High Intensity Discharge or HID lamps are just the typical lamps that are able to produce light through an electric discharge and 12000k HID headlights are just one of several temperature colors that we’ll discuss in this brief article. These are not your ordinary light bulbs that are similar to what Thomas Edison had when he discovered the light bulb. It is because these HID bulbs have no filaments unlike ordinary bulbs.
HID light bulbs use an arc tube which contains two electrodes on either side. It is also filled with xenon gas, which is responsible in amplifying the high voltage current in order to pass through the electrodes. The heat which passes through the bulb has different temperatures which are identified with their light color.
Colors and Their Temperature
There is often a misconception about light colors and their temperature. Apparently, light bulbs are described as being cool and warm. This may have been believed because light temperatures are often associated with brightness, thus cool or warm tones signal temperature difference. Generally, light when heated comes off as red in color, the hotter the temperature the cooler the tone. In effect, cooler toned lights have high temperatures, just like car lamps.
Car headlights have different color tones as well as uses. Most car headlights have between 5000K to 6000K HID lights, while fog lights can reach from usually a larger range of 3,000k to 12000K HID to even over 15000K HID. The letter K after each number indicates the unit of temperature which is Kelvin, derived after the discoverer Lord Kelvin.
You will see below the different light colors with their corresponding temperature:
• 3000K HID – Yellow
• 5000K HID – White
• 6000K HID – Blue/White
• 8000K HID – Blue
• 10000K HID – Blue/Purple
• 12000K HID – Purple
• 15000K HID – More Purple
Is There a Difference Between the Blue and Purple 12000K HID?
A lot of car owners are confused with the type of HID xenon light they should buy. As mentioned before, lighter tones are usually used for regular car headlights while high temperature lights are used in fog lights. However, when it comes to the 12000k HID xenon lights, a lot of consumers are confused with the color. Are there really just blue or just purple of this kind?
Some people will say that the 12000k HID light is blue and as it gets hotter, it becomes a shade of purple. Other people will negate and say that it is purple all the way. To clear things up, it was mentioned earlier that the higher the temperature, the cooler the light. With the 12000K HID, the color is a deep purple, and if you want to have a nice blue HID light, you may opt to get a 6000K HID light instead.
But why should you get an HID xenon light? For starters, a driver can just see more. More on the side of the road and further down the road, so they’re much safer. These headlights compared to halogens have brighter lights. Higher temperature number means cooler light emission, the 5,000k to 6,000k is closest to natural sunlight which makes it safer to drive at night and during a snow storm, it’s been shown that the more blue HID lights can reflect against the snow or fog, this is why most experts recommend more amber/yellow for foglights.
When it comes to life span, xenon lights have longer life span because of the method on how it generates light. Most newly manufactured xenon lights come with more safety benefits. Factory-made xenon lights, on the other hand, come with an auto leveling device that automatically reduces glare and lowers headlight beam on bumps and heavy loads.
Hope this brief article might have cleared up any questions you might have had on the 12000k HID headlights and all the other HID temp/ colors. There is a more detailed article that covers it much more in depth if you follow this link “Understanding the HID Color Chart”