Q. How exactly does HID differ from regular halogen car bulbs?
A. In a nutshell, HID does not use the standard filament system of standard bulbs. It works on a new system where a ballast connected inline with the system draws the 35W and drops the current down to increase the voltage to 23,000 Volts. It then creates an arc inside a Xenon gas filled HID bulb or capsule and excites the gas producing a nice colored light with a much higher Lumens rating.
Q. What is all this talk about 6000K, 8000K etc...?
A. This is one of the biggest misconceptions out there today. The "K" rating or Kelvin rating simply indicates the color output of the light on a Kelvin color temperature scale. It actually has NOTHING to do with brightness and EVERYTHING to do with color. A pure white light is around 5000K and a 6000K will give you more of a purplish hue. The 8000K system will give you a bluer type of color. Standard halogen bulbs are around the 3200K level which is more on the yellowish side.
Q. So since the color output differs aren't the bulbs tinted which will reduce the light output?
A. While unfortunately some "cheaper kits" do tend to take the shortcut and tint their bulbs which WILL reduce the light output, the bulbs used in our kits are always clear. What affects the K rating or light color is the amounts of Xenon gas (which burns blue) or Krypton gas (which burns more purple) concentrations used in different bulbs.
Q. Ok, that's all great but won't this produce so much heat that it will melt or damage my vehicle?
A. No! What produces heat is not the amount of light outputed, but rather the amount of Amperage or Current put through the wires. Here is a simple electrical formula. Wattage = Volts x Amps. A standard 55W bulb at 12V will draw 4.58 Amps while an HID bulb at 35W will only draw 2.91 Amps. You heard right! HID burns at less than HALF the heat of the bulbs that your vehicle came with from the factory!
Q. Now I understand, so are these kits universal and will fit any vehicle?
A. Yes an no! While they are not universal per say, we do carry kits that will fit 95% of all vehicles on the road today in the US. Simply make sure that your vehicle uses one of the 8 popular bulb numbers for the headlight. These are H1, H3, H4, H7, 9004, 9005, 9006 and 9007 (sometimes they are referred to by different numbers so if not sure please email us). If it does we have the kit to fit your vehicle. It's that simple. All you have to do is specify to us which bulb number your vehicle uses and we'll send you the right one.