We have all seen them at one time or another. They stand out from all the rest, especially on the dark highways. The two of them help not only the driver of the vehicle but the oncoming traffic as well. They run off of a battery and are used primarily at night. Can you guess what I am describing? If you guessed the icy blue-white HID (high intensity discharge) lights you are right!
HID lamps are not new. Stadiums throughout the country have used them for a long time. However, the technology was not utilized by the automotive industry in North America until the mid ‘90’s.
HID lighting is gaining popularity with the automotive industry for several reasons. First and most obvious, they are a real attention-getter for oncoming motorists. The bluish cast, caused by increased color temperature, sets these lights apart from other varieties.
High intensity discharge lighting also provides the driver with more visibility in the front as well as the side. HID lights give off two to three times more light than standard halogen headlights. In fact, the white light of HID lighting is commonly compared to natural daylight.
Thirdly, although this lighting appears “bluish” in cast it is “GREEN”, and by that I mean “environmentally friendly”. HID lighting utilizes up to 40% less energy than standard halogen lights and dissipates less heat.
Finally, (just when you did not think it could get much better), HID lamps are designed to last 3 to 10 times longer than a halogen bulb (depending on which study you read). For most motorists today, that’s much longer than the time they will own one vehicle.
Although HID is more expensive than traditional lamps and therefore primarily found on high-end automobiles experts expect this technology to eventually become more affordable and even more popular.
Don’t delay, now is the time to make sure your entire lighting system, halogen or HID, is in working order and properly aimed. Our daylight hours are at a minimum this time of year and according to the Car Care Council “a motorists chance of being involved in a fatal accident increases by 400% after sun-set”. Safe driving.