LED headlights are the biggest trend in automotive lighting and the second biggest trend in the industry after electric vehicles. The improved lighting, performance, and luxurious appearance have helped propel the popularity of LEDs.
An increasing amount of cars, trucks, and motorcycles are being built with stock LEDs and more drivers than ever are making the switch over from halogen to LED to replicate that look in their own vehicle using an LED headlight kit.
As a driver looking to upgrade your halogen headlights to LED or deciding whether you should spend the extra money buying your new vehicle with stock LEDs, you are probably wondering is it really worth it?
LED headlights offer many benefits over halogen and Xenon HIDs with respect to several different factors, which we will dive into in this article to help you understand the benefits of LED headlights and whether they are right for you and your vehicle.
The number one benefit of LED headlights is the dramatic improvement in nighttime visibility. LEDs are to halogens like a Ferrari is to a horse carriage.
Halogen headlights are weak and always come in a dim yellowish color. The clarity is poor and the light barely reaches 30 meters ahead. If you ask us, halogens should be made illegal!
When you switch to LED headlights, you benefit from an improved lighting quality, casting a much brighter light for the road ahead. This means you can see more of the road as you drive in the dark, which makes for a more pleasant and safe driving experience at night.
When it comes to better lighting, brightness is not the only factor to consider. You want a light that is dense, clear, focused, and far-reaching. Further, you want a light that is close to natural sunlight as the human eyes respond better to white light.
LED headlights offer all of the above, assuming a high-quality product, of course! An LED light is white, powerful and incredibly clear. The best part is that all these benefits do not come at the expense of blinding other drivers on the road.
The second most important benefit of LED headlights over other bulb technologies such as halogen and Xenon HIDs is their incredibly long lifespan.
Aftermarket LED headlights can last between 5 and 10 years while stock LED headlights on newer vehicles can last for up to 20 years. Imagine having to almost never change your headlight bulbs, wouldn’t that be a treat.
For comparison, halogen bulbs will need to be changed approximately once a year while Xenon HIDs last between 2 and 5 years, on average.
The incredible longevity of LED bulbs is closely related to their build as well as their energy efficiency, which is another benefit we touch on in the next section.
LEDs are solid-state, they don’t rely on multiple moving parts to produce their light - it is a single unit, or diode, that converts electricity into light.
When you consider halogen bulbs or other technologies, you have many moving parts and components. What happens is that this creates multiple points of failure and more opportunity for something to stop working.
Having a long lifespan will not only save you the trouble of getting new bulbs every year but will save you a lot of money in the long run and it’s more environmentally friendly.
Whenever you’re thinking about modifying your car, safety should always be a major factor. At XenonPro, we are dedicated to helping people drive safer and better.
Poor visibility at night is one of the leading causes of accidents. It leads to delayed reactions times, not seeing objects on the road, among other hazards.
One important benefit of LEDs is that they will not only produce brighter and better light in front of your vehicle, but they will also shine wider and farther than any other technology.
This helps improve response times, gives you more time to react to dangerous situations and helps you avoid hazardous objects on the road.
According to a study commissioned by CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, LEDs can help drivers identify objects on the road 1.4 seconds earlier when driving at 80 MPH. This extra time can be the difference between life and death.
The more you can see at night, the more time you have to make a potentially life-saving decision in the event of an accident or unforeseen development on the roads, meaning you’re likely to be much safer when driving with LED headlights as opposed to standard bulbs.
A major benefit of aftermarket LED headlights kits is that they are incredibly easy to install.
Our LED headlight kits, for example, consist of two bulbs that pop into your halogen assembly and connect to your car’s power harness just like regular halogen bulbs. You’ll need very basic tools and you won’t need a professional to install them.
If you take a look at our LED Installation Guide, you will see that it consists of 5 simple steps:
When it comes to aftermarket LED assemblies, which is technically called a headlamp retrofit where the entire assembly is changed, the procedure requires professional installation and could cost over $1000.
Although a very good alternative to LED headlight kits, the price and installation difficulty make it not very worth it in our opinion.
LED headlights are more efficient than halogen bulbs, resulting in more light and less heat from the same energy used.
Compared to halogen headlight bulbs which convert only 20% of the power draw to light and 80% to wasted heat, LED convert over 80% to lights and under 20% to wasted heat.
This results in bulbs that are brighter, put less strain on your vehicle’s power supply and bulbs that last longer.
Although less important than seeing better, driving safer and saving money, having your car look good is very important to many drivers.
One of the benefits of LED headlights is that they give your car or truck a beautiful, high-end luxury car appearance.
Halogens are not particularly stylish. A weak, yellowish halogen beam is a great way to kill your car’s stylish appearance.
If you are interested in kitting out your car with a range of mods to improve performance and appearance, it goes without saying that the headlights are one area where significant improvements can be made.
Going with the trend (or being ahead of the trend) is sometimes the right thing to do, especially when it comes to automotive safety.
If you don’t want to take our word for it, then take it from the people who practically invented automotive lighting, Osram.
Osram-Continental estimates that LED penetration in the automotive market will grow at a whopping 33% over the next three years from 20% to 30%. If they see it in the future, you should definitely see it too.
Halogen is expected to decline sharply from over 80% to 60%, speaking loud and clear about their underperformance and their outdated technology.
Stay ahead of the trend by upgrading your halogens to one of our LED headlights today. Hopefully, your next car will come with LEDs right out of the dealership!
While there are plenty of benefits for switching to LED headlights, the bottom line is they will save you money and keep you safer, while providing vastly superior lighting to other types of headlights.
If you value your safety, or if you have an interest in ensuring your car is optimized for performance, there is nothing more effective than LED headlights, both for their functionality and their style.
While most cars ship with halogen lights as standard, this practice is gradually changing as the cost of LEDs comes down. In the meantime, with an easy-to-install LED headlight kit, you can seize the future of motoring for yourself well ahead of time.