Bright headlights are an essential tool for night driving and effectively illuminate wildlife, debris, and oncoming traffic as well as navigate inclement weather and storms. About half of all fatal crashes
Bright headlights are an essential tool for night driving and effectively illuminate wildlife, debris, and oncoming traffic as well as navigate inclement weather and storms. About half of all fatal crashes in the U.S. occur in the dark, and more than a quarter occur on unlit roads, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit organization that rates new vehicles for their crashworthiness. Having LED headlights installed in your vehicle are a good way to ensure that the road ahead of you is lit with useful light. In fact, IIHS’ rating includes a headlight evaluation and it cites LED lights as part of the rapidly developing headlight technology.
Three headlight types exist. Halogens are the basic system—the headlight bounces light off a mirror behind the bulb—and standard on most vehicles. The color is warmer, yellowish, and less illuminating than blue- or white-hued light. The lifespan is close to 1,000 hours, so they need to be replaced more frequently but are relatively inexpensive. High-intensity discharge lights have white beams that reach further and last longer than halogens but are costly and less durable.
The third style is LED, which stands for light-emitting diode. LED headlights are bright white and vastly improve nighttime visibility. They are the most efficient, run cooler, and typically last 20,000 hours, or 2.3 years. LEDs also are the priciest. For cars that don’t come with LED lights or for older vehicles, there are aftermarket conversions that require careful installation and adjustment to ensure no glare occurs for oncoming traffic.
Here is a list of the five best LED headlights, specifically focused on LED headlights for high and low beam plus fog lights across a range of vehicles and price points.
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