LED headlight bulbs are the latest trend in automotive lighting technology. Many new cars, especially luxury vehicles, now come with LEDs right out of the dealership but over 95% of cars still come with halogen headlight bulbs.
Like you, many drivers are frustrated with the dull, yellowish light output from their stock halogen bulbs and are looking to upgrade to LEDs.
There are many reasons to make the switch to LED headlights for a better nighttime driving experience. With the significant development of this lighting technology, it is now easier and cheaper than ever to do so.
If you’re thinking about making the switch to LED headlights, here is a run-down of the top 10 reasons people are choosing to upgrade, and the advantages you can benefit from, simply by switching out your old headlights for an LED headlights kit.
To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 advantages and benefits of switching to LED headlights and why so many people are choosing to upgrade to LED.
The number one reason drivers choose to upgrade to LED headlights is to improve the light output from their headlights (or fog lights) for better nighttime driving.
Halogens are dim by design and produce a yellowish light, which is ideal for falling asleep, not for driving at night! The light output distance is poor and the concentration of light is weak with very limited clarity.
LED headlight and fog light bulbs, on the other hand, produce powerful light, with a focused beam and incredible clarity.
For some perspective, halogens produce around 3200 lumens of brightness while LEDs produce anywhere from 5000 to 12000 lumens.
The XenonPro 45-watt LED Headlight Kit, for example, produces an incredible 9000 lumens, representing close to a threefold increase in brightness. One benefit of our LED products is that they come with patented anti-glare technology, which means the increased brightness will not come at the expense of blinding other drivers.
If your main objective is to improve the light output for your car or truck, this first advantage alone should be enough to convince you.
The second biggest advantage of LED headlights is how easy they are to install.
In fact, installing LED headlight or fog light bulbs is identical to installing halogens, which should take, on average, no more than 10-15 minutes per headlight, assuming a typical Plug & Play kits.
The XenonPro LED headlight bulb kits have a Plug & Play design that has been perfected over the past decade and as such, they are incredibly easy to install.
The LED bulbs screw into your assembly just like your old halogens and have the exact same plugs to match your vehicle’s factory power harness. No extra accessories, wiring, and no splicing or specialized work required!
Switching out headlight bulbs is one of the easiest automotive jobs you can personally do. Accessing a headlight assembly in a car or truck is rather straightforward and requires very basic tools and in some cases no tools at all.
In most cases, it’s as simple as opening the hood of your vehicle and directly accessing the back of the headlight to unscrew the halogen bulb and swap it out for the LED.
Some slightly more complex cars and trucks may require you to loosen the entire headlight assembly and swap the bulbs. Less than 1% of cars may require you to remove some sort of protective cover or even the bumper prior to accessing the headlight.
If you don’t think you’re up to the task or simply don’t want to get your hands dirty, a car mechanic or an auto performance shop can get the job done for you in under an hour.
Looking for more information on installation? See our LED Headlights Installation Guide.
LED bulbs are famous for lasting incredibly long and consuming minimal power while being really bright, the ultimate feature combination for lights.
Although relatively new in the automotive industry, most of us have already experienced the longevity of LED technology in our homes. According to EnergyStar, household LED bulbs can last up to 20 times longer than halogen household bulbs and consume 80% less power!
Premium automotive LED bulbs, such as the XenonPro LED headlight bulbs, can last up to 45,000 hours or 5 years compared to halogen bulbs that only last about 5,000 hours or 0.75 years. Now that’s a major selling point!
Ignoring the improved brightness and energy efficiency, LEDs are a great way to save money on vehicle maintenance in the long run and the hassle of replacing your headlight bulbs every year. Quality halogen bulbs can cost close to $100 per pair, excluding any labor costs.
A big advantage of LED headlight bulbs is that they are cost-efficient. Everyone loves to save money and that’s another reason why LEDs are quickly becoming the number one choice for drivers.
Halogen headlight bulbs cost anywhere from $35 to $100 per pair for an average cost of approximately $70. LEDs, on the other hand, typically cost $100 to $200 per pair for an average of around $150.
As explained in the previous section, quality LEDs last close to 9 times longer than halogens and although more expensive per bulb, they will save you a nice bunch over their lifespan.
Assuming conservatively that halogens will need to be replaced 7 times as often as LEDs at an average price of $50 per set, that represents close to $350 in bulbs over that timespan. Even if you get $150 LEDs, that represents savings of 57% without factoring in any labor costs.
When it comes to saving money with LEDs, it’s all about the long term. If you plan to change or sell your vehicle within one or two years, you may not experience much savings but you will definitely benefit from better lighting.
Driving safely isn’t only about wearing your seatbelt, driving the speed limit and checking your blind spot before switching lanes.
Compromised night vision is one of the biggest hazards when driving, along with impaired driving and fatigue according to the National Safety Council.
Equipping your vehicle with bright LED lights is a great way to improve safety at the wheel and a big advantage of LED bulbs. Seeing clearly ahead of you can make all the difference in the world. LED headlights produce up to 3 times more light than halogen bulbs and project light farther and clearer as well.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported a total of 34,439 car accidents in it’s latest Traffic Safety Facts report, of which a staggering 51% to 67% occurred at night and during low light conditions.
When it comes to energy efficiency, nothing beats LEDs, yet another major advantage of this headlight bulb technology.
Since cars generate their power using the car battery and the alternator, why does it matter anyway since we don’t get an electricity bill for our car?
The reason it matters and why it’s a big advantage of LEDs is because not only does it put less strain on your car’s power supply, which is especially useful for older cars that risk getting stuck with a dead battery, but it’s one of the main reasons LEDs last so long. And for what it’s worth, it’s better for the environment, too.
Unlike halogens which generally only come in various shades of golden yellow and occasionally in blue, some LED headlight bulb providers offer LED bulbs in a variety of color options.
This is great for those looking for blue or purple headlight bulbs, for example. At XenonPro, we offer a total of four (4) color options for our LED headlights.
If you’re looking for more information on colored LEDs, check out our LED Headlight Color Guide.
You’ve likely noticed newer luxury vehicles on the road, such as Audis, BMWs, Bentleys, etc., with beautiful looking powerful LEDs.
With dull and boring yellowish halogens, your car’s lights look, well, dull and boring!
Another advantage of making the switch over to LEDs is that you can get that same look and feel like these new luxury vehicles with bright and powerful LED headlights all while saving money and being more energy-efficient.
A major advantage of having LED headlights is that they not only save you money but they save you precious time as well.
With halogen bulbs, drivers are constantly changing their bulbs and for those that bring their car or truck to a shop, it costs you money too. What a hassle.
With LEDs, changing headlight bulbs frequently is a thing of the past. Drive with peace of mind knowing your bulbs will last a while and shine bright for the foreseeable future.
When comparing LEDs to halogens, drivers often want to know about how effective and efficient LEDs are at producing light.
LEDs are significantly more efficient, as we highlighted in section 5. Whereas halogen bulbs waste 80% of their energy by generating excessive heat and only 20% on actually creating light, LEDs are the opposite. LEDs spend 80% of the energy consumed creating light and only 20% creating heat.
This is important when considering the temperature inside your headlight. Over the long run, halogens can damage both the headlight itself or slowly melt away at the power harness feeding power to the headlight bulb. With LEDs, this issue does not exist.
This is also important when taking into account the energy load on your car’s battery and alternator, as discussed earlier in this article.
The XenonPro LED bulbs, for example, also come with a micro-fan that further helps keep the bulbs cool so they produce even less heat and last even longer.
These are just a few reasons more and more drivers are choosing to switch to LED headlights and why car manufacturers are increasingly building cars with LEDs. For a long-term, efficient, high-quality solution for any car, choose LED headlights in over standard halogen bulbs.
Looking to learn more about LED headlight bulbs? Get in touch with us, we’d love to answer your questions!