HID Facts

HID VS. Halogen

You will save money in the long run

Low Beam Setup Comparison based on 3000 hours of use

Info Basic HID Kit 
Premium HID Kit 
Philips Patent HID Kit 
Genuine Philips HID Kit 
Typical Halogen Bulb 
Cost $89.99 $159.99

$169.99

$249.99 $39.99
Life Expectancy 3000hrs 3200hrs 3200hrs 3500hrs 500hrs

Lumen Rating

3200 3200 3200 3200 900lm
Cost Per Hour $0.03 $0.05 $0.05 $0.07 $0.08
Cost at 3000 hours $89.99 $149.99 $159.36 $214.27 $239.94
Warranty 1 years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 30 Days

 

Not only will you save money on buying replacement bulbs you will also cause less strain on your cars electrical system as well.  HID kits run at 35 watts vs a typical halogen setup which runs at 50-60 watts.


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More HID Facts and Info


  •  Xenon or High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting provides more light and increases visibility of many peripheral objects (i.e., street signs and pedestrians) left in the shadows by standard halogen lighting.
  • HID light sources provide the brightest illumination available and are considered the benchmark against which other forward lighting technologies are measured.
  • HID light sources provide three times the light output of standard halogen light sources and promote better driving visibility by providing enhanced peripheralvision and improved down road illumination. HID lighting produces a crisp white light that stimulates reflective paint in road markers and signs.
  • HID lights do not have a filament to break or degrade, meaning they last up to 10 times longer than standard halogen lights.
  • HID light sources are energy efficient. Bi-Xenon lighting uses up to 65 percent less energy than conventional quad lighting, reducing the CO2 emission of a vehicle by approximately 2.1 g/mile.

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT HID LIGHTING

  • Standard low beams cease to provide enough visibility when driving above 35 to 40 mph. The best case scenario would be for all drivers to use high beams all the time and use technology to keep the light out of oncoming drivers’ eyes.
  • All headlamps produce glare that can reduce the ability for oncoming drivers to see.
  • According to the AAA Foundation’s report, Countermeasures for Reducing the Effects of Headlight Glare (2002), as many as 50 percent of all headlamps on the road, or 110 million vehicles, may be misaimed. Shock, vibration and wear and tear are the greatest contributors to headlamp misalignment.
  • Poorly manufactured, knock-off products can cause glare and imitate the blue hue associated with fully-compliant, street-legal HID products.
  • When headlamps are aimed properly, there is no difference in the amount of light that reaches the eyes of oncoming drivers whether the vehicle has halogen or HID light sources.


Two Great Studies about HID Lighting


Study Shows HID Lamps Could Reduce Deer/Vehicle Collisions


Each year, approximately 1.5 million deer/vehicle collisions occur in the U.S. resulting in $1.1 billion in damage. The following is a brief synopsis of a 2009 study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the effects of headlamp technology on white-tailed deer.The study hypothesized that a vehicle-based lighting system that better complements the peak visual capabilities of deer at night would elicit a greater flight-initiation distance
(FID), or the distance at which deer become aware of a vehicle and run from the roadway. The eight-month study was conducted on the back roads at the 5,436-acre National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Plum Brook Station in Erie County, Ohio. Researchers equipped a Ford F-250 with three different lighting treatments, a tungsten-halogen lamp, an OSRAM D1S Xenarc HID lamp and a lamp that combined both halogen and HID. The lamps were mounted on a rack above the truck cab. Results determined that deer became aware of the HID light source up to 20 meters
sooner than they did with the halogen light source. The authors suggested that deer FID can be increased by combining currently available tungsten and HID light sources, or use of HID light sources alone to enhance deer detection of an approaching vehicle at night. Read the entire study at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1796&context=icwdm_usdanwrc

Study Proves HID Forward Lighting Can Improve Night Time Driver Safety

 

A recent study by the Transportation Lighting Group, Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has shown that HID headlamps provide visual benefits to drivers that may lead to greater nighttime driving safety. The study states that along with adequate forward vision, good peripheral vision, or the ability to spot objects at the edge of or off the edge of the road, is crucial to driving safety. The study compared two headlamp systems, one HID system and one halogen system. Both were high-quality systems from the same make and model of automobile. Both systems had beam patterns corresponding to SAE J1383 standards. A group of 12 test subjects sat in the driver’s seat of a stationary test vehicle. Six targets were placed at a distance of 60 meters from the vehicle at a five degree angular separation, with four to the right and two to the left. The targets started at 2.5 degrees from the line of sight, extending to 17.5 degrees to the right of the driver. Two target contrast levels, 100 percent and 50 percent were used to examine the affect of visual contrast on performance. The targets were presented in a random order at random time intervals. Subjects were asked to release the reaction time button when a target was seen. If the response was longer than one second it was considered a miss. Test results showed that, while all reaction times increased as objects were moved farther to the periphery, the increase in reaction times were much more significant for the halogen-equipped car. In fact, at the lower contrast levels, reaction times with the halogen lamps registered off the charts for the targets at 12.5 to 17.5 degrees when misses were included. Additionally, researchers discovered that the spectral power distribution (SPD), or physical makeup of the HID light beam, makes it easier for the human eye to see objects in low-light conditions. Read the complete study at http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/transportation/pdf/SAE/2002-01-0259.pdf


 

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