September 15, 2016 at 1:33 PM
Deciding which headlight to buy is not as simple a task as it seems. There is a wide range of lights that vary in price, energy efficiency and quality. This article hopes to shine a light on which headlights are best for you. The three key types of headlights that’ll be evaluated in this article are Halogen, High-intensity discharge lamp (HID) and LED lights.
Halogen Lights are the most popular form of the headlamp on the road today. This can be attributed to how cost effective this type of headlight is in terms of the cost to the length of the light ratio which has a lifeline of around 1000 hours of light. Another advantage of this type of headlight is how easy and cheap it is to replace the bulbs. Yet, many companies are choosing to move away from using the Halogen light due to the fact that it is not very energy efficient, something that is at the top of many companies requirements list. In summary, for the everyday consumer, the Halogen Headlight is an excellent option for both cost and ease of replacement.
High-intensity discharge lamp (HID)
Also known as Xenon headlights are an efficient type of headlight due to the amount of light that they emit. Various car manufacturers use this type of headlight in place of halogen due to xenon’s longer life and brighter beam providing the driver with better visibility. Although this form of lighting has many disadvantages to the everyday user such as high replacement costs and the glare towards incoming traffic coming in the opposite direction. In summary, this form of lighting is of better quality than halogen but comes with a higher running cost.
The light emitting the diode (LED) type of headlight is the most recent innovation in car headlight technology. The use of this type of lighting has been on the rise in recent years due to its energy efficient nature and the fact that full brightness can be achieved in the click of a button whereas other types of headlight have a small delay. Another advantage is the brightness which is slightly brighter than Halogen lights but not so bright that they experience glare issues similar to the HID type of light. Yet, LED lights are expensive to purchase and generate a large amount of heat when switched on. In summary for the everyday consumer, this type of headlight offers a higher quality with energy efficient qualities but at a much higher price.