HID Headlights: Factors to Consider Prior to Installation
Headlights that are too dim can be a real hassle to deal with, particularly during late night driving when your car’s headlights are often the only light sources you can reliably depend on. Halogen headlights, standard components in many makes and models of vehicles, do wear out over time, and they’re usually just basic, functional components on a car that do no more, no less than what’s expected of headlights. HID headlight upgrades, on the other hand, can emit significantly brighter light and last substantially longer than halogens, along with providing numerous other benefits. HIDs may not be for every driver, however, so below we’ll break down several factors to consider when making a decision over whether or not to install HIDs in your vehicle.
When it comes to HID installation, there are many things to consider. If you’re not highly experienced with performing complicated automotive upgrades and repairs, HID installation may not be a project you want to undertake right away. If you can afford a professional shop, then by all means you should upgrade, and if not, you can still complete the installation if you’re thorough with following through on guidelines and directions. Car enthusiasts, though, will find HID installation to be a breeze, so this category’s really a toss-up in the end.
HIDs are not just functional components, as mentioned earlier, they can also be stylish add-ons that complement the look of a vehicle. You can customise the color of your car’s new HID lights, simply by selecting a color temperature that best suits your taste. Colour options range from more commonplace yellows and whites to more piercing blues and purples, though the difference in colour temperature does not equate to a difference in light intensity. Unless you’re attempting to keep your vehicle looking remarkably similar to its original manufacturer’s design, HIDs offer a much more diverse palette for you to play with.
For some car owners, what really matters is how HIDs perform for them. While halogens are certainly suitable for most, they simply don’t offer the power or longevity of HIDs. HID headlights can survive up to 10x longer than halogens, and can shine nearly 3x as brightly. Increased peripheral vision during night-time driving and light production that also appears more natural to human eyes are other major positives to consider. The only hassle really is the installation process for novices, as those who don’t know how to perform it properly might end up costing themselves more money and time than they’d like to spend. So long as you’re fairly competent at performing automotive upgrades, the results can definitely outweigh the expenditure.
Many drivers complain that HIDs blind them when facing oncoming traffic where HIDs are in use. London taxi drivers, for instance, are working to fight against HID utilisation for that very purpose. But HID lights don’t have to be blinding if they’re installed properly and aimed correctly. Many users make the mistake of not aiming the headlight beams lower than they would with standard halogens, and don’t take other appropriate precautions. When properly aimed and directed, HIDs should avoid blinding other drivers, so if you’re not sure how to do it yourself, simply ask for a professional to take care of the installation for you.
This article was written for MyMatiz.com by HIDKit.com. August 2011.