Driving at night with normal dull, yellow halogen lights is becoming more and more dangerous to the driver and other road users. HID kits can really help in poor visibility conditions and are a common addition to any road, rally or race car. They are becoming increasing necessary with the congestion and poor driving abilities on the road today.
To explain exactly how HID lights work is fairly simple. When 23,000 Volts passes across an HID gas electrode, an arc of Xenon gas which is ionized and heats up metallic salts. These then vaporize and the HID capsule will be at its full output potential. The whole procedure only takes around 4 seconds. Once it is up to speed, the igniter will shut off and the HID capsule allowed to perform its duties as normal.
There is an HID inverter which keeps the correct voltage stable and only drawing around 35-55 Watts of power at a time. The only difference is, it produces 3 or 4 times more light output than regular filament bulbs.
The end result is the light which is produced is of a shorter wave length than the halogen’s yellow light. This allows the motorist to see more as the view is sharper, deeper and more intense in dark or low light conditions.
So, as you can see, when you want to drive in poor conditions, installing an HID kit in your car or truck is a far better, more efficient and safer way to travel. For rally cars driving through forests at night, they can light it up for the ultimate visibility. The way the arc of the electrical energy is used, compared to a standard filament bulb is a more long lasting affair. Changing bulbs could be a thing of the past when using the 2,500 hours of use xenon bulbs.
Finally, most hid conversion kits sold on the internet are not street legal and are for off-road use only. Make sure you understand what you are buying. Consult NHTSA website for more information.