Diode Dynamics is pleased to announce the new Premium Diode Dynamics HID Conversion Kit. This kit has been carefully designed from the ground up to be the highest-quality HID kit available on the market, without exception.
The ballasts are the most important component of an HID kit, as they provide the power. After years of providing midrange and high-quality ballasts for vehicles of all makes and models, Diode Dynamics learned what was important in making a good ballast, and applied it when designing these.
Controller Chip. Most digital (DSP) ballasts on the market still use generic chips, which are cheap, and work pretty well. However, when you need maximum quality, you need a new computer chip designed for one purpose. This is known as an Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC). These ballasts use brand new DSP ASIC chips for maximum efficiency and brightness, fast warmup time, and extremely stable operation.
CAN-BUS. Some vehicles have systems which sense the power consumption. Since HIDs use less power than factory halogen bulbs, this can cause issues. You can resolve this by adding capacitors, known as warning cancellers, or some ballasts come with them built-in. However, sometimes that's still not enough to trick the vehicle! To fix it, this ballast has not one, but two CAN-BUS modules, which provide capacitance and resistance to the circuit to defeat even the most troublesome modern CANBUS systems. Even if your vehicle does not use a CAN-BUS system, these modules will provide extra power smoothing for reliable operation. Simply put, this ballast will work on any vehicle, the first time you plug it in. With this kit, you don't need to worry about capacitors, warning cancellers, or resistors.
Igniter and Startup. You may have heard of ignition issues with other ballasts, caused by an igniter that is too small to withstand cold temperatures. No reason to worry with these ballasts- the oversized 24kV external igniter means that you will never have an ignition issue, even in the coldest temperatures. Additionally, the ASIC chip in these ballasts means that you only need 4 amps at nominal voltage to start up. These ballasts consume less power than any other on the market, meaning 100% reliable and fast startups, every time.
Shielding. Ever noticed a little black plastic thing clipped onto your laptop charger cord? That's a ferrite bead, which is used to suppress high-frequency signals, which can create radio interference. All ballasts generate these signals, and most just have protection in the ballast. We've also included ferrite beads on the wire, to suppress them.
LED Indicator. Convenience is key, especially during installation. To make things easy, we've added an indicator LED on the input wire, so you know that the ballast is getting power.
Case. These ballasts are the smallest you will find, about the size of a pack of playing cards. The case is fully potted, or filled with epoxy, which makes them fully waterproof and shockproof. Most ballasts on the market are filled to some degree, but these are completely filled to the top, sparing no expense to ensure longevity.
|Diode Dynamics Ballast Comparison|
|OEM HID||DD Premium CANBUS||Precision (discontinued)||eBay Brand|
|Overall Quality||Excellent||Excellent||Very good||Poor|
|Ballast Technology||Varies||ASIC Digital||CPU Digital||Varies|
|Defective Rate, 3 years||~0.5%||~0.4%||~1.1%||~5%|
|Average Life||5-10 years||5-10 years||3-7 years||0-3 years|
|Water/Shockproofing||Varies||Yes, excellent||Yes, very good||Poor or none|
|Hot Restrike Protection||Yes||Yes||Yes||Varies|
|Ballast Size (mm)||Varies||77x67x15||87x63x15||Varies|
|Ballast Weight (oz)||Varies||13 oz||9 oz||Varies|
The bulbs included with Diode Dynamics kits are CNLight bulbs. CNLight is the top manufacturer of aftermarket bulbs in the world, providing the best quality available. You might see other high-quality kits on the market which also use CNLight bulbs. They provide superior life, brightness, and color attenuation when compared to generic HID bulbs, like those found in most cheaper kits on the market. The one-piece base design prevents any issues with seperation over time, making the entire bulb extremely reliable.
Your Premium CAN-BUS HID Kit includes a brand new Heavy-Duty HID Relay, to power your HIDs directly from the battery, instead of the factory wiring. This relay has been designed from scratch, and utilizes a fully-sealed, waterproof relay, with flyback diode, and even has a built-in capacitor for input power smoothing. All wires are sleeved with braided techflex for an attractive appearance and extra protection. The input wires are each a meter long, and the output wires are one meter and two meters, which means the wiring will be long enough for even the biggest vehicles. The single-ground design makes installation easy. This relay was designed with reliability, convenience, and long-life in mind.
The CNLight bulb temperatures are rated accurately in Kelvin temperature at 35W, and have an industry-standard 3000 hours of estimated bulb life, which should outlast your vehicle. Please be aware that most HID bulbs are rated inaccurately from other manufacturers. 8000K is not dark blue, and 6000K is not pure white! We provide accurately-measured colors.
3000K is our lowest temperature, and has a pure yellow output, which is great for use in fog lights.
4300K is a pure white output, as seen on many factory HIDs. It will not have any blue tint to its color, and might appear slightly warm.
6000K is our most popular color, which produces an ice white color. It has a very slight hint of blue, and matches best with most LEDs.
8000K is our highest temperature, which produces an ice blue color. This is not a strong blue color though- it is still primarily white, meaning there will be no decrease in light output.
Our warranty is through Diode Dynamics, LLC, so you can be assured that you will get fast and friendly service should you have any problems. There is a full-replacement 1-year warranty on all HID Kit components, including HID Bulbs, Ballasts and Relay.
We carry our own inventory, so no waiting for them to be shipped from overseas, or waiting on big, unreliable suppliers to ship them. They ship right from our own inventory, in St. Louis, Missouri, usually the same day you order.
Kit comes with:
- One pair CNLight HID bulbs in your choice of bulb size and color
- Two 35w super-slim ballasts (Diode Dynamics Premium CANBUS)
- One Premium Waterproof Relay
- Mounting hardware for ballasts (3M mounting pads)
- Full three-year replacement warranty
- Free Diode Dynamics decal
- Diode Dynamics 30-day satisfaction guarantee
The installation of HIDs consists of three main steps, which are the same for every vehicle. The process is quite straightforward:
- -Remove factory bulbs and replace with HID bulbs
- -Connect ballast to bulb plugs
- -Mount ballast and clean up wiring
The following video shows installation on a Scion FR-S, which is very comparable to installation for most vehicles. The only tedious part for some vehicles will be accessing the bulb itself. Please check your manual, as some vehicles require the removal of the front bumper cover. Still, the installation should only take 60-90 minutes.
- - Full 3-year warranty on all products
- - No waiting: we usually send new items out with a return label (US customers only)
You will get quick help from our trained staff for any issues.
All Off-Road Lighting also carry a limited lifetime warranty.
For further details, please see our full article.
Domestic (US) Customers
- - Just $5 per order with our Diode Delivers program
- - Same-day shipping for all orders placed by 12:00 PM CST (or until 4 PM with rush processing)
- - USPS, for delivery in 2-4 days (on average)
- - Express services are available, see exact pricing at checkout
- - Fully Insured
- - We ship to all countries via standard mail
- - Usually around $10 for LEDs, or $25 for HIDs.
- - Choose your service on checkout to see exact prices:
- - USPS 1st Class: 2-5 weeks
- - USPS Priority: 1-2 weeks
- - Express EMS: 1 week
- - Please email us if you are unsure about shipping to your country.
You will receive updates from our site when your order is shipped, along with a unique shipment number to ensure that your order is correctly accounted for. This allows you to easily reply to us if you have any concerns.
Whether your order is big or small, it is tested through many run cycles, and each bulb is tested before shipment. Every single bulb. Every time. And if anything does go wrong, you can rely on our industry-leading warranty for worry-free replacement.
If you're not happy with your items, we want to make it right. So we have some pretty awesome return policies:
30 day return policy. All customers have 30 days from the date of original order shipment to return items.
Full refund, no fees. At Diode Dynamics, we offer free returns. That means no restocking fees, no administrative fees, and no hassle!
Free return label. If your original order was over $50, you get a free return label for your items (US customers only). If your order was less than $50 or international, you can send the items back through your preferred method.
Within 30 days: If your original order was over $50, you can get new items shipped to you with a return label (US customers only). If your order was less than $50 or international, we can send you the new items first, but you are responsible for returning the old items.
Within 90 days: Any item can be returned for exchange or store credit within 90 days. The buyer is responsible for the cost of the return shipping, and must first return the old items. We'll still cover the postage for the new items.
Please note: due to the nature of custom acrylic pieces, we cannot offer any refund or exchange for returned custom acrylic items.
To make a return or exchange, please request an RMA, or give us a call. When we get it back, you will be notified and credited appropriately.
Again, all returns must be approved, with an RMA. This is so that we can process your return as quickly as possible when we get it. If you would like to return an item, please Request an RMA. Please include as much information as possible about the reason for return.
Alternatively, you can also send us a message, or give us a call!