HID FAQ

H.I.D.

 

What are the advantages of having a Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting system?
There are three main advantages to installing an HID system in your vehicle:


1) An HID bulb produces roughly 3 times more lumens than a halogen bulb.
2) HID bulbs consume 30% less power than halogen bulbs.
3) With no filament to vibrate and fatigue, HID bulbs last roughly 10 times longer than halogen bulbs.


Plus:

Increased Visibility
In most night time driving/bad weather situations, this combination of a whiter color and a greater light output allows for a safer and more illuminated drive.


Distinctiveness
Your vehicle will not only have the latest in automotive lighting technologies, but will also have that unique eye-catching appeal. Currently, only high-end vehicles offer this HID XENON lighting system.

 

How can an HID bulb work without a filament?
Its better to compare an automotive HID lamp with the well known fluorescent tube. Very simplistic, light is produced by sending current through metal vapor.


What does D2R and D2S mean?

D2S: Discharge second generation shielded
D2R: Discharge second generation reflection


What is the difference between D2R and D2S?
D2S bulbs are designed for projector headlamps.
D2R bulbs are designed for reflector headlamps.


What is Kelvin (K) ?
Color Temperature is a measurement in Degrees Kelvin that indicates the hue of a specific type of light source. Many people believe the misconception that colour temperature is a rating of the brightness of the bulb or Hid kit . This belief is completely false. The reality of the matter is that the higher the colour temperature, the less useable light output you will obtain. A perfect example would be a black light. This light has a colour temperature of approx 25,000k and has almost no useable light or lumens output. Higher K kits such as 12,000k, 14000k, etc. have been manufactured for individuals that are more concerned about the actual colour output of their lights as opposed to the actual useable light output.

 

What is Lumen (lm) ?  
The international unit (SI) of luminous flux (quantity of lights). For example, a dinner candle produces about 12 lumens and a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb produces 830 lumens.

Color (K)

Lumen (lm)

4300K

3600lm

6000K

4200lm

8000K

3800lm

10000K

3600lm

12000K

3000lm

Exotic Yellow

3000lm

Exotic Green

3000lm

Exotic Pink

3000lm

Exotic Purple

3000lm

Exotic Blue

3000lm

Exotic Red

3000lm


Why does a Xenon bulb produce blue light?

The light produced by a xenon HID bulb is not in fact BLUE but WHITE falling well within the International specification for white light. The light only appears blue compared to the warmer yellower light produced by inefficient halogen lamps. It clearly appears white when compared to daylight. However with the introduction of certain crystals it is possible to create a stronger blue tint which gives a more distinct look to your headlights. If you want the stronger blue tint then please select the 10000k or Exotic Blue system. They will produce a more blue light respectively.

How do I find out which HID kit to order?

The vehicle owner’s manual may tell you what type of bulb you need however another place is on the bulb itself. The bulb type and wattage should be printed or molded into the base. For a quick check online try the Sylvania Replacement chart.
 


What is the difference between genuine Xenon HID lights and Xenon gas-filled bulbs?
High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights have a glass chamber of gas that replaces the filament of traditional halogen light bulbs. The gas is ignited with an approximately 23,000 volt charge and stays illuminated by a constant 12v source that is provided by a ballast which is connected directly to your battery. Xenon-filled halogen bulbs do not use the same technology and are tinted blue to give off a white light. They still have a filament and produce less light output then standard halogen bulbs of the same wattage.
 
Could I not just purchase a stronger watt halogen bulb to get a brighter light?

Factory halogen bulbs operate at 55 watts. Using a higher wattage bulb will produce more light but the output will still be dim compared to a true HID system. If you choose to use higher wattage bulbs, you increase the current draw on your entire electrical system and run the risk of melting your factory wiring or harming the rest of your electrical system.
 
A true HID system runs at 35 watts while traditional halogen bulbs are 55 watts. Even though XENON HID lamps draw less current, they produce 3 times the light output as the higher wattage halogen bulbs.


What does the HID conversion kit include?

The ONEX HID conversion kits are made from quality HID components that are designed to meet stringent quality standards. Each kit comes with all of the necessary components and hardware to install this system into your vehicle.
 
1 or 2 ONEX HID bulbs

1 or 2 ONEX Digital  Ballasts

1 Easy to follow installation and wiring diagram.

4 mounting screws

4 zip ties

 

These units are plug+play and very rarely will require any cutting of any wires during installation.

 

Could I install the kit myself?

For anyone who is somewhat mechanically inclined, this installation is considered "do-it-yourself". Our kits are ready to install right-out-of-the-box and come with everything that you will need.


What should I do if I touch the bulb?

Never touch the bulb glass with grease, oil, or your skin as oil from your hands can shorten the life of the bulb. If you do touch the bulb, remove these oils with alcohol and a very soft cotton cloth. HID bulbs that are exposed to oils and grease will shatter and are not covered under the lifetime warranty.


Can I switch back to my original halogen bulbs after the HID conversion kit has been installed?

If need be, the entire kit can be removed and the original halogen bulbs replaced within 20 minutes. The HID conversion kit can then be re-installed into another vehicle that uses the same bulb size.

 

How long will these bulbs last?
XENON HID lamps are designed to last for the life of your vehicle. They will run for approx 3000 hours. Our lamp kits and bulbs are made of the finest materials available.

 

Why was Xenon developed?
The automobile over the last decade has been made safer and more comfortable with the introduction of such technologies as ABS, Airbags and Air-conditioning. However 60% of all accidents take place in the dark. Therefore vehicle lighting plays a very big role in road safety. It is a fact that a 60 year old requires 10-11 times the amount of light to perform the same functions as a 20 years old. With the increase in the average age of the population more light is required to drive safely.

 

I have Angel eyes on my car, can HID XENON kit still be installed?
Simple answer is yes, . ONEX HID XENON kits can be installed on cars with angel eyes, however we recommend the installation is done by a professional fitter.
 
Will DRL (daytime running lights) or Auto Switch On affect the HID kit?
For vehicles with DRL that use the same bulb for both DRL and low beam you will need to deactivate your DRL. DRL operate on reduced wattage or fluctuating current levels. This will cause the HID system to flicker and burn out prematurely. Please ensure that your OEM headlight harness is providing a constant 12 volts to ensure that no damage will be caused to the HID system.
The Auto Switch On will not affect the HID conversion kit or bulbs. The lights will simply turn on just like your factory halogen bulbs turned on before.

 

 
Will I lose the ability to use the High beams?

For vehicles using a single H4, H13, 9004, and 9007 bulb for both low and high beam , you will lose your high beam functionality. You may keep high beam functionality by purchasing one of our low beam HID and high beam Halogen kits.


Are these XENON HID light systems street legal?

No. All XENON HID conversion kits, no matter the source, are not DOT approved. Moreover, in the U.S, this is not street legal for use on public roads. As a result, we officially endorse the kit for exhibition and off-road use and will only sell the kit to be used for these purposes. We are not responsible for buyers who violate the terms of sale. They will assume all responsibilities for any unauthorized or unintended use other than exhibition or off-road use.

 

What is the difference between D2S and D1S?

D1S is a further developed D2S, to increase safety and eliminate the need to mount ballast inside or onto headlamp. The base of a D1S bulb has igniter built in, eliminating the need to transfer 23kV through a cable. The Less components that can be harmed by mechanical impact, the safer it is. D1S is basically a D2S, where base is "cut halfway off" and a black box is mounted to the base. Which means D1S does not have any higher output. D1S system is backwards compatible. A D2S bulb can be mounted into a D1S socket of a OEM HID headlamp. When mounting a D1S into a D2S socket, you will see that bulbs seats great because mating base are identical. Its the securing part that can be questionable. Deep securing rings will not go under the igniter box. An OEM HID headlamp designed for D1S typically use a spring clip to secure HID bulb. The spring rate is much higher than in traditional halogen system, mainly because of higher weight and need for more safety. The connector on D1S is different as well. Voltage from ballast is only around 85V, so extreme high voltage plugs are not needed.
D1R differ the same way from D1S as D2R differs from D2S.

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