March 28, 2011
WeatherTech Side Window Deflectors offer you fresh air enjoyment with an original equipment look. They are crafted in Germany from the finest 3mm lightly-tinted acrylic material available. Installation is quick and easy. WeatherTech Side Window Deflectors are precision-machined to perfectly fit your vehicle. These low profile window deflectors help to reduce wind noise and allow interior heat to escape. Also available in dark tint for most vehicles.
Sleek and low profile, the WeatherTech Easy-On Stone & Bug Deflector is aerodynamically designed to provide excellent protection against stone chips and bug stains. Made from aerospace-grade acrylic, it is virtually indestructible and extremely scratch resistant.
The WeatherTech Sunroof Wind Deflector gives you an excellent reduction of in-cabin wind noise and air turbulence! It is crafted in Germany from the finest 4mm thick, tinted cast acrylic.
March 24, 2011
Many of our customers are always looking to improve their automotive lighting. Some choose to upgrade their fog lights with a 3000k Yellow HID Kit whereas others look to install yellow halogen bulbs. The intent of having yellow fog lights is to improve vision by removing shorter, blue wavelengths from the projected light. These wavelengths are difficult for the human visual system to process properly, as well as causing perceived dazzle effects in rain, fog and snow and problems with glare.
Aside from being functional, yellow fog lights actually look great! They offer a nice contrast when compared to your low beam halogen or HID headlights. Upgrading to yellow fog lights will also also give your car, truck, or SUV a distinct look. There are many yellow performance halogen bulbs being sold in the aftermarket automotive accessory world. If you are looking at upgrading your vehicle’s fog lights with yellow halogen bulbs or a yellow hid kit make sure to purchase a quality product. The last thing you want to do is have a low quality bulb burst in your fog light housing. Also, aftermarket halogen bulbs are often sold in higher wattage. Stay away from high wattage halogen bulbs as they will most likely damage your vehicle’s fog light housing and/or wiring.
Not all yellow halogen bulbs and HID kits look the same. Some offer varying levels of “yellow.” Some bulbs have a white output with a “yellowish” tone whereas others have a true yellow output (which is most people prefer). Here is a picture comparing “Nokya Yellow Bulbs” vs “Putco Jet Yellow Bulbs:”
Nokya Bulb on left VS Putco Jet Yellow on the Right
March 23, 2011
“The Can-Am Spyder (“Spyder”) is a three-wheeled motor vehicle (two wheels in the front, one in the rear) similar in layout to a modern snowmobile. The Spyder uses an ATV-like chassis with a single rear drive wheel, and two wheels in front for steering. It is often referred to as a “roadster” (a term that BRP uses themselves) but in technical terms is more of what has been traditionally called a three wheeled trike.
The Spyder has traction and stability control, and antilock brakes. In most US states the Spyder is licensed as a motorcycle. In California and Delaware only a regular driver’s license is required—however, helmet laws apply in California as they do for all motorcyclists. There is a luggage space under a “hood” at the front of the vehicle. Saddle bags, top boxes and other accessories for the Spyder are also in existence. The Spyder also has front and rear brakes which are both actuated by the same foot pedal, a true reverse gear, power steering and an optional electric shift transmission.”
The Can-Am spyder is a perfect candidate for an HID conversion kit. This roadster has dual projector headlamps for the low beams. Unfortunately, they come with halogen bulbs as opposed to HID bulbs. We recently had one of our customers install 2 of our Xtreme Motorcycle HID kits in her roadster and was kind enough to send us a picture of the outcome. Upgrading the lights on your motorcycle to HID is most likely one of the most useful modifications you can do. An HID conversion kit will increase your light output by approximately 2-3 times when compared to a standard halogen bulb. This additional light will clearly help you see better however it will also help you be seen by other motorists (which is just as important. Typically, our motorcycle customers looking to upgrade their lighting go for a 4300k HID kit to get the brightest and most functional light output.
XenonDepot Motorcycle HID Kit
Picture courtesy of: Katlyn “SpyderGirl” Gommerman
March 22, 2011
You’ve finally installed your new HID kit only to find that it’s not working right. HELP!
Some of the most common issues that we come across when customer’s install their HID kits are:
1) The HID Kit has been installed but only one side is lighting up. The first thing to do is to check all of your connections to make sure that you’ve got everything connected properly. If all your connections appear to be fine and the HID kit is still not turning on then the best thing to do would be to start swapping components left to right. Swapping HID components left to right will help you isolate the culprit and effectively determine what is causing the problem. IE: If one bulb works on both sides whereas one bulb doesn’t work on either side then you most likely have a defective HID bulb. Make sure that when you swap components you swap them one at a time so that you are isolating what is causing the issue.
2) You’ve installed your HID kit and neither lights are turning on. GOOD NEWS! Unless you’ve purchased a really bad HID Kit (which is possible given the low quality HID kits flooding the market) you most likely have an issue with the way the it is installed. If you are powering the ballasts directly from the OEM headlight harness (without the use of a relay harness) then the issue is most likely a polarity problem. All you need to do is swap the polarity of the plug that connects into your vehicle’s factory headlight harness. VOILA! your HID kit should work now.
3) HID Lights Flickering: If you’ve installed your HID kit and your lights function fine when the car is off but as soon as you start the vehicle the lights start to flicker your vehicle is most likely throwing an error code. HID kits draw 35W whereas halogens draw 55W. This difference in draw makes your car think that you have a burnt out headlight bulb. In most cases using a resistor to simulate a load tricks the vehicle into thinking you have your factory halogen bulbs installed (rather than an HID kit).
Hope this helps!
March 21, 2011
HID Kit | HID Conversion Kits | HID Upgrades | Choosing an HID Kit blah blah blah…
Almost on a daily basis we get phone calls from customers asking us about how to upgrade their vehicle to Xenon Lighting. Do I need to get an “HID kit”? Do I just need to get “Xenon bubs?” Do I need to get new headlights? What do I need to do etc…
We decided to blog about this to help future customers that are interested in upgrading their vehicle’s headlights to HID technology and are confused by the various options of products out there. Here are some things to consider:
Halogen Performance Bulbs: Halogen performance bulbs are bulbs that will replace your stock halogen bulbs to provide a different color. This color is achieved by the bulbs having a coating on them which helps provide a blue, purple, white, etc.. output (depending on the color bulb you choose). These bulbs usuallyreduce your light output as the coating actually filters out the light however they do get rid of that ugly yellowish tinge that your stock halogen bulbs emit. In some cases, these bulbs are sold in “higher wattage” which will provide you with more useable light output. However, and it’s a big however, these bulbs often burn hotter and will most likely damage your headlight housing and/or stock headlight harness. I would strongly suggest against installing a higher wattage bulb in your housing unless you have taken this additional heat into consideration. Some vendors selling these “Xenon Halogen bulbs” claim that their bulbs are “Xenon Filled” which is really just a marketing gimmick. You are getting a halogen bulb with a fancy sticker and most likely just overpaying for the bulb. I recently installed Putco Jet Yellow bulbs in the fog lights of my vehicle. These yellow halogen bulbs have done a FABULOUS job in my opinion. They have a really nice deep yellow output and greatly aid in terms of road illumination when driving in snow/rainy conditions. The Putco performance halogen bulbs are rated at the same wattage as my stock bulbs so I was not concerned about damaging my headlight housing and or wiring. In short, for $25.99 you really CANNOT go wrong with this halogen bulb upgrade. I also personally like the look of having yellow fog lights (Personal note).
HID Kits: How do I got about choosing an HID conversion kit for my vehicle to upgrade the low beams? Getting an HID conversion kit for your vehicle is actually a pretty straightforward process. The first thing that you need to do is determine what type of bulb your vehicle uses for the low beams. Finding out what type of bulb our vehicle uses for the low beams is information that you can find by checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual as you should have a little chart somewhere in there that outlines what types of bulbs your vehicle uses. Once you locate the page, scan the page for low beam bulbs and you will find the fitment. I helped a customer this afternoon choose an HID conversion kit for his 2011 Honda Civic Sedan so let’s use the Honda Civic as an example for this particular post. This customer was concerned about what kit to get given the numerous options available on the website. The 2011 Honda Civic uses a 9006 bulb for the low beams meaning that the customer would need to get a 9006 HID conversion kit. A 9006 HID kit will come with HID bulbs that have a 9006 style base that will literally plug into the Civic headlamps with no modifications. A quality HID kit will use bulbs that are laser aligned so that the focal point of the HID bulb literally sits in the same spot as the focal point of the halogen bulb. This ensures that the HID kit once installed will literally replicate the beam pattern of the stock halogen 9006 bulbs. XENON HID lamps do not have a filament. Instead the light is created by an electrical discharge between two electrodes in an air tight tiny quartz capsule filled with xenon gas, mercury and metal halide salts. As a result, HID kits come with a lighting ballasts to control the starting and operating voltages of the HID lights. HID kits have a higher inrush current which is why it is important to understand what type of ballast you are putting in your vehicle and how you are wiring them up. While HID kits operate on 35W, some ballasts have very high starting inrush currents which can potentially damage your vehicle if not wired up properly. Some low draw HID Kit ballasts only draw up to 4.5A on a cold start whereas others can draw up to 15-16A. In many cases your vehicle’s stock headlight harness is not designed to carry that kind of load which means that you may damage your harness over time. Some HID kits come with a relay harness so that the ballast draws power directly from the battery as opposed to the OEM headlight wiring. With the harness installed, all you end up using your factory headlight harness for is to trigger the relay in the HID kit harness on/off. No additional load will be drawn from your vehicle’s stock headlight harness. In short, be careful with what you install in your vehicle. With the numerous types of HID kits being sold in the market you really need to be careful about the type of product that you are installing. Make sure you do your homework and ask the right questions. Saving a little money on an HID kit only to find out that it costs you hundreds of dollars in damages is NOT worth it. Ok.. I’ve blabbed enough about HID bulbs, ballasts, harnesses so back to the Honda Civic. We now know that this vehicle requires the use of a 9006 HID kit however we need to decide on what color temperature (Kelvin temperature )to select as HID kits are now available in all different types of color temperatures.
HID Color Temperature (Kelvin): With so many different color temperatures available when choosing a Xenon Conversion kit how do I know which one to order? What do these numbers mean? How do I choose the right one for my needs? The first thing I ask my customers is why are you installing an HID kit. Are you looking to upgrade your lights for looks or for functionality? When it comes to HID Kelvin color temperature, the higher you go in terms of color temperature the more color you obtain however the less actual useable light output you emit. There is a common misconception that the higher you go in terms of Kelvin temperature ie: 6000k, 8000k, 10000k, 12000k, etc.. the brighter the light. The truth is that this is literally the opposite of what you get. The higher you go in terms of HID kit color temperature the more color you obtain however the less actual useable light output you emit. There is no functional benefit in going with a higher color temperature Xenon upgrade. So in short, if you wanted the best and most functional light output I would strongly suggest getting a 4300k HID conversion kit. Vehicles that come with HID lights right from the factory also come with bulbs in the 4300k color range.
March 1, 2011
When Honda first introduced the Accord back in 1976 it was offered as a 3-door family car with a 63 horsepower 1.6 liter engine and a 2 speed automatic. As time went on the styling changed drastically, people demanded more power and what started out as a conservative looking economy car has turned into a stylish ride with a big aftermarket/tuner following.
If you are looking to do any upgrades on your Honda Accord installing an HID conversion kit is among the most popular modifications to do. The 2008-2011 Honda Accord uses either an H11 or 9006 bulb – if your Accord is a Coupe you need the H11 HID conversion kit and if you have the Sedan you need the 9006. Installation is very easy as the entire set up is designed to be plug & play – no wire cutting or splicing necessary. Also, our Xtreme HID conversion kit will come with a unique dual relay wiring harness allowing you to power the HID’s right from the battery to prevent any flickering.
For those who are looking for more can opt to upgrade the headlights with a set of Halo Projector Headlights. You can also swap out your dull, yellow interior bulbs with LED replacement bulbs to gain more light in the interior.
Below are some great pictures from one of our customers who has our HID conversion kit and LED replacement bulbs installed in their 2010 Accord. Beautiful car!