There are many new and exciting options available to you when replacing your headlights on your car. New advancements are constantly being made and now we have lights that last longer, shine brighter, better durability and are more affordable than old traditional filament burning bulbs. This is accomplished using new technology in illumination such as lamps that use a mixture of metals and gases, others use the same little lights that tells us when our batteries are charging on our phones, tablets and laptops. Some even going as far as using lasers to illuminate the road.
With all these advancements made it can be more difficult to make a choice at the headlight aisle in your local hardware. So thats why in this article we will focus on two well established yet advanced headlights. We will have to leave the futuristic and super cool laser headlights for another day and keep our attention on the practical and more readily available headlights. The two specific headlights we will be focusing on are the LED headlights and the HID headlights. More and more these specific style of headlights are becoming more and more standard in modern cars. HID headlights had a head start on the market but LED headlights are becoming the luxury standard for high end car makers.
Which Headlight Is Brighter?
The headlights we have grown up with and are used to are made with a halogen filament that is heated to create illumination. Xenon HID headlights, or high-intensity discharge headlights are actually arc lamps like neon signs. Instead of the method mention before where the filament is heated, electricity arcs between two electrodes inside the lamp. This requires less energy and shine three times brighter than halogen headlights.
LED headlights or light emitting diodes, do not have a filament like incandescent bulbs. This means they will burn out and do not require heat to illuminate. This means unlike most bulbs you are used to, these bulbs will not burn your hand when touched and in used. These LED lights are illuminated by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material. while these lights do not get as bright as high-intensity discharge headlights they get very close.
Which Headlight Will Last Longer?
High-intensity discharge headlights or HID headlights use a filament that is very fragile. While HID lights are far more advanced than typical halogen headlights and has a lifespan of many more hours, they are still subject to the wear and tear of a fragile glass bulb.
LED headlights work like a transmitter and the lifespan of an LED headlight far surpasses that of an incandescent bulb by literally thousands of working hours. They have no filament and are not all that fragile. This makes LED headlights a more durable and long lasting headlight choice.
Which Headlight Is More Affordable?
High-intensity discharge headlights or HID headlights go for around $30-$40 on the low end to $100-$150 on the high end. LED headlights also has a low end start at $30-$40 and have options in the $100-$150 range but also go up to $300 or $400 for some sets. Given How much longer and less fragile they are, LED headlights are the more cost effective choice.Read More »