What are HID Conversion Kits?
HID Conversion Kits allow you to add TRUE HID lights to practically any vehicle. All you need to know is what bulb type your housing uses and then get the kit with that bulb type. HID Conversion Kits will include everything you need to install the lights. Usually, everything is plug-and-play and doesn't require cutting any wires or drilling any holes.
Don't confuse HID Conversion Kits with the blue bulbs you see at your local Wal-Mart. HID Conversion Kits are the real deal, just like the high-end luxury cars.
What are HID/Xenon lights?
HID (High Intensity Discharge) light bulbs produce light by creating an electrical arc across two tungsten electrodes, resulting in a much greater light output than traditional halogen bulbs. HID bulbs are filled with Xenon gas so they are usually referred to as "Xenon Lights". Xenon lights produce more natural, daylight-like, light compared to halogen lights which tend to have a yellow hue to them.
HID light bulbs have significant voltage requirements, especially at startup which may exceed 20,000 volts, to operate correctly. Each HID bulb receives power from a ballast unit which provides the high voltage required by the bulb to create the initial electrical arc. Once operational, the power requirements drop and the bulb maintains its electrical arc with only 35W of power.
What is a ballast?
Each HID bulb requires a ballast to start-up and to operate once it’s running. Ballasts provide the high voltage required to create the initial arc inside the bulb which may exceed 20,000 volts. When the electrical arc is created, the ballast provides a steady power source to maintain the arc.
How much power do HID bulbs use up?
HID bulbs are very efficient and require only 35W once they are operational. There are some bulb/ballast combinations on the market now that run on 50W but they are rare.
What is Color Temperature?
Color Temperature is a measurement in Degrees Kelvin that indicates the hue of a light source, in this case the HID bulb. People not familiar with lighting may believe that the higher the Kelvin the brighter the light will be, this is false. OEM car manufacturers equip their cars with 4100k to 4300k HID bulbs which produce the most daylight-like light output. Lower temperature like 3000k will produce deep gold-yellow color, suitable for fog lights. Higher color temperatures will output light with a hint of blue/purple like the 5000k - 6000k bulbs, higher rated bulbs will be bluer and eventually purple in color as you go up the scale.
Color temperature is what usually catches your eye when you spot an HID equipped car on the road. The Kelvin bulbs will appear "brighter" to oncoming traffic, but in reality they output less visible light onto the road.
What is Lumen?
Lumen is a unit of measuring the light output, brightness, of a source. Traditional low-beam halogen headlight produces 1000 – 1200 lumens, while HID outfitted headlight outputs around 3200 lumens.
4100k - 4300k is the ideal HID color temperature to produce the maximum amount of light, lumens, hence the reason while all OEM manufacturers equip their vehicles with these types of bulbs.