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HID Vs Xenon headlights

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What is the difference between HID lights and Xenon lights? The quotaion of Rs 8000 was for philips HID (Intensity was 6000K).Further pls suggest on following :

1) Cost of HID Vs Cost of xenon

2) Which is better for i10.

3)Which gives better intensity / viewing?

 

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Lalit

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HID - High Intensity Discharge lights are actually Metal Halide Lamps containing Xenon gas. So HID and Xenon lights are one and a same thing.

My Altis has these lights.akj53in2009-07-21 03:17:55

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Remember as per the law while the low beam can be HID the high beam must be incandescent (normal halogen).

That means we need to have twin headlamps right? Is there any other restriction in power of xenons, color, etc..?

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As akj53in said they are one and the same.

Xenon is the name of the gas that helps in giving out the color & brightness of the light. HID (High Intensity Discharge) is the unit (kit) which once switched on, the HID unit functions as a booster and also helps store the energy & discharge in auniform manner.

K- stands for kelvin (the measurement of the temperature)

The color of light changes accordingly to the temperature. So my advice is that if you want bright white light then choose the 4000k-5000k, avoid further powerful xenons as the colors keep changing according to the temperature.

 

For example: If you exceed more than 5000k then it starts to change to light blue and 20000k-25000k changes from green to purple, which is not practical while driving & where visibilty is concerned.

 

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Remember as per the law while the low beam can be HID the high beam must be incandescent (normal halogen).

That means we need to have twin headlamps right? Is there any other restriction in power of xenons' date=' color, etc..?[/quote']

 

If you have the H4 bulb type then you could just put one HID kit. But if your car has high & low beam in any other format other than H4 then you need 2 different sets of bulbs. For eg: the Honda Civic as H1 and H7 combinations, the same as Fiat Palio. These cars need 2 sets of HID kits, one for H1 bulbs set and the other for H7 bulbs set. Alternatively you can put just one HID set for the H7 and just xenon bulbs for the H1. This will save you money.

 

Please avoid xenon of over 5000k as they protrude a problem for the on-coming traffic and are of no use (comparing to the 4k-5k xenons) where visibilty is concerned.

Moreover I think over 5000k xenons should be declared as illegal, where our transportation system is concerned.

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Remember as per the law while the low beam can be HID the high beam must be incandescent (normal halogen).

Alas it is very difficult for 99% of us Indians to remember and follow any law. Every Indian is a law-un-to-himself.

 

As it is our tribe insist on driving with full beams squarely focused on blinding the oncoming traffic, so after market HID lamps will be an additional menace, as they are also required by law to be used only in the dipped form permanently and with a headlight washer. A separate full beam halogen headlight must also be used. I dont think any body fitting the aftermarket lights will bother with all these.

 

Sorry to write this but Government should ban import of HID kits and they should be allowed to be sold only as a factory fitted option in new cars.

 

Giver

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