Are you seeing well enough while driving at night? Nancy breaks down the different types of headlight bulbs to help your car illuminate the dark roads.
When replacing headlights in your vehicle, did you know you have options? Halogen, HID, LED. You’re probably thinking, “Wow, that’s confusing.” Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center. Well, let me help brighten things up for you. Halogen bulbs are commonly considered your standard bulbs. Most vehicles are equipped with halogen bulbs, emitting about 800 to a thousand lumens of light, which is the measurement of brightness. So for comparison, your 60-watt bulb in your house admits 800 lumens of light. With halogen bulbs, if you want to go brighter, you’re going to need to increase the wattage, which would increase the fuel usage as more fuel is required to power a higher wattage bulb.
Then there are HID bulbs, the high-intensity discharge bulbs, which have a chamber of gas, not a filament-like halogen, so it needs a ballast to connect to the vehicle’s battery to operate. They are brighter than the halogen and LED bulbs, and HID with an output of 3,500 lumens. HIDs are more fragile than other bulbs and may not last as long. Finally, there are the LED lights, LED emitting diodes, which convert to electricity from your vehicle to light. They’re just as bright as HIDs, producing about 3,600 to 4,500 lumens. LED’s are less fragile than HID lights and more durable. LED lights also use less energy to light than the HID and halogen and last longer.
When customizing your lights, LEDs have more option. LED bulbs offer better illumination for the sides of the road, so next time you’re replacing a bulb in your vehicle, consider your options: halogen HID or LED bulbs. Now, there are pros and cons for all options, whether it’s the cost, longevity, durability, and possibly adapter kits needed before installing the bulb, so do your homework. Keep the road bright. Thank you for watching. Like us on Facebook and share the information with others. Remember, if you have a comment or a question, enter it below. I’d be more than happy to answer. Thank you.