scott from NJ don't even bother trying to use one of those IR guns to determine the temp. the light given off by the light will make it nearly impossible to get an accurate reading and it will likely be much higher than actual. The only thing that might work is to check the temp immediatly after turning it off but that is still not going to be the greatest because you will still pick up temp of the hot inner quartz and not the surrounding glass bulb.
I think they actually run pretty cool (guessing here) because although the arc is very hot in temp it does not actually put out a lot of heat. as a result that little bit of heat is disapated pretty quickly keeping the surrounding area from ever getting all that hot.
I also just consider this: no special considerations are made for both OEM HIDS and HID conversions that I have ever seen for what might be excessive temps. So I'm guessing that the area immediatly surrounding a HID bulb doesn't get all that hot.
But this is a good bit of conjecture / SWAGging in my part.
*SWAG = Scientific Wild Ass Guess