Different Headlight Types for Your Car
Many years ago, it was like headlights were just headlights. No one paid much attention to what they were unless they had a problem with them. But, when you go to buy a new car nowadays, there are lots of headlight types featured on different cars. So, what are the differences and what one will be best for you? Let’s find out.
Although they are often nicknamed xenon headlights, the name that you might see when you’re buying a new car is high intensity discharge (HID) headlights. This light is created by metals and gases, which are heated to create a bright white glow. In addition, it can look slightly blue around the edges. These headlights are brighter than LED’s and even said to be up to three times brighter than halogen headlights, but some drivers complain there is glare that can distract them from driving. Bordering on the legality of street legal requirements Xenon headlights are often showcased in luxury vehicles to achieve a look that regular halogens cannot achieve. Xenon headlights will brighten within a few minutes and can last up to 2000 hours.
Light emitting diodes (LED) headlights are starting to grow in popularity, as more cars are sporting these headlights due to their brightness and efficiency. Previously, they were used for indicators and brake lights, but now they are starting to be used in headlights too. Unlike xenon and halogen headlights, LEDs don’t produce excessive heat. This means that you can touch them without burning yourself. The light produced by LED headlights is a bluish white colour and is produced by negative electrons to generate photons. This happens very quickly – thousands of times per second – which is how a continuous, strong light is produced. They light up quickly and use low power, as well as lasting up to 15,000 hours. This efficiency is exactly why LED headlights are used on cars such as the Toyota Prius.
Halogen headlights have been used for many years and they are pretty common on the roads. They are typically available at a low cost, which means that replacements are cheap. They head up to create a bright light and they usually last up to 1000 hours. Inside the bulb is a filament made out of tungsten and halogen gas. The bulb lights up when electricity reaches the filament, heating up the tungsten which begins to glow. Don’t worry, though – this heat won’t do any damage to your car. Most halogen headlamps produce a colour temperature between approximately 3200K and 5000K. A lot of cars are now switching to LEDs as manufacturers want something more efficient. But, in terms of cost, halogens are the cheapest and easiest to replace.