For those who are keeping up with the trend, there is plenty of media buzz about HID and LED headlights. Both have gained much popularity over the years, mainly because they offer more advanced technology and higher performance than conventional headlights. Both HID and LED headlamps use advanced technology to light up the road. However, understanding the primary differences will be helpful in making a purchasing decision.
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HID headlights are high intensity bulbs that allow an electrical charge to interact with xenon gas inside the light bulb. Also known as xenon headlights, they produce a very bright light that is twice as bright as a conventional halogen lamp. HID will illuminate 90 square meters, while halogen will illuminate 30 square meters. Clearly, there is improved visibility at night and in poor weather conditions. HID headlights also use less energy than halogen and last longer – in fact, almost 5 times longer. While HID headlights are on the expensive side, they do provide far more benefits and much better performance.
LED headlights are comparatively new to the automotive industry, but have been gaining more popularity over the years. LED lamps are essentially electrical conductors that allow light to be emitted when activated. Because the lamp is either on or off, the bulb doesn’t need warming up. A big technical advantage with an LED headlight is very few parts. The headlight itself can be small, and can endure even vigorous vibration while driving. LED lamps also consume far less energy than halogen and long lasting. From an aesthetic perspective, LED bulbs are available in a variety of colours (for some, a nice touch).
Mainly because of the technology, LED headlights are less expensive. They do not need a special ballast feature; they come in a variety of colours; and they are ideal when replacing turn signals or reverse lights. However, when it comes to an enhanced field of vision, the HID lamps are the better option. Naturally, this would include front headlights, specialty fog lights, and stand-alone spotlights. For the most part, conventional halogen lamps still dominate the market, but both HID and LED are gaining popularity.
From a technical perspective, the LED headlamps are better with “light return” from road signs and other night markers. HID lamps, on the other hand, will better illuminate the road ahead, as well as the side of the road. Both lamps provide a larger light pattern compared with halogen headlights. When it comes to price, it’s important to consider cost and value together. Whether HID or LED, comparisons should be made based on performance and longevity. Each will offer different pros and cons for drivers.
Whatever the headlight, it pays to have an expert installation. At Car Systems Installation, in-house technicians have extensive product knowledge, with experience to recommend what’s best. Above all, the priority at CSI is to provide 100% customer satisfaction.
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