hid Headlights Kits are a relatively new technology that surpass standard incandescent or halogen lighting simply because they emit much more visible light per unit of electricity consumed. While they are more expensive than a typical, standard bulb, the technology means more efficiency and greater light. However, like when any new technology is released, there has been a general boom in the market and manufacturers have been rushing to design and release their own versions. And as with any new technology, there are sub-standard models that are hastily built and released with a quick profit in mind. This article looks at how you can avoid being ripped off by the cowboys and ensure your money is well spent.
First of all, it’s a good idea to check the market for the top brands. Current fluorescent and incandescent manufacturers with a long operating history are the ones to check first. For example Phillips and Oracle are worthy manufacturers with a long history of excellence in the Auto lighting market. Should you have any doubts about even these manufacturers though, it’s worth checking the shelves at your local garage or even taking a look on Amazon at reviews of differing manufacturers. People tend to give honest and down to earth summations of their experiences with products, in order to help other customers make good buying decisions. There’s nothing to say however that you must buy from Amazon after reading a review!
While you shouldn’t have to hold a degree in lighting engineering or advanced mathematics to know what you are buying, it may be worth getting to know the technicalities of the product. Should you be buying a kit for your car for example, it’s worth knowing that certain manufacturers build their lights differently. Thanks to their budget lighting options, one of the more popular manufacturers is Ken sun. Their lights are constructed well and have a conversion example of 55W halogen to 35W-HID. Hikaru manufacture extremely high intensity beams and therefore are a little more expensive.
Yes, there are fakes out there and while you think you might be paying for a bulb that will light up like daylight you may find that certain things are missing. For example, focus. Focus is the property that determines a beam’s direction and a true HID light will shine in the direction it’s intended to – namely, forward. Colored bulbs are rife in the fakes market and will only produce a tiny percentage of the HID light you are expecting (sometimes as much as 1200Kw below HID range!) You can tell they are fake because over time the colour changes, and they get very warm during use – not a characteristic of true HID.
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