Friday, September 21, 2007

Night Driving With Ease and HID

By Dylan Turnerr

Want to throw out your car’s headlamps for their lousy performance? You better reach out for an HID conversion kit. Rid you night driving stress and see far much beyond the dashboard.

What is HID?

If you’ve ever wondered about the bluish lights from the headlamps of other cars, you have seen HID lamps at work. It is no big secret, really. These High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps use mercury vapor, metal halide, or low or high pressure sodium. HID headlamps are more efficient and much brighter. They also draw less energy from a car’s battery.

The bluish green lamps are emitted by earlier Mercury vapor lamps. Today, the lights are whiter. Sodium lamps have yellow light, but high pressure sodium headlamps give off whiter illumination and the metal halide lamps produce light that is more natural.

The halogen-tungsten with sealed beams that you are using is fading out with the bold invasion of HID. These hit the scene in 1991 with the BMW 7-series. The North American market was quite slow in adopting the new technology, but it was immediately embraced in Europe and Japan. Finally, in 1996, the Mark VIII was the first American car to use these bulbs.

Arc Light Technology

HID bulbs produce what is known as the arc light effect. In conventional bulbs, electricity passes through a wire filament. Higher electricity voltage creates an arc of light which you see as a whiter illumination. The light produced is three times brighter than the common filament application.

HID bulbs have a lot of uses outside cars. You may also want to have the arc lights on your bike for those late afternoon races. Perhaps you need brighter light to warm your exotic plants or greens in your plant nursery. Brighter lights also assure safety on the road and security inside big retail outlets, shops, and parking lots.

Costly But Worth It

Make those long night drives during heavy rains hassle-free with HID headlamps. Upgrade your car’s headlamp with HID bulbs. You can opt for bluish, white, or yellow light. But for night driving, white light is preferable.

These bulbs are easy to install if you can get to the headlight assembly. Simply remove old bulbs and install new ones. However, you must make sure that your hands are clean and free of grease or you’ll end up contaminating the sensitive new bulbs. You can be sure that your new HID bulbs have been tried for their staying power, which passed the 200-hour test.

If you lack the tools and the expertise, you can have the bulbs installed by a mechanic. This may cost you $300 to $1,800, so make inquiries about the possibilities with regards to your car make and model.

Go For The Best HID bulbs

There are lots of HID bulbs out there. When it is about your car, look for the HID headlamps that will allow for "flash to pass" and give extra light on demand. Avoid HID bulbs that require more start up current, which may wear down your car’s wiring and other components. The best ones may be expensive, but when it comes to convenience and safety, you money is well spent.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Antique Ohio Electric Car

By George Christodoulou

Electrically operated automobiles are amongst the earliest vehicles, and are more energy efficient than all the conventional vehicles that use ICE (internal combustion engine) technology. Fortunately, for us the electric car doesn’t produce any exhaust fumes, and causes minimal or no pollution even if it charges from most renewable forms of energy. Besides this, these ‘green’ or ‘hybrid’ cars are capable of reducing our dependence on traditional fuels, while helping to mitigate global warming by providing relief from the greenhouse effect.

Electric cars are among the earliest automobiles, more so since electric vehicles predate petroleum and diesel cars. It’s believed that a Scottish businessman, Robert Anderson invented the first proto type electric coach somewhere around 1832-1839. However, it was the year 1835, that Professor Sibrandus Stratingh of Groningen, Netherlands, helped his assistant Christopher Becker design and build the first small electric car.

The antique Ohio electric car is a vintage car now. The Ohio Electric Car Company produced electric cars, which were mainly bought by rich customers during the late 1800s and early part of 1900s. Electric vehicles were also produced by Edison, Anthony, Bakers and others during the early 1900s and even out-sold the conventional vehicles for some time! But due to technological limitations, besides other factors, these vehicles were limited to a maximum speed of 32 km/hr.

However, in 1913, Cadillac introduced the electric starter car, the sales of electric cars experienced a down slide and soon antique Ohio electric cars became just that, antiques. Now, electric cars are more popular than they have ever been with the fear of global warming and the increasing cost of gas.

George Christodoulou,
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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Auto Relocation Specialists

By Iwan Gunawan Gonzales

SUMMARY: How you handle your car situation depends a lot on where you are moving to, and a good auto relocation specialist will know this. Let's face it; you can't drive your car yourself if you plan on moving across an ocean. If you are really attached to your car, then the auto relocation specialist can help you plan to have your car freighted to where you are going to live.

There are certain aspects of a relocation that many people overlook. One of the biggest things that people generally don't think about is what is going to happen with their car or truck or other big automobiles. It just doesn't cross their mind until the last minute when it may be to late to plan anything. There are a lot of different ways to handle your automobile when you are planning a move and it can be hard to know all of these points yourself. If you really want the edge and want it to be planned out perfectly to begin with, then you may need to enlist the help of an auto relocation specialist. These are people who know all about moving vehicles from one location to the next. You would be surprised at how much an auto relocation specialist needs to know.

How you handle your car situation depends a lot on where you are moving to, and a good auto relocation specialist will know this. For example, if you are moving just down the street, you don't need to worry about what happens to your car. In fact, you don't really need to use an auto relocation specialist in this situation. If you are planning to move across the country, though, then it is a whole other story. You need think about how you are going to get your car out to where you are going to live. If you want to fly there, then this can be a problem. While most moving companies will gladly move your things by themselves, that doesn't usually include a car or other kind of automobile.

In most cases, you would end up needing to drive the car down yourself, which can be really time consuming. A good auto relocation specialist will be able to help you plan for this kind of situation so that you can save money and you can be happy with what decisions will be made.

Another situation that you would need a specialist is when you are moving overseas. Let's face it; you can't drive your car yourself if you plan on moving across an ocean. This is just comically impossible. Instead, there are several routes that you can go through. If you are really attached to your car, then the auto relocation specialist can help you plan to have your car freighted to where you are going to live. If you are willing to buy a new car when you get there, this can actually save money though. The freight costs are very high to move your car, and there is always the risk that the freight company won't take very good care of it.