Bike HID Headlight Kits

By Randy Johnston

Whether or not you are interested in being safe or turning heads, you will achieve both by installing a HID kit in your motorcycle. Not only do the bright lights make a dramatic difference and customise the outward appearance of your machine, they enhance your safety helping you to see better and be seen at night.

Motorcycle HID bulbs

The state-of-the-art technology in HID kits lets you convert your halogen headlights into super performance HID bulbs which produce 3 times the light without making compromises on focus or correct beam patterns. Standard xenon bulbs have a single beam which is employed for either low or high beam. Bi-xenon bulbs provide both low and high beam in the same bulb using xenon and halogen gases. Purpose made xenon HID bulbs have a UV cut to avoid scratching the plastic lenses and include a metal or ceramic holder. HID bulbs have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years.

HID bulbs come in various sizes which match your current halogen headlights. Simply check the headlight you want to replace or look in your owner's manual to find the size like H1, H3, H4, H7 for example. This suggests they're going to fit into your present headlights without any need for modification. Twin headlight HID kits are acceptable for bikes with 2 headlamps.

The colour temperature of the HID bulbs generally comes in 4300K, 6000K which produces diamond white and is the most popular, 8000K which gives blue light, a deeper blue at 10000K and violet at 30000K.

CAN-Bus HID headlights

An advanced bulb caution system is installed in more recent motorbikes, principally in BMW bikes from 2005 onwards. This CAN-Bus system cuts out the power to the headlights if bulbs are running at less than 55W. Since HID bulbs are only 35W, this safety mechanism can interfere with common HID kits and cause flickering and possible radio interference. If your motorcycle has this system, you need to purchase a CAN-Bus HID kit to prevent fake bulb warnings.

Slim digital ballasts

Many HID kits make use of the new slim digital ballasts with separate starter. This improves trustworthiness and saves on space and weight. They are simple to install and less complicated maintained. Ballasts are customarily made from steel or aluminum and are waterproof and vibration resistant. They also have a shut off mode to avert damage or flammability if a malfunction occurs.

HID kit parts

A HID kit will contain bulbs with the size and color chosen by the purchaser, ballasts, mounting brackets, harness wire and screws. Manufacturers should ideally provide a 1 to 2 year guarantee covering the failure of any elements within the kit.

Most HID kits are engineered to be 'plug and play ' systems and installation is found not to take any longer than sixty minutes though the time varies depending on the sort of motorcycle. Each kit should feature an instruction manual which shows you how to replace your halogen bulls with HID bulbs by plugging the bulb to the ballast and the ballast plugs to the factory OEM harness.

General or brand motorbike kits

It is feasible to buy either general motorbike HID kits or to get ones for different makes and models of motorbikes. Those that turn out HID kits for their make of bike have really specialised understanding and experience of their bikes, and ensure that all the kits pass rigorous quality testing. HID kits can cost anywhere from $45-$300, with the ones precise to motorbike brands being costlier.

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