This article answers – What is HID for motorcycles? How can I install HID in my motorcycle? What is the cost of installing HID in my bike? etc

Note: This is an older article published at BikeAdvice. We are updating it and bumping it up for the larger interest as it will serve as a ready reckoner for the HID related queries we have been receiving.

This is SAJAN, from Bangalore. If you’re looking to replace your existing headlight bulbs to get brighter light or to enhance the style, then here is a quick snippet of information you can consider.

Before going to the topic let me give you some details about headlight bulbs.

Halogen Bulbs

In automotive lighting, “halogen bulb” has been the most widely used and predominantly talked bulb since the last 20 yrs in India. Halogen lighting involves a conventional direct-current direct-circuit setup. The bulb itself houses a filament commonly made of tungsten metal, which is basically a very delicate loose coil of wire.

Angel eye and HID kit for the Duke 200

When electrical current is supplied to the positive lead wire in the halogen bulb, it crosses a path of tungsten wire, which has very high electrical resistance. It is this high resistance that produces heat and ultimately emits light. Low beams of halogen bulb normally operate on 55 watts of power and high beams at 55 watts to 85 watts. These kind bulbs are filled with inert gases like argon, krypton.

Technology increases the effective luminous efficacy of a tungsten filament. When operating at a higher filament temperature which results in more lumens output per watt input, a tungsten-halogen lamp has a much longer brightness and lifetime than similar filaments operating without the halogen regeneration cycle.

HID AND PROJECT HEADLIGHTS

High-intensity discharge lamps (HID) produce light with an electric arc rather than a glowing filament. These lamps were formally known as gas-discharge burners and have a higher efficacy than the existing headlights. Xenon headlamp can produce a more robust beam pattern. Automotive HID may be called “xenon headlamps”.

In this kind of bulb instead of argon and krypton, XENON is filled. The sole purpose of these heavy gases is to create a level of pressure within the bulb that deters tungsten evaporation. Once a tungsten atom leaves the surface of the filament, it is immediately blocked by giant xenon particles that are crowding it and pushing it back towards the surface of the filament. Xenon is most commonly used because it is the heaviest of the inert gases and is used in HID lighting.

Components of HID

If you are purchasing BI xenon Headlight HID Kit for any two wheeler it generally includes the following components…

  • Ballast 
  • Light Bulb 
  • Ballast Bracket 
  • Projector lens
  • Power Cables
  • Screws and Nuts
  • Cable Ties
  • English Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card with 1 Year Warranty

HID headlamp bulbs do not run on low-voltage DC current, so they require “ballast” with either an internal or external igniter. The ballast controls the current to the bulb and plays like a central processing unit. Projector lens controls the beam and produces the pattern, rest all the things are to fix and connect the projector.

Halogen filament headlamp bulbs produce between 700 and 2,100 lumens between 40 and 72 watts at 12.8 V while the HID headlamp burners produce between 2,800 and 3,500 lumens between 35 and 38 watts of electrical power.

What is Lumen?

If you have the same question – Lumen is a measure (unit) of how much light you are getting from a bulb. More the lumen number brighter is the light; fewer lumens means it’s a dimmer light.

Color Temperature

Many people have a common misconception that higher the “K” (Kelvin temperature) brighter is the light on road but “K” rating is inversely proportional to the visibility. More the Kelvin ratings brighter the light but visibility on the road will be less. Lower the “K” brighter is the visibility.

Also, Xenon runs cooler than your traditional halogen, therefore it will not melt the surroundings of bulb and case. The light from HID headlamps can exhibit a distinct bluish tint when compared with tungsten-filament headlamps. Tungsten-halogen lamps produce 3000K to 3550K. While the HID xenon bulb emits color temperature- Ranges from 6,000K to 15,000K.

  • Xenon Headlight Color Temperature 6000K: has an approximately 3200 lm output, it emits pure white light colored beam of light
  • Xenon Headlight Color Temperature 8000K: has an approximately 2900 lm output, it will be slightly bluish
  • Xenon Headlight Color Temperature 10000K: has an approximately 2650 lm output, 10000K produces deep bluish
  • Xenon Headlight Color Temperature 12000K: has an approximately 2200 lm output. This color temperature produces violet light and is deeper colored than the 10000K. 15000K will produce deep violet colored light

HID-Color-Bands

Benefits of HID over Halogen Lighting

Some of the benefits of HID bulbs over halogen lighting are…

  • Up to three times less wattage is used (HID = 35w, halogen = 55-100w)
  • Up to four times more bright light produced (HID = 2400-3200lu, halogen = 800-1700lu)
  • Up to ten times more intense light produced (HID = 202,500cd, halogen = 21,000cd)
  • Up to six times longer lifespan (HID = 2500hr, halogen = 400hr)
  • HID light contains less infrared and ultraviolet light, which fatigues the driver and surrounding motorists
  • HID light illuminates the road with better contrast and more lifelike tones of color
  • Halogen filaments naturally produce a color of 2300K to 4000K (2300K is yellowish, 4000K is whitish) Anything bluer requires the use of light-dimming color filters
  • HID produces a natural color of 4100K to 6000K (4100K is daylight white, and 6000K is slightly bluish white) Anything bluer requires the use of light-dimming color filters
  • HID lighting produces a wider and deeper beam pattern with razor sharp cut off lines 
  • HID has low lumen maintenance, meaning bulbs do not dim down as much towards the end of their lives
  • HID has high flux properties, meaning light is very evenly distributed when installed properly

How to Install HID

After so much of gyan, the next questions will be – Is it possible to install this HID xenon to Indian made two wheelers, how to install the projector head light, what will be the cost and whom to contact for the installation?

A simple answer is – It is possible to install HIDs on any two wheelers which has a headlight! The only thing you need is to contact a good automotive decor retailer. If you are from Bangalore JC road is the best place.

Here you have two options in changing:

  1. Change headlight bulb to HID bulb
  2. Change it to projector head light

Both will give you same amount of brightness, changing bulb will cost you less. If you install projector type head light it will give you a stylish look as it has “angel light” in it. You can choose any colored angel light. Eg: Crystal white, blue, Red etc.

Installation of HID:

HID-DIY-Light-Separation

They will remove the headlight set from the bike, separate the headlight glass from the back cover. It is quite tough to separate as it comes with pressing kind of locks and it will be sealed with glue. The installer will heat the sealed portion with a hot air blower uniformly in the joining portion then with force they will separate the back cover from the glass.

Care should be taken while using screw driver and sharp tools as it may cause damage to the back cover and locks. Once it is done, they will place the bulb and projector inside the reflector and screw it tightly and seal back the cover.

HID-After-Fixing

As the HID xenon bulbs need more power to light, it will be directly connected to battery and this in turn drains the battery soon. If you have twin headlight bikes like Fazer, R15 etc, to avoid this battery draining problem in long run, you can opt for single light in lower beam and dual light when you use high beam. When you switch on parking lights both the angel lights will start glowing! If you want to change parking lights you can change them to LED bulbs. This will suit better for this kind of HID light.

HID-On-Apache-Fazer

HID Installation in Bikes: Cost

In Bangalore, it will cost you around Rs.3500/-, per head light. If you change only the bulb then it should cost you about Rs.2500.

Hope this helped. Please note that above 8000K is not allowed according to RTO rules. You can also read…

With kind regards,
SAJAN P.A
Bangalore

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  • Sam

    This was really good. I want to install a HID on my bike but was skeptical and this has shed some “bright light” on that. Though I would like to know whether the 6mAh battery on my Honda Unicorn would be able to power the HID?

    Thanks in advance.

    • sajan

      Dear Sam,
      Thanks for your comment
      In HID lighting we need more power only to illuminate, after that it uses only mentioned watt of 35.
      As it directly connected to battery when we illuminate it uses more power. If u want to maintain your battery charge u have to ride your bike around 50kmph or more, so battery charges and retains charge. another way is use “angel light” most of the time put headlight when its necessary..
      thanks
      regards
      Sajan

    • Sam sir i want to now that HID lights is allowed or police will catch it or what please suggest me I am from bangalore onlyin Vijayangar please reply it HID kit is allowed or projector head light is allowed. police what they tell please reply me.

  • Ashwin

    Nice one explained NEATLY & CLEARLY in BRIEF..
    Congrats & Thanks . .

    • sajan

      Tanks Ashwin.. I am honoured

      • trkumar

        i want to know,where in Hyderabad ,we’ll get it?

  • Aditya

    Niceeee….. Duke looks like Cheetah type deceptacon in Transformers 2, Apache looks like chineese Jaeger in Pacific rim and Fazer looks like pikachu on steroids… Awesome – all of them.

    • sajan

      Adhi,

      You are crazy hahahha.. I liked your comment

      you are welcome
      Regards
      Sajan

  • sudeep mirza

    Well written, succint and very informative article…
    keep writing!

    • sajan

      Dear Sudeep,

      Thanks a lot for your comment and support
      regards
      Sajan

  • Very informative post, thumbs up. Now I would say for city riding, this is not needed while for the highways, this is a must.

    • sajan

      Thanks a lot Faisal.
      yeah you are right but “angel light” is must for style in city ride.4
      🙂

  • DON

    Do any one has an idea as to what they use in the headlamps of C/E class Benz or 5 series BMWs? They appear too white for a halogen, but too clean for a HID. I mean under fog or rain, halogens with their yellowish tint penetrates far providing better visibility whereas HIDs bluish white tint spreads everywhere around, making you feels like in the middle of a thick hazy glowing fog, with visibility not more than few feet. But in the case of above mentioned cars, light is very bright and white(nothing like a halogen, but a HID) and still provides excellent visibility. Also their Turn on/off characteristics (speed at which light appears or disappears while switching on/off) suggests them to be either LED or HID.

    • sajan

      Dear DON,

      There are LED head lights available you can see in Audi series and in some Benz classes. Both will give same amount of lumen on the road. In Audi they produce light at 5500 kelvin. It is roughly same as day light. that is why in dark when it illuminate it gives “day light” kind feeling even in the foggy climate it is able to produce good lighting. In HID lighting “operating temperature” is one important factor. when the battery fails to give more power for the HID it fails to produce the mentioned lumens on the road. Ballast is the CPU of HID lighting, if you buy low quality ballast it fails to produce good lighting even though the bulb is of good quality.

      Regards
      Sajan
      Bangalore

  • Ben

    Fantastic write up. Thank you so much for enlightening. Also is it possible to fix just the angel light along with our regular halogen bulb. Because most low end bikes draw power directly from the stator coil instead of battery. So fixing hids will completely neglect that original power source and strain the battery which is not designed for it. For example a splendor bike has just a 2.5amp battery and headlight runs on engine current. So fixing just the angel light (style) along with our normal halogen bulb will make things even better. Is it possible?

  • sajan

    Dear Ben,

    Yeah you can fix only “Angel light”. Its is possible.

    Regards
    Sajan

  • Nabankur

    Very nice explanation, But few technicians say that, installing HID reduces battery life and other problem in bike circuit may appear. Again I wanted to replace my pulsar 220 (lower beam) bulb with HID, they said its not possible. So will you please clarify.

  • sajan

    yeah he is right. we can not instal HID only for lower beam as oe bulb gives lower and high beam of light (Bixenon).

    If you want only look then in that case install ‘angel light” or if yu want real power on light then you have to install HID. only issue is to ignite it ll take more power.

    I have explained some tips in the above reply. kindly go through that and decide.

    regards
    Sajan

    • Nabankur

      Thank you for reply. But my actual question was that, as we all know pulsar 220 comes with two separate bulb for lower beam and upper beam, so here at Guwahati, technicians say that it is possible to install HID to upper beam, but it is not possible to install for lower beam due to the projection lenses of the 220. They also said that, after installing HID, battery life span becomes very small and it does not last more than 6-12 months.

  • Rohit

    Can the hid bulb be installed on the old Cbz?? I tried a halogen light but it burnt the headlight wiring. Pls reply ASAP.

  • sajan

    Dear Rohit,

    Your wirings must be very old.. First try to change the wiring kit. I am not sure old CBZ is 6 volt or 12 v bike.. If its 12 volt then after changing the wiring you can install

    See the bike manual or ask some mechanics for information.

    Regards
    Sajan

  • Saurabh mani tripathi

    Is it possible to install a HID Projector in Bajaj Platina?

  • Richard

    does the projector consumes a lot of battery?

  • Sangeeth

    Dear Sajan. Your description about HID was Much useful.. But you must have posted it earlier.. I had been in search of the details for a while.. but i couldnt get it and then i enquired a mechanic and studied and now i installed HID.. 6000K on my pulsar 180.. having 12v 9AH battery.

    And one more thing, we could avoid the direct bypassing of HID main line to battery. In mine the mech had installed it in such a way. check the circuitary in the visor. there may be some wires that will do the work.

  • Kishor Kumar Saikia

    Your Topic is Excellent . What type of lighting product(HID, or Projector) should be used in Karizma ZMR to get the same light of pulsar 220 Head lamp? Please give the details of projector or HID to install on my Karizma ZMR, Please give the details as I am in confusion and surely for this help I will always remain grateful to you. If possible please send the same to my e-mail I.D. which is saikiakk@gmail.com

  • Rahul

    hi sajan I just wanted to know about the consequences of installing HIDs on the ABS model of Honda CBR 250R .. I am worried if the installation could take toll on the precious ABS circuitry… plz help..

  • knklt

    is it avilable in nashik or in pune ??!!!

  • i want 2 buy hid xenon headlights 4 r15 so kindly tell me how 2 buy this lights by with u.

  • Raj Kumar

    Hi! Can you please tell me what kind of bulb / headlight is needed to replace my karizma zma r’s headlight? My zma has very poor lighting. Thanks in advance…

  • chandrakanth

    can i install on my honda shine byke .last month purchesed

  • Fenil

    Which shop in JC road can replace the existing headlight with projection Xenon ? Please suggest.

  • Subodh Nakshine

    Hey
    Can i install dual projectors in honda deo ??
    If yes, what additional to be done in order to save battery from complete drain out position.

    Plzz reply asap

  • raheman

    Hi
    I recently fixed angle bulb for my Karizma r . with in two days bulb was melting because of headlight heat …. So pls help me .. What I can do.. But my Karima looks sexy with angel bulb blue …

  • Zoheb

    Hey
    I have CBR. So I wanna fit angel light only….can I ?
    If I start my halogen bulb given by the company then angel light is visible clearly or not ?

  • Sudhan

    Hey Sajan,
    Good post,man. can u lemme know abt the brightness (riding on highways)??
    Also plz lemme know abt where i can buy these in bangalore.

    Thanks 🙂

  • P Goutam Kumar

    Does it affects the bikes battery(Honda Dazzler)…?

  • arjun

    Hwy sajan,
    thanks for the post ,it was very informative,could u suggest any food shops that u would recommend in jc road,I ahav a duke and want to get projectors with angel eye and demon eye.pls suggest a good shop which provides good service and warranty.
    Thanks

  • UPPISUPER86

    Hello Buddy!!!

    Thanks for imformative and cheesy article it was just a wave read!!! i have a unicorm CB 2009 Model. its a 30/35w. i need some more light may be 50/55w can i install with some adjustment without harming battery

    else if i go to an HID kit it is low beam is halogen like and high beam is white if i switch on white will it craete problems for me from Police??

    if yes can u suggest better alternatives please its a request pls

  • swapnil

    hi
    pl tell mi sir hid lamp is suitable for old re bullet??

  • rijodv@gmail.com

    Dear Sajan , i would like to modify my pulsar 180 , i wud like toi add duke head lamps on it will it gets suited

  • Ranjith kumar

    Dear sajan

    I have apache rtr 180. I have recently installed this hid lamp. Whnenever i switch on the light my speedometer trips off. I still fant figure out the problem. But what people say s its common n apache alone. S it true??? R do i have some remedy for this???

  • karim

    How about to Honda shine

  • amol

    Can I install 8000k on my karizma r..?
    Shall temperature damage headlights assembly?

  • SAMANTH MOTURU

    can any one suggest me whats best for cbr250r

  • Julian Bennet

    Nice and handy article.

  • rmstit

    @BIKEADVICE loved this article…bikeadvice is really coming back to its glory days!!

    @mods & readers..can you plz suggest me what kind of projector headdlight would suit a pulsar 180 UG4..without damaging the battery?

  • Kishore Kumar Ponukumati

    How about Suzuki gs 150R? Stock head light has very poor visibility. Any idea about availability in Hyderabad?

  • glenn jimson

    Could someone,post an article on how to change an ac setup bike, like unicorn, to full dc?? This would make the whole low lighting problem easy to solve with higher wattage bulb and installing Hid kits will be safe

  • Prasanna

    Great.. guys..

  • Prasanna

    awesome explanation

  • RAGHURAM KISHORE

    i want extra led beam light for my FZ-S(2015) to ride in highways and in Hill and forest roads. can any body suggest which light i can purchase and where is the nearest shop to install that. iam staying at electronic city in bangalore.

  • Arun Krishnan

    could anyone suggest any branded hid kits so that it might have warranty and decent quality.

  • Satish

    Dear Author. You seem to have missed informing an important point. Halogens switch on Instantly while HIDs take approx 30 seconds to have full brightness. Which means HIDs CANNOT be used as pass light when you want to flash it during a day.

    That is the reason I have HID fitted only to my lower beam of my i20 and higher beam continue to run on Halogen (the car have separate casings for each beam).