http://lumenshid.com/oe.html said:Color Temperatures (K - Kelvins)
There is a general misconception that a higher K rating provides more light than a lower K rating with Xenon HID lights. The brightest light is actually at a pure white light without any additional colors. With Lumens Xenon HIDs, you would see pure white at 6000K. OE manufacturers choose a light at 4300K rather than 6000K. 4300K has a slight yellowish color (like the color halogen bulbs have). This is not the brightest color band for a clear night; 6000K would provide more visibility in this case. Unfortunately, pure white light does have its downfalls. Because of its intensity, white light (6000K) also refracts back at the driver the most when there are particles in the air (ie. rain, snow, and fog). A less refractive light would be more useful in these conditions; we find yellow (3000K) to be the most effective in these situations. For OE manufacturers, they try to give the medium which would be between the white and the yellow for overall driving conditions.
For HID conversions on vehicles for daily driving (especially vehicles with projectors), we recommend the colors between 4300K - 6000K. Any colors below or above this range will result in loss of light (amount of light lost will vary depending on the housing / projector). For fog light applications, we recommend 3000K for performance in rain, snow, and fog.
Bluish. You ARE aware - oh, no, I bet you're not! - that BLUE is a BAD color for distinguishing things, right? The human eye isn't very efficient at blue.I like the 8000k's I have in my s14. I can see better than the stockers, signs still reflect very nicely and I dig the blueish color (not too blue). I did have 6000k's when I bought the car. I prefer the 8's.
With any car... My first mod is a good alarm.
After alarm, the next major thing I do is suspension. Small mods I begin with include stereo, HID's, tint... But I always do suspension before adding power.
Here's a color chart for visual reference.Anything beyond 6k is straight up obnoxious
It depends.So this could be a dumb question. I am looking to do a light upgrade to my bird. How much better can you see with HIDs than an upgraded regular bulb like a silverstar ultra?A s always , thanks for your help.