HID Color Scale and its use in Headlights
When it comes to safety on the road and making a vehicle look good and contemporary, many people opt for HID headlights because they provide better visibility than ordinary headlights and are of great aesthetic value. In addition, HID lamps use lower levels of energy and are brighter than traditional halogen headlights. These lamps last 3-4 times longer than halogen lamps under normal driving and usage conditions. HID (High intensity discharge) lights contain a glass chambers of xenon gas, which is ignited by an electricity charge. Various HID colors are emitted from these lamps, and the color temperature range is expressed in Kelvin, a basic unit of thermodynamic temperature. Make sure to check out the HID color chart video below!
HID color scale is wide and typical HID kits emit between 3000k and 20000k. The bigger number of Kelvins does not however mean that the headlights are brighter – it means that the light is more blue or violet. So, the most convenient HID color scale for vehicles is typically in the range between 4300k and 6000k. As a matter of fact, the light output of 4300k is the light closest resembling sunlight, which helps tremendously during night time and bad weather. A headlight color of 10000k, and upwards, is so blue that the light disperses before hitting the ground, so it is not a most effective way of lighting despite its aesthetic appeal.
For this video: All colors ignite at: 04:16
This HID color cart can be divided into warm and cool colors, ranging from 3000k to 12,000k…. here is how they all look
Headlight color of 3000k is yellow, and it is often being used as a fog lamp.
As previously said, 4300k headlight color is the most ideal driving light as it emits white light with a yellow tint.
Headlights of 6000 Kelvin emits almost white light, but with a tint of blue. This headlight color reacts well when it hits the ground, but it does not perform as well as the 4300 Kelvin lamps.
Next in the HID color scale is the light emitting 8000k and is usually the second popular choice when equipping a vehicle. It emits elegant bluish light and looks very well on any car.
HID color of 10000 Kelvin is of deep blue light. Stay away from lights of this color temperature if you do not want to collect tickets, because it is not an adequate headlight color.
And lastly, HID lamps of 12000k give out a violet light. They decrease visibility during night time and bad weather, and they are dangerous for pedestrians. Also, they irritate the eye.
All in all, opting for HID headlights is opting for safer driving at night and during bad weather, better reflection of road markings and signs, and last but not least, a better looking car.
In this hid color comparison video, we have each light individually ignited, and at the end all six hid colors ignite together. Here are the times that you could find each color… (also note, for HID color chart version 1.0 click here: http://www.hidlightreviews.com/hid-color-chart/)