Window Tinting San Antonio - Banner 2
Talk Now LiveHelp Text Now

Q: What is HID?

A: HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. HIDs use a high voltage charge of electricity from the ballast to arc between two electrodes inside a bulb full of different gases (similar to neon and florescent lighting). The gases are excited by this arc of electricity and then discharge an extremely intense light. HIDs give off a much larger amount of light then standard halogen bulbs or even high wattage halogen bulbs. HIDs can have a light output as high as 4 times that of halogen bulbs!

Q: How bright are HID Lights?

A: An HID Light can be as much as 3x – 6x times brighter than a standard halogen bulb.

Q: What is the Kelvin Scale and Color Temperature Scale?

A: The Kelvin or Color Temperature of an HID bulb has to do with the color output of the bulb. The lower the Kelvin or Color Temperature the more yellow/white an HID bulb will be. For example a 3000k bulb will be very yellow in color. Great for fog lights and foul weather use. A Kelvin or Color Temperature of 5000k is white in appearance with no blue color. It is the color of most HID bulbs in high end cars like BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Acura, Infinity, etc. Above 5000k the colors begin to get blue. 6000k HID bulbs have a white/light blue color. As the Kelvin number rises further, 8000k, 10,000k, 15,000k the bulbs have a deeper and deeper blue color that begins to cross into purple. 5000k tends to be the brightest and whitest color for HID bulbs. As you go up the scale, the tradeoff for more color is slightly less light.

Q: How long will my HID bulbs last?

A: HID bulbs last around 5000 hours. To put that into perspective that is 208 days of continual 24 hours a day use. Halogen bulbs last between 150 and 500 hours. In real everyday use, since most people only drive for a few minutes to an hour a few times a week with their lights on, the average user should get about 5 to 8 years of use out of them before they should need replacement. Most people have to change a headlight bulb with about a year to a year and a half.

Q: Are HID Conversion Kits easy to install?

A: Most of the kits are very easy to install. They just plug into your stock harness and you need to mount the Ballasts. The HID bulbs go in just like your halogen bulbs. Bi-Xenon kits require slightly more wiring (a wire needs to be hooked up to the battery and another to ground) in order to accommodate the extra power the kit needs to switch the bulbs into “high beam mode”. Bi-Xenon kits are not necessary but do allow for the use of high beams in the H4 (9003), H13 (9008), 9004, and 9007 applications.

Q: What does an HID Kit include?

A: The kit includes 35W HID bulbs (2 pieces), 12V smart ballasts (2 pieces), plug and play wiring harnesses (2 pieces), other accessories, and 1 full year warranty. Note: Some vehicles require additional pieces added to the kit to work properly.

Thumbs Up Window Tint
Tel: 210-680-2451
Address: 10520 Culebra Rd # 1, San Antonio TX
Mon-Fri 9AM - 6PM & Sat 9AM - 3PM
Thumbs Up Window Tint BBB Business Review