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FAQ | Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about HID

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We have taken a compilation of common questions asked by customers every day. We do not expect you as a consumer to be an expert on automotive lighting. For this reason we intend to address any and all questions you may have. Our goal here at AutoTedia is to educate our customer on the product in order for you to make the best possible purchase based on good quality information. Please browse this section and if you have any questions we did not address please feel free to contact us.


Here on our FAQ page you will find answers to various questions or concerns you may have about HID Conversion Kits. If you do not see the question or answer you are looking for, please feel free to contact us.

1.What is HID?

HID, High Intensity Discharge, (also known as Xenon) refers to lighting technology that relies on an electrical charge to ignite xenon gas in sealed bulbs, similar to the lightning phenomenon in the sky. HID lighting does not have a filament but instead creates light by igniting an electrical discharge between two electrodes in an air tight tiny quartz capsule filled with xenon gas. HID lighting are also called Xenon lighting, referring to the gas inside the HID bulbs.HID, High Intensity Discharge, (also known as Xenon) refers to lighting technology that relies on an electrical charge to ignite xenon gas in sealed bulbs, similar to the lightning phenomenon in the sky. HID lighting does not have a filament but instead creates light by igniting an electrical discharge between two electrodes in an air tight tiny quartz capsule filled with xenon gas. HID lighting are also called Xenon lighting, referring to the gas inside the HID bulbs.

2.I have always heard that HID kits cause all kinds of problems with some cars, Is this true?

Yes, some cars do require special accessories in order to eliminate certain flickering or uneven brightness. Usually, if you have a Dodge, Jeep, or Chrysler vehicle as well as diesel trucks 2002 and up, then you require a Canbus kit. This will ensure no flickering and no engine codes, although we can not guarantee that as a fact. Most other vehicles we reccommend purchasing a relay to ensure that there is an even distribution of power on both sides. This only applies to certain vehicles, but as a rule AutoTedia recommends a relay with every kit. If nothing else, the relay will help extend the life of your ballasts and bulbs.

3.What does Lumens refer to with HID?

AutoTedia only carries the highest quality replacement Xenon HID bulbs. We take extra care in the quality of workmanship and components that go into our products. At the same time, we realize that prices need to be reasonable and affordable to the consumer. Electrically and physically, these bulbs are built to the original specifications of the original bulbs. Lumens is a measurement of light to determine the strength of the light produced. The bulbs determines the color of light produced; the ballast only produces power for the bulb and does not influence the color output.

4.What is the difference between HID headlights and Halogen Headlights?

HID vs. Halogen Technologies

Lighting from an HID kit is up to 10 times more durable than a halogen lighting system since road vibrations can cause damage to a halogen filament, but there is nothing to break inside an HID bulb. Instead of using a filament as it's source of light output, an HID bulb generates a xenon arc that jumps between two diodes to emit its light output. This electrical arc is similar to the lighting in the sky, so in a sense, HID Xenon bulbs are what you might call "lightning in a bottle"! Pretty cool huh?!! These light sources also produce a white to blue-white light in the 4300K to 6000K color range that is safer due to the fact that it is closer to the color of natural daylight.

The color temperature of daylight is close to 4300K, which is why we as human beings that see best during the daylight are able to see more vividly with a 4300K HID kit compared to 2300K from halogen bulbs. The light output from a 35W 4300K HID Xenon lamp is about 300% more visible light than a 55W halogen bulb. The Xenon HID kit will also consume much less power from your vehicles electrical system and generate much less heat during operation.

5.Will HID headlights void my factory warranty?

No, as long as you do not splice any wires on your factory harness then it will not void your factory warranty. That is why all of our kits come with connectors that go directly into your factory harness. That way if you want to remove your HID headlights and put your halogens back in, you could.

6.Why do I want HID headlights instead of halogen?

The light produced by our HID Xenon Headlight Conversion System will give you a more "even" spread and better penetration, as well as much improved contrast and reduced eyestrain. This increased visibility is great for any and all drivers young or old. Reflectors from road traffic signs, cat-eyes and vehicles in front of you, are picked up at much longer distances, giving you those vital "extra" seconds to react.

7.Do I have to get the same heat color I have now?

You'll be pleased to know you can choose any heat color you like. The heat color does not affect the functionality of the bulb in any way. Keep in mind any heat color above 6000k you begin to sacrafice brightness for color.

8.What color temperature is the brightest?

This is one of the most common questions we receive. Color temperature can be interperted differently by each individual based on personal preference. The most common misconception with color temperature is the is the higher the number (Kelvins) the brighter the light. That is "Incorrect". It is actually the exact opposite. The lower the number the more lumens of light. The brightest color temperature giving off the best output and most visibility will always be the 4300K, 5000K and 6000K/ We typically recommend the 6000K crystal white. Although technically the 4300K is a little brighter when it comes the the lumen measurement the 6000K has the cleanest light ouput which illuminates everything and is absolutely stunning when it comes appearance and night driving visbility!

9.How do I know what color I have now?

More than likely if your vehicle came with Factory HID your heat color will be either 4300K or 6000K. In some other cases possibly 8000K. Often most aftermarket HID bulbs will have the heat color on a tag on the bulb wire along with the size. If you look at any HID bulb typically the stem alongside the bulb will indicate the heat color.

This is a general rule but stem/heat colors can vary: 3000K, 4300K, 5000K, 6000K, 8000K, 10000K,, 12000K, Green, Pink, Purple, Blue

10.Why are AutoTedia's HID Conversion Kits better than the rest?

All of our HID conversion kits use AC power ballasts and AC power bulbs, which are more reliable, safer, and brighter than the cheaper DC conversion kits.Our kits are field tested and tried for maximum quality, output and lifespan. All of our HID products are E4 and ISO-9001:2000 Approved. They are manufactured under the strictest of quality control.All of our HID ballasts are weatherproof and shockproof. Shop with confidence knowing all of our kits are backed by a free one year hassle free warranty.

11.Why should I purchase your kit when I can find one a little cheaper somewhere else?

Most kits you find on the internet are cheaper because they are DC kits. This means that they are inferior quality than our AC kits and they are unsafe to use in vehicles due to high heat output and flickering. Our HID kits are only the highest quality and only slightly more expensive than DC kits. Shopping with AutoTedia ensures have piece of mind with every purchase. We come highly recommended due to our superior level of customer service and support!

12.AC HID Conversion Kit And DC HID Conversion Kit

AC HID Conversion Kit And DC HID Conversion Kit

Stable Color, No Flicker
AC Bulb lasts 3 times longer than DC bulb (3000+ Hours)
Shock Resistance Protection
Legal in car use
Good, safe quality
E-Mark approved ballasts
Basic Principle:

Electricity flows in two directions, an AC ballast will reverse the polarity on the

same electrode so the positive ions will attract to the other side which equally

distributes the ions.

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DC HID Conversion Kit:

Bulbs Flicker, change color and run hot
DC Bulbs last less than 1000 hours
No shock resistance protection
Illegal in car use
Poor Quality Ballast
Dangerous and Unsafe, No e-mark
Basic Principle:

Electricity flows in one direction, a DC ballast will make the positive ions run into

the negative ions. This causes the bulbs to get hotter and brighter on one side and

causes flickering.

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