Can I Use Xenon HID Bulbs In My Halogen Car?

Can I Use HID Bulbs In My Halogen Car?

Can I Use HID Bulbs In My Halogen Car?

We find that lots of our customers have a car that uses halogen bulbs, but want the look and style of a xenon HID. One of the most common questions we get asked at PowerBulbs HQ is, ‘Can I use HID bulbs on my halogen car?’ The short answer is yes, but you'll need to use an HID Conversion Kit. Xenon HIDs won't fit into spaces that are designed for halogen bulbs, and vice versa.

Keep on reading to get the lowdown on fitting xenon bulbs into a halogen car…


How do I know if my car uses HID bulbs?

There are a few ways to check this. You can look in your vehicle handbook, which will display the most up-to-date fitting information. If your vehicle uses xenon HIDs, you’ll be looking for a fitting that begins with a ‘D’, such as ‘D2S’.

If you don’t have your vehicle handbook with you, don’t worry! We have a trusty bulb finder on our site. Simply click here to go to our homepage, and fill in your vehicle’s details. You can then browse the full range of bulbs in your specific fitting.

Will HIDs fit my halogen car?

If your car is designed to use halogen bulbs, you can’t simply install Xenons – they physically won’t fit. Take a look at this comparison of a halogen and a Xenon HID bulb:

If you compare the bases of the bulbs, you will see that they look completely different and are therefore not interchangeable. The reason for this is because halogen bulbs can be plugged directly into the car with no problems. Due to the gas discharge technology used in Xenon HIDs, the base of the bulb has to be designed in a different way to accommodate this.

Can I fit halogens into my Xenon car?

Just to complicate things, halogen bulbs can sometimes fit into some places on a HID car. Most cars use separate bulbs for their dipped and high beams, and on a Xenon car, you may find that you have a Xenon bulb in your dipped beam, and a halogen in your high beam. However, a halogen bulb wouldn’t fit into the Xenon socket, and vice versa.

What about a HID conversion kit?

If you want HID bulbs to fit your halogen car, there are HID conversion kits on the market that helps you to do this. Check out our range of HID Conversion Kits manufactured by M-Tech. All of these high-quality kits come with a free 12 month warranty for peace of mind.

Shop our range of HID Conversion Kits here.

How can I get a Xenon HID effect from my halogen bulbs?

There are many great options if you’re after a white light from a halogen bulb. If you want to remain road legal, take a look at the following bulbs:


  • OSRAM Cool Blue Intense – a colour temperature of up to 4200K makes the Cool Blue Intense an ideal choice for drivers who want the ultimate in style whilst remaining road legal.

If you’re after a very close colour match for factory-fitted Xenons, there are some bulbs with a higher Kelvin rating than the ones mentioned above. Please note that these are not road legal and are not suitable for use on public roads. Our bestsellers in this category are:

  • Philips Diamond Vision – the Diamond Vision range has a Kelvin rating of 5000K, giving you a strong, crisp white light that is a close colour match to a standard Xenon HID.
  • PIAA Stratos Blue - with a colour temperature of 6000K, the PIAA Stratos Blue range produces a strong white-blue light on the road.


You can also take a look at our whole Styling bulb range here.

We hope that this post has answered your questions regarding the use of HID bulbs on your halogen car. If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help.

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About the Author

John Conboy is the founder of, a UK based automotive lighting specialist, which ships bulbs worldwide. John has 20+ years experience in the industry and in that time has become an approved partner of Philips and OSRAM.