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FREE Guide to HID Headlight Conversion

We asked celebrity mechanic Eric The Car Guy to install one of our HID healdight kits in his Honda Element. He made a great video which shows the step by step process. Eric installs a dual beam kit in this video - our single beam kits are even easier!

 

Guide to HID Headlight Conversion

You’ve probably seen other cars on the road with these super bright colored headlights and thought to yourself that you’d like your own vehicle to have the same look, but what’s involved in converting your own headlights to HID? MotorFiend’s HID Headlight Conversion Guide is here to tell you exactly what’s involved.

You won’t need any special tools or anything more than basic automotive maintenance skills to install one of our HID headlight kits because they’re plug and play, meaning they come with everything you need to make the HID conversion a success.

The first thing you need to know is your headlight bulb type. Every car that has rolled off a factory production line is listed in Sylvania’s free online bulb database, so you can search for your vehicle’s bulb type there. Typical results are bulb types such as H1, H4, 9003, 9007 etc. You should take note if your bulb if listed as ‘High & Low Beam’ or under two separate listings for High or Low Beam.

Something you need to know about the listings is that some vehicles use a dual filament bulb for both their high and low beam, where others use two separate bulbs; one for the high and one for the low – so when you determine which type of set up your vehicle has you need to decide what you want to upgrade.

If your vehicle uses two separate bulbs for the high and low beam you’ll need to buy two HID headlight kits if you want to upgrade both. If you’re lucky enough however to have a car that uses the one bulb for both high and low beam then you only need to buy one of our Dual Beam HID kits to covert both the high and low to HID.

Next you need to decide on which color of HID you want. HID lights are color rated by a system know as Kelvin (K). The number describes the color, not the brightness of the bulb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every HID headlight kit comes with two HID bulbs, two ballasts (which power the high voltage bulbs), wiring with connectors and mounting screws or brackets. MotorFiend offers you an upgrade to a slim ballast for and addition $14.99. The slim ballasts are smaller, lighter and made of plastic, rather than metal. They are newer technology, but have the same 35 watt output of the regular ballasts.

Your other option is express shipping. All of our HID products are shipped from California USA. Express shipping not only means it will be shipped by USPS as priority mail, but it will also bump your order to the front of our shipping queue.

Installation of your HID kit is simple enough. Don’t throw away your original bulbs though, just in case you ever want to switch back.  When you open the kit be sure not touch the filament of the HID bulb with your bare fingers because the oils on your hands will reduce the life of the bulb.

Run the wiring out in your engine bay so you can get an idea of how the wiring fits together and you can also decide where to mount your ballasts.

The original wires that connect to the back of your headlight bulbs will join into the new HID wiring, so you’ll need to remove the plug from the back of the original bulbs first.  Next connect the ballasts to the HID bulbs and locate the earth wires. Some kits also have a positive (red) wire that needs to be connected to the positive (+) terminal of your battery. Ensure you find a quality bare metal earth for the bulb earth wires. This may require the removal of some paint from your engine bay. If your HID bulbs are not correctly earthed they will not operate properly.

When you have connected all of the wires you should start your engine and switch on the headlights to ensure you have connected the kits properly. Ensure the wiring is clear of the fan belt before starting the engine. When all is working properly you can remove the covers from the HID bulbs, install them into the headlights and then mount the ballasts are wiring. 

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