How to Find the Right HID Conversion Kit for You
HID (High Intensity Discharge) bulbs are filled with a special gas (which is most often xenon) and require ballasts to increase the voltage in your car from 12 volts to about 300 volts. Meanwhile, an HID conversion kit contains special equipment that allows your car to make use of these HID lights (the aforementioned ballast and other hardware). This is because changing out the bulbs of your car with HID lights isn't enough; you need to also convert your car so that it's able to power these new bulbs.
Warnings and Precautions
Fitment is important because not all conversion kits are assured to universally fit with your car regardless of how popular of a brand it is. Specific compatible kits should be used on specific makes and models of vehicles. Older car models are easier to convert with many a HID conversion kit because they have relatively basic lighting systems. However, vehicles manufactured from 2003 onwards have more sophisticated lighting systems, which make them incompatible with the most basic of HID conversion kits.
Know the Bulb Type
What type of bulb is fitted unto your car? Even though all headlights look similar to each other, they actually vary in more ways than one. Some of the more common bulb headlight types includeH1, H4, and H7. There are also automobiles that come with separate bulbs for high and low beams, so take that into consideration as well when installing HID hardware for your HID bulbs. Knowing your car's OEM(Original Equipment Manufacturer) headlight bulb type should help you out in procuring the most compatible HID kit possible.
HID Bulb Color Considerations
You should pick the right color of HID light for your car. There are multiple colors to choose from, the most popular of which is the 6000K (the standard HID light color fitted on many brand-new cars). With that said, not all colors are suitable for use on the road regardless of their aesthetic value. In order to not get fined by the police, you should stay away from colors that are too intense. These HID powerful color variants can jeopardize your safety and the safety of others, especially at night. Read up on local and state regulations regarding colored headlights so that you don't end up performing an illegal modification on your automobile.
HID Conversion Kit Compatibility
These kits aren't OEM; they're all made by third-party manufacturers so take the proper precautions when searching for compatible kits that will work best for your HID lighting requirements. The best kits are the ones with plug and play installation that requires no wire cutting. After installing your HID bulbs, the conversion kit should ensure that there's no flickering happening to your new lights at all. Search for kits that enable you to install everything in 20 minutes or less even if you only have minimum automotive knowledge.
Price and Specs of an HID Conversion Kit
Prices for the kits range from $40 to $60. When looking for a conversion kit for HID bulbs, you should get digital ballasts that are built to last and are certified as dust proof, shock proof, and water proof. A typical kit includes multiple HID xenon and halogen bulbs (some for high beams others for low beams), plug and play wires or connectors, double-sided tape, zip ties, and an installation diagram. Some vehicles might also need a HID decoder and relay harness to ensure no flickering occurs and there are no errors on your dashboard computer.