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HID INFORMATION


HID stands for High Intensity Discharge, it is a type of lighting technology that replaces the filament of the light bulb with Xenon gas. The xenon gas allows the lamps to produce minimally adequate amounts of light immediately upon startup and speeds up the warm up time. The amount of light output is three times that of a standard halogen bulb. The lamps also glow at a higher light temperature (closer to natural sunlight) that gives it its distinct color and appearance. The degrees are measured in Kelvin due to the fact that they are so hot. HID kits (unless otherwise specified) consumes only 35W of electricity making them over 3 times more efficient than traditional halogen bulbs. HID is the same thing as xenon lights, which are sold on many luxury cars.

Ballasts


The ballasts are the heart of any HID headlight system. Ballasts stabilize and maintain the "arc" created by igniting Xenon gas and other noble elements. Together these gases produce a brilliant white light, which can be manipulated by increasing or decreasing the composition of certain elements in the bulb. Ballasts are technologically complex units. They convert incoming power into a high voltage that ignites and maintains a steady stream of energy to the HID bulb. Without a ballast to convert and regulate the incoming power, the HID bulb will not function. A ballast also acts as a monitor for the lighting system. If there is damage to either the starter or the bulb, the ballast shuts down the flow of power to prevent further damage and exposure. Ballasts are designed to last several years with normal use.

Color Temperature

Color Temperature is a measurement in Degrees Kelvin that indicates the hue of a specific type of light source. Many people believe the misconception that color temperature is a rating of the brightness of the bulb or HID kit. This belief is completely false. The reality of the matter is that the higher the color temperature, the less useable light output you will obtain. The 6000K bulb produced 15% less light than the 4300K. HID kits rated at 4300K or 6000K actually produce the best usable light output.


Bulb

Color Temperature

Color Emitted

Lumens (Brightness)

4300k Xtreme White 3100Lm
6000k

Diamond White

2900Lm
8000k Iceberg Blue

2500Lm

10000k Brilliant Blue

2300Lm

12000k Violet Purple

2000Lm