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.


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.


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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