What is HID ?
HID, High Intensity Discharge, (also known as Xenon) refers to lighting technology that relies on an electrical charge to ignite xenon gas in sealed bulbs, similar to the lightning phenomenon in the sky. HID lighting does not have a filament but instead creates light by igniting an electrical discharge between two electrodes in an air tight tiny quartz capsule filled with xenon gas. HID lighting are also called Xenon lighting, referring to the gas inside the bulb.
What is the difference between Xenon HID lights and Xenon gas-filled bulbs?
Xenon H.I.D. (High Intensity Discharge) lighting is a superior lighting technology. Instead of having a filament inside the bulb, it is replaced with xenon gas. When the xenon gas ignites, it produces a vivid and bright light that is 3X more powerful than that of a halogen bulb.
This technology also allows for the bulb to ignite at a higher color temperature: which gives it the white / blue coloration.
What is color temperature (K)?
This is one of the biggest misconceptions regarding lighting. The Kelvin (K) rating simply measures the color output of the light on the Kelvin color temperature scale. It does not measure the amount of light output of the bulbs: intensity of the bulb is measured by luminosity.
The lower the color temperature, the more red/yellow the coloration. The higher the color temperature, the more white/blue the coloration. We recommend 6000K - 8000K Xenon HID Bulbs, as it gives you a white-colored light with a very exotic tint of blue.
How long will xenon HID bulbs last?
HID XENON lamps available at P8 are designed to run for over 2500 hours: which is usually good for life of your vehicle. Our lamp kits and bulbs are made of the finest materials available and are used on many OEM applications.
Why can I not just replace my headlight with a higher wattage bulb to get more output?
Our 35 Watt XENON HID lamp produces 3 to 5 TIMES more output than a standard 55 Watt halogen bulb. Replacing a 55W halogen bulb with a higher wattage bulb will only increase the output marginally. Additionally, using a higher wattage bulb will increase the strain on the vehicle's electrical system.
Can I just replace the halogen bulbs with XENON HID bulbs without having to buy an HID Conversion Kit?
Halogen bulbs work with the standard 12-Volt electricity that our cars and motorcycles provide. Xenon HID bulbs require a much higher voltage to ignite (over 20,000 volts) and 85 Volts to keep running. For this reason, ballast (power transformer) is required to transform and regulate the voltage so the Xenon HID bulb will ignite and operate. Without the ballast, the Xenon HID bulb will not operate). Our Xenon HID Conversion Kit is not just a set of expensive light bulbs.
What does the Xenon HID conversion kit include?
All the components required for a standard installation is included with our conversion kits. This includes: two ballasts with built-in igniter, two xenon HID bulbs, two ballast holders, zip ties and screws for installation, two 20A fuses and installation instructions.