Road safety is a highly important feature, not only for the motorist
as the end user, but for the car manufacturers themselves. The rapid
development over the years of car development and an increased need for
safe driving as the cars have become bigger, far heavier and faster than
in previous years makes the design of every new part vital.
For the last few years, an increase in mainstream car manufacturers
using HID bulbs (e.g BMW) has helped with driving at night
and in low visibility situations. As for the cars which are on the road
but do not have this development, other than having the opportunity of
after-market products, it might be tempting to do HID modification, the
process known as HID conversion.
There is a caveat though one must be aware of. The HID converted
vehicle can be much less safe than with the original headlamps. And the
reason is that the original halogen headlumps are not designed for HID
bulbs. They do not cut the HID light properly and there is possibility
that the oncoming traffic will be blinded by the intense HID light. This
may be very dangerous and cause an accident.
One must realize that all the aftermarket HID kits are for off-road use
only. You can install it in SUV vehicles and have a lot of fun when
driving off-road. TheHID kits are readily available and are incredible
in their performance in brightening up the road at night to almost
daylight levels, they are a must have for any car which has the older
generation type headlamps.
These sophisticated headlamps usually run with xenon bulbs. This creates
an arc between two tungsten electrodes which is far more efficient and
superbly more powerful than a coil filament type of bulb. They not only
last more than twice as long as a regular bulb, some 2,500 hours
compared to 1,000 of a halogen bulb, but they also use 65% less energy
in their running.