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I think there's some confusion between HID and Xe (archive)

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Posted by Q-Boy on July 02, 2001 at 12:14:23:

In Reply to: Xenon Lights posted by Byron on July 01, 2001 at 12:18:37:

Both technologies use Xenon gas as the "atmosphere" to produce the light. A Xenon (filled bulb) uses the Xenon gas to allow higher filiment temperatures. A HID uses Xenon gas as an inert atmosphere to arc the current between the electrodes. (It's actually an arc of Xenon plasma, right?)

Misinformed and unscrupulous sellers may confuse the two. Bottom line is Xenon bulbs will work assuming you have the correct mounts. The reflector/lens will make a differnce, but the bulb will still work. HID will require new reflectors/lenses and the ballast to function. The "Xenon" bulb that is just blue tinted is a scam to market to those who desire to have the HID-look. I was guilty of that for about a month. The light output was abyssmal and after the cheap bulb shattered, I bought some regular Hella H4's and was done with it.

Despite the known disadvantages of the HID light spectrum (blinding other drivers, pupil contraction due to sensitivity to the HID wavelengths, less color perception) I kinda like the color temperature. As for Xenon bulbs, I believe that the best (brightest for a certain wattage) bulbs are the "Xenon-charged" bulbs where there is a mixture of Xenon and a halogen gas. Personally, the brand-name bulbs are too expensive for the increase in light output compared to halogen bulbs. Your results may vary of course depending on your type of roads and driving condtions.

If you don't have them already, switch back to the original sealed beams for awhile, then the 55/60W H4 lights will look like floodlights. ;)

Q


Is the xenon light upgrade worth it? Will the stock wiring handle more power? Does anyone have this on their car? Can you see better? Was it expensive? Can I ask any more questions? Is my question mark button going to break?
Thanks?

Byron?
76 02 inka (?)





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