In this article, we will tell you how to choose a HID conversion kit that fits your vehicle and gives you the color you want for your light output. Because the color temperature might vary from different manufacturers, this guide will only apply on HID conversion kit selling on Turbometal.com. And finally, we will include some HID installation video to give you a brief idea how to install the HID kit. Again, the installation is different for different vehicles, but the installation video will give you a brief idea and general concept about how to install the HID.
How HID works?
A lot of people do not care how HID works, as long as the kit they buy produce the right color for their vehicle. For those people wanna dig in more about HID kit and understand how it works, I’ll provide some links here so that you can read them and understand how HID works:
How to choose the correct HID that fits your car?
A lot of people are confused about the numbers about the HID, i.e. H1, H4, 9006, D2S, 3000K, 6000K, 10000K, etc. First of all, the number with the K means color temperature, which dominates what color the light output will be for the HID kit. The color temperature will not affect if the light bulbs fit your car or not, yet the light bulb size does!
In general, there are different light bulb size that fits different vehicles; there are 880, 881, H1, H3, H4 ( also known as 9003 or HB2 ), H7, H8, H9, H10 ( also known as 9145 ), H11, H12 ( also known as 9145 ), H13 ( also known as 9008 ), 9005 ( also known as HB3 ), 9006 ( also known as HB4 ), 9004 ( also known as HB1 ), 9007 ( also known as HB5 ), D2S, D2R, D1S, D1R. In order to find out what light bulbs your car is using, we suggest you to go to this link:
Among all these light bulb size, the H4/9003/HB2, 9004/HB1, 9006/HB4, 9007/HB5 and H13/9008 can be either single Xenon or Bi-Xenon. Bi-Xenon means that the low beam and high beam of your headlights are sharing the same light bulbs, and Bi-Xenon allows you to apply HID for both low and high beam. In most situation, HID kit is bright enough for normal driving situation, so single Xenon will not give you any problem at all; however, Bi-Xenon allow you to use both low and high beam with HID, so you might consider to get Bi-Xenon if you do not mind paying more.
In conclusion, when you purchase your HID conversion kit, first thing is to find out what light bulb size your vehicle is using, and if your light bulb size is listed above, you might want to find out if the HID conversion kit is a Bi-Xenon kit or not. After that, you can choose what color temperature you want to purchase, and we will cover more detail about color temperature in the next section.
How to choose the color that I want for my HID kit?
Color temperature is measured in Kelvin (K), and different “K” produces light output in different color range. For Turbometal’s HID conversion kit, we carry 3000K Yellow, 6000K Crystal White, 8000K Blueish White and 10000K Purple.
3000K HID kit is usually used as fog lights, especially if you want to give your car a JDM look, the 3000K HID conversion matches perfectly with your vehicle:
6000K HID kit produces a pure white color, and it is a perfect choice for headlights or fog lights application. The 6000K HID produces clean white color and it is safe to drive on the road without getting notice by the cops:
8000K HID produces a Blueish white light output, and it is good for application on headlights or fog lights if you want to give you vehicle a more aggressive look. Comparing to the 6000K, the 8000K HID will not light up as far as the 6000K, however, it gives your a more aggressive style.
10000K HID produces a violet purple color, I’ll suggest to use 10000K for fog lights ONLY. I know someone likes to use 10000K purple for their headlights, but since the purple color is too aggressive, cops love to pull over cars that catch their attention, so watch out for tickets if you are using 10000K for the headlights, but the choice is up to you.
Things you should know about HID kit
Now you know that HID kit produces bright light source for your headlights or fog lights; however, how the light focus is another issue too.
If your headlights do not have projector lens, and you install the HID kit, the light output will be very bright yet not focus as well as projector headlights. The reason is that the glare of your headlight housing will make the focusing job difficult. Well, it will not affect your driving visibility if you are using crystal headlights with HID kit, just that the car in front of you will see a very bright headlights on the mirror.
With projector lens, the light beam will focus better to a certain position. Well, the quality for the projector lens matter too, some stock projector lens such as the TSX projector lens or the RX330 projector lens project really well and give the light beam a perfect cut off line, and they are used often for Retrofit headlights. Well the TSX or RX330 projector lens are quite expensive, and requires putting your headlights into to oven, bake it, take out the lens, install the projector lens and reseal the lens. If you are not a professional, it is very easy to mess up your headlights in any of the steps that described above. If you are looking for something more affordable and easier to install, get our aftermarket projector headlights. To be honest with you, the projector lens we use is not as good as the best quality TSX projector or Lexus projector, but our projector lens do the focusing job pretty well that will fulfill your need. Feel free to check our Turbometal projector headlights collection and see if you can find any projector headlights for your car and the HID kit.
Installing HID conversion kit
For more description about how to install HID conversion kit, please read our previous article:
I’ll embed couple HID installation video here so that you can get a general concept about how to install HID kit: