HID Bulbs and Ballasts

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Driving in dark or inclement weather conditions can be scary—not to mention highly dangerous!

To protect yourself—and your precious cargo—as much as possible, consider upgrading your dull, dimmed-out halogen bulbs for better, brighter HID (High-Intensity Discharge) bulbs from Underground Lighting.

HID bulbs, also known as Xenon gas bulbs, burn longer and provide much more brilliant light than their yellow predecessors.

By upgrading your car or truck’s lighting look with HID bulbs, you’ll be able to see the road ahead of you much more clearly.

The Purpose of HID Ballasts

HID headlight bulbs are a wonderful way to update your vehicle’s lighting system, and an HID ballast is part of that process.

What is an HID ballast?

Simply put, an HID ballast is a crucial part of an HID lighting system.

HID ballasts are devices that work to regulate the voltage and electrical current in a Xenon gas headlight.

When voltage and current is regulated, the Xenon gas bulbs will work properly and with maximum efficiency.

Smart shoppers also look for HID headlight bulbs with Canbus integration.

Frequently Asked Questions about HID Bulbs and Ballasts (FAQ'S)

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions customers have regarding HID bulbs. Read on for all you need to know.

Which HID bulbs are brightest?
  • Currently, the brightest HID color temperature is 6000K. What does this number really mean?
  • An HID headlight bulb emitting 6000K will produce a bright, perfectly white light with a very slight blue tint.
  • After 6000K Xenon gas bulbs, 5000K and 4300K bulbs come in a close second place.
  • Although these bulbs will also product brilliant white light projection, the 4300K bulb will also have a slight yellowish tint, and the 5000K bulb will produce a very mild blue tint.
Are HID headlights legal?
  • Safety and responsibility are important factors to consider with HID headlights.
  • Drivers who are just as concerned with safety and responsibility as they are with achieving a stylish, aftermarket look with their car or truck’s lighting look may be worried about the legality of headlight bulbs that produce such a brilliant light.
  • Most newer cars and trucks come already equipped with built-in HID lights, so there’s no need to worry about whether or not you’re complying with the law.
  • Not all HID bulbs and conversion kits are necessarily “street legal,” so be sure to buy smart.
  • If you have an older model vehicle, ensuring that you purchase an HID conversion kit from a reputable retailer as well as making sure they are properly installed are key to meeting driving laws and regulations.
  • Underground Lighting is an exceptionally reputable source for HID bulbs, ballasts, conversion kits, and much more—you can breathe easy when you buy from these auto lighting professionals.
Are all HID ballasts the same?
  • No, all HID ballasts are not the same.
  • There is not a one-size-fits solution when it comes to picking the right ballast for your specific make and model, in addition to what you’re wanting out of the bulbs.
  • If you’re choosing to equip your vehicle with bulbs containing built-in ballasts, this may not even be of any concern to you at all.
  • HID ballasts have different wattage.
    • The ballast’s wattage will determine the level of intensity of your HID bulb’s light emittance.
    • The most common HID ballast wattage options on the market currently are 35 watts and 55 watts, in addition to some availability of 70-watt ballasts.
    • For most purposes, 35 watts provides sufficient light emittance suitable for everyday use.
Can you use HID bulbs without ballasts?
  • No, you cannot use HID bulbs without ballasts. HID bulbs need ballasts in order to function properly and at peak performance.

Want to upgrade your car or truck’s lighting look and performance? You’ve come to the right place! Underground Lighting is your one-stop shop for cutting-edge technology and superior, American-made craftsmanship.

Our expert team members are ready to assist you in making a seriously smart move for your vehicle. Call, email or live chat today to get started!

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