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   Frequently Asked Questions
    Automotive - Lighting
 
Question: Will these lights fit just like my existing lights?

Answer: YES, the lights we sell are exact replacements of your existing lights, your existing harnesses and/or bulbs will plug into the new lights exactly like your existing lights. All of our lights are DOT approved and SAE certified.

Question: Q. I heard there is a special way to handle Halogen bulbs, is this true?

Answer: A. This is true. You don't want to touch the glass portion of the bulb. Any chemical or even oil from your skin can shorten the life of the bulb. Just be careful when you install and handle them.

Question: Q. What is the difference between the Quality Replacement Headlights and the Premium Headlights?

Answer: A. The Premiums have a longer one year warranty, rather than the standard 90 days. We also check those products by hand. Meaning, we actually open the individual manufacturer's boxes and check for any unusual flaws, parts missing, or issues. We make sure the packing is well done, beyond what the manufacturer's do from their end. Many times we get these products from several different manufacturers (to always bring our customers the lowest prices we can), but with Premiums, we ship the Customer the BEST quality product choice available from our suppliers. It's a personal Customer service we like to offer, and of course, the warranty is better.

Question: Q. What is an HID light bulb?

Answer: A. HID stands for "High Intensity Discharge". These bulbs use an electric arc inside, rather than a glowing filament like a Halogen uses. HID lights are stock on several vehicles, from BMWs to Lincolns. HID lights can also be referred to as Xenon bulbs (though not all Xenon bulbs are HID!). HID headlamp bulbs do not run on low-voltage DC current like a Halogen, so they require a ballast with either an internal or external ignitor. The ignitor is integrated into the bulb in some lighting systems, and is either a separate unit or part of the ballast in other systems (similar to fluorescent bulbs in your home). The ballast controls the current to the bulb. HID bulbs tend to be much more expensive to replace than a Halogen bulb on a vehicle.

Question: Q. Do you carry bulbs that are brighter than stock bulbs?

Answer: A. Yes we do. Check out our PERDE bulbs while looking up your vehicle. These throw out a brighter, white light that reflects better off the road and allows you to see better and further. In most cases, these only use around 55 to 65 watts. PERDE bulbs use some Xenon and Krypton gas inside to also enhance their light. Here at headlightsdepot.com, we give them a limited Lifetime Warranty. That's how much we believe in this product!

Question: Q. Can I replace my stock Halogen headlights with HIDs?

Answer: A. This would require some modifications. Usually where the wiring is concerned. While the lamp can sometimes fit into the opening on the front of the vehicle, the stock lamps use different bulbs, sockets, fuses, relays,and wiring. In most states, it may not even be legal. You may want to check with your local mechanic if you are unsure on how to wire electrics on a vehicle. Or take a peek on Youtube.com for a video on how (or if) the conversion can be done.

Question: Q. What are Projector lights?

Answer: A. These types of lights are popular on most European vehicles, and are now becoming popular with other makes and models. With Projector lights, a filament is located at one focus of a reflector and has a round glass or heavy duty plastic condenser lens at the front of the lamp. These lenses in front of the light bulb distribute the light evenly across the front of the vehicle, and can give a bigger range of visibility for the driver. The bulbs themselves are still usually a common Halogen bulb that can be easily changed. But it's the lens that really makes the lights themselves different.

Question: Q. What is a "Halo" light?

Answer: A. Halo lights are also known as "eyebrows". You've probably seen them on some cars, where they are a factory option, such as BMWs and others. On some cars the effect is done with bulbs, on some vehicles it's done with fiber optics. They can appear as a glowing "ring" around headlights. These can be a popular upgrade to really make your car or truck stand out at night. Note that the ones we sell, you typically have to wire up the HALO portion yourself to your existing wiring harness with the lights (this is because your stock vehicle did not have HALOs, thus there is no wiring pigtail for them on the factory harness). TIP: If you wire them up to the parking lights, they will come on when those and / or your headlights are on. (Check youtube for videos on how mechanics do this). There are two kinds of basic Halos: A CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) which is a much brighter style, (but it's more fragile and prone to breakage of the two), and an LED Halo, which is a ring of small bright LEDs, like pearls, that run around the headlight. (We carry the LED style).

Question: Q. Do the headlight assemblies include bulbs?

Answer: A. For the most part, no. On the stock replacement headlight assemblies, they are a direct fit. You can use your old bulbs and sockets, they fit right in, and no modifications are needed. Some of the aftermarket units do use different Halogen bulbs than the stock ones, in which case we sell those, and really, with the great deal we have on PERDE light bulbs, you can't go wrong getting new bulbs that are much better than stock ones.

Question: Do you carry LED headlights?

Answer: Actually, we only carry Philips LED Daylight DRLs, which can feature a total of 8 optimized high-power LUXEON Rebel automotive LEDs. These are Daytime Driving Lights (NOT HEADLIGHTS). These project a powerful, bright white light while maximizing energy consumption and their beam is 80% wider than the average DRL. Philips LED DayLights increase your safety and add the stylish look of high performance seen on today's high performance vehicles. LED DayLights let you switch from using your standard headlights to a LED light source during the daytime, extending the life of your headlights and reducing energy consumption. Philips LED DayLights last more than 10,000 hours, eliminating the need for maintenance! Here's a Video about them: (Click Here) (Note that some of the Performance headlight assemblies we sell have LED bulbs in them, but those are accent lights, not the actual Headlight).

Question: Q. I have moisture in my headlamps. What's that all about?

Answer: Your old lights probably had moisture or condensation in them too. But who's going to look at old headlights? Who cares? Now that you have those new clear lights on your nice car, now all of sudden you look at them every day. (and we understand that). Without going into scientific jargon, with molecules, or vaporization, etc. It's a fact that condensation happens just about anywhere. If there's a temperature change, between outside the lens and inside the lens, this can cause the moisture to happen. (a gas becomes a liquid). Your Halogen headlight bulbs put out some heat. That means the inside is warm air, while the outside is a different temp. Sort of like how the front window on your car fogs up and you have to turn on the defroster vent. It will usually just dissipate after some driving. Condensation does not mean something is wrong with headlamp. It's mother nature. It normaly goes away by itself.

Question: Will I have to adjust my headlights after installing them?

Answer: If it's possible, when you take the old assembly out, match any adjusters up with the new ones. Adjust the new light as close to the adjustment on the old units as you can. That way, any adjustments you make on the car once it's installed will be very minor. Our headlght assemblies have the same adjusters as the stock units. There are many videos on Youtube on how to adjust lighting. Check your owners manual too. Not all vehicles are adjusted the same way. Make sure the car is level, with a full tank of gas. More tips are mentioned online here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/repair/1347221