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Benefits of HIDs


Once you’ve made the decision to convert your vehicle from a halogen-using car to an HID-ready one, there really is no going back. That’s because of the plentiful array of functional, style-centered, and other benefits provided exclusively by HID headlights. Ask yourself these four questions, and see whether you’d choose HIDs or halogens for your car:

Which type of headlight is going to help me see better on the road?

Though halogens are commonplace and certainly produce sufficient light output, they just don’t measure up against HIDs. HID stands for High Intensity Discharge for a reason, because the light these components produce is over 3x brighter than the light produced by halogens. Sharper color contrast also means that you’ll be able to discern between objects, both moving and unmoving, with greater precision from a further distance. Once you have those xenon HID head lamps in place, you’ll be able to depend on increased peripheral vision and eyes that are better rested as well, as HIDs project wider and emit light that’s less harsh on the eyes.

Will I be able to take longer breaks between changing out headlight bulbs with HIDs?

Certainly. Xenon HID bulbs can last up to 10x longer than halogen ones, so if you’re used to changing out those headlight bulbs yearly, these new ones may last the life of your car. For those who want a more environmentally friendly headlight setup, HIDs are a better choice as well. That’s because HID headlights can consume nearly a third less overall energy than halogens. You’re also less likely to damage HID bulbs than halogen ones when handling them, as xenon bulbs don’t have an interior filament that’s as highly sensitive. From H1s to 9005s, this enhanced durability holds true.

All that matters to me is safety. Will HID or halogen headlights keep me and my fellow passengers safer?

Headlights aren’t often thought about as safety components, but they are, and for good reason. Dimly lit roads leave many potential obstructions and moving objects/living things hidden, and without exposing them in a timely fashion, you’re setting yourself up for danger. Fortunately, HIDs emit light that much more easily shine off of reflectors found on most major road signs and highway markers, allowing you to read warnings and other postings as soon as they become visible. HID lights also project farther, so potentially dangerous obstacles can be swerved around or avoided all together with greater advanced notice.

I just want my car to look more impressive than my friends’. Will HIDs provide an improved appearance for my car?

Obviously, this question is rather subjective. But if we’re talking about having a greater ability to customize the look of your car’s headlights, so you can get exactly the appearance you want, HIDs can be just the thing you need. You can personally decide what color you want your car’s headlights to be with HIDs. Yellows, whites, blues, and purples in varying tones are all available, and though the color temperature has to change to modify the look of each, you’re not trading light intensity for a different color. In fact, all of these headlights will be equally as bright, no matter what color you select. Many luxury sports cars and other high-end vehicles are also equipped with HIDs, so for an exterior appearance that has elements from top-of-the-line vehicles, HIDs are best suited for the job.