September 26, 2011
Check out these great pics of our Xtreme HID kit installed in a pair of 2010 Honda Civics. Both Civics went with 5000k for the headlights which offers a nice balance of color and usable light output.
The Xtreme HID Kit is available in 3000k, 4300k, 5000k, 6500k and 8000k color temperatures.
August 8, 2011
Here are some recent pictures a customer sent us of his Honda Civic with an Xtreme HID Kit installed. The 8th generation Civic uses a 9006 bulb for the low beams meaning you will need a 9006 HID Kit. The vehicle also has Acura TSX HID Projectors Lenses installed which gives the HID kit a very sharp, defined cut off. Looks awesome!
June 15, 2011
Summer school ended! Freedom! So, since I have the time, I will be writing a writeup (and comparison) of my recent mod: 35W 5000k HID for 9006 Bulb size (Low Beam), that was done today.
Therefore, I resorted to the last option: XenonDepot’s Volt HID Kit. XenonDepot seemed to have great reviews from many of the forums such as 8thCivic.com. They’re active participants in the forums so customer inquiries were handled quickly. I decided to give this a shot as my total ended up being about the price of my first DDM setup. Three days after ordering, I got the kit from UPS. I would include an opinion of UPS’ computer system but that is irrelevant and you guys must be bored from reading this story. Upon reception of the parcel, I was very satisfied as the box/packaging was an actual company name unlike DDM’s China Kit. There is acually a trademark name for Volt Digital.
The cutoff for now seems good. I haven`t tested it in the dark yet. Stay tuned to the gallery for night pics and updates on anything new regarding this kit 🙂 I will give this product a 10/10 as it seemed to work on the first try and the color of the bulb looks good. XenonDepot.com is definitely worthy to buy again. The installation is about 3/5, 3 being moderately difficult due to Honda`s bad designs.
Continue Reading the rest of the set up at Project X Blog
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.
February 23, 2010
We would like to thank our customer for sending us pictures of the Volt 6000K HID Kit installed in his 2008 Honda Civic. The Volt 6000K HID Kit offers a bright white output with a very slight blueish tone. The 2008 Honda Civic uses a 9006 bulb for the low beam meaning that our customer had to purchase a 9006 HID Kit to upgrade the low beam on the vehicle.
9006 HID Kit installed in Honda Civic
December 1, 2009
Just got some pretty nice pics of our Xtreme HID Kit installed in a Honda Civic. This customer upgraded both his low beams and fog lights to HID.