We have already talked about 10 benefits from switching your traditional halogen headlights for LED headlights. Then, we realized that 10 were not enough. There are even more reasons to make the switch today with ease and affordability, so here you have 7 more.
Remember: You do not have to break your budget or make an appointment with a mechanic to get it done. An LED headlight kit can make it all happen for you. So, go ahead and get ready to transition. Not sure yet? Check out these advantages of owning LED headlamps.
This time, we will get a little bit more technical.
You already know that LED light is produced in a void, essentially through a semiconductor through which a current passes, creating photons that produce light. This process occurs without a third party. The entire process engages molecules, energy, and the semiconductor. It is “a thing from the future.”
This is not what happens with halogen lights. Halogen technology emits light through a filament, quite similar to the way fire goes through a wicker to produce light in a candle.
So, all this said: Which headlight do you think will consume less power? You guessed right. LED bulbs consume, on average, no more than 8 Watts. In contrast, halogen headlights consume over 10 times as much, with an average of 90 Watts. This is a very huge difference between the two options.
Now, you know UltraViolet (UV) rays and emissions are never seen in a good light (no pun intended.) The radiation that comes from UV rays is absorbed by our ozone layer, which is the biggest protector of our planet. The higher the radiation by UV, the more it will affect our planet’s surface.
It is true that, overall, car headlights only affect our environment minimally, but let’s just leave this here: there is zero UV emissions with LED lights. Halogen lights do emit UV energy in small amounts. The less UV emissions, the better for our environment.
Why are heat emissions important to consider? The more heat is emitted in the process of producing light, the more use of energy there will be. If a lot of energy is used, it will be eventually wasted, because what you really want is to keep the process of producing the light in a constant rhythm, rather than burning heat away.
In the case of LED, heat emissions take no more than 20% of total energy. In halogen lights, heat emissions take up up to 90% of total energy. This is clearly more than twice the difference, and part of the reason why halogen lights are not as long lasting. Halogen lights basically burn themselves up with all the heat emission that they produce.
We have explained plenty of times that LED headlights, like any other LED technology, lasts longer and has a life expectancy of 10 years, which could be doubled with moderate usage. However, let’s get the actual numbers so you can understand better:
An LED headlight bulb lifespan can last up to 60,000 hours. Halogen headlight bulbs will run you up to 1,200 hours. This means that LED bulbs and headlamps will last you 50 times longer than the average halogen bulbs. Fifty times longer is a very long lifespan.
It is true that switching your halogen headlamp to LED headlights will mean an added cost for you at first, since you already have halogen headlamps in your car. However, like we have said over and over, LED headlights will not need replacement for the entirety of the time you own your vehicle.
You will not have to worry about your lights becoming faulty when you need them the most. You will not have to get headlight checkups. Even more importantly, you will not need to replace your headlights ever again. The headlights pay for themselves in the long run.
Lumen refers to the brightness emitted by the headlight bulbs. LED headlight bulbs have an actual lumen rating ranging from 1,800 to 2,000. Halogen headlight bulbs start off at a lumen rating of 700 when using low beams, to double that, 1,400, when using high beams. Clearly, LED lights are much brighter.
Brighter lights also means that, as you drive, your way will be lit up at a longer distance. You won’t feel like driving with two flashlights for headlights in the middle of the night. Instead, you will feel like two huge moonbeams will light your way and make you safer.
Lumens should not be confused with Kelvins. Lumens are all about the brightness that the bulb will emit. We have established that LED headlights have a higher lumen rating. Kelvins refer to color temperature. So, the bulb can be bright, but emit a low hue. It could also be the other way around. In this case, LED’s higher lumen rating, makes it also get a higher Kelvin rating.
A lower Kelvin rating bulb will likely look like your typical halogen light, with what we call that 1970’s golden yellow color. The higher the Kelvin rating, the whiter and more natural the light will look. This latter effect is achieved with LED headlights. The bottom line is: LED lights will be brighter, closer to natural light, and of a higher range of lightning coverage.
There still more advantages of LED lightning, compared to owning halogen headlights. It starts with the kind of light you get from LEDs: white, crisp, bright. You also get a longer range of coverage, since the lumen rating of LEDs is so much higher than that of halogen lightning.
Add to this that LEDs will never need replacement. They will not shut down, or go off, as you drive. They are an investment that pays for itself in the long run and brings you peace of mind.
Have you made the switch yet? Tell us all about it and sound off in the comments section! Let us know if you have any experience installing LED headlight kits, and provide tips for our readers so that they, too, experience the big difference.