1. HID / Xenon Technology:
XENON HID lamps do not have a filament. Instead the
light is created by an electrical discharge between two
electrodes in an air tight tiny quartz capsule filled
with xenon gas, mercury and metal halide salts. This
improves durability as road vibrations can cause damage
to coil lighting technologies. These light sources also
produce a blue-white light that is safer because it is
closer to natural daylight. The color temperature is
approximately 4200 K compared to 3200 K for halogen. The
increased light output from a 35 watt XENON HID lamp is
approximately 80% more light then a 55 watt halogen
bulb. The XENON HID system will also draw less power
from your vehicles electrical system.
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
colour 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 colour
temperature, the less useable light output you will
obtain. A perfect example would be a black light. This
light has a colour temperature of approx 12,000k and has
almost no useable light or lumens output. Higher K kits
such as 7000k, 7500k, etc. have been manufactured for
individuals that are more concerned about the actual
colour output of their lights as opposed to the actual
useable light output they produce.
Chromaticity and Colour Temperature
Degrees K = COLOUR ONLY Lumen= BRIGHTNESS
XYZ trisimulus values and the associated Yxy colour
space form the foundation of the present system for
numerical colour notation. The concept for the XYZ
tristimulus values is based on the premise that all
colours are seen as mixtures of these three primary
colours. By defining the colour matching functions of a
standard observer, the Commission Internationale de
L'Eclairage (CIE), an international organization
concerned with light and colour, provided the basis for
colorimetry in 1931. The Tristimulus values XYZ are
useful for specifying a colour, but the results are not
easily visualized. The two-dimensional colour (x,y)
diagram is taken from the Yxy colour space, in which Y
is the lightness (and is identical to the tristimulus
value Y) and x and y are the chromaticity coordinates
calculated from the tristimulus values XYZ. The CIE x,y
chromaticity diagram for this colour space is shown. In
this diagram, achromatic colours are toward the center
of the diagram, and the chroma or saturation increases
toward the edges.
Colour Temperature (Tcp)
A black body (perfect radiant body) is an ideal object
that absorbs all energy, changes its colour from red
through yellow to white as its temperature increases.
The absolute temperature T (K) of the black body is
referred to as the colour temperature and colour by a
locus (black body locus).
The above diagram is sometimes used to indicate the
colour of a light source. Correlated colour temperature
is used to apply the general idea of colour temperature
to those colours that are close to, but not exactly on
the blackbody locus. For instance, a light source which
has a colour difference of 0.01 in the green direction (Duv)
from a black body which has a colour temperature of
7,000K is indicated as having a correlated colour
temperature of 7,000K + 0.01 (uv unit).
:3.: What is Xenon Light?
The xenon bulbs supplied with the HID kit are
micro-discharge bulbs filled with a mixture of primarily
xenon gas and other inert gases, creating a superior,
bright, white light so close to Sunlight that it looks
blue. This special bulb has no filament like a halogen
bulb, but the light is created between the two
electrodes in a xenon bulb and is like none other.
This high precision HID system places the bulb in the
exact correct position inside the headlamp.
No mounting rings or loose parts are used to fit the
as they may bring problems. These loose fittings have
created alignment problems in the first generation kits.
At first you might think this is not dramatically
important but it is very important due to a fact that
only a small portion of the overall bulb emits the
light. All systems are as mentioned earlier "bulb beam
:: More light output?
A 35 watt HID lamp produces up to 3 times=300% of the
lumens at the light source when compared to a
conventional standard 55 watt Halogen lamp.
:: Whiter Light and Greater Driver Comfort?
Good visibility contributes to driver confidence which
promotes relaxed, safer driving. Drivers can benefit
from fitting HID Conversion Kits in their vehicles,
since the white light stimulates driver concentration
and makes night time driving less tiring. In addition,
the HID system also delivers a marked contribution to
road safety in the event of limited visibility due to
weather (rain, snowfall) conditions. This is a must for
:: Why was Xenon Light developed?
At least 60% of all traffic accidents take place in
poorly lit conditions. And the older the driver, the
more light required for seeing better during night
driving. Brighter lighting by xenon light means most
importantly, better road safety and less strain on the
:: Greater Visibility and Road Safety
While driving at night, there is nothing more important
than being able to see where one is going. HID lights
help in overcoming severe driving conditions by
providing between two to three times more light than
halogen lamps. This higher light output is put to very
good use, improving both light intensity and light
distribution on the road, thereby widening the field of
vision for earlier recognition of people and objects. An
additional benefit is that the brilliant white light is
reflected much better by road markings and signs which
makes for more confident driving in bad weather
conditions and at night. The difference you can se
:: Lower Power Consumption
A 55 watt Halogen lamp draws a constant 10 Amps, while
an HID lamp in steady state draws in 3-4 Amps (50-60%
less power). As a result of lower power consumption,
less heat is dissipated by the HID lighting systems and
more power from the engine. Additionally, you will be
doing your part for the environment: less power
consuption means less waste.
An HID lamp will last four to five times as long as a
halogen lamp. The lamp will have a life of at least
2,000 Hrs. For most people, this translates into the
life of the vehicle and probably the life of the next
vehicle as well.
:: One kit contains:
2 HID xenon lamps
2 Balasts for HiD xenon lamps
2 Spare Fuses (20A)
Installation Instructions (English)