Starting and warmup of a Philips 35 watt D2R Automotive Xenon-Metal Halide HID lamp with the reflector removed.
This type of lamp is commonly used for headlights in luxury vehicles such as Mercedes, BMW, or Lexus.
Automotive Metal Halide lamps are commonly called "xenon lamps" due to the presence of xenon gas used to fill the arc tube. The xenon gas allows these lamps to provide a minimally adequate amount of light upon startup. If this lamp was filled with argon instead as is commonly done in street lamps or other stationary HID lamps; it would take several minutes for it to reach full brightness vs 30 seconds.
Morimoto vs. Philips D2S HID Headlight Bulb Comparison from TheRetrofitSource.com
Morimoto vs. Philips light bulbs: an overview of the similarities, differences, and a performance stress test. The equipment shown is the Morimoto 5000K D2S 35w bulb on the left, and the Philips 85122+ 35w D2S bulb on the right, both powered by the Morimoto 35w digital ballasts from TRS. This video helps to illustrate that cost does not always evenly equate to quality, so whereas the Philips bulbs are very high quality, the Morimoto units for half the price offer better value.
HID Before and After
07' Cobalt SS/SC
8000K HID Bulbs
How to: Upgrade From a Plug n Play HID kit to a High Performance Headlight Projector Retrofit
The four main components required to upgrade from a plug n play HID kit to a full xenon or bi-xenon retrofit are gone over here.
The projector: the key component that collects and focuses the intense light from the bulb into a proper beam pattern.
The D2S bulb: standard bulb type for all high performance HID projectors
The AMP/D2S adapters: the converter cables that allow you to run a D2S bulb with a set of existing "HID kit" / aftermarket ballasts.
the Projector: focuses the light from the bulb into a strong, uniformly lit beam pattern with a proper upper light cutoff line to light up the road perfectly. The most important part!
D2S bulb: required bulb type for use in true xenon/bi-xenon headlight projectors. You cannot re-use your generic 9006, h1, h4, (etc) HID kit bulbs and expect a good output.
AMP/D2S ballast adapters: convert your generic HID kit ballasts for compatibility with the base of the D2S bulbs.
The shrouds or bezels: simply put, the trim piece that covers the projector after it has been retrofitted into your headlights. Our OEM designs make for a finished, factory look.
Xenon HID start up 5000k with 25 LED side lights
Xenon HID start up 5000k with 25 LED side lights in the day. These are on my citroen C4 VTR+ and was bought off of eBay for £56.50 delivered. They took about a hour to fit without removing the headlights just because the original bulb plugs wouldn't come off easy. The side light bulbs are the 25 LED white and they was about £7 off of eBay too. Although on the video the lights look a little blue they shine a really bright white with no blue in them at all when warm.