WHAT IS HID

 

What is HID?


HID, High Intensity Discharge, (also known as Xenon) refers to lighting technology that relies on an electrical charge to ignite xenon gas in a sealed bulb, similar to the phenomenon of lightning.


HID lighting does not have a filament, but instead creates light by igniting an electrical discharge between two electrodes in an air tight tiny quartz capsule filled with xenon gas.


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HID VS. Halogen Lighting


HID lighting utilizes a Ballast & Igniter to supply proper voltage and current control. An HID Ballast will safely and efficiently increase 12V to the 23,000V necessary to ignite the xenon gas.




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Advantages of HID vs. Halogen



  1. On average an HID bulb will last 2,000 hrs vs. 500 hrs for a halogen bulb

  2. Produces a blue-white light closer to natural daylight

  3. Light output from a 35W HID bulb is 300% more light than a 55W halogen bulb

  4. 35% less power consumption than halogen, thus generating much less heat during operation



Color Temperatures & Lumens


What is Color Temperature?

Color Temperature is a measurement in Degrees Kelvin (K) that indicates the hue of a light source.

What is a Lumen?

Lumen is a measure of perceived power of light, it is a way of measuring how much light gets to what you what to light. This is in contrast to Candlepower which is a measure of light at the source.


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HID bulbs have the availability of producing a wide spectrum of color temperatures, however the higher the color temperature, the less light output from the HID bulb. However, all HID light is much brighter than Halogen. On average, a 35W 12,000K HID bulb will produce 2,700 lumens, while a 55W Halogen will produce 700 lumens.


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