Are Xenon HID kits legal when fitted on cars?

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Are Xenon HID kits legal when fitted on cars?

Are Xenon HID kits legal when fitted on cars?

30th March 2010

Post Tagged: Legal, Xenon HID, Headlight Bulbs, Expert Guide


Your Questions Answered: Are Xenon HID kits legal?

There is a lot of confusion surrounding HID conversion kits. Many of our customers love the stylish look and brighter beam that Xenon headlight bulbs can produce and want to achieve this using their halogen system.

We get lots of questions about HID kits. We’ve put them all together in this handy blog post, so that you can get clued up on all things conversion kit. Keep on reading to find out everything you need to know, or skip to the bottom of this post for our brilliantly bright alternatives to a Xenon HID conversion kit…
 

What is a HID Conversion Kit?

To get Xenon bulbs to fit your halogen car, you will need to install a conversion kit. This is a system that allows you to fit and use Xenon bulbs in your halogen headlights.

Sounds perfect, right? It does in theory, but there can be problems that come with HID kits. The two main worries are road legality and quality of product.
 

Are HID kits made to a high quality?

We can’t speak for all conversion kits, but some of the ones that we’ve come across are not always manufactured in high-quality factories to OEM standards.

If you’re looking to buy a kit, we would strongly recommend that you purchase from a reputable brand. Poor quality kits can cause your bulbs to fail early or even cause damage to your vehicle.
 

The seller says the kit is road legal. Is this true?

Xenon HIDs are only road legal if the headlight unit is correctly E marked. If you’re unsure, you’re looking for an ECE R99 certification. There are only two ways for a HID kit to qualify as road legal:

  1. If the whole headlight unit is replaced with one specifically designed for HID.
  2. The existing headlight unit would have to be reassessed for compliance and then assigned a new ‘E’ mark.

As you can imagine, this is very costly and causes a lot of hassle. However, unless you take these steps when converting halogen to HID, your vehicle will not be road legal.
 

What if the seller says that the conversion kit will pass my MOT?

The kit may pass, but that does not necessarily mean that it is road legal.
 

Does it matter if the kit is legal or not?

That comepletely depends on each individual driver and whether they want to risk their luck using the kit. If you find that you’re asking yourself this very question, you may want to take the following points into account:

  • Adding the kit may void your insurance and any warranty you may have on your vehicle. It’s best to check this out before you buy!
  • HID kits can pose a safety risk to the emergency services. If yo’re part of an accident, the kit may not switch off which could cause lots of problems. Factory-fitted bulbs are designed to switch off in the event of a collision, and many conversion kits don’t have this feature.
     

What are my other options?

If you’re after a Xenon HID effect or more light on the road, there are lots of halogen options that can help you achieve your automotive lighting goals.
 

I want more light on the road

Our range of maximum performance bulbs produce extra light on the road in comparison to a standard halogen. Our top recommendations are the Philips X-treme Vision +130 and OSRAM Night Breaker Unlimited. Both of these bulbs offer over 100% more light on the road than a standard bulb, helping you to spot potential hazards on the road with ease.

Shop Philips X-treme Vision +130 here.

Shop OSRAM Night Breaker Unlimited here.
 

I want a whiter light

For those of you wanting a HID effect, our range of styling bulbs provide a close colour match to factory-fitted Xenons.

We have both road legal and non-road legal options. The Philips WhiteVision (up to 4300K) and OSRAM Cool Blue Intense (up to 4200K) ranges produce a strong white light on the road. Philips WhiteVision bulbs also produce up to 60% more light than standard, giving you that extra bit of safety, too.

Shop Philips WhiteVision here.

Take a look at the OSRAM Cool Blue Intense here.
 

If you’re looking for a very close colour match to factory-fitted HIDs, we would recommend the Philips Diamond Vision. With a colour temperature of 5000K, this bulb is our whitest halogen and will give you optimum style on the road. Please note that Philips Diamond Vision bulbs are not road legal.

Buy Philips Diamond Vision here.

On most cars, it’s really simple to replace halogen bulbs yourself at home. Just check the vehicle handbook or our handy blog post for a general guide.

Click here to check which fitting your car needs.

Unlike HID conversion kits, you can install halogens bought from PowerBulbs with confidence. We only buy genuine, OEM quality bulbs directly from Philips and OSRAM, world leaders in automotive lighting.

 

If you have any further questions about HID conversion kits, road legality or even bulb fittings, please do get in touch with us!