The number of accidents related to dazzling headlights continue to rise at alarming rates, mainly involving illegal conversion kits. The Department of Transport (DfT) confirms that aftermarket parts retailers continue to sell illegal High-Intensity Discharge (HID) conversion kits.
Some HID and LED conversion kits come along with a promise of bigger performance upgrades, but don’t fall for it. Regardless of how much you pay and whatever the supplier claims, all of these kits fail to comply with the regulation requirements and are illegal to sell, install and use. Bear in mind that the only proper and legal way to upgrade headlights is to replace the unit completely.
HID Conversion Kits CAN Damage Your Car
A lighting expert explained that an incompatible bulb from an HID conversion kit can damage the car’s headlamp internally. Aside from excessive heat and ultra-violet radiation that would lead to serious damage, the car’s wiring may also not be a match for the installed parts. Your car could end up no longer fit for road use.
What Legal Risks are Involved with HID kits?
As no formal case has yet reached criminal courts regarding conversion kits, no legal defense exists to justify the sale, installment and use of such kits. These actions clearly violate the enactments that provide for the regulation of car unit replacements.
The driver’s negligence in ensuring his own vehicle’s roadworthiness will likely result to him facing some charges. Selling a conversion kit might also lead to a commission of an offense, exposing the driver to wider legal issues that could end up holding him civilly and criminally liable, especially in the event of an accident.
Insurance Policies and HID kits are not Compatible
Due to different testing standards, it could be possible to pass the basic MoT headlight alignment test with a car fitted with an HID conversion kit, but then it may fail the UK Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) test, nonetheless making it non-roadworthy.
In line with this, insurance brokers give stern warnings about how policies might be affected in view of HID kits, and that they might invalidate an existing insurance policy. Insurance companies are expected to refuse to issue car insurance coverage with an HID kit topic on the table.
For all intents and purposes, all car owners are advised to avoid any involvement with conversion kits at all costs. Report any dealer who sells or installs HID conversion kits to the authorities. Beware of advertisements that introduce HID conversion kits as safety enhancements – these are empty promises that lead to the road of sudden deaths.
From the light bulbs that illuminate our homes, to the puddle lights that shine the way as we step out of our vehicles. LED lighting is everywhere the eye can see, even in computers and cellular devices. Most of the technology that’s implemented into today’s modern technology utilizes LED technology, even things that we might not suspect might have.
You know that coffee maker with the fancy backlit screen? Well, that’s illuminated with LED technology. How about that flashlight feature implemented on your phone? It doesn’t end there though, as LED lighting is finding it’s ways into so many new areas. It’s interesting to know that such a technology could be used for millions of different products and services. Heck, it’s even treating those that suffer from extreme cellulite and other dermatological disorders. Who would ever think that such a technology could ever be replaced with something more sophisticated? That, even thought we’ve practically reinvested the wheel all together, we’ve found an even more efficient and less destructive way to produce lighting for cheaper that is stronger and more viable than LED lighting?
i wish I could put a name on it, as it not officially been named by our scientists, but you can think of it as LED 2.0. Although I’d love to explain how this technology works, I cannot do so since the basis of my explanation would give away how it works and WHY it works, which would not only be hard to explain to our team of engineers that have dedicated their lives to finding an alternative solution for our currently LED technology, but it would open new pathways for similar companies to produce the same technology and mass produce the idea – maybe even credit themselves for it. But I can assure you, it’s bright and DYNAMIC.
Although I am not able to explain how it works, I can tell you that this LED lighting can be heavily adjustable. By changing the current that’s heading towards our LED, we can change the color, how bright the color is, how deep the color is alongside of how hot the LED get’s. YES, you have heard that correctly. We have engineered one of the first temperature controlled LED light bulbs, which has the ability to get hot with the flip of a switch and cool down at will. Although we don’t have a way to cool down completely to room temperature, we have found solutions to lower it’s average temperature throughout normal use.
This technology is not only small, but it’s extremely lightweight. This in itself could revolutionize the way TV’s are made, the way computer screens output information, how we hack racing rivals (lol, my addiction as a gamer), how our phones get during heavy use, how long our phones batteries last and finally – how the medical world minimizes extreme overhead costs. Not only effectively reducing the amount spend in both foreign countries, but countries like our own as well.
Which leads to my next point.. There is a serious epidemic. So many hospitals in so many countries face the issues of passing on their debt and bills to their patients. I would refer to them as customers, but I don’t think either one of them want to be there more than the hospital wants them there. And not only that, but it would be very wrong of me to label these people as anything less than patients. Regardless, a very large majority of these hospitals incur massive amounts of debt, especially if they aren’t federally funded or government funded. Which accounts for a VERY whopping 73% of the hospitals in the world. So, by doing anything to lower the costs would drastically change the way hospitals charge their patients, especially those that are bigger and have large overheads. By implementing new technology to cut down on their monthly electric bills, it would not only affect these hospitals, but it’d change the world in such an unprecedented way.
Which is the main goal I have and is definitely one of the motivators for this technology.
The amount of light produced by High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting is considerably greater than that of a conventional halogen bulb. It consumes less power as well and the light it produces more closely simulates natural daylight’s color temperature.
In most HID lamps, light is produced by letting a current pass through a metal vapor. HID lamps make use of a capsule of gas instead of the usual filament components in light bulbs.
Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) employ the use of diodes that emit light once they are connected in a circuit. LED produces a concentrated light source that is housed in a plastic bulb.
There are also LEDs that are made of different semiconductor materials. They are comparable to tiny “bulbs” that fit into a circuit, thus emitting different colors.
Another outstanding feature of LEDs is that, unlike ordinary incandescent bulbs, they don’t have a filament. LEDs rely solely on the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material in order to illuminate. With this, LEDs are very energy efficient and can last for a long time.
Advantages of Both Lighting Technologies
As mentioned earlier, LEDs don’t have a filament that tend to be overly sensitive and easily burn out. With this alone, they last much longer than the ordinary bulbs. Another strong point of LEDs is that they are “instant on.”
On the other hand, HID lamps are more fragile and delicate. They have to warm up first for about 15-25 seconds, emitting only 5% of their output during ignition, before they could reach the full output.
On a closer inspection, HID lights are much brighter, offer superior intensity and provide more color contrast than LEDs. This is because HIDs is much easier to focus than LEDs. The very nature and components of LEDs does not make it possible for a tight focus.
As of today, HID lighting is still the top choice of most drivers. However, LED technology is noticeably on its way towards more improvement and is more likely to catch up or even outshine the achievements of HID lighting. But as the way things stand for now, both lighting technology certainly possess their own potentials and strengths.
High-intensity discharge lights are frequently used both in indoor and outdoor facilities. They are available in three basic types, namely: metal halide, mercury vapor and high-pressure sodium lights. Metal halide and mercury vapor lights are commonly used in sports facilities, warehouses and retail stores. High-pressure sodium lights, on the other hand, are often used for street and highway lighting.
These types of lights emit considerably high ultraviolet radiation levels that are detrimental to one’s health. Washington L&I emphasized that the actual use of high-intensity discharge lights in itself is not enough to raise concerns, as long as the light used is in good condition. What is alarming are cracked bulbs or damaged light covers that unknowingly expose workers or other people to harmful UV radiation.
Noticeable health problems, like skin irritation, skin burns, long-term damage to the eye’s cornea or even temporary loss of vision, among others, are suffered by victims. The degrees of such health problems vary depending on the length of exposure to the harmful UV radiation. Washington L&I gives a firm warning that the symptoms and health problems caused by exposure to UV radiation may not appear immediately and are often delayed.
To keep safe from the dangers of a workplace that exposes a worker to high-intensity discharge lights, workers, as well as other people, are recommended to:
• Identify the location of these lighting equipment within the work area.
• Be fully aware that the lights can still work despite being damaged.
• Be informed on how such lights can pose a danger to your health.
• Promptly report any signs of breakage or cracking on the bulbs and covers, as well as incidents wherein the lights may have been damaged by being struck with any equipment or any other object.
• Make sure to take proper safety precautions when inspecting or replacing lights. Remember to properly disconnect the power when removing bulbs. Always check for any exposed electrical contacts before proceeding to make any further contact.
Tired of your boring headlights? There are a wide list of options waiting for you to choose from. Among these, people usually go for the proven quality of halogen lighting or they upgrade with the long-lasting HIDs (High-Intensity Discharge lamp).
Both top choices are excellent, however, HID headlights score higher in terms of:
1. Visibility – More than thrice as bright as halogens, HID headlights provide improved light coverage and a more defined color contrast that guarantee fuller visibility. With these features, you can see better at the margins with the HID headlights expanding your peripheral vision.
Night driving will also be less of a hassle and instead will be more comfortable and not too tiring with HID headlights. The light produced by HID bulbs causes less strain on the eye as it appears more natural and soothing compared to that of the halogen light.
2. Efficiency – Since HID bulbs remarkably last up to 10x as long as halogens do, you get to avoid the inconvenience of constant replacements. They also consume less battery power at over 30% less than halogens do. Aside from that, using HID bulbs means saying goodbye to wasteful emissions as they produce less heat when in use.
3. Safety – More than being just your guiding beacon in the night, HID bulbs have an added bonus of safety feature. It is a basic knowledge that good lighting makes you aware of the potential dangers that lurk on the road. The superb color contrast provided by the HID headlights makes it easier to pinpoint people wandering or suddenly appearing dangerously near your side of the road. Seeing clearly ahead of the road can enable you to react timely to whatever you may have to face while driving.
4. Durability – HID bulbs operate through ignited xenon gas. They do not have any components that are delicate or easily damaged, reducing the chances of breaking under the normal wear and tear. Halogens, on the other hand, contain a sensitive filament in their bulbs, making them more prone to damage.
5. Customization – The color of the light emitted by your HID headlights can be tweaked to suit your preference. Changing the color temperature will modify the light as well. Lower color temperatures will produce warmer yellow and white lighting, while higher temperatures will yield to purple and blue tones.
Look good and confident by having all the upgrade choices suit your style. No more generic-looking headlights!
Light things up in your driving experience by having your very own personalized HID headlights.
As much as I am fascinated with cars, there’s still a lot for me to know about how to expertly maneuver them. Being a new car owner, I haven’t paid any particular attention to the small lights located right below my car’s bumper. I thought that they were just additional lights to decorate the front of the car.
Even those car owners who have been driving for years may not even know what they are for, these curious car features called fog lights.
Fog lights are generally situated right below the bumper or other front lights of the car. They cast a wider and shorter beam compared to the other front lights of the car. Contrary to the usual misconception towards them, fog lights are there for particular situations.
There are times when the scene in front of the driver’s side becomes highly reflective. You’ve probably noticed that at times like these, using your headlights can be too blinding to drive with. Using headlights in a foggy road, during heavy rains or spray, or even driving in snow leads to the same tendency, ending up with your headlights too glaring and too intolerable for your eyes to handle. Switching from dipped to full headlights will only makes matters worse, since the light shining back at you is doubled. Visibility from the driver’s side is reduced and you can’t see very far, making driving harder under these circumstances.
This is where you would like to make use of your trump card, that is, the fog lights. Being situated low down, they reflect less light back at you when you drive and make you see ahead more clearly.
In using fog lights though, switch first from your headlights to side lights or marker lights before you turn on the fog lights. Turning on the fog lights in addition to the headlights makes no sense and makes no difference either.
Now there’s no need to worry if you suddenly have to drive under a heavy rain or during a snowfall, just make good use of the fog lights and you’ll be able to make it through to your destination safely.
Matchboxes, lamps and candles and were quite a thing before incandescent bulbs came into the picture. This amazing piece of 19th century technology paved the way to all sorts of lighting technologies that we have now – halogen light bulbs, LEDs, mercury and sodium vapor lamps, and many more. You could say that the incandescent lamp is the “mother of all light bulbs” in this sense.
As the idea of converting electrical current into visible light was turned into reality with the arrival of incandescent lamps, the world started to get a little brighter.
SEEING INCANDESCENT LAMPS IN A NEW LIGHT
The mechanics behind an incandescent bulb is pretty simple. To produce light, an incandescent bulb uses heat caused by an electrical current. The wire heats up when electrical current passes through it. When that happens, the wire (filament) gets so hot that it glows and gives off light.
To sum it up, incandescent lamps work by simply running a bunch of electrical current through a thin wire to the point that it heats up enough to start glowing. To prevent the very lamp from burning up on its own, the glass bowl part was added later which kept oxygen away from the wire and enabled it to glow for a long time without the risk of starting unwanted fires.
COMMON USES OF INCANDESCENT LAMPS
With the advent of all the lighting options that are made available today, incandescent lamps may be deemed as the least efficient, and obviously the least costly, of them all. Even so, they are still existing all over the place as our hallway lighting, closet lighting, accent lighting, desk lamps, table lamps, and chandeliers. The incandescent lamps’ good color rendering even serve as the standard by which all other lamps are modeled after.
Despite the potential uses of incandescent lamps, they are not really that energy efficient. Approximately 90% of the energy goes to heat and 10% only makes visible light with incandescent lamps. Moreover, traditional incandescent lamps’ lighting capacity are very limited, as it can only be used to light small areas. It takes many incandescent lamps to light a large area. Because of this, people soon turned to more energy-saving lighting alternatives.
Still, there is no denying that incandescent lamps are considered as one of the greatest inventions of mankind. So much so that they continue to be symbols of times when a great idea suddenly strikes, or the “light bulb moment.”
About RayBrig USA
Hi, my name is Brandon and I'm the owner of RayBrig USA. We break barriers in the LED lighting and HID lighting industries by inventing more efficient and innovative techniques for manufacturing and distributing our products. Learn more or check out our blog!