HID headlights are all the rage now in the automotive world. And for good reasons, too. Unlike traditional car lightbulbs that use a filament to produce light, HID bulbs use xenon gas instead. This makes them much brighter which is why they have become the standard lightbulbs that most luxury cars come equipped with. The good thing is that even if your car doesn’t use HID lightbulbs, you can still install them using an HID conversion kit. To learn more about how different equipment affects your car, visit the BeYourCar website.
How are HID headlights different?
HID lightbulbs, sometimes also called xenon lights, produce a much brighter light than tungsten or halogen lightbulbs. HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. The xenon gas inside the bulb is heated and then it generates bright white light with a blue hue. HID lights are at least twice as bright as regular halogen lights.
HID lightbulbs resemble fluorescent lights so you can imagine how bright they are. This brightness improves your visibility on the road, especially when driving during the night. They are also more durable because there is no filament to break down.
They are also much more energy-efficient and last for longer than other lightbulbs. Their expected lifespan is 3000 hours. HID lights use less fuel to illuminate the road because their voltage is lower. So while they are quite expensive, HID lightbulbs usually pay off in the long run.
What to watch out for when buying HID lightbulbs?
HID lightbulbs come in different color temperatures, anything from 3000K to 8000K. You should know, however, that HID lights that are too bright can actually be detrimental to road safety because the glare is too strong and drivers from oncoming traffic will be blinded by your headlights. The optimal brightness for both the driver and the oncoming traffic is said to be around 5000K-6000K. This is just around the same brightness that natural sunlight produces, with 6000K having a slightly bluish hue.
Unfortunately, many drivers who install these lights themselves are not aware of this and drive around with headlights that are simply too bright. A lot of people think that using very bright lights makes their car look cooler and more fashionable but they shouldn’t make changes to their car that put their and other drivers’ safety at risk. This is a serious problem that has even cause some to argue about the legality of using HID lights. That’s why if you decide to install HID lights yourself, make sure that you purchase the best hid kit available. If the kit seems too cheap to be true then be aware that its quality is probably not so good.
HID lightbulbs are also not the best when it comes to driving in foggy conditions. The blue light ‘bounces’ from the water particles and isn’t good at penetrating it. For fog lights, you should have separate yellow lights.