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Back to Basics: Types of Headlights

All headlights serve the same function: to light up the road and make other vehicles visible in the dark. Keep reading to figure out the differences in each type of headlight.

Halogen 

Halogen headlights are the most popular type of headlights in vehicles. Halogen bulbs produce a bright, white light. The advantages of halogen bulbs are that they have a long lifespan, emit bright white light, and the replacement cost is low. The disadvantages to halogen bulbs are that they generate excessive heat and need to be replaced more often than HID and LED bulbs. 

Xenon/HID  

A xenon bulb, also known as an HID bulb, emits a white, clean light. The advantages of xenon bulbs are that they typically provide good illumination, are more efficient compared to halogen, and have a longer life span than halogen headlights. The disadvantage of these bulbs is that they are expensive and can cause a harsh glare to other drivers. 

LED 

LED bulbs emit an extremely bright white light and are known for lighting up the entire area surrounding the car as opposed to just the road ahead. The advantages of LED bulbs are that they need little power, are low and efficient in energy consumption, and they have an extremely high life span. The disadvantage to LED bulbs is that they are more expensive than halogen bulbs. 


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