LED headlights are all the rage these days for their higher lumen count, longer lifespan, and better beam pattern. From what used to be exclusive to top-of-the-line models, LED headlamps can now be found as a standard option on base and mid-size models, replacing the halogen bulbs which are dimmer and less energy-efficient. If you’re a car enthusiast, you’ve undoubtedly thought about upgrading your outdated halogen bulbs.
Although LED technology has been around for decades, it's only in recent years that LED headlights have become more accessible to car owners. If you're planning to replace your old headlight bulbs with LEDs, here are a few things you should know before making the switch.
LED technology for headlight bulbs is designed to improve performance in several ways. LED bulbs produce light efficiently, and they do not generate heat as a by-product of the light they produce. Almost all of the energy an LED headlight bulb consumes is used to produce light, unlike halogen and HID technologies, which convert a lot of this energy into heat. Meanwhile, LED headlights are drawing less battery power from your car, which greatly reduces the pressure on the vehicle's components and makes these LED bulbs last longer.
Lumens are a measurement used to evaluate the brightness of a light bulb. A single LED headlight bulb can usually reach around 3000lms, some better brands of LED headlights, like AUXITO, can even reach 8000lms. However, it is still important to find out how many of these lumens are used for actual light, as some luminosity is lost during these lighting processes associated with other forms of energy production. One of the best solutions is to install additional LED projectors in the headlamp assembly to ensure that the light becomes more concentrated rather than scattered.
LED bulbs are classified as semiconductors, so their performance will depend on temperature. Diodes are designed to produce more light at low temperatures than at high temperatures. This means that the temperature of LED headlamps must remain stable to ensure the required light output is constant and to ensure that they have a long lifespan in the event of a momentary shutdown. Therefore, buyers should consider the heat dissipation of LED headlight bulbs.
Kelvin is used to measure the color of light produced by light bulbs and for natural light. This unit actually measures light temperature. Warm whites are typically used in the temperature range of 2500 to 4000 K, while cool whites are used in the temperature range of 5000 to 8000 K. Under normal circumstances, if the color temperature is maintained at about 2800-3000K, it will have the strongest penetrating power. Generally, fog lights will produce this color temperature. LED headlights are usually closer to the lower end of the cool white and range from 5500 to 6500 K.
Compatibility is also one of the issues that need to be considered. If the LED headlights are not compatible with your car’s make and model, they may not fit or work properly. Fortunately, it's easy to check the exact type of LED headlights you need. The easiest way is to check your user manual. This will tell you exactly what type you need to buy. Sometimes you will have to contend with CanBUS, in that case, you will need a relay and an ECM capacitor to connect the headlights to your car.
Undoubtedly Headlights are a standard requirement on all types of cars to make sure you can get the right bulbs, there is a lot of work that needs to be done before buying LED headlights. Besides you can also consult the services of an auto shop or mechanic to safely switch to LEDs.