Why are HID conversion kits considered illegal for on-road use? Federal Customs agents have seized millions of dollars worth of shipments of high-intensity landfill (HID) conversion kits since 2009 because the kits do not meet federal standards, according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association, a trade group that represents companies in the automotive aftermarket. “DOT” does not mean that the Department of Transportation has approved the lights; Rather, it is the manufacturer`s own certification of compliance with federal standards according to NHTSA. Just because a xenon or HID conversion kit is labeled “DOT” doesn`t mean the federal government has certified it as legal on the road. First, many consumers seem confused by the “DOT” symbol on replacement lights, including xenon or HID conversion kits. Something very similar happened in the United States. There they must be approved by the DOT. Again, the DOT has never approved such an article in the same way that the EEC and BS have never done. The difference is that the NHTSA has taken a proactive step to take legal action against anyone who fraudulently sells kits such as “DOT approved” or “legal on the road”, unlike in the UK, where trade standards have agreed that there is a problem, claiming that these kits are not legal for the road, but are reluctant to take radical and widespread measures. to stop the misleading illegal sale of these items. Xenon lights are legal if they meet the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. If someone wants to convert their vehicle to xenon HID, they need to buy completely new XENON HID headlights. HIDs installed in halogen lamp headlight systems produce significantly different radiation characteristics. You may have heard that it is acceptable to install a HID conversion kit if it includes a DOT logo, but the fact is that this sign only means that the company that manufactured the product has itself certified that it meets federal requirements.
NHTSA, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is responsible for setting the requirements, but it does not actually certify that a particular product meets those requirements. So, while there is such a thing as DOT compliance, there is no DOT-approved lighthouse. Since NHTSA has officially stated that it is not possible for a HID conversion kit to comply with FMVSS 108, any “DOT approved” label on HID lamps for the aftermarket must be taken with a grain of salt. As always, it`s important to investigate exactly what the product is and whether it`s actually legal or not, rather than just taking someone`s word for it. It is above all their “point of view” on the subject and not necessarily a law in itself. We attended debates in 100 forums, including the UKPOLICEONLINE forum, where officials of all ranks gave mixed opinions on the subject. We`ve written this article to describe the main reasons why HID conversion kits are considered illegal for road traffic, but there are also standards that could easily be met to consider your HID conversion kit as legal for the road, and we`ve detailed everything for you below.
“According to the ministry, it is not legal to sell or use HID lighting kits for the aftermarket to convert conventional halogen headlights to HID xenon.” From the source – click here for the full article. In general, HID lamps contain two tungsten electrodes in a glass housing. The case contains xenon gas and metal halide salts. This explains why HID headlights are often referred to as xenon headlights. You can reduce the time it takes for a HID bulb to heat up to maximum illumination. Thank you for your interest in the subject and for the contribution of your comment on our site. This will help both our customers and our readers make the right choice. It`s good to see that people actually do their research before going out blind and buying kits. Many sellers on ebaY and other similar places will sell these kits as “Road Legal”, but they may simply disappear from ebaY and not worry about returns. We have been operating since November 2007 as a sister company of Power Steering Services & ECU Repairs, which has been operating since 1972, so we are reluctant to give ourselves a bad reputation and strive to give our customers the best possible and most accurate information before the sale.
Finally, a variety of light colors are available. The hue of the light in the headlights is based on a temperature scale and is evaluated in Kelvin units. Most halogen bulbs have between 3,000 K and 3,500 K, which produces yellowish light. HIDs can be of almost any color, but the most commonly used in retrofit kits in vehicles produce 4,500K to 6,000K of light. This is closer to natural light and white-blue light. Aftermarket LED replacement lamps are illegal, but there is little application at the federal level. “Currently, there are no replaceable LED headlights that meet federal safety standards. To our knowledge, if you have headlights with transparent lenses, that is, patternless on the front glass/plastic, this will help to significantly reduce glare.
Now there are two types of headlights, reflector and projector. The reflective headlamp has a sheet-shaped mirror surface inside, with which the conventional halogen lamp distinguishes light outwards. Xenon HID light bounces off this shiny surface in the headlight and up to 30% of the light will end up out of the headlight in the wrong direction (perhaps in the direction of oncoming drivers who dazzle/dazzle them). The other type is the projector lens, which helps focus the light where you want it to be, this eliminates any glare and is the proper setup for HID kits. Many people swear by headlights with HID lamps, short for High Intensity Discharge. These types of lights can improve visibility because they emit a bright blue-white light that approximates natural light. On the other hand, they can dazzle other riders with the glare they create. Some states allow HID headlights, but California only allows headlights that emit white or yellow light, meaning only low-intensity HID lights are legal. If you are unsure of your vehicle and it would be legal for you to have a HID conversion kit assembled, please call us on 0871 2887 666 and we will review it with you and give our honest opinion. Xenon lamps, also known as high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, produce brighter light than halogen lamps and with much less heat. The blue and white light emitted by xenon lamps is so bright that it is known to “dazzle” other conductors. Those bright, bluish headlights in your rearview mirror may come from a high-end luxury car equipped with such lights.
But they may also be a sign of a change in the aftermarket that is technically illegal, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. After all, HID headlights are not legal in every state. In some areas, such as California, they are only legal if the car is purchased with these headlights and they are of low intensity. In general, aftermarket conversion kits are not allowed. I admire your honesty and am glad you are a responsible seller who only sells them for off-road use. Although there is one important fact that has been overlooked in this article. The real reason why HID conversion kits, which simply replace an OEM halogen with a HID bulb, are not approved for road traffic is quite simple. This is because no HID lamp has ever received ECE or BS approval for such an application and this is required by law in the UK.
So all these kits are illegal for use on the street.