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Car Xenon HID light product information

The popular Xenon HID headlamps for automobiles and trucks are a new distributed lighting technology that offers brighter and whiter forward facing vehicle lighting. HID technology refers to high-intensity discharge lamps, which provide a bright low energy light beam by means of an electrical discharge created by electrodes enclosed in a tube filled primarily with Xenon gas.

Mercury and metal halide salts are also mixed in with the larger amount of Xenon gas in each HID tube. The HID headlamps are commonly referred to as Xenon headlights because of the large amount of Xenon gas contained in the headlamps. Many automobile owners convert their current halogen headlamps to Xenon headlamps to obtain a brighter light which is similar to actual sunlight.

Xenon headlamps are considered safer because of the increased visibility from the brighter light beams. The brighter illumination provides better visibility of the overall roadway and street signs. Xenon headlamps can produce a significant higher intensity of light than a halogen headlamp. Xenon based headlamps also last much longer than a typical halogen light, sometimes lasting up to four years, and uses less energy.

Xenon headlamps produce a brighter light than a standard halogen headlamp, which can also cause a dangerous glare while driving, this may be a danger to other drivers. Drivers need to take care when using Xenon high beams at nighttime to ensure there are no other drivers on the roadway.

Xenon HID headlamps are a type of metal halide lamp that burns and discharges the gas to produce a beam of light. The HID technology produces a powerful arc of electricity between the two tungsten electrodes that activate the gas and salts, creating an instant bright source of light. The Xenon HID technology is similar to the now common street lamps that contain argon vapors. However, vapor street lamps don't produce an instantaneous source of light, which is created by the Xenon powered headlamps upon ignition.

The Xenon HID headlamps require a ballast equipped with an ignition device to control and regulate the electrical current, created between the two electrodes in the headlamp. A ballast is required in the operation of a Xenon headlamp because of the high intensity of the electrical discharge. The ballasts used on Xenon headlamps come equipped with either a built in or external ignition.

Xenon headlamps are available in several different light beam colors which are based on the degree of color temperature in each headlamp fixture. Color temperature is a measurement of degrees in Kelvin measurements, which will produce different color light beams. The higher the Kelvin degree, the more pronounced the color would be. The color temperature does not measure the light energy produced. Light energy is measured in lumens.

Lower color temperatures typically produce the most energy and provide a higher lumen measurement, with the brightest light. A pure white light will produce the brightest light intensity. Many automobile owners purchase Xenon headlamps because of their popular hues of white, yellow, blue and purple. However, the higher color temperatures are illegal to use on roadway vehicles in most countries.

Most automobile owners purchase either the white headlamp at 5,000 Kelvin, or the crystal white at 6,000 Kelvin. Even the white Xenon headlamps emit a distinct blue hue, which is actually quite similar to the hues found in natural sunlight. Xenon headlamps in purple and blues at 12,000 or 14,000 Kelvin can be used for off road vehicles, but not normal roadway driving. Xenon headlamps also are available in golden yellow at 3,000 Kelvin, and bright white at 4,300 Kelvin.

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