What is your preference when it comes to headlights? LED or old school halogen? With so many alternatives what have you decided works best for you? Here are some comarisons in terms of performance, price and safety. ICC Collision Center whats you to make an educated decision. Here are some comparisons:
Light to light
There are a few important differences in light that is produced by LES’s, xenon and halogen headlights. The LED’s have the coolest color temperature at 6,000 kelvin, that is what makes them appear whiter than daylight. Xenon is around 4,500 k, and halogens around 3,200k which is why it has the yellowish appearance.
The halogen has the smallest light pattern that looks like a blob of yellow right in front of car. Both xenno and LED’s have a large pattern of ligth o the road. If you are to buy a new car today expect it to have the LED.
When considering relection, LED give a better ligth return from road signs, xenon lamps illuminate the road sides better. Xenon lamps typically produced more ligth. If you want the brighest ligth and glare is not a concern then xenon might be the best choice. LED’s offer low power, long life and a great light. But all this greatness comes with a larger price tag.
Halogen ligths are still most popular and found in most vehicles. These lights produce a significant amount of heat. When replacing them always use gloves as even a small amount of skin moisture on the bulb will affect their performance. Benefits of halogen bulbs? Longevity and low replacement costs.
Also known as high-intensity discharge (HID) lights. These ligths produce a brighter light than halogen with much less heat. The blue-white light is so bright it has been known to “blind” oncoming drivers. They require a large amount of power to produce their first burst of light, but once light they require much less energy to maintain a constant brightness. Xenon cost less than halogen and emit little heat with a long lifespan.
Newest technology on the headlight market, LED’s rely on small diodes that produce light when elecctric current excites their electrons. Although they need low amount of power but produce a large amount of heat on the diode. This requres heat control system at the bottom of the headlight. If the cooling system fails not only the light will be affected but other electronics could be affected.
Make a decision based on what works best for you! ICC Collison Center wants you to be safe and comfortable. Look for what works best for you but just remember you have to be able to see and be seen!
Have an amazing Week. Cheers!