Intensity Discharge light ( HID Lights ) globes are super bright compared to
the regular halogen light globes.
This type of light is widely used in Europe and is starting to be an option and standard on newer vehicles in Australia; spots are available in the HID version, and conversion kits are available for most makes and models.
HID vs. Halogen:
A HID-light require fewer watts and produce more lumens than a conventional halogen light.
In comparison a set of HID-lights can produce over 3000 Lumens from under 40
watts as a posed to Halogen using 70+ watts to produce 2000 Lumens. These figures
are approximate and just to state the overwhelming lumens to watts difference
between HID and Halogen lights.
The average life of a HID lamp is about twice as long as Halogen, HID's can keep going for around 2000 hours.
The light temperature on a HID-light is between 4000K - 5000K which produce a
white to blue colour light.
The light temperature of Halogen lights is between 3000K - 3500K
HID-lights draw less power from the alternator and battery which will save
power, but the cost of HID when compared to Halogen will more than likely out
weight the cost savings in extra fuel (petrol/Diesel) burnt for running the
HID spot lights:
HID-lights are more expensive than the Halogen and LED lights, for the extra money
spent the difference in lighting is just as noticeable.
HID-light beams travel
much further than Halogen and LED lights.
If driving the country roads often
after dark then a good set of HID spot lights is money worth spent.
HID Headlight conversion kits:
When a halogen headlight is retrofitted with a HID-lights
conversion kit, the light spread and output will be altered. This could blind
oncoming traffic potentially causing an accident.
In Australia a HID-light conversion kit will make the vehicle un-roadworthy/not
Unless the manufacturer of your vehicle has made this an optional
extra or release HID-Lights for your make and model it won't be street legal.
HID spot lights are however legal if electrical switched and mounted correctly.