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HID Lights, Driving Lights and Xenon Conversion Kits

High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps are a type of electrical lamp which produce light by means of an electric arc between tungsten electrodes housed inside a translucent or transparent fused quartz or fused alumina tube. There is no filament like in a normal halogen bulb.

The HID tube is filled with both gas and metal salts. The gas facilitates the arc's initial strike. Once the arc is started, it heats and evaporates the metal salts forming a plasma, which greatly increases the intensity of light produced by the arc and reduces its power consumption. High-intensity discharge lamps are a type of arc lamp.

Compared with fluorescent and incandescent lamps, HID lamps have higher luminous efficacy since a greater proportion of their radiation is in visible light as opposed to heat. Their overall luminous efficacy is also much higher: they give a greater amount of light output per watt of electricity input.

For a more detailed explanation, please click on: what are HID lights

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...Just follow the 6 simple steps below to help you decide which HID system is the right one for your car, bike or truck

How to order HID Xenon lights for your car, bike or truck...

STEP 1: Determine what globe (socket type) fits your vehicle  

Check in your vehicle’s manual to determine the type of globes your vehicle takes.

There are two main types of globes; ‘single beam’ and ‘dual beam’.

‘Single beam’ globe vehicles have a separate globe for high and low beams, and come in a variety of socket types (such as H1, H3, H4, H7, 9005, 9006, HB3, HB4, D2S, D2R etc)

Dual beam globes operate both high and low beam from the one socket (including H4 and H13)

If you do not have your car’s instruction booklet, then you can check the following sources for what globe types your car takes:

If your vehicle is not listed above, then please check your vehicle booklet/manual or contact your local service agent's parts department to determine what globe your vehicle takes.

Please note: Some globe types have different names as follows:

Sometimes called

  • HB1

  • HB2 or 9003

  • HB3

  • HB4

  • HB5

Actual Name

  • 9004

  • H4

  • 9005

  • 9006

  • 9007

H1

880-881

H3

H4

H7

D2S

D2R

H11

9005

9006

H4 Hi/Lo

9004 Hi/Lo


STEP 2: Decide what colour lights you want

Once you know the type of globes your vehicle takes, you now choose the colour you would like your lights to be.

‘Normal’ halogen type globes appear a yellow colour since they ‘burn’ at a lower temperature than High Intensity Discharge bulbs.  HID lights in OEM vehicles such as BMW come from the factory at a colour temperature around 4300k.  This is a bright light, but still has a slight yellow hue to it.

4,300k puts out more light (measured in lumens) than most other bulb colours (around 3200 lumens for a 35 watt system)

6000k (the most popular colour) puts out around 2800 lumens by comparison.

hid colours

 

Colour Temperature (Kelvin)
Colour Description
3000K
Yellow light (suitable for fog lights)
4300K
White light with tinges of yellow (OEM standard)
5000K
Pure White Light
6000K
White light with tinges of blue
8000K
Distinct blue colour light
10,000K
Bluish-green light
12,000K
Bluish-purple light

It's a common misconception, that the higher you go in the kelvin (8000k, 10000k, 12000k) the brighter your headlights are. This is false. The higher you go in colour temperature the lower the actual amount of light that is put onto the road.

4300k is the OEM standard of factory HID lighting systems which, as mentioned above, is bright white with a slight yellow hue.

5000k is as close to pure white as you can get.

6000k is the most popular choice, as it is bright, sharp white light with a slight blue tinge. It aslo gives you the highest contrast ratio.

Any higher than 6000k and you get a more noticeable blue tinge right up to 12,000k which is a blue / purple light. 8000k and higher are also illegal to use on the road.

So what colour do you choose?

If you are mainly doing city driving, then we recommend choosing 4300k. It is the same colour used on OEM HID cars, and will still look much whiter than your current halogen bulbs (as well as much brighter)

If you are doing mainly country / highway driving, then we recommend choosing 6000k. The feedback we have been given from truck drivers, as well as two professional Roo Shooters from SA (that tested all the colours) was that the 6000k colour bulbs shows up kangaroos / cattle better than the other colours.

We agree with this assessment ourselves, since 6000k has the higher contrast ratio.

So if you are doing a lot of country driving, then choose 6000k to give you the best chance of spotting animals.

HID Xenon Colour Chart

We should also advise that over 4300k (OEM standard) may be illegal in your area.  Please check your local road laws prior to purchase.


STEP 3: Decide if you want a 35watt or 55watt HID system.

Most standard halogen light bulbs in your vehicle are 55watts.  They produce around 700 – 1200 ‘lumens’ of light depending on the brand.  'Lumens' is simply the word given to the measurement of light output.  Another word sometimes used to describe the amount of light output is "Candlepower". The difference between using "lumens" and "Candlepower" to describe the brightness is that "Candlepower" also takes into account the optics of the light (including reflectors, lens etc) whereas "lumens" is simply a measurement of the light output without any optics. Since optics vary from different light sources, there is no linear conversion from candlepower to lumens (or vice versa).

So for the pupose of discussing brightness in HID kits, we only use "lumens".

Traditional Halogen globes put out around 700 - 1200 lumens of light. 

35watt HID kits by comparison put around 2800 – 3200 lumens of light onto the road (up to 3 times brighter than a 55 watt halogen globe). 

55watt HID kits put out 4500 to 5000 lumens of light onto the road – - up to 5 times brighter than 55 watt halogens.

55watt HID are best suited for spot lights or high beams.

People always ask us which one to go for. Our opinion is that 55 watt HID lights are simply too bright for use in normal / low beam headlights. You may find the glare being reflected from wet roads, or street signs back into your eyes is too much with 55 watt on low beam lights.

Therefore we always recommend using 35 watt globes on any lights that will be used for low beam, and save the 55 watt HIDs for spotlights or single beam high's.

A note of clarification:
The only difference between our 35 watt kits and the 50/55 watt kits is the ballasts. In other words, the globe in the 35 watt kits is exactly the same as the one in the 50/55 watt kits - it's just the ballasts that are "pushing the globes harder" at 50/55 watts.

There are already so many choices when it comes to HID kits and globes, we don't want to over complicate the process, which is why we use a universal globe that can be ran at 35 or 55 watts.

Running the globe with a 35 watt ballast will give around 3000 hours of use. Runnning the globe harder using a 55 watt ballast will give you around 2000 hours of use (still around 7 times the lifespan of a halogen globe).

STEP 4: Pick which brand of HID you want

We offer several different HID kits:

  • Standard 35 watt HID Kits

  • Deluxe 35 watt HID Kits (these will work in CANBUS cars, as well as non-canbus cars)

  • Deluxe 50 watt HID Kits (these too are CANBUS compatible)

  • 24 volt HID Kits (suitable for trucks or tractors running a 24v electrical system)

  • Extreme 75 watt HID Kits (only suited to retro-fitting good quality spotlights)

  • Extreme 100 watt HID Kits (when you not only want to light up the kangaroos ahead, but burn their eyes out!!)

Our standard 35 watt HID kits are suitable for most (pre 2004) 12-volt vehicles and come with an 18 month replacement warranty. The digital ballasts are "slimline" size (for tight installations), and the globes will last around 3000 hours.

Our Deluxe HID kits come with the higher quality CANBUS compliant, slimline, digital ballasts, and use better quality "Philips patent license" globes. They are only available in 12 volt, but are available in 35 or 50 watts. If you have a European car manufactured around 2002 or later (or even the latest model Australian Ford / Holden) then you'll need to confirm with your car service department to check if your car uses CANBUS. If it does, then you'll need to buy this kit for your HID system to work successfully.

If you have a late model car, but are not sure if it is CANBUS or not, then you'd be safe to choose this kit - as you can successfully use a CANBUS HID Kit on a NON-CANBUS car (just not the other way round)

NON CANBUS HID kits installed on CANBUS cars tend to blow the ballasts within months or worse still, could damage the car's electrical system. You may also get the "headlight warning" alert from your car's computer if you install a NON CANBUS HID kit into a CANBUS vehicle - since the computer is looking for a 55 watt load on the headlights, but is only seeing the 35 watt load from the HID ballasts.

The age old “you get what you pay for” is especially true with HID kits.  We don’t bother selling the cheap and nasty kits you may find on eBay for under $100 for obvious reasons.  We have been a registered Australian business since 2002 and we intend to stick around for the long term.

If you read through many car forums you will hear how most of these cheap eBay kits fail in under 12 months leaving their owner with no option but to replace the lighting system with a better quality set.  Don't waste your money on buying a cheap and nasty HID kit the first time round - only having to replace it a few months down the track.  Our deluxe kits have a 3 year full replacement warranty which means if there is ever a problem, we replace the defective part for you.

Summary of the 3 different kits we offer:

 
Standard
HID Kits
Deluxe
HID Kits
Deluxe
24 volt Kits
Globe Type
Standard
Philips
Patent Licensed
Philips
Patent Licensed
Ballast Type
Good Quality Digital
(slimline)
High Quality Digital
with CANBUS technology
(slimline)
High Quality Digital
(slimline)
Warranty
18 months
3 years
3 years
Colours available
3000k - 12,000k
3000k - 12,000k
3000k - 12,000k
12 volt Input
tick
tick
24 volt input
tick
Works in
NON-CANBUS vehicles?
tick
tick
tick
Works in
CANBUS vehicles?
tick
50/55 Watt available?
tick
tick

STEP 5:  Order Your HID kit Now!

You can order online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Just pick which kit you need and then choose your globe colour from the selection.  If you already have a Paypal account, you can immediately checkout and your HID kit will be on its way.  If you don’t have a Paypal account - that's perfectly OK - because you can still complete your order and pay online with Visa or MasterCard using eWay Australia's secure payment gateway.

We also accept telephone orders or fax / mail orders. If you would prefer to order via fax or mail, please click to print off our Fax Order Form


STEP 6:  That’s it!  Your new lights will be on their way!

Australian orders are usually dispatched within 24 hours (on business days) of ordering. If we do not have your globes in stock, then your purchase will be back ordered, which may take up to 2 weeks to arrive. If you wish to check if an item is in stock prior to ordering, please call or email us. We keep good supplies of 4300 - 8000k globes in stock, but can order in any of other colours for you if you really want a 10,000k or 12,000k.

HID lights are quite simple to install yourself, we have a DIY instruction set here: 

Installation guide

Alternatively we recommend the following auto electricians for professional installation:

Recommended Installers throughout Australia

Feedback


What our customers are saying:

Thanks for your prompt processing, I ordered the HID package Tuesday afternoon and received the package the following morning 1600 km away! Unbelievable service!

Phil – Karratha Western Australia



G'day Jenny,

Thanks for your prompt service, good price and quality product. Other suppliers are so expensive. Now I realise price is not everything (E-Bay).

Peter

Hi Jenny

Just letting you know we received the final package last Friday - it was delivered to the wrong address and the lovely old man brought it down to us!!

Guy installed one of the headlights in my car on the weekend and it's great. Hopefully now I wont have a car with only 1 lowbeam headlight 85% of the time (originals kept blowing every 2-3 months!).

Thanks for your wonderful service, we've filled in the 'email customer satisfaction' as we're very very happy with service.

Cheers
Sue

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for the great sevice ! and promt delivery.

We used the kits in a round 3 of the west australian rally championship held over the weekend and were very pleased with the performance of the units !

Thanks,

Kiel Douglas

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for the inquiry. The goods arrived safely and I am happy with them and the service; would be happy to use Delonix at a future date.

Regards, Bob

Thanks Jenny.
Yes globes arrived and one fitted so that I can take some comparo shots with the H/L H4s from HIDLIGHTING...(an unfortunate purchase)
You can't see what you are buying.
You know you were wrong when every truck smacks you with full beam...
Have a couple of pics for my mates on the FarRider website...will show you when I get a chance..

cheers
Bruce

Hi Jenny,

Thanks, received it Tuesday. Mounted on bike already. Looks all good so far. Will go for a night ride this week. Big test will be next weekend in the 2 day event we are riding. Which included 90km of night riding.

Colin

Yes thank you.

I have given a very pleasant shopping experience from your company and will be referring all of my friends.

Col Clough

Hi Jenny

Yes I received the kit on Wednesday after ordering it Monday afternoon.  I thought this was excellent service. I was also happy with the telephone service at the time of ordering the kit. The leads to the globes seems different from the set up on the IPF driving lights but I will give you more feedback after I attempt to install the kit this weekend.

I also provided some feedback on the web based questionnaire

Cheers

Ian

Hey Jenny,

Thanks for your email, I received the kit this morning (amazing delivery speed) and it took a little over an hour to get the kit on to the car, from what I can tell (it's not night time yet) they are very bright and look great!

Delonix has been nothing but a pleasure to deal with and I will be recommending you to my friends, Please also pass a thanks to Jeremy for helping with my initial inquiry.

Looking forward to seeing these bad boys tonight :-)

Thanks again,

Nathan

Hi Jenny,

The new globe is working with no issues at all in my bikeā€¦ the issue I had with the one I sent back was : it was like the solenoid was stuck, and therefore would not goto high beam.

If you tapped the back of the globe housing then it would come on, but if you then flicked the high beam of and then back on again it would not work.

I have had no issues at all with the replacement one and am very happy with the service provided by you.

If you would like further information please contact me on my mobile #### ### ###

Best Regards,
Brad

Giday Jenny,

I am very happy with the HID light kit. Amazing service it arrived on Friday only 2 days after I ordered it. Lights are great and much brighter than the STD bulbs. I will be recommending you to anyone that wants to get HID lights. Can you send me an invoice so I can claim the GST please?

Regards

Shawn Reed

Thanks for the email, I have received the relays and the HID kit for my vehicle. To say how impressed I have been with the HID and your customer service is an understatement.

Have no problem recommending you.

Thanks

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