If you’re tired of straining to see where you’re going with wimpy halogen bulbs, it’s time to step up to brighter and clearer headlights. When upgrading your headlights, you’re presented with two primary options – LEDs and HIDs. LEDs and HIDs have unique pros and cons, so let find out what works and what doesn’t for each to help you choose the right style for your vehicle.

LED Headlights

LED headlights use a light-emitting diode (LED) to light the road. Instead of using a hot filament, LEDs use excited electrons passed through a semiconductor to create light. LEDs only use a fraction of the power of halogen bulbs.

Pros of LED Headlights

LED headlights are the brightest on the market, use only a fraction of the power compared to standard halogen lights, and provide clearer light. They can be installed on nearly any vehicle with reflector headlights and the addition of a power conversion system.

Cons of LED Headlights

LED headlights are more expensive than halogen headlights and can be tedious to install. Though LED headlights usually come with a power conversion system you may have to spend more on an anti-flicker adapter if you have dim or flickering headlights.

HID Headlights

LEDs use power through a semiconductor to produce light while HIDs use a small capsule filled with gas like neon lights. Because they don’t use a filament, HID headlights deliver superior light and clarity when compared to halogen bulbs.

Pros of HID Headlights

HID headlights are much more powerful than a standard halogen headlight and use a fraction of the power. HID headlights are the best option if you want powerful lighting but can’t install LED headlights. HID headlights are the clear choice for upgrading projector-style headlights.

Cons of HID Headlights

HID headlights aren’t as powerful or bright as their LED cousins, but like LEDs, they can be tedious to install and usually require power conversion. You’ll need to accurately match your headlight to the right HID and install a conversion system to get the proper power.

The Verdict

Overall, LED headlights are the superior headlight system. Whether you choose LEDs for your reflector headlights or HIDs for your projector headlights, upgrade today for a brighter and clearer road ahead.