, and the contrast and perceived sharpness rise.

Yellow-white or 4300K HID’s produce much more natural temperature output, closer to daylight. With a set of 4300K bulbs upfront, you will have balanced headlights for both night driving and fog.

However, this color temperature is still far from the best for night driving, which is what headlights are made for. With a set of these bulbs, the night scene will appear sharper, and it will be easier to see things in the distance.

However, these bulbs have poor visibility during foggy days or nights. Pure blue lights don’t offer any significant advantages, other than the fact that they look cool and refreshing.

Purple HID headlight bulbs are by far the worse choice for driving and can cause severe eye strain. Cause eyestrain: blue light is not found in nature, and our eyes aren’t designed for it.

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That’s why prolonged looking at blue light can cause eyestrain and other issues with human sight. Bright white HID bulbs (5000K) produce the brightest light output.

However, both yellow-white (4300K) and alpine white (6000K) are very close in the light output, and the difference is often negligible. It is generally considered that 5000K is the best xenon headlights color temperature thanks to the brightest output and similarity to daylight.

It also sits in the middle of the HID color chart, which means that it’s the best of both worlds. Warmer temperature light is much better for hazy weather, such as fog, rain, and snow.

Automotive LED headlight/fog light bulbs and conversion kits can come in a variety of colors. HID colors, on the other hand, are determined by the temperature at which the gas inside the bulb is heated.

Although most LED headlight and fog light conversion kits currently on the market come exclusively in white, we offer four different LED colors options (yellow, white, blue and purple). For maximum brightness and the ultimate nighttime driving experience, we recommend going with our 45W LED kit in white, which produces an exceptionally powerful, dense and wide bright white light.

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White LEDs are the brightest and are an excellent way to significantly improve visibility on the road at night. The light output and color will be identical to that of luxury vehicles equipped with LEDs such as BMWs and Audi's.

Being a dark color, purple LEDs are unquestionably the least bright and are to be used solely for a stylish, street racer look. Below, we take a closer look at the main advantages and disadvantages of blue and purple LED headlights and fog lights.

The blue you see in TL's and Maxima's comes from the light bending around the shield in the projector, not from the temperature of the capsule. If you've got a stomach for its one solution is to open up your projectors and bend the shield slightly to get significantly more color while retaining the wonderful lighting characteristics of a 4300K capsule.

You might even be able to find a DIY on WWW.hid planet .com /forums for modifying your specific projectors. The sole reason for upgrading to HID's should be for better visibility.

Spending 1K+ for lights that are only slightly better than what you have presently, so you can “look” good to on coming traffic. In fact, if someone has really blue lights I think to myself; that knucklehead spent a pile of Jing on some “rice” lights for ME... And he still cannot see any further down the road.

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Not to be harsh but if higher temp color (4,300K +) performed any better than they would be part of the OEM Xenon package. 6K is hardly noticeable color wise to 4.3K but does not light the road up like 4.3K, so no real gain other than the rice factor.

I will take a photo at night from inside the vehicle and straight shot of the OEM lights of both cars to show you what I mean. I am not crazy but seems every 3-series I have seen with OEM HID all seem to have the brighter/6000k light output compared to the 5-series.

The sole reason for upgrading to HID's should be for better visibility. Spending 1K+ for lights that are only slightly better than what you have presently, so you can “look” good to on coming traffic.

In fact, if someone has really blue lights I think to myself; that knucklehead spent a pile of Jing on some “rice” lights for ME... And he still cannot see any further down the road. Not to be harsh but if higher temp color (4,300K +) performed any better than they would be part of the OEM Xenon package.

If all that were true then why would anyone spend money on rims that they can't see while they are driving? I guess the only upgrade worth doing is a hood or mirrors, because that's all that can be seen from the inside.

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Some upgrades are just for looks and others for performance, some are dual like lights. Yeah, well I do know it won't be me who's seeing them, but you don't know just how much I love His, I'd be stepping out of my car every time just to see them.

About the 330's lights, my friend has an 03 and those things are bright as poop, noticeable brighter than the 5 series, but the 5's got the sexier color, and trust me, from behind the wheel her lights don't seem to be that much brighter either, only when looking at them... i have to call BMW and ask them bout that. His are made to light up the road and help you see at night; not to look pretty from far away.

Some give off a more bluish light, some more white, some have purple, some look yellow, ALL with the SAME EXACT BULB! It may look cool, but chances are you will not be as satisfied as you think you will be.

Anywho, id like to keep typing but I have to get back to work! Yeah, well I do know it won't be me who's seeing them, but you don't know just how much I love His, I'd be stepping out of my car every time just to see them.

About the 330's lights, my friend has an 03 and those things are bright as poop, noticeable brighter than the 5 series, but the 5's got the sexier color, and trust me, from behind the wheel her lights don't seem to be that much brighter either, only when looking at them... i have to call BMW and ask them bout that. Once you got into the 8k kelvin color temperature range the light projected onto the road starts to scatter more.

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Even though the unit appears to project a tremendous amount of light compare to your old halogen, the bluish light, coming from the 8K bulb, are not that useful for driving. I know this sounds contradicting, but its pure physics, meaning if it's brighter shouldn't I be able to see better?.

Blue light have shorter wavelength plus it causes more fatigue to the eyes I hope I didn't confuse anyone. The reality of the matter is that the higher the color temperature, the less useable light output you will obtain.

I guess the only upgrade worth doing is a hood or mirrors, because that's all that can be seen from the inside. Some upgrades are just for looks and others for performance, some are dual like lights.

You see all the upgrades you make every time you walk up to your car in a parking lot. I personally bought the “bluer” lights simply because that's what the store had, and they were a lot cheaper that the OEM.

I don't find them as bright and when I drive at night I'm a little disappointed with the result. I have 10k in my 740i, driving last night I find that in dense fog the bluer light felt like it was making the lines on the road “pop” more to my eye than a whiter light.

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Personally I think it's all in how your eye likes to perceive the color contrasts and info. I have halogen in my 5, and I struggle to see on wet foggy nights with that car than I do with my 7.

Reason: old thread SMH 11-28-2016, 03:21 PM #14 ANY color temperature above about 4800K (at least for xenon bulbs) is going to result in lowered light output.

Past that point, the xenon bulbs begin producing excessive amounts of ultraviolet light, which is obviously invisible to humans. Past about 6000K, I wouldn't want to drive much at night, and you're more likely to draw unwanted attention.

Now, if you've got good 55W ballasts, they will drive the color temperature lower/warmer, making a 6000K bulb more like 5000K. I don't know if the light output increases because the color temperature is lower, but I do know that the 55W ballasts will produce about 20% more light than a comparable OEM 35W ballast.

Don't mess with the color temperature unless you want the color for non-essential bulbs (like angel eyes), or you're prepared to lose significant visibility at night. ANY color temperature above about 4800K (at least for xenon bulbs) is going to result in lowered light output.

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Past that point, the xenon bulbs begin producing excessive amounts of ultraviolet light, which is obviously invisible to humans. Past about 6000K, I wouldn't want to drive much at night, and you're more likely to draw unwanted attention.

Now, if you've got good 55W ballasts, they will drive the color temperature lower/warmer, making a 6000K bulb more like 5000K. I don't know if the light output increases because the color temperature is lower, but I do know that the 55W ballasts will produce about 20% more light than a comparable OEM 35W ballast.

Don't mess with the color temperature unless you want the color for non-essential bulbs (like angel eyes), or you're prepared to lose significant visibility at night. Which is why I always suggest OEM suppliers like SRAM and Phillips.

They have OEM+ bulbs that are well within the proper kelvin for best output and color. Anything over a certain kelvin range will start to lessen the output, but creates a very bright hot spot which gives the driver the illusion of having better lights.

The newer cars with their really bright and bluefish bulbs use different ways to “spread” the light pattern. And most don't usually compare to our stock E55 projectors.

Thus, this will be the most efficient temp for your eyes, unless you are a space alien. Ed in San Jose '97 540i 6 speed aspensilber over eggplant leather.

Follow me on Instagram @nordmanmg Your current situation is not your final destination I got caught up in a decade old thread too... Years ago I installed some fancy “white” bulbs.

When I drove at night, it felt like I couldn't see as well. I called the manufacturer, and they said the bulbs actually put out less light (lumens) than the regular halogen bulbs.

It turns out that bulbs that are closer to the 4300 range have light that is the most effective for your eyes to actually see and discern patterns and objects. I do not believe in a risk free society where the thrill of living is traded for the safety of existence.

Nick Rematch The law does NOT determine “right” from “wrong”. I am running 8k with Orion v3 Angel eyes, clear corners.

I bought mine from bavtoys.com as units was charging more for the same set up. I believe the owner of batons worked at units a while back.

I am running 8k with Orion v3 Angel eyes, clear corners. I bought mine from bavtoys.com as units was charging more for the same set up.

I believe the owner of batons worked at units a while back. Throw in a set of 4000-5000K bulbs and be amazed at the difference.

Ah, cool, I was wondering how their bulb quality was as I'm going to “rebuild” my headlights this winter, and they're much cheaper than comparable Xenon bulbs from Philips or SRAM. White light provides the best visibility and color accuracy, so it is the most functional.

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