The Revolution is Here!

So, this will be a short post, I just wanted to tell you about a new website called the Headlight Revolution:

The revolution is here!

The revolution is here!

This new website is designed to help people break the chains of conventional and boring halogen lighting and introduce the newest, most powerful, cutting edge lighting options for different applications in the world! If you ever need to find the hottest and wildest new lighting products, they WILL be hosted at the Revolution!

Check it out here:

www.HeadlightRevolution.com

The Headlight Revolution is here!

The Headlight Revolution is here!

Where do you go to buy lighting products wholesale?

12v Lighting Wholesale Website

This is a screen shot of our 12v Lighting Wholesale website.

I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there and I’ll tell you how to buy the best lights in the world, wholesale!

12vLightingSales.com

This blog is all about automotive lighting products, and the theme is pretty universal- it can apply to industrial work trucks, sport cars, off road trucks or anything you happen to be driving today. The reason I write about these things is because lighting is my life. It’s the only thing my company sells, and I spend the majority of every day thinking about, talking about or selling LIGHTS! I make videos demonstrating the products and doing installs, I give advice to people about what they should use for their particular project and and from time to time I even do a little installing myself – it’s important to not lose those skills in this industry!

The reason we do what we do is because the best lighting products in the world are really really cool! In order to be around those products, and to do business with those companies, we started a wholesale and distribution company ourselves and offer only the best of the best. This blog is called Better Automotive Lighting, but I really like to think that’s what we offer our companies!

Small Business Wholesale Lighting

We offer our customers ONLY THE BEST 12v lighting products!

Whether you are a one-man shop that provides sales and install services to your local community, or if you run a mutli-location store chain, we can help you get your hands on the best of the best in the mobile 12v lighting industry! As long as you have the same dedication to quality products and service like we do, Top Line Group Automotive Wholesale Lighting wants to help you succeed in your market place!

Here are some of the brands we offer with wholesale pricing programs:

GTR Lighting
Vision X
JW Speaker
Autopal
Eagle Eye Lights
Starr HID
Truck-Lite
Heretic Studios

And MORE!

Jeep Lighting Wholesale

We sell the best and brightest Off Road Lighting products in the world!

Whether you have a project for work and you need to light up a field, or you race at night and need to see a thousand feet in front of your vehicle, or you participate in car shows and want to light up the ground or interior of your vehicle we can help! Our specialty is small business and supplying you with the best lighting products in the world, fast and reliably! Please contact us if you are interested in buying 12v Lighting Products through a wholesale distributor!

 

What’s the best headlight for your Fiero?

Pontiac Fiero Head Light

Fiero with upgraded headlights and 10,000K Deep Blue HID bulbs! Old cars can be upgraded too!

The Pontiac Fiero is near and dear to my heart because it was the first “cool car” I had ever owned. I got my first one when I was 18, right after my 1986 Dodge Daytona died on the highway one day. So to match my pride for the Pontiac Fiero with my professional hobby of lighting upgrades just seems like an obvious exercise! I just finished making a video showcasing the most popular and the best (not always the same products) Fiero Headlight Upgrade Options in a video:

If you have a Fiero and you are contemplating upgrading the lighting, please take a few moments and watch this video before making your decision. Also, watch for more videos coming soon to complete this series of videos where I will test different headlight options on the road and show you how to actually install new headlights and do an HID conversion kit on the Fiero!

Difference between 9004 and 9007 Bulbs

Single Beam 9004/9007 HID Bulbs

In the HID world 9004 and 9007 bulbs are the same type. This picture shows the single beam style of these bulbs in HID.

It is truly incredible how many different headlight bulbs exist in the automotive 12v lighting world, why are there so many different styles to choose from? Is one style truly better than the other? Does an H4 headlight bulb produce a better light output than a 9007? Is a 5202 a better fog light bulb than a 9145? These questions come up all the time, and the answers to them are debatable but because of the insane selection of light bulbs available today’s selection of aftermarket LED and HID bulb options can be difficult to navigate.

In order to reduce the amount of products retailers need to carry on their shelves, aftermarket manufacturers have created “one size fits all” types of bulb replacement products. For example: The 9145, H10 and 9005 halogen/incandescent light bulbs all use the same style of base but each one is rated at different wattage levels and produce different amounts of light. In the LED and HID world, all of those bulbs are now replaced by a single bulb, most commonly called the 9005.
Similarly, the 9004 and 9007 halogen/incandescent light bulbs are nearly identical, but they have some stark differences. First is the pin configuration: The 9007 has the ground pin in the middle, and high/low positive pins on the outside. The 9004 has the ground pin on one side, and in the middle and other side are the positive pins for high beam and low beam. In this diagram you can see the differences between these two light bulbs:

9004 vs 9007 headlight bulbs

9004 and 9007 incandescent light bulbs are nearly identical but have distinct characteristic differences.

When you try to upgrade your headlights that take either a 9004 OR  a 9007 with HID you will be presented with only one bulb option, that upon installation, must be configured to suit your needs: The HID version of the bulb will have the notches cut out to fit either a 9004 or 9007 bulb and you will be able to swap the pins around to fit either style of bulb:

9004 9007 gtr lighting xenon

The GTR Lighting 9004/9007 bi-xenon HID kit is the nicest product currently available in the aftermarket.

If you are looking for a good HID product to upgrade your 9004 or 9007 dual beam headlights to HID, we recommend the new metal-based bulb kit from GTR Lighting. It comes with a pair of stylish and high-tech “swing” bulbs along with a new waterproof relay harness. Normally when you receive this type of HID kit in the mail the 9004/9007 style blue plug on the relay harness will be configured for the more popular 9007 wiring. In order to make this kit work with a 9004 style headlight all that is required is to swap the pins around to be in the correct orientation.

What’s the difference between HID and Halogen lights?

Halogen vs Xenon Bulbs

Just because the bulbs are shaped similarly, doesn’t mean they share many traits.

The original automobiles literally used lamps (glass housing with a candle burning inside) to light the way on the roads, similar to how people would light the way on horseback. And I’m sure you’ve heard of Thomas Edison, who invented the first long-lasting incandescent light bulb in 1879, what most vehicles use in their modern day headlamps are based off of his original designs. A standard light bulb has a filament, and it gets electricity applied to each side of the filament and when this happens the filament gets very hot and reaches a state of incandescence. This is why we call light bulbs with filaments, incandescent light bulbs. High-power incandescent light bulbs used in car headlights are filled with a gas called Halogen, and it reacts to the brightly glowing filament and creates a massive amount of light, up to 1,200 Lumen of light output. This is why we call standard automotive headlights “halogen bulbs”.

This is not to be confused with Xenon or HID bulbs – they don’t necessarily mean the same thing. An HID light bulb (stands for High Intensity Discharge) is filled with Xenon gas which reacts to the spark created inside the HID bulb. This xenon gas is ignited and creates a vast and powerful amount of light output that can be measured in thousands of Lumen, depending on the power consumption (normally 35w, 55w or 75w). Today, a vehicle that comes factory-equipped with xenon lighting uses a 35w lighting system.

A Xenon HID bulb does not have a filament, instead it has two electrodes that meet inside the xenon-glass filled bulb. A ballast is used to send up to 24,000 volts of AC electricity that creates a powerful spark and ignites the xenon gas mixture. This process is sustained and produces the exuberant amount of light output:

HID Bulb Explained

A true HID bulb uses a ballast to ignite the chemical mixture inside. It does not use a filament.

  • Xenon is 300 times brighter than halogen
  • Xenon can last 10 times longer than halogen
  • Xenon produces cleaner, whiter, brighter and safer light
  • A 35W Xenon bulb consumes less power than a 55W Halogen bulb
  • Halogen bulbs burn hotter than the same wattage Xenon bulbs

Upgrading your headlights from halogen bulbs to HID technology will make a huge difference in visibility at night by projecting a further beam of light and broadening your road coverage. You will see further, see more and be more visible to other drivers. The sooner you can see hazards on the road, the more time you have to react.

Halogen bulbs operate at 12V and use old lighting technology by heating a wire filament to emit light. Over a short period of time that wire filament becomes brittle, and small vibrations caused by everyday driving causes damage to the halogen filament affecting it’s light output and the bulb’s reliability.

xenon versus halogen

Difference between incandescent halogen light bulbs and HID xenon light bulbs.

HID Lighting 101: Just The Basics

D2S bulb dimensions

This is a High Intensity Discharge xenon gas-filled light bulb.

 

  • Xenon, or High-Intensity Discharge (HID), lighting provides more light and increases visibility of many peripheral objects (e.g., street signs and pedestrians) left in the shadows produced by standard halogen lighting.
  • HID light sources provide the brightest illumination available and are considered the benchmark against which other forward lighting technologies are measured.
  • HID light sources provide three to four times the light output of standard halogen light sources and promote better driving visibility by providing enhanced peripheral vision and improved down-road illumination. HID lighting can produce a crisp white light that stimulates reflective paint in road markers and signs.
  • HID lights do not have a filament which makes them more reliable and exhibit a longer lifespan than regular halogen “incandescent” light bulbs. Because they do not have a filament to break or degrade,  a xenon bulb may last up to 10 times longer than standard halogen lights.
  • HID light sources are very energy efficient. Bi-Xenon (dual beam) lighting uses up to 65 percent less energy than conventional lighting, reducing the CO2 emission of a vehicle considerably.
  • There are many examples of vendors trying to sell incandescent light bulbs with a filament as HID bulbs. This is a lie, because even though they may use a mixture of both halogen and xenon gases, they are still not HID. HID stands for “High Intensity Discharge” and is characterized by the power output and usage of an HID ballast. If the blue-tinted light bulb that is being sold as an “HID Bulb” does not have an accompanying ballast, then it is falsely advertised. To make sure you are always buying the right products, and the best HID products, check out GTRlighting.com.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About HID Lighting

GTR Lighting ceramic base

Not all HID bulbs are created equally!

1) Standard low beams cease to provide enough visibility when driving above 35 to 40 mph. The best case scenario would be for all drivers to use high beams all the time and use technology to keep the light out of oncoming drivers’ eyes. (Osram-Sylvania)

2) ALL headlamps produce glare that can reduce the ability for oncoming drivers to see. (Osram-Sylvania)

3) According to the AAA Foundation’s report, called “Countermeasures for Reducing the Effects of Headlight Glare” (2002), as many as 50 percent of all headlamps on the road, or 110 million  vehicles, may have mis-aimed headlights! Shock, vibration and wear and tear are the greatest contributors to headlamp misalignment. (AAA Foundation)

4) Poorly manufactured, “knock-off” products can cause glare and imitate the blue hue associated with fully-compliant, street-legal HID products. In order to be a true HID product it must consist of one xenon bulb PLUS one xenon ballast.  (GTR Lighting)

5) When headlamps are aimed properly, there is no difference in the amount of light that reaches the eyes of oncoming drivers whether the vehicle has halogen or HID light sources. (HID Reviews)

6) All drivers are not equal. Glare affects each person differently, often depending on age and environment. (HID Reviews)

7) OSRAM-Sylvania is the only company worldwide manufacturing a completely mercury-free HID system solution, comprised of the light source and necessary electronics to optimally operate it. The OSRAM system allows customers to streamline the development and approval process for mercury-free systems. Mercury-free xenon technology is the future of lighting! (Osram-Sylvania)

8) Although 4,300K HID bulbs are thought of as being the “brightest”, they are not the most reflective. A 6,000K or 8,000K produces negligibly less light output, but has more reflective properties making it better for spotting animals at night, and seeing road signs from further distances away. (Top Line Group Automotive)

9) Unlike other colors in the HID “Kelvin” spectrum, 3,000K gets its golden hue from an iridescent coating on the bulb. This coating has a slight affect on the power of the light output, but a 3,000K HID bulb powered by a 35w ballast will still be significantly brighter than a regular halogen bulb. (Eagle Eye Lights)

10) Neither Philips nor Osram-Sylvania are in the business of manufacturing aftermarket HID conversion kits, non-OEM style HID ballasts (35w or 55w) and they do not produce xenon bulbs in different color ratings other than original equipment colors. It is very common to find copyright infringement in the aftermarket HID world, so if you see “Genuine Philips HID Kit” or “Real Sylvania HID Kit Bulbs” just know you are being lied to. If the company selling these products is willing to lie to you about who manufactured them, what else are they willing to lie to you about? If you want to know what you’re really buying, try one of these premium HID conversion kits. (Top Line Group Automotive) (Philips Electronics N.V.)