are the xenon hid bulbs safe?

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Question are the xenon hid bulbs safe?

I want to put these on my 93 lexus gs300
are they safe? do they really make a difference at night?
The reason i ask i see these bulbs on ebay for as low as 1 penny to $12
will the burn up the wiring on a older car?
 
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Old 03-28-07, 07:39 PM
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I don't know what you are getting for less than $12 but you are not getting an HID conversion kit. They are typically 3 or 4 hundred bucks or more for a kit.

the typical wattage of an HID is less than that of a standard incandescent lamp used in a car so the current draw would be less than the original lamps would draw.

yes, HID lamps do make a huge difference in the lighting.
 
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If you are talking about the true HID lightbuld, there's no HID lightbulb that cost $12, they, the HID bulb are use to comes in as an assembly, that's includes lens/housing/HID converter which are at least hundreds of dollar for ONE, on the Nissan/Infinity, that set up (TWO) cost about Thousand dollars.
 
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Like New Guy says, HID is a complete lighting system, not just a bulb. HID's require a power inverter, engineered lenses, etc. If something says it's a pop in bulb replacement that will make your halogens into HID's, it's a fake.
And by all the reports I've read the 'blue' lights that imitate HID's are actually harder to see by.
 
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it's not a converson kit it's just the light bulb
 
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HID does not have bulb. Sound like fault advertise to me, they are probably mean the blueish bulb that look like HID.
 
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Old 03-29-07, 08:30 AM
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I don't know about the cost of HID bulbs, but I recently upgraded my 2003 truck headlights from "standard" to a "whiter" bulb. This included running lights, low and high beams. The cost was almost $100.

I get off work at midnight and I wish I had made the switch earlier I feel it is worth the costs.

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Originally Posted by New guy View Post
HID does not have bulb. Sound like fault advertise to me, they are probably mean the blueish bulb that look like HID.
yes, HID lights do use a bulb (or more correctly, a lamp) but there are other parts of the system that are required to make the lamps light up.

What they are using on a car is the same basic thing as a street light or the light on the side of a building wall only smaller. lamp, ballast (transformer), capacitor (although the ballast and cap are contained in one unit) are the basic componants of an HID lighting system.

the lenses (or actually entire housing) does not need to be replaced. They now make replacement units that fit in place of a standard automotive headlamp
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the only thing I can figure is they are selling just the lamp, or it seams to typically called an "envelope". If this is the case, you would still need the power unit to make those lamps work. The lamps are replacable independent of the power units in many cases (or so it seems)
 
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