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Old 11-10-2005, 10:38 PM   #1
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HID Lighting Information & FAQ

H.I.D "Xenon" Conversion Kits can generally be installed into the car that uses conventional halogen bulb headlight and has several advantages over halogen bulbs such as more light output and a 35W HID light source produced up to 3 x the lumens at the light source when compared to a 55W halogen bulbs.

Blue-White light. The color temperature of HID lighting more closely approximates the color temperature of natural daylight than does a halogen bulbs, which appears yellowish.

Greater visibility. The combination of more light output and whiter color make for better visibility in most night time driving conditions.

Longer Life. HID lamps will last, on the average over 2 times as long as halogen bulb.

Easy Conversion. HID Conversion Kit is simple and easy to substitute for standard halogen bulbs.

HID / Xenon Technology:
XENON HID lamps do not have a filament. Instead the light is created by an electrical discharge between two electrodes in an air tight tiny quartz capsule filled with xenon gas, mercury and metal halide salts. This improves durability as road vibrations can cause damage to coil lighting technologies. These light sources also produce a blue-white light that is safer because it is closer to natural daylight. The color temperature is approximately 4200 K compared to 3200 K for halogen. The increased light output from a 35 watt XENON HID lamp is approximately 80% more light then a 55 watt halogen bulb. The XENON HID system will also draw less power from your vehicles electrical system.

Color Temperature is a measurement in Degrees Kelvin that indicates the hue of a specific type of light source. Many people believe the misconception that colour temperature is a rating of the brightness of the bulb or HID kit. This belief is completely false. The reality of the matter is that the higher the colour temperature, the less useable light output you will obtain. A perfect example would be a black light. This light has a colour temperature of approx 12,000k and has almost no useable light or lumens output. Higher K kits such as 7000k, 7500k, etc. have been manufactured for individuals that are more concerned about the actual colour output of their lights as opposed to the actual useable light output they produce.
Chromaticity and Colour Temperature


XYZ trisimulus values and the associated Yxy color space form the foundation of the present system for numerical color notation. The concept for the XYZ tristimulus values is based on the premise that all colors are seen as mixtures of these three primary colours. By defining the colour matching functions of a standard observer, the Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage (CIE), an international organization concerned with light and colour, provided the basis for colorimetry in 1931. The Tristimulus values XYZ are useful for specifying a colour, but the results are not easily visualized. The two-dimensional color (x,y) diagram is taken from the Yxy color space, in which Y is the lightness (and is identical to the tristimulus value Y) and x and y are the chromaticity coordinates calculated from the tristimulus values XYZ. The CIE x,y chromaticity diagram for this color space is shown. In this diagram, achromatic colors are toward the center of the diagram, and the chroma or saturation increases toward the edges.
Colour Temperature (Tcp)

A black body (perfect radiant body) is an ideal object that absorbs all energy, changes its color from red through yellow to white as its temperature increases. The absolute temperature T (K) of the black body is referred to as the color temperature and colour by a locus (black body locus).

The above diagram is sometimes used to indicate the color of a light source. Correlated color temperature is used to apply the general idea of color temperature to those colors that are close to, but not exactly on the blackbody locus. For instance, a light source which has a color difference of 0.01 in the green direction (Duv) from a black body which has a color temperature of 7,000K is indicated as having a correlated colour temperature of 7,000K + 0.01 (uv unit).
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Re: HID Lighting Information & FAQ

Very nice write up. A big misconception is that HIDs will melt your wiring and headlamps. The truth is, since the HIDs use less wattage than your stock halogen bulbs, they burn cooler and produce less heat. They are infinitely better than the stock halogen bulbs. All of my customers are amazed with the light output.
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