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Jul 12

The quirks and consequences of using HID headlights

High Intensity Discharge headlights, or HIDs, are among the most popular headlight upgrades available today.

 

 Bulbs Xenon HIDBulbs Xenon HID - Buy Bulbs Xenon HID for your car truck or SUVAs bright, ultramodern LED lights became more commonplace for use in tail lights, dimmer stock halogen  headlights just started looking out of place by comparison. For super-bright, long-lasting headlights that add aesthetic value and greater lighting effectiveness to a car, HIDs are the go-to resource. But there are certain things that many drivers aren’t aware of before they decide to use HIDs, and this article will attempt to break down some of the things you can expect from HIDs so you can be informed when browsing for them and installing them.

Installation

When you hear about the difficultly level of installing HID headlight components, you’ll probably hear one of two things: they’re super easy to install, or they’re way too complicated to install. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle of those two statements. Newer cars with modern, computerized headlight systems can be more easily adapted to utilize HIDs, and the installation process will be accordingly shorter. Older cars, particularly ones from the 1980s and earlier, may require more advance techniques to adapt the new lighting components. Either way, you should be able to complete the installation in a couple of hours or less.

Color Selection

Something that drivers value most when choosing HIDs is that they can pick exactly the color headlights they want. From sunshine yellow to Caribbean Sea blue, these lights can match your personal preference. What many drivers are unaware of, however, is that different color temperatures correspond to the different colors you end up getting. A low color temperature of 3000-5000K will get you a yellow-to-white light, while a high color temperature of 10000-12000K will get you a purple-to-blue light. Keep in mind though, the color temperatures have absolutely nothing to do with lighting intensity. A 3000K yellow HID light is just as bright as a 12000K blue HID light.

System Adaptation

Many drivers panic soon after installing their new HID headlights, but for no reason. After having spent a couple of hours installing them, they turn on the lights and find that the light colors don’t match up. This is to be expected. The lights need to adapt to the new electrical system, and the colors will even out after driving for a while. Also, another issue people report is hearing a low humming sound soon after installation. This, again, is normal. Within 10 minutes or so, it should go away as the new components adapt to the headlight system.

source: Street Beat Customs

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