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What to Look for When Buying an HID Kit?

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Are you in the market for your first HID kit? Do you know what to look for and what to expect? Are you buying from a store online or from some shady seller off Craigslist? Don't worry, we are here to help you through this process and tell you exactly what to look for when you are buying your first HID kit. It is as easy as three simple steps in choosing your kit.

Step 1. What is your bulb size?

This is probably the most important step out of the three. If you don't know your bulb size then I suggest you go to this link HERE and find your make and model. Knowing this information will save yourself a lot of time during the ordering and installation process. If for any reason you cannot find your bulb size on our site then check HERE to use the Sylvania bulb guide.

Bi-Xenon Bulbs:

On new cars, most HID headlights are only offered as a low-beam headlight with a halogen bulb for the high beam. Bi-Xenon headlights offer xenon light output for the low and high beams, and are housed in the same headlight projector. A Bi-Xenon kit converts both low beam and high beam to HID with one single bulb that shifts upward when is switched to high beam. This upward shift in the Bi-Xenon bulb creates a further light projection to increase visibility.

Hi/Lo Bulbs:

Also known as type 2 bulbs, Hi/Lo bulbs come with one primary bulb (xenon) and one secondary bulb (halogen). The xenon bulb is used for normal driving conditions and the halogen bulb is used as a high beam. A Hi/Lo kit converts the low beam to HID while high beam stays as halogen. For most vehicles the Hi/Lo HID kits are highly recommended since most car owners use only the low beams for everyday driving.

Step 2: What ballasts should I choose?

This step can be intimating for most but we make it easy with the following information so you know exactly how you want your kit to perform. There are several ballast options that we offer so take your time and read this over.

Ballast Differences:

Signature Series (35w): Standard size ballast with 35 wattage going to the HID bulb. Shop Here

Power Series (55w): Provides 20% more wattage to the HID bulb which provide 30-40% more brightness comparing with the 35w HID kit. Shop Here

Stealth Series (35w): Slim ballast which is about half the size of a regular ballast and it is also 35w, frequently used for installation on vehicle that is more compact in the engine area for easier installation. Shop Here

Volt Series (35w): Our top of line HID ballast with the most advance built in component that will eliminate any issue a vehicle’s computer system have with aftermarket HID. This ballast has the built in cancellers and will also help with flickering issues that some vehicles may experience. And the Canbus ballast also produces the light output (lumens) almost equivalent to 55w while only using 35w and the quality of the ballast is equivalent to OEM ballast. A very high quality HID Kit recommend for all year, make, and model vehicle. We recommend this ballast for all new 2013/2014 vehicles. Shop Here

PRO Series (55w): The PRO Canbus ballast is everything the Volt canbus has PLUS it’s a 55w Ballast (like out 55w Power Series) Our top of line HID ballast with the most advance built in component that will eliminate any issue a vehicle’s computer system have with aftermarket HID. This ballast has the built in cancellers and will also help with flickering issues that some vehicles may experience. And the Canbus ballast also produces the light output (lumens) of 4200 and the quality of the ballast is equivalent to OEM ballast. A very high quality HID Kit recommend for all year, make, and model vehicle. We recommend this ballast for all new 2013 and up vehicles. Shop Here

Step 3: Do you need a relay harness and capacitors?

What is a relay harness and capacitors?

A relay wiring harness allows the HID kit to draw power directly from the battery rather than the automobiles existing power connection.

Often times aftermarket HID kits can have a conflict with the existing wiring in vehicle years 2007 and newer; however, it can also effect older models too. The symptom that present most often on cars that require a relay is flickering, strobbing or pulsing of both lights.

Universal HID Capacitors (Pair)

Often time, dashboard warning lights will go off (CANBUS error) on vehicles with computer controlled headlamp when an aftermarket HID system is installed. This is common in newer vehicles and luxury European makes. To overcome this, simply install a pair of capacitors with your HID kit. This accessory will also help with flickering issues that some vehicles may experience. Buy Here

Universal HID Relay Harness

Some vehicle’s electrical system may require a relay harness and if the vehicle has automatic or daytime running lights it may help resolve potential flickering issues or lights not turning on when connected to the HID kit. The relay harness will help regulate the power and keep the lights on when turned to the “on” switch. Buy Here