If you have noticed that your lights aren’t working as well as they used to, or that you need to replace them entirely; you should consider buying LED headlights instead of a regular brand. Not only are LED lights brighter but they last longer too. They are perfect for driving on dark roads where visibility is limited and during instances of extreme weather like fog and thunderstorms.
The average car headlamp produces light in every direction. While that is good for lighting up a room or any other space that needs to be “filled” with light, it isn’t so great for the road. As regular halogen lamps begin to degrade, drivers notice a dissipating effect on the light in front of them, almost like the light is dissolving around the edges. That is due to the bulbs omnidirectional (every direction) nature. LED bulbs on the other hand emit light in a focused direction singular points called diodes. The diodes emit light in a tight singular direction that doesn’t spread out as much as traditional halogen bulbs. The result is a light that shines farther and brighter under “open” world circumstances. LED lights work great for headlights and other light sources (like flashlights) that are designed to point at something. They are not trying to illuminate everything all at once, just a what is in front of you. The result is a drive experience that is safer, since you can be more aware of what is going on in front of you.
LED lights also last longer, use less energy than traditional halogen bulbs. A halogen bulb works by sending an electric current through a wire to a clear “housing” case, where there is usually a metal reflector to increase the brightness. This takes a lot of energy, and gets very hot the longer it is in use, resulting in a shorter lifespan. LED lights on the other hand send electric current through to the diodes, which create a focused beam of light. An LED light also holds heat sinks to keep temperatures under control during extended use.
According to the raw numbers a halogen bulb will use 5 amps of power for every 1.4 amps by an LED light. That is over a 350% power increase from LED to halogen. While the difference between the two might seem negligible, if you expand that difference over a lifetime of the lightbulb and it makes a huge difference. LED bulbs last longer and draw less power than Halogen bulbs.
Many cars manufacturers are already beginning to make the switch over to LED lights. If you are looking for a new car, chances are it might already have LED lights installed. If you own an older model, consider switching from your out-of- date halogen bulbs, to LED ones. You will not only save money over time by not having to replace as often, but you will have a safer drive experience as well.