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.
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.
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If you’re seeking to repair or replace the headlights on your vehicle, you have three main options to choose from. Those options are Halogen, HID, and LED headlights. Let’s take a closer look at each of the different types of headlights you can use for your car.
Halogen vs HID vs LED Headlights
Halogen Headlight Bulbs
Halogen bulbs are the most common type of headlights found in cars and for good reasons. For starters, halogen bulbs are affordable and easy to replace. They are also relatively durable in addition to being dimmable.
The fact that halogen headlights are the most common means that you should have no trouble getting your bulbs replaced when you need to.
They aren’t the brightest of all your headlight options, but they do their job just fine for the average driver. Those who need something brighter than halogen bulbs should look into HID and LED headlights.
HID Headlight Bulbs
HID or High-Intensity Discharge bulbs are considerably brighter than Halogen bulbs. While they are fragile and more likely to break than other headlight bulbs, HID bulbs have the potential to last longer with proper care, are more efficient, and illuminate larger areas of road/ground at night.
However, the brighter lights can create a glare that is blinding for oncoming traffic in some cases, and of course, the increased power of your headlight bulbs comes with an increased price when you get them changed.
LED Headlight Bulbs
Generally speaking, LED headlight bulbs provide more light than halogen headlights and less than HID headlights. There are some considerable downsides of LED bulbs, like their complicated cooling systems and the fact that they are less common than other bulbs, thus potentially harder to find when you need a replacement bulb. Moreover, they will likely cost you more than standard Halogen bulbs.
However, there are also considerable benefits of LED bulbs — unless a physical component within the LED light breaks or fails, they can theoretically last forever, as they do not ‘burn out’ like other light bulbs. LED bulbs also offer focused rays which allow car manufacturers to tailor LED headlights to each specific vehicle design.
Need Help Replacing or Repairing Your Headlights?
Now that you understand the different types of headlights, you should have a better understanding of the lights on your personal vehicle. Interested in replacing or upgrading your car’s headlights? Not sure where to get your headlight bulbs replaced? Schedule an appointment at Kneble’s Auto Service Center in Mays Landing, NJ for all the help you need!