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HID Xenon Headlights

HID (abbreviation High Intensity Discharge) conversion can be done 95% on most standard cars. Recently it has become a wise choice in automobile enhancement and perhaps one of the best personal investments in car accessories. Headlight bulbs come as a necessity especially for people prone to driving during the night. Given that these bulbs are widely used upgrading them to HID lights will give a much more powerful and brighter headlight.

Standard headlight bulbs are filled with halogen gases and halogen element such as iodine or bromine. Halogen lamp, also known as an incandescent lamp comes with a tungsten filament encased within a much smaller quartz envelope which creates a chemical reaction known as a halogen cycle. Under normal conditions the inner walls of the envelope can sustain up to 2, 500 degrees Celsius.

During the process, the halogen gas combines with the tungsten atom and evaporates. As the temperature increases the filament becomes thin and unable to sustain the temperature at which the filament operates. As the heat ignites the gases electrical current produce incandescence which gives off a yellowish-white light in incandescent light bulbs.

On the other hand, HID lights are packed with pressurized xenon gas.  Xenon bulbs, also accurately called as HID lights, do without a filament but require a ballast to maintain the correct voltage of electricity. Electrical energy is ignited by an arc between two electrodes and is nourished on the filament to produce light. When the temperature at the bulb rises rapidly the arc of electricity hits the metal salts and they vaporize. This excites the atoms of xenon in the light bulb which in turn gives off exceptional color rendering, compact size and improved luminosity inside the lamps.

The energy that excites the xenon in the lamp operates under 20, 000 volts to make the bulbs light. Under normal conditions most headlamps rest of the 12-volt electrical system and require HID conversions during the installation process. Thus making a switch to xenon with a simple HID kit will save automobile owners a lot of resources and money.

HID kits improve contrast and reduce eyestrain when driving because it gives a bigger range of perspective. Consequently the lights present easy detection of road hazards such as road signs, pedestrians, animals and debris or interferences especially during nighttime driving. Unlike the yellowish dinghy lights from halogen lamps, HID headlamps come in different color variations. The Xenon color chart practically depends on the Kelvin temperature. This does not control the brightness of the light but only the color selection. Yellow, white, blue, bluish green and bluish-purple are some typical color tints best paired with a LED lighting strip during automobile accessorizing.