Many people know how it feels to head out on the road and even when they put their headlights on they can barely see ahead of them. This is why many cars are starting to be sold with HID headlights and people are starting to replace their original headlights with these.
What are HID headlights?
- HID stands for high-intensity discharge.
- HID bulbs produce light with an electric arc between two electrodes, housed in a tube filled with an inert gas, like xenon, and metal salts. Most modern HID headlights for cars are HID xenon headlights. The resulting light is much, much brighter than most light bulbs out there today.
- The light produced from HID lights is alike to the light produced by the sun.
- HID lights yields more light yet using less energy as compared to a fluorescent bulb.
HID Headlights vs Halogen Headlights
Halogen headlights are basically no different than your old incandescent bulbs around your house, except halogen headlights use a halogen chemical reaction to keep the tungsten from depositing on the glass and maintain high brightness over the life of the bulb. Comparing HID bulbs to halogen bulbs, HID bulbs have a much higher output, often producing more than twice the lumens per watt than halogens. In addition to this, halogen bulbs have come under scrutiny in recent years because of how hot they often operate. Because halogen headlights are essentially no different than incandescent bulbs, they have a lower lifetime than headlights using HID.
HID Headlights for Enthusiasts
This type of headlights has recently become a new outlet for enthusiasts to modify or customize their vehicles. Nowadays, you can get these headlights with different headlight color filters, and you can find countless HID headlights kits all over the Internet for sale. But as with some other major car modifications, be sure to check your local laws and regulations about this.
Other Uses For HID Bulbs
Because of the very high output and relative safety of HID bulbs, they’ve made their way into other uses as well. In large areas where high light intensity is required, HID bulb fixtures are commonly used. Many large factories, schools, parking lots, and stadiums use HID lighting. They can also be used at home for area lighting in one’s driveway or yard, which is why HID bulbs have found a niche in home security lighting. Indoor gardening almost always requires HID lamps, as they provide the high intensity light at the right light spectra for plant growth. Because of their intensity, you can also find HID lamps used in underwater diving and on some aircraft. So what are you waiting for? Head on to your nearest store and purchase this type of bulbs as they can really serve you well with whatever purpose you need them for.