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Fitting aftermarket HID (xenon) headlights to any brand of car

HID headlights are one of the best modifications you can make to a car. When they first came out, they were very expensive, but now the costs are extremely reasonable ($60-80 including shipping from a variety of sources online, somewhat higher if your car has one bulb that gives both low and high beams). The light output is about 3 1/2 times the intensity of halogen headlights, the bulbs have a lifespan to rival the car itself, and yet they draw less power than a standard halogen bulb (35w vs the 55w of a typical halogen bulb).

First off, how does it work? The system includes a pair of bulbs and a pair of power ballasts to drive them. Unlike a halogen bulb, which is a glass globe with a physical filament in it (which heats up to glowing when current passes through), an HID bulb has no filament. It functions much the same as an arc welder. At either end of a glass tube with a globe in the center, is an electrode. The center globe is filled with a combination of elements, among which is xenon gas. The power ballast is basically a transformer, which takes the 12 volt input from your car and boosts it tremendously. Xenon gas lights need an initial surge of over 22,000 volts to ignite, and a steady 75-85 volts to stay lit. The transformer in the power ballast steps up your 12 volt car voltage to these levels to drive the lights. However, the current is very, very low, and the result is a power draw of only 35 watts, a lot lower than the power draw of halogen lights. When the ballast fires that initial starting voltage, the electricity arcs between the electrodes in the bulb, through the xenon globe, molecularly exciting the xenon gas and causing it to emit light.

Some cars require an additional relay harness that connects directly to the battery to turn the lights on, but most do not. Your vendor should be able to tell you if your car will need this additional harness.

There are a few things to know before you order. First, you need to know what type of bulb your car has. Remove a headlight bulb and look for the number stamped on the base of the bulb. Many Japanese and GM cars use 9006-style bulbs for low beams. German cars like Audi and VW often use an H7 bulb. You'll need to know this for your car, so you can order your HID bulbs properly.

Next, you'll need the color temperature. The temperature, or "warmth", of the light is described in degrees Kelvin. Any manufacturer that offers HID lights as standard or optional equipment, puts out kits with a color temperature of 4300K (4300 degrees Kelvin). Again, this is a measurement of color, NOT of physical temperature. They offer 4300K bulbs because natural sunlight/daylight is very close to that color, and from behind the wheel, the combination of light color and light intensity rivals that of daylight. It's also a color that is easy on the eyes, and long night drives are more relaxing than with the yellowed halogen light - I've found that I feel less fatigued with HID lights than with halogens.

With color temperature, the higher the number, the more blue the light gets. The lower the number, the more it trends to yellow (a 3000K HID kit in your foglights would be a blazing yellow/amber color, great for cutting through rain, driving snow, or fog). 4300K light is very crystalline white on the road. Moving upward through 5000K and 6000K kits, you'll get a richer white with tinges of blue. I have had 4300K and 5000K in past cars, and currently have 6000K HIDs in my Audi. I like the 6000K best, but that's personal preference, although it does seem to have the fullest light.

Going beyond 6000K, you start getting into a seriously blue spectrum, and this is not recommended - sure it looks cool, but blue is one of the worst colors for visual definition, and does not penetrate distance nearly as well as the whiter colors of the spectrum. Going to 10,000K and above makes the light almost purple - again, cool for looks, but lousy for driving.

That's about all there is to know, other than the fact that HIDs will give your car a great look, and will blow you away with the visibility improvement. I've been modifying cars for a long time, and consistently, HIDs have been one of the best functional and aesthetic improvements I've made to any of them. And if your eyesight is somewhat compromised, or you drive a lot of unlit back roads, they're going to seem like an answer from heaven for your driving:)

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lights will not turn on


HEADLIGHTS NOT WORKING


It can be faulty headlight switch or issue with its wiring. Or its faulty head light fuse.


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To troubleshoot the issue i suggest you few help links with appropriate solution. So you can follow the test and confirm what exact problem is there in your case of headlights not working:-----

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All headlights not working?

http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2012/01/all-headlights-not-working.html

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Working of Headlight switch?
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Both headlight bulbs blow together?

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Car headlight bulbs don't last long?

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2007 Dodge Caliber: Low Beam Headlight Not working

http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/06/2007-dodge-caliber-low-beam-headlight.html

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2003 Toyota Camry: Headlights Work Intermittently?

http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/04/2003-toyota-camry-headlights-work.html

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Chevy Tahoe: Low Beam Lamps are not working?

http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/04/chevy-tahoe-low-beam-lamps-are-not.html

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe: Headlights not coming ON?

http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/04/2001-chevrolet-tahoe-headlights-not.html

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2004 Dodge Ram: High Beam Light is DIM?

http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/04/2004-dodge-ram-high-beam-light-is-dim.html

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2001 Chevrolet Tahoe: Both Low Beam Lamps Not Working?

http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/04/2001-chevrolet-tahoe-both-low-beam.html

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Low beam headlights Modification?

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.in/2012/04/low-beam-headlights-modification.html

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How to Replace a Headlight

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-replace-headlight.html

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How to Replace a Headlight Bulb


http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-replace-headlight-bulb.html

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How to Replace a Headlight Switch

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-replace-headlight-switch.html

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How to Replace a Headlight Assembly

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-replace-headlight-assembly.html


How to Replace a Park Light Assembly

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-replace-park-light-assembly.html

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Low beam headlights Modification?

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.in/2012/04/low-beam-headlights-modification.html

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Headlight Assembly Removal On Honda Accord

http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/06/headlight-assembly-removal-on-honda.html

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Honda Headlight Assembly Removal
http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.in/2012/06/honda-headlight-assembly-removal.html

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How to Replace a Headlight Door

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-replace-headlight-door.html

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How to replace HID headlight bulbs for lexus 400h?

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-replace-hid-headlight-bulbs-for.html

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Nov 28, 2012 | 1986 GMC K1500

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low beams dont work on 2000 volvo


It can be faulty low beam lamp or its connection issue for low beam lamps.

There are few solved helps links with proper solution to troubleshoot these issues.I suggest you to refer the links below.Click the link:----
Passenger side low beam out?

http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2012/01/passenger-side-low-beam-out.html

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Low beam HID light goes out? http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2012/01/low-beam-hid-light-goes-out.html
----------2007 Dodge Caliber: Low Beam Headlight Not working http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/06/2007-dodge-caliber-low-beam-headlight.html
-------------Chevy Tahoe: Low Beam Lamps are not working? http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/04/chevy-tahoe-low-beam-lamps-are-not.html
----------2001 Chevrolet Tahoe: Both Low Beam Lamps Not Working? http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/04/2001-chevrolet-tahoe-both-low-beam.html
--------------2002 Toyota Tacoma: Low Beams not working? http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/04/2002-toyota-tacoma-low-beams-not.html
-----------Low beam headlights Modification? http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.in/2012/04/low-beam-headlights-modification.html
-----------DRL and Low beams not working? http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.in/2012/04/drl-and-low-beams-not-working.html
-----------These will help.Thanks.

Nov 25, 2012 | 2003 Volvo S80

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REPLACE HEADLIGHT 2008 SPRINTER


On some cases there are few hidden clips holding the assembly from under hood,that has to be released to remove headlight .

There are few troubleshooting help links showing how to replace car headlights,i suggest you to refer the links to solve these issue.

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Click the link below:------
How to Replace a Headlight http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-replace-headlight.html

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How to Replace a Headlight Bulb


http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-replace-headlight-bulb.html

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How to Replace a Headlight Switch http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-replace-headlight-switch.html

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How to Replace a Headlight Assembly

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-replace-headlight-assembly.html


How to Replace a Park Light Assembly http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-replace-park-light-assembly.html

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Low beam headlights Modification? http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.in/2012/04/low-beam-headlights-modification.html

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Headlight Assembly Removal On Honda Accord http://technoanswers.blogspot.in/2012/06/headlight-assembly-removal-on-honda.html --------------- Honda Headlight Assembly Removal
http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.in/2012/06/honda-headlight-assembly-removal.html-----------
How to Replace a Headlight Door http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-replace-headlight-door.html

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All headlights not working? http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2012/01/all-headlights-not-working.html

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How to replace HID headlight bulbs for lexus 400h? http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-replace-hid-headlight-bulbs-for.html

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Working of Headlight switch?
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Both headlight bulbs blow together?
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Car headlight bulbs don't last long?



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These will help.
Thanks.

Nov 23, 2012 | 2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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need to replace headlight bulb BUT being told whole assembly needs replacing at silly cost for a headlight ($1500)


WTF !!!!
Who told you this exactly?
All you need to do is replace the bulb at a cost of a few dollars......Job done!......
Do it yourself, it's quite easy.
If you have the HID bulbs, then they will be more expensive than ordinary filament bulbs but certainly nowhere near $1500.
I'm from the UK so I don't know the prices in the USA.

Jan 13, 2010 | 2001 Cadillac Sts

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HID headlights for esteem


There are retrofit kits for your car, but they're expensive. If you're needing better headlights I would look for a aftermarket high wattage halogen bulb. If you just want the cool look then Sylvania Silverstar bulbs are the closest low cost alternative. They're not the same as HID but they're close at a fraction of the cost. As far as HID in India, your best bet is looking on the Internet. Most HID kits that would fit your car are 200 to 400 dollars US. Good luck and don't forget to vote

Jan 26, 2009 | 2001 Suzuki Esteem

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