All you wanted to know about HID headlights (Bi-XENON / H4 / H7 / etc)

So what’s the big fuss about it.all are talking about it.is this that good.is it cheap Chinese made or should I go for hifi branded oem stuff? So many quays but no proper ans.

Hello all,I am back to help you for hid bulb related queries.first of all,what is this hid?

According to Wikipedia “A high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp is a type of electrical lamp which produces light by means of an electric arc between tungsten electrodes housed inside a translucent or transparent fused quartz or fused alumina arc tube.”

Confused ha?well its no rocket science, the tech is here with us from well back in time.our tube lights, street lights are very very similar to the tech used in this.

It’s a bulb don’t have any filament so no worry of it getting fused,clever hein?a very high voltage is the reason for its light which is passed through the xenon gas inside the hid bulb,that is why its also called XENON!!so what we need to know about it specially?the start up needs a lot of current some goesup to 8 amps in starting so those wires and relays need to be robust to take the sudden load.too confused?well its ment to be.lets go through like a primary school explanation.

You need to know som things….

  • DC POWER IS MUST,no ac can run hid,so if your headlamps intensity goes up and down like a girrafs neck up and down with revs,no hid for you,even if you have a 9 amp battery,eg pulsars ug3 and before.
  • RELAY IS A MUST TO HANDLE THE EXTRA LOAD.NO RELAY=HOT WIRES ULTIMATLY BURNED WIRES,SWITCHES AND YOU WILL BLAME THE HID!!THAT S NOT GOOD.
  • COLOR TEMPERATURE IS TOO IMP,IT SHOULD BE 4300K,NO MATTER HOW MUCH THE WHITISH LIGHTS WE LIKE THEY ARE PAIN IN THE A$$ FOR OTHERS AND FOR THE RIDER ALSO AFTER SOME TIME,TOTALLY USELESS IN THE FOGS/RAINS.
  • HID IS LEAGAL?NO  or yes?,SURPRISED?I BET.THE THING IS ACCORDING TO MOTOR VEHICAL LAW ITS EVEN ILLEGAL IF YOU ALTER A NUT BOLT FROM OEM SPECIFIED LIST,SO FITTING A HID WITH EVEN THE BEST OF THE PROJECTORS ARE ALSO ILLEGAL.SO ITS YOUR CALL.BE KIND TO OTHERS AND USE WITH CARE AND CHOSSED THE CORRECT THE CORRECT COLOR TEMP,USE LOW BEMA ,USE WITH CARE

  • TAKES SOME TIME TO COME TO FULL INTENSITY SOME 8-15 SEC FROM KIT TO KIT.
  • HIDS ARE RATED IN VARIOUS POWER RANGES-35W/40W/55W/75W/100W,AND AVL IN VARIOUS BULBTYPES ALSO.
  • HID CAN WITHSTAND VERY MUCH STRAIN THEN HALOGENS.WATER,DUST,VIBRATION IS NOTHING.HID KITS CAN EVEN WORK UNDER THE WATER.
  • 35 WATT HID ROUGHLY EQALS TO A HALOGE BULB OF 135 WATT.
  • HID BULB NEVER LOSS ITS INTENSITY WITH VARYING VOLTAGE,NITHER IT DIMS OR INCREASE LIKE HALOGENS NOR ITVARY ITS CONSUMPTION,ALWAYS A SAME AMPERE CONSUMPTION IRRESPECTIVE OF VOLTAGE,THEN IT SUDDENLY GOES OFF,its like a very posh girlfriend,all the flash and look but never really see your bank account condition and when you are busted it suddenly leaves you in the middle of no where. Where a halogen is like a stable wife ,it adjusts its consumption if the dropping voltage is there ,dims a bit but never leaves you.
  • Never go with the halogen one beam plus hid other beam,tease bulb don’t have any sort of optical focus,all a big weast.
  • Check for the hot spot of the bulb of what you are replacing a wrong hotspot will leave you with a ill focused beam,which will be worse then oem. After installing the bulb in the dome better to see if the focus can be improved a bit or not by pulling or pushing the bulb in or out,settle for the best beam.some juggads can be  to acive this.
  • Bixenon hid bulbs some time vibrates because of extra freeplay.use a thin gi wire to reduce the play,always always use hids with glare cap if they are having one.if you remove the glare cap the bixenon will loose its low beam capability.

SO HOW WILL I KNOW MY KIT IS QUALITY KIT

Apart from oem kits if you buy chinease kits also you can get a good deal if you keep some things in mind.

  • GO FOR BIGGER BALLST NOT THE SLIM ONES AS SLIM ONES ARE FILMSY AND TOTAL LIGHT OUTPUT IS ALSO A BIT LOW.GO FOR PICC IF YOU CAN GET.
  • BULBS –GO FOR SUPERVISION,they are quite decent.
  • GO FOR THIS TYPE BIXENON H4 BULBS,NOT HID+HALOGEN BULB,NEVER.
  • WIRING KIT SHOULD HAVEA RELAY ,use of relay is a must,..(a p220 will not work with relays as it has the bcu,but its normal bulbs are 55 watt rated so a hid of 35 watt can be used directly).

REMEMBER HID BULBS CANT FLASH LIKE HALOGEN BULBS AND FOR THEM PROPER FOCUSSING IS TOTALLY NECCESARY,SO IT MIGHT WORK AS PLUG AND PLAY BUT YOU SHOULD FINE TUNE THE SYSTEM TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT AND FOR GOD SAKE USE 4300K COLOR TEMP.

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11 comments

  1. very exclusive data compilation. keep it up.

  2. That was something i didn’t knew that well……….
    Good job…..

  3. Very good info.

  4. hy dude. . am faisal. . .latesly i instal hid on ma p220 in both high n low beam. .bt in high beam due to heavy heat . .the front glas get crack slightly. .so iz der any solution 4 tat? did u met the same problm in ur bike. .rply plz. .if any1 need h7 hid 5000kelvin @ rs.2500 . . . contact me… dangerous.faisal@gmail.com .am frm chennai

  5. Hi Hunky remember me Sanchay Orkut waaala
    one problem in my bike(r15) i am using stock bulbs , stock pilot,stock horn , and alarming system(branded xenos) bt at lower rpm when i blow horn , i can notice some variations going into it and its performence is also decreased.
    any solution to increase performance of my horn
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    one more question can i also fit high wattage bulbs in my r15
    if yes then till what wattage….
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    and how to fit led in pilot , they get fused if i do so,if they require resistance then which resistor should i use…..
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    yur frnd
    sanchay
    m now on facebook got any account on fb, if so giv it link…….

  6. which is the most suitable BI XENON BULB for pulsar 220S?
    its having 35w 12 dc light capacity and not 55w as 220F having.

  7. Hi, I own SS 125. I m not satisfied with its headlamp.Its light is okay but i require more because i drive my bike on bad roads which require more light specially in rainy season. In fact when other vehicles are coming i connot see in my area.

  8. first i would like to thank u for the data on this site in various forums its been a real lot helpful to me…i own a 220fi. further can u plzz assit me i wnt to install a 55w hid h7 bulb..nd 6000k i knw in ur blog u hav said to use 4300k bt i m gng use dis in projector lamp i.e. low beam only so other wont have prolem….. now can u assit me that 55w hid wil be perfect or 35w …….as i have a 35w h4 hid but i guess h4 dsnt supprt in 220fi it wrkd but sometyms dint wen i had installed it….so wil there be any prob in a 55w h7 hid in projector lamp..

  9. myself Susair Hansda, a pulsar 200NS owner from Bankura, WB, want to install HID Xenon projector for my NS. But not available in Bankura & they told they can not fit/install it as HID has to be fitted after removing glass of the headlight. can you people give me any guidance regarding availability & installation of HID projector bulb near about bankura such as Asansol, Durgapur, Burdwan or Kolkata???????

  10. I won r15 v2.0
    I’m willing to have projector head lamps ….. Where do I get genuine headlamps for it
    ….

    • Hello,

      Please understand, it is hard to take responsibility and refer you to a shop where we may assume that they are selling genuine product. Phillips has good range of projector starting from Rs. 6.5k. Try to visit any authorised Phillips dealer in your area..

      All these Rs. 2k or such HIDs are not from any reputed brands and they will be Chinese product.. But that doesn’t mean all of them are bad, some of those also matches the quality of performance of costlier options..

      Thanks..

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