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What are Ballasts?

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If you have been doing any sort of research on purchasing an HID conversion you will inevitably come across the term ballast. What ballasts do in a conversion kit is relatively simple. The wiring harness that your car uses to power the stock halogen bulbs usually run at 55w. When you upgrade to an HID conversion, the bulbs that are used only require 35w (as a general rule of course). The ballast converts and regulates the flow of the electrical current from 55w (your current harness) to 35w (for the HID bulbs). This prevents the bulb from shorting out or not functioning.

Towards the end of a HID bulbs existence, sometimes the phenomena known as cycling occurs. As the gets older, the voltage necessary to maintain the arc eventually rises to exceed the voltage provided by your ballast. As the lamp heats to this point, the arc fails and the bulb will not longer function. If this is occurring to you, it is possible that the bulb is the culprit and not your ballast.

If you are looking at a conversion that does not include a ballast, it is entirely likely that it is not a true HID bulb.


Projector Information

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One distinguishing feature of authentic HID technology lenses and kits from the fake ones is the addition of HID projector. There are some manufacturers which have tried to come up with their own version of it but they don’t work as good as the authentic one and can be very hard to install. . The lens and the shield of the projector concentrates the headlights beam a little lower towards the floor and creates a cut-off height, which is in hue of blue due to light spectrum, to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.

There are a few differences in HID lenses. Others are much brighter, some produce diffused light and there are few that tend to be more blinding. The good ones are those that produce focused beams that penetrate darkness much better. 

When it comes to cars, Honda S2000, 2003+Acura TSX and 2004+ Acura TL are among the others with the best projectors. These cars use Stanley/Kioto projectors, which is so powerful and many consider it to be the best. In close second is Valeo, which can be found on Audis. And then, Bosch comes as third best

Rebased Philips bulbs and Philips (or Hella) generation 3 or 4 ballasts are recommend HID Kit components. The brightest of the Rebased Philips bulbs is the 4100k bulb which emits yellowish light. 6000k produces white light with a bluish-purple hue, whereas, 7300k gives light in crystal blue. Those with wire harness that directly draw power directly from the battery are the best ones to pick.
One process that is growing in popularity is HID retrofitting. It is enclosing the HID bulb, ballast, lens and shield or the entire HID component into halogen headlight housing, thus, providing even light distribution and a better colorful projection. It could cost up to $1,000.  Components recommended for retrofitting are Philips D2S 4100k or 4300k bulbs and Philips generation 3 or generation 4 ballasts. A wire harness can also be built to connect the ballast directly from the battery to power them up.


HID Example Videos

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Just thought Id share some HID conversion videos today. These videos are various color temperatures and vehicles. Enjoy!


HID kits fit the following vehicles

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Largest selection of Xenon Conversion Kits for all makes and models from all over the world.

German manufactured cars including Audi’s A3, A4, A6, S4, BMW 3-series models such as 318, 323, 325, 328 and 330. Volkswagen models like Jetta, Golf, Cabrio, Beetle, GTI and Rabbit, as well as Mercedes-Benz models including the C-class. Kits for other European models like Volvo S70, V70, V40, S60 and Saab 9-3 and 9-5 are also available.

Major Japanese manufactures like Acura Integra, Vigor, Legend, CL and RSX. HID kits for Honda Accord, Civic, CRX, Prelude, Element, Pilot, Ridgeline, Fit and Eagle Talon are available as well. Xenon kits for Nissan models such as 240sx, Pathfinder, Altima, Xterra, Murona and the new Versa. The popular Mitsubishi Eclipse and Lancer kits are also popular among tuners. Wide selection for Toyota vehicles including Camry, Celica, Corolla, Supra, Solara, Echo, Thundra, Highlander, Matrix, Yaris, FJ Cruiser and their new enthusiast oriented division Scion xA, xB and TC. Lexus vehicles with optional HID such as IS250, IS350, SC300 and SC400. We can’t forget the great all-wheel-drive vehicles from Subaru like Legacy, Impreza, WRX, Forester and Outback.

We can’t exclude the quickly improving Korean manufacturer Hyundai and their vehicles like Tiburon, Excel, Sonata, Elantra, Accent, Tucson, XG300 and XG350.

Kits for domestic American vehicles from Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Pontiac and Saturn are available in various color temperatures. Chevrolet Camaro, Cavalier, Impala, Monte Carlo, Malibu, Avalanche, Trailblazer, as well as SSR, Cobalt, Equinox, HHR, Silverado. Models from Cadillac including the CTS are available for that extra touch luxury. Xenon kits for Chrysler PT Cruiser, 300C and Sebring as well as Dodge Neon, SRT4, Avenger, Stratus, Durango, Magnum, Caliber and Nitro. Also available are HID Kits for vehicles from Jeep such as Cherokee, Liberty and Commander. Ford cars including Escort, Mustang, Probe, Explorer, Focus, Escape, Fusion and the new offering from Ford Edge. For the Pontiac drivers looking to add Xenon HID lighting for their Bonneville, Firebird, Grand Am, Grand Prix, Sunfire, Vibe, G5, G6, Torrent or the hot Solstice. Saturn Vue and Sky, and trucks from GMC like Sierra, Jimmy, Envoy and Yukon


HID Colors

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You may be confused about which color to choose for your HID conversion kit. The color of the output is determined by the temperature. The lower the temperature (usually around 4300k or so) is the whitest and brightest. As you increase the temperature the color scales as well.

At 6000k you have a light blue, 8000k a deeper blue, 10,000k an starts to turn blue/purple, 12000k starts to turn to purple. I recommend anything between 4300k-8000k to look the best but also be extremely bright.

4300k, 6000k, 8000k, 10000k, 12000k

4300K Pure White
4300K has an approximately 3200lm output, which is more than 3x the light output of the traditional halogen light and is the color temperature with the most output. The light appears fairly white, and has light yellowish hue when reflected off the road identical to the OEM HID equipped vehicles. This color is for customers who are looking for pure performance while improving the looks of their headlights. It is ideal for customers who does a lot of back road or canyon driving and need the optimal visibility.

6000K Diamond White
6000K has an approximately 2800lm output, which is 3x the light output of the traditional halogen light and slightly less light output compared to the 5000K. Although it has a bit lesser light output, it emits pure white light with very slight and barely noticeable tint of blue and purple.

8000K Iceberg Blue
8000K has an approximately 2550lm output, which is about 3x the light output of the traditional halogen light and slightly less light output compared to the 6000K. While it has a bit lesser light output, it emits a more blue lighting than the 6000K

10000K Brilliant Blue
10000K has an approximately 2200lm output, which is more than 2x the light output of the traditional halogen light. 10000K produces a deep blue light output approaching violet and the blue is noticeably deeper than the 8000K.

12000K Exotic Violet/Purple
12000K has an approximately 2100lm output, which is more than 2x the light output of the traditional halogen light. This color temperature puts out a deep bluish violet light and is deeper colored than the 10000K. It is for a customer who is looking for the most extreme and most exotic looking light output.


HID Conversions with Projectors

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You may be slightly confused about the difference between an HID conversion kit and an HID Projector conversion kit. Both are true HID setups, but one using a standard headlight lamp while the projector uses a true projector with cut-off to provide a crisp, concentrated light out put. Here is a picture of a true projector HID conversion:

HID Conversion

The first image is an HID projector cut off line. This can only be acheived using a projector. The second picture is an HID conversion kit with no projector.


HID Projector set up.

HID Conversion

HID Conversion kit without a projector

Xenon Kit

So how hard is it to do a projector set up? A lot harder than a simple HID conversion kit. You will need to customize, or retrofit, your new projectors into your existing headlight lamps (usually requiring you to dremel, glue, and modify your headlamps).

Also, be aware of products that claim to be ‘projectors’, as there is such thing as halogen projectors. From experience these set ups are terrible. The one I saw on a BMW was a complete waste of money, with probably less output than the original halogen bulb set up. Go with the true projector hid conversion kit, don’t waste you time with the halogen projectors. If your budget is around $100 and require only an hours worth of work, buy an HID conversion kit.

If you have $600+ and 6+ hours of time to spend acheiving the projector look, an HID projector retrofit is for you.


What is HID?

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Have you ever passed a newer Porsche or BMW and noticed their distinct headlights? Those headlight are called HID. HID, or High Intensity Discharge, it the new replacement technology for halogen headlights. There are numerous advantages of HID headlights. Brightness, electrical consumption, and looks are the most notable advantages of HID conversion kits. If you’re looking for the perfect upgrade for your vehicle, consider an HID Conversion Kit.

Brightness is the biggest advantage of an HID conversion. Not only will you be able to see farther and better at night, but other drivers will be able to see as well. Its estimated that an HID conversion kit will increase your brightness from a halogen set up as much as 300%. That is an enormous upgrade and will be extremely beneficial to anyone driving at night.

Electrical consumption might seem misleading as an HID Conversion Kit is actually brighter than halogen bulbs, but HID actually consumes less electricity. In each HID conversion kit you are given ballasts. These ballasts actually convert your standard 55w electricity that powers your halogen bulbs and reduces it to 35w. This puts less strain on your electrical systems.

A distinct HID conversion kit will allow you to stand out among the thousands of other vehicles on the road. HID kits can varry in color, depending on how bright or which color you want. The lowest on the scale is 3000k, which emits a yellow beam. As we scale upwards, 4300k gives off a pure white, 6000k gives off a light blue, 8000k a deep blue, and 12000k gives off a bright purple. There are advantages and disadvantages for the more unique colors. As you increase the temperature, or kelvin (k), the output actually decreases. The 12000k purple is actually not as bright as the 4300k. If you’re looking for looks, go crazy with the 8000k or 12000k. If you want a balance between brightness and color, consider the 4300-6000k.

An HID conversion kit can not only update the look of your vehicle, its actually in your own interest to increase visibility and make your vehicle by upgrading to an HID kit. The installation is actually be simple and all wiring, harnesses, bulbs and mounting is included in each HID kit. With a price tag of around $100, you can’t beat this upgrade in performance and looks.