How HID Lights Improve Your Peripheral Vision While Driving
The simple fact of the matter is that HID lights make you safer on the road. Although they have long been touted as a cost saving solution based upon their exceptional value and product life span, high intensity discharge lighting systems for your vehicle also possess the ability save much more than just dollars.
By utilizing a small chamber of ignited Xenon gas in place of a traditional metallic filament, Xenon based headlights, or HIDs, remove much of the electrical resistance which has long been the downfall of standard vehicle lighting systems. At its simplest, less resistance means more efficiency, meaning that more light output can be produced using less electricity. Because of this phenomenon, HID lights often outlast even the vehicles onto which they have been installed.
But although the cost savings are tangible, there are even more compelling reasons to make the switch from standard headlights to a Xenon-based lighting system. When it comes to safety on the road, awareness is the key. Simply being aware of what obstacles are out there is ninety percent of the challenge when it comes to staying safe. It is very uncommon for a driver to be involved in a collision due to an obstacle they saw coming and had time to react to… and a good percentage of the time, these incidents are caused by objects, animals, or oncoming traffic from the side.
This peripheral zone can be quite difficult to manage, particularly in low light situations, but luckily HID lights are also the perfect solution to this problem as well. The light output of an HID is so significantly improved that mechanical shields are usually built right into the headlight component to block off excess light production. In fact, one of the main cost benefits to installing Xenon lighting is that there is no real ‘switch’ from normal running lights to brights, as there is in standard lights. This fluidity in current means far less waste, but also means that HID headlights can easily be manipulated to cast some if its light output to the sides, where peripheral blind spots occur.
Even an extra fraction of a second can make all the difference in the world when it comes to avoiding a potentially deadly accident, a fact that no driver should take lightly. From animals or children bolting out into the road unexpectedly, to careless drivers who fail to react to traffic signs or intersections, the simple ability to react more quickly can easily be the difference between life and death.
Whether it is for cost or for safety, the truth is that HID lighting is the wave of the future. Rarely does a product come along that outperforms its competition so thoroughly, but when that product also has the potential to save lives and money, it is s true no-brainer.