What are the most common headlight options?

August 27th, 2018 by

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Difference between LED and standard headlights

Headlights aren’t something many of us think much about unless they aren’t bright enough or they are constantly burning out. On some vehicles, it can be particularly difficult to change a headlight, so you’ll want to avoid it for as long as possible. The only issue? Fancy headlights can get quite expensive. If you’re wondering what the difference is between LED headlight and standard headlights, we’re here to help you decide if LEDs are worth it.

What are the standard headlights?

First thing’s first, what is a standard headlight anyway? We’ve moved away from incandescent lights, like the ones you might use in your home, for quite a while. Halogen headlights have long been the standard for today’s vehicles. We often see these in projector-beam headlights which has the bulb facing backward and is encased in a mirror-like housing to create a potent light source. Either way, halogen lights use halogen gas and a filament to create light. This makes them last much longer than basic incandescent.

Bi-xenon headlights are a common upgrade, especially within the VW lineup, but these are slowly being replaced by LED lighting. Bi-xenons are often referred to as high-intensity discharge lights, but the xenon refers to the gas used to produce light. One advantage is that they cast a brighter light than most options, but the downside is you’ve almost definitely noticed them. Those very white/blue lights that blind you from oncoming traffic? Very likely these are xenon headlights.

LED headlights are becoming the new premium option for most cars not only because they last longer, but they can be designed in different shapes for a snazzy appearance. If you’ve replaced some lights in your home with LEDs, you know these can be quite expensive, but they can also last for a decade.

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