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Default Official HID Thread: Questions and Pictures HERE

Here is that start of what should be the OFFICIAL HID THREAD:

What is and HID Light

High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps are electrical lamps producing light by means of an electric arc between tungsten electrodes housed inside a translucent or transparent fused quartz or fused alumina tube. This tube is filled with both gas and metal salts. The gas facilitates the arc's initial strike. Once the arc is started, it heats and evaporates the metal salts forming a plasma, which greatly increases the intensity of light produced by the arc and reduces its power consumption.

Compared with fluorescent and incandescent lamps, HID lamps have much higher efficacy: they give a greater amount of light output per watt of electricity input.

Like fluorescent lamps, HID lamps require a ballast to start and maintain their arcs. The method used to initially strike the arc varies: mercury vapor lamps and some metal halide lamps are usually started using a third electrode near one of the main electrodes while other lamp styles are usually started using pulses of high voltage.
Now that we have established that an HID Lamp is Composed of a bulb and a ballast, let the thread begin.

Here are the different color scales

2008 Altima 2.5SL CVT - Dark Slate - Black Leather 8000k HID Kit

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