Although most car manufacturers try to meet their clientsí most exquisite requirements, most of the times after buying a vehicle there still are some upgrades that need to be made and accessories that need to be installed in order to be completely satisfied.† Some of these improvements might be purely aesthetical and depending on the ownerís personal tastes in customization: spoilers, bumpers or a new body kit might be aerodynamically or mechanically welcomed, but their purpose is mainly in boosting the carís looks. Some other upgrades, however, are really useful for your carís safety and long time efficiency: an engine or a suspension tuning might always come in handy after purchasing a new vehicle. But one of the easiest and most affordable ways to bring your car up-to-date with the latest technological safety improvements is to simply use a better lighting system, so you can benefit of a better vision during night drives or fog conditions, and also be more visible for other drivers.
The popularity of Xenon H.I.D. Conversion kits has grown as these conversion headlights proved their efficiency in time, starting with their introduction on the consumer market in 1991. H.I.D. stands for High Intensity Discharge. The main reason for changing your old bulbs by using a HID Conversion Kit is the high efficiency of the later. A xenon conversion headlight can provide up to 300 percent more light than a usual halogen bulb. Moreover, the life span of a xenon headlight is much bigger than the life expectancy for standards bulbs. In a xenon headlamp, the arc spans only a few millimeters, while additions of other elements like mercury, salts of sodium and scandium improve the lumen output significantly. Also, depending on temperature, there are different colors a xenon bulb can have. The reason is the response given to electrical current by the xenon filled bulbs: the higher the current, the more the color changes. Usual colors are golden yellow, white, blue, purple and the highest color possible, violet.
When replacing your halogen headlight bulbs with xenon bulbs you must check if your car is already HID equipped. If not, you must use ballasts, HID bulbs and the amp fuses needed for startup. Also, igniters are also required, if not built in the ballasts. This additional equipment usually comes with the HID kit you purchase.
Although headlamps come in many different shapes and sizes, HID kits are customized so they meet the specific requirements of the vehicle they are designed for, which makes them easy to install. Most of the HID Kits are user friendly plug and play devices. You just have to remove the carís hood, take out the old standard bulbs and replace them with the new xenon bulbs in your HID kit.
The importance of Xenon based HID Kits is that they offer a better safety standard when having to deal with harsh weather conditions or night driving. You can even install these xenon bulbs in your fog lights so you will benefit of maximum lighting and visibility.