Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. What are the advantages of having a Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting system?
A. There are three main advantages to installing an HID system in your vehicle.
- An HID bulb produces roughly 3 times more lumens than a halogen bulb.
- HID bulbs consume 30% less power than halogen bulbs.
- With no filament to vibrate and fatigue, HID bulbs last roughly 10 times longer than halogen bulbs.
Q. How do I find out which HID kit to order?
A. The vehicle owner’s manual may tell you what type of bulb you need however another place is on the bulb itself. The bulb type and wattage should be printed or molded into the base. You can also use our Search by vehicle feature.
Q. Which bulb color is the brightest?
A. 5000k to 6000k are the brightest and also the purest white (some already sense a slight blue tint in the 6000k). The colors above 6000k become progressively more blue but less bright. Similarly, below 5000k, as the tint becomes warmer some brightness is sacrificed.
Q. Why do I need ballasts?
A. Standard car headlights run on a 12 volt electrical system. HID Xenon lighting systems require over 20,000 volts to ignite the bulbs. Once lit, they only require 35 watts to keep them running. A ballast is necessary for the lamps to turn on and to regulate the voltage. It is therefore an integral part of the system. Even the wires that connect the bulbs to the ballasts are special high voltage lines made just for this purpose.
Q. What is the difference between genuine Xenon HID lights and Xenon gas-filled bulbs?
A. High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights have a glass chamber of gas that replaces the filament of traditional halogen light bulbs. The gas is ignited with an approximately 23,000 volt charge and stays illuminated by a constant 12v source that is provided by a ballast which is connected directly to your battery.
Cheap xenon-filled halogen bulbs do not use the same technology and are tinted blue to give off a white light. They still have a filament and produce less light output then standard halogen bulbs of the same wattage.
Q. Could I not just purchase a stronger watt halogen bulb to get a brighter light?
A. Factory halogen bulbs operate at 55 watts. Using a higher wattage bulb will produce more light but the output will still be dim compared to a true HID system. If you choose to use higher wattage bulbs, you increase the current draw on your entire electrical system and run the risk of melting your factory wiring or harming the rest of your electrical system.
A. True HID system runs at 35 watts while traditional halogen bulbs are 55 watts. Even though XENON HID lamps draw less current, they produce 3 times the light output as the higher wattage halogen bulbs.
Q. What does the HID conversion kit include?
A. The kensun hid conversion kits conversion kits are made from quality HID components that are designed to meet stringent quality standards. Each kit comes with all of the necessary components and hardware to install this system into your vehicle.
2 HID bulbs
1 Plug and play wiring harness with fuse and relay wired inline
1 Easy to follow installation and wiring diagram.
These units are plug+play and will require no cutting of any wires during installation.
Q. Could I install the kit myself?
A. For anyone who is somewhat mechanically inclined, this installation is considered 'do-it-yourself'. Our kits are ready to install right-out-of-the-box and come with everything that you will need. We also provide you a full set of easy-to-read, step-by-step instructions to guide you.
Q. What should I do if I touch the bulb?
A. Never touch the bulb glass with grease, oil, or your skin as oil from your hands can shorten the life of the bulb. If you do touch the bulb, remove these oils with alcohol and a very soft cotton cloth. HID bulbs that are exposed to oils and grease will shatter and are not covered under the 2-year warranty.
Q. Can I switch back to my original halogen bulbs after the HID conversion kit has been installed?
A. If need be, the entire kit can be removed and the original halogen bulbs replaced within 20 minutes. The HID conversion kit can then be re-installed into another vehicle that uses the same bulb size.
Q. I have dual beam headlight bulbs (one bulb for both low and high beams). Will I lose the ability to use the High beams?
A. For bulb sizes H4, 9004 and H13 there are three choices; (1) Single beam. (2) Low HID / high halogen. (3) Bi Xenon. The single beam has no high beam. The low HID / high halogen has a HID bulb for the low beam and a halogen bulb for the high beam. The Bi Xenon bulb has a HID bulb that moves inward for high beam, so both the high and low beams are HID.
Q. Will DRL (daytime running lights) or Auto Switch On affect the HID kit?
Q. Are these XENON HID light systems street legal?
A. All XENON HID aftermarket kits are intended for exhibition and off road use only. Check local laws regarding the use of HID lights on public roads.