A brighter 2018 with AbsoluteHID!
Our HID Kits are the easiest to Install! All connectors are PLUG & PLAY.
Why Convert to HID lighting with a AbsoluteHID HID Kit?
- Top of the line CANBUS kits, which work PnP WITHOUT dangerous resistors are available
- HID Kits produce at least 3X as much light as stock halogens
-HID bulbs can last up to 5 years, reducing the chance of a burn-out on the road
- HID's come in 4300K, #1 colour for reducing eye fatigue & increasing contrast at night
- HID Kits run on your vehicle's existing 12V DC Wiring system
- High quality German capacitors in AbsoluteHID products fire in less than 0.01 Seconds
- HID's use much less electricty than halogen bulbs, saving wear on Battery & Alternator
-Choice of 35w (Factory HID Brightness) and 55w (Up to 33% brighter)
HID's are the best choice for maximum lighting performance
If you are shopping for an HID Conversion Kit, you may search for HID Kits based on vehicle manufacturer, you may view HID Lights - ballast type, or if you know which halogen bulb your lights use, you may browse HID Headlamps - bulb type.
We recommend using our CANBUS digital error cancelling kit, which integrates itself with your vehicle’s lighting system, performs load balancing (replacing resistors), supports DRL and auto-on headlight systems. A CANBUS upgrade on every kit is the best way to ensure ease of installation and issue-free operation. CANBUS is compatible with all vehicles, but some vehicles require this upgrade to work at all. Please contact our staff for assistance.
Our conversion kits come in 35w (standard brightness) and 55w (maximum brightness.) Installing 55w hid headlights into housings that previously had 55w halogens does not cause additional heat. Most stock halogen bulbs (h1,h4,h7,h13,9005,9006,) are 55w. Some foglight bulbs (880, 5202, h3) can be 35w or less, so higher wattage kits should be used with care.
If your vehicle has lowbeam Daytime Running Lights (DRL) on the lowbeams, you need a CANBUS kit. If your vehicle has highbeam DRL, and you order highbeam HID’s, your kit will come with the appropriate relay. This relay will allow you to rewire your highbeams to work with HID. This relay will also enable moving your DRL to lowbeam.
We offer two types of dual filament bulb conversions. H13, 9004, 9007, 9008, H13 and H4 bulbs all do both lowbeam and highbeam. No kit sold at AbsoluteHID disables highbeam operation, as this would be entirely unsafe. If you purchase a lowbeam kit of any of the above bulb types, you’ll receive a kit with lowbeam HID and highbeam halogens. If you purchase both a lowbeam and a highbeam kit, you will receive a bi-xenon HID kit with all required wiring.
How does Colour work with HID's? What is K?
Like household bulbs, HID's come in a variety of different colours, ranging from super-white, off white, light blue, and so on. In order to measure HID colour, a scientific measurement of colour, called Kelvin (or K) is used. A Kelvin chart looks like this, along with general approximations of colours in relationship to one another.
As we can see, factory HID's (range between 4100-4500K) are all very close to 4300K, which is pure white light. All HID's produce pure white light, unless they are altered to add either cooler (bluer) colours or warmer (yellower) colours. Unfortunately, adding colour to HID's always decreases their light ouput, which makes 4300K the brightest HID colour available. Not only does 4300K ensure you get maximum light output from your HID's, it also minimizes glare and distractions to other drivers. The actual appearance of HID's once installed varies from vehicle to vehicle, as headlights will focus light differently (remember the prism in grade school? Headlight optics work the same way.) Some vehicles (Acuras andLand Rovers, as an example) have headlights that make the bulb seem very blue. Some people like imitating this colour, so we offer 5000K (very light blue) and 6000K (light blue) bulbs for these purposes. As many people who drive in foggy conditions know, yellow light is the best way to cut through fog and condensation, so we carry 3000K (yellow) bulbs for these applications. Finally, we do carry 8000K, 10000K, 12000K, 15000K and lots of other colours (please e-mail for availability) for showcars, promotional vehicles, specific industrial uses, and people who just don't like taking our advice.
The exact colour of your headlights will depend largely on what kind of vehicle they are installed in. Photographing light bulb colours is difficult, as cameras have a dendency to over-exagerate colours, but for a general idea of colours please use the reference picture below. Accuracy of colours will also depend proper monitor colour calibration:
Can I Install my HID Kit or HID Bulbs myself?
Replacing HID bulbs is very simple. If you can see the back of the headlight, you can change the bulb yourself. Unplug the connector, pull out the old bulb, installation is reverse of removal. HID bulbs are fragile, so be gentle. The oils on your hands can cause HID's to burn out prematurely so holding the bulb in a tissue or microfibre towel while installing is recommended to prevent any oils from getting on the glass. This applies to both factory and aftermarket HID bulbs.
Installing an HID kit is somewhat more challgenging. The actual task of installing HID's is simple. It comprises of the following steps (each step on both headlights):
1) Unplug and remove your existing headlight bulb.
2) Attach one end of the wiring pigtail (attached to bottom of bulb) into ballast. (Plug and play, only one connector will fit, and it only fits one way, so trial and error will lead to success).
3) Attach the other end of pigtail used in step #2 into vehicles stock wiring connector (which we unplugged the old halogen bulb from in step #1). There are 18 varieties of connectors, most of which have a socketed connector that only fits one way. (For kits which have terminal type connectors, black is always ground on our HID kits, this needs to be matched to the ground (Black or Brown) connector on the vehicles stock wiring. It is sometimes easier to look at the back of the vehicles stock wiring connector to determine ground)
4) Connect the two plugs on the wire protruding from the ballast to the two plugs on the bulb. These are the only two connectors left, and they are plug and play, so trial and error will yield success.
5) Insert HID bulbs into headlight housings, ensuring they are securely fastened.
Many of our customers choose to install their own HID kits because of the ease of the steps described above. An unskilled person can generally install an HID kit in about 20 minutes. However, HID installations must be done carefully so as to ensure that the bulb is correctly mounted. An incorrectly mounted bulb can damage the headlight or other components of your vehicle, and will not allow the headlight to focus the light correctly. A licensed mechanic in your area will be able to tell you if there are laws regulating the colour, brightness or installation of HID's in your area. In many areas, blue lights are reserved for snow removal vehicles, and for these reasons we strongly recommend professional installation. Most shops charge between 30 minutes to one hour labour to perform a complete HID install. If your vehicle has aftermarket lighting, is imported from the United States (and is using an aftermarket Daytime Running Light module), or your vehicle has factory half wattage DRL's on your low beams instead of high beams, we ask you check the "Have AbsoluteHID Staff contact me" on your vehicle model order page so we can confirm Plug and Play fitment details.
I'm not sure what I need. Can you help?
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We sell a variety of products to suit different purposes. If you have a vehicle with traditional halogen headlights, and you'd like to upgrade to a brighter HID system, you will need to purchase an hid kit. If you have an vehicle with existing HID's, and are looking to replace a broken component or change the appearance of your lights, read on.
If you have an HID system on your vehicle and one, or both bulbs are not working, your most likely have a burnt out bulb. Although HID bulbs last much longer than traditional halogen bulbs, they do eventually burn out and need to be replaced. As HID bulbs change colour over time, and have a limited lifespan (2-5 years, with an average of about 3½), they should always be replaced in pairs. AbsoluteHID does not sell individual replacement bulbs. We sell both Aftermarket Replacement HID Bulbs (for vehicles with HID Kits installed) and OEM Replacement HID Bulbs (for vehicles with factory-installed HID systems.)
If you or your mechanic have determined that you have a ballast that has failed, we do sell individual replacement ballasts for all applications.
What do watts on hid lights (35w, 55w) mean?
HID's are measured based on their power consumption in Watts. Much like standard household bulbs, the greater the wattage, the more light they produce. Most HID kits, including all factory-installed HID systems, are 35w. AbsoluteHID also offers 55w HID kits which produce over 33% more light than comparable 35w HID kits. 55w HID kits still produce less heat than traditional halogen headlight bulbs making them safe replacements for all vehicles, and a good choice for drivers who are looking for more light output. We also carry 80W HID kits, which are primarily designed for industrial and agricultural use, however may be installed in many vehicles with modifications to ensure proper cooling.
When replacing HID bulbs, if unsure of the wattage, always select the highest wattage to prevent damage. A 55w HID bulb can safely be ran at 35w, and 80W HID's will work in 55w and 35w kits. (Bulbs will operate at ballast wattage.)