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When referring to HID lights on an automobile you can break them into 2 basic types; Xenon and Bi Xenon lights.  Both produce the same result, just two different ways.  Specifically, with one or two different bulbs.

Normal HID lights have two HID bulbs in each headlight.  One is designated to the normal or running lights and the other is for hi beams.  In most vehicles the HID bulb used for the hi beams is angled up towards the horizon for maximum illumination of the road, whereas the normal or running lights are pointed downward towards the road to control the light more effectively.

Bi Xenon headlights do the same exact thing except they only use one bulb.  This has it’s advantages and its disadvantages.  The advantage of one bulb is obvious, you only need to pay for one bulb.  However, the disadvantage is that in order to get one HID light bulb to shine in two directions, up for hi beams and down for normal, you need to use the money saved from the second bulb for making the headlight move.

In HID Bi Xenon headlights there are two ways to achieve the dual direction capability needed to achieve a running light projection angle and a hi beam projection angle.  One way is to have a motor that changes the angle of the HID bulb inside the headlight.  The bulb is fixed down towards the road for normal running lights and when the hi beam is engaged the motor moves the bulb up towards the horizon.  The other way is to have a serious of reflectors that changed position in order to project the light in the needed direction. 

We hope this quick guide to HID Bi Xenon Lights has been helpful.  If you have any questions please call us or fill out the contact form below.

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What is color temperature?

Color temperature is a characteristic of visible light used to describe the relative “warmness” and “coolness” of the light.  Incandescent lights are considered warm because they have a lower color temperate.  Color temperatures range from a low red on up to yellow, then white, then blue and then purple.  Lights with a high color temperature have a tendency to bu more luminous.  In HID Xenon lights start at 3000K (Kelvin) for fog lamps.  Most HID lights are about 5000K to 6000K which is basically white or a white-bluish color.

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What are Metal Salts?

You might have heard of people mentioning metal salts when talking about HID Xenon lights.  Inside the HID bulb is a xenon gas that is heated up inside by the electrical current that runs trough he bulb.  Sometimes extra particles are added to the inside of the tube that melt when hot and mix with the xenon to form a plasma.  This plasma shines super bright.

So the metal salts are small tiny particles that are inserted into the bulb along with the xenon gas.  A common metal salt is sodium chloride, also known as common table salt.  The sodium is the metal in salt.   Another common metal salt is calcium chloride.

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What is a HID ballast?

An HID ballast is a device that is designed to limit the electrical output of the particular circuit you have.  When you’re dealing with HID xenon lights you have an HID ballast.  The ballast is a normal electrical ballast but it has specifications that are set for use with an HID circuit.  A normal electrical ballast will not work with a HID xenon light bulb.

A HID ballast is special for a few reasons.  It enables better control over the output frequency.  It’s also important because the HID ballast has an inductor which provides a voltage spark when the circuit is completed that helps the arc for in the arc tube.

The arc is formed across an electrical gap between 2 electrodes inside the HID bulb.  When the HID ballast initiates it fires a spike of voltage that pushes the current across the gap then backs off and control the output very efficiently.

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Are your HID kits difficult to install?

Our HID kits are compatible with just about every make and model of vehicle.  Whether or not it’s a super easy install or one that takes a little more time is tough to say.  For example, a Range Rover HID conversion in most years is a snap.  Whereas a conversion on a Honda Civic might take an extra step.

If you’re not sure and want to know ahead of time if your install will be difficult give us a call.  We’d be happy to help you.  If you’re the type the like to work with tools and figure out how to install your kit yourself, we’re building out an installation page with resources, tips, advice and common questions.  To help guide you through the process.  We’ll also be including step by step installation instructions with pictures as well as installation videos.

If you would rather have someone install your kit for you, like a professional, most auto repair shops offer this service.  Give us a call if you’d like a recommendation for a local auto repair shop where you can get your conversion done.  We have contacts that will give you one of the lowest prices in your area.

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Is shipping really free?

Yep.  Shipping is free.  We offer standard rate free shipping on all of our kits.  We have kits for nearly every vehicle make and model.  Our price of $64.95 is rock bottom.  We offer the highest quality OEM grade HID conversion kits at the lowest price possible.  Our kit has a 1 year warranty and should last you for the life of your car as long as you don’t get in an accident and damage the HID bulbs.

On top of the low price, high quality OEM grade parts and a 1 year warranty, we also offer free shipping.  You won’t have to pay a cent more to get your kit to your house or business.

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How much does a HID xenon conversion kit cost?

HID xenon conversion kits can vary in cost and quality.  You can find the knock off kits for as little as 20 dollars I’ve heard.  I’ve also heard these kits don’t even look the same and break all the time.  A good quality HID kit should never break.  The car’s life should end before the HID light bulb’s life is over.

I’ve also seen HID conversion kits for as much as $600!  That’s terribly expensive for the same quality HID kit.  Some companies that sell these kits for hundreds of dollars aren’t providing a kit that is any better quality and some times you can find the same EXACT kit being sold for two very different prices.  So be aware.  You get what you pay for but you can also get tricked.

Our HID kit, the HID Lighthouse Xenon Conversion Kit, is $64.95 and is the highest quality available.  Our kits are the same OEM grade quality that top luxury vehicle manufacturers use, we just offer them at a much lower price.  Most companies that sell a similar quality kit as ours sell it for $80 and up.  Why pay more for the same thing?  Plus we offer free shipping and a full 1 year warranty on all kits.

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The Halogen / Tungsten Cycle

In a regular old light bulb like the ones in a desk lamp you can often find black deposits on the inside.  Almost everyone has replaced one of these types of light bulbs before.  And when you replaced the bulb you might have seen black stuff on the inside and maybe even wondered what it was.

What’s happening here, what’s causing the bulb to become black or darkened, is the tungsten from the filament.  As the filament gets hot and starts to put off light, part of the filament is reacting and emitting some of it’s material.  The material gets turned into a gas and floats around inside the bulb.  As the bulb continues to keep this process up over the course of the life of the bulb, the tungsten gets evenly distributed around the inner wall of the bulb.  This makes it black and also starts to block the light making the bulb more dim.  Over time the filament can become weak from the loss of material and contribute to a failed or broken filament.

Inside a Halogen bulb is a filament as well as a gas and a halogen like fluorine or bromine.  As the filament gets hot it reacts with the halogen and creates a halide compound that floats around.  In order for this to happen the halogen bulb needs to operate at a higher level because this next part will never happen if the bulb isn’t hot enough.

What happens next is where the cycle gets created.  As the filament sheds of material that forms a halide and floats around in the bulb, it starts to get hotter.  After it gets to a certain part the halogen and the tungsten from the filament start to disassociate.  They split up and the tungsten gets redeposited back onto the filament.  Then the whole process starts over.

This prevents the inner wall of the halogen bulb from getting darkened and thus can keep it’s brightness for the life of the bulb.  In order to reach such a high temperature and be able to handle the heat as well as the pressure form the gas inside the bulb, special materials like glass compounds are used in the construction of halogen bulbs.

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Filaments: Standard VS HIR (Halogen Infrared Reflective)

Halogen Infrared Reflective (HIR) technology came along before xenon and after the first halogen based bulbs came out.  All headlight bulbs were still filament based bulbs at the time and the arc tube hadn’t yet been invented.  The improvement did some great things to improve the brightness in the bulb.

Filament based bulbs undergo what’s known as the Halogen Cycle or Tungsten Cycle, where the residue on the inner wall of the bulb is redistributed back on to the filament, keeping the bulb clear.  Without this cycle the bulb would cloud up like a normal bulb and the brightness of the bulb would drop significantly.  While this isn’t that big of a deal for a normal light bulb in your house where you can just replace it easily, a headlight for an automobile needs a much longer bulb life.

With the Halogen Cycle the brightness of the bulb does not drop, but it doesn’t get any brighter either, which is what developers were trying to accomplish with HIR technology.  HIR uses a round bulb instead of a conical one.  Most Halogen bulbs up until this time were shaped in a way to project the light outwardly and thus the bulb was not round.  And it might seem intuitive to want a projector like bulb, but not with HIR.

Halogen Infrared Reflective technology is these three words.  (1) Halogen: the bulb uses a halogen mixed in an inert gas to help the filament burn brighter and help redeposit the tungsten from the bulb wall back onto the filament.  (2) Infrared: the inner wall of the bulb is lined with a special material that allows visible light to pass through and infrared light to be trapped inside.  (3) Reflective: the visible light that escapes the bulb is reflected in the direction (forward) that the headlight is designed for.

So what’s going on here is the round bulb with the special coating on the inside keeps the infrared light in and let’s the visible light escape.  The infrared light bounces back and hits the filament again and again and causes it to get even hotter and burn even brighter without needing to use more energy, less in fact for the same amount of brightness.  Then the light is reflected to where it needs to be aimed.

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HID Xenon Automatic Beam Switching

Some hid xenon bulbs are switchable.  Some are not.  Here’s the difference.

Typically on most non-xenon headlights there’s a set of lights; one for the low beam lights, one for high beam lights, maybe lights for parking, fog, etc.  In this system there is a separate bulb for the low beam lights and another for the high beam lights so you can switch back and forth between the two.  When you pull the lever to change from low to high or visa versa you can actually get both to come on as long as you hold it.  This is great for when the guy in front of you cuts you off on purpose.

That’s a non-automatic switchable beam.  Here’s one that is:

In automatic switching beam lights the light bulb itself changes from pointing straight for high beams to pointing down for low beams.  With xenon lighting the light is so bright and emits so much further than halogen lights that all that is needed is to change the direction of the light.  When the low beams are on the light points somewhat down towards the road in order to control the trajectory of the light bulb.

The HID Lighthouse H4 Kit is an example of an HID xenon automatic switching beam light bulb.

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