LED headlight bulbs typically last four to five times longer than halogen bulbs, and project a brighter white light with better contrast than the warm, yellow light of halogens. And while LEDs aren’t always an option on new cars, there are countless aftermarket LED bulbs available that are easy to install. If you want to see better when driving in the dark, here are a few things you should know before you buy LED replacement headlights.
These lamps are 300 percent brighter than halogen lamps. Fahren
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LED lights put out a brighter, whiter light than halogen bulbs, and most come with ballasts, heat sinks, and the necessary wiring adapters for installation. But make sure the headlight kit fits inside the headlight housing of your vehicle before you buy because most LED bulbs are longer than halogen bulbs. If your vehicle can’t accommodate a longer bulb, there are LED retrofit kits that allow you to swap out the entire headlight housing.
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You can install these lamps in about 20 minutes. SEALIGHT
The brightness of an LED bulb is measured in lumens. While the typical halogen headlight puts out about 700 lumens on low beam and 1,200 on high beam, an LED headlight bulb projects 3,000 lumens or more. LED headlight bulbs that emit between 6,000 and 6,400 lumens project light up to 500 meters, while headlights outputting 8,000 lumens reach up to 700 meters.
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These lights have a 30,000-hour lifespan. BEAMTECH
Beam patterns dictate how your lights focus on the road in front of you. You can adjust some LED headlight patterns during the installation process. Because LED headlamps don’t always sit at the same angle as the bulb you’re replacing, consult your driver’s manual on how to adjust for beam height to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.