What’s better? HID or LED Headlights?

Sep 26,2019    Lilian Carson

Car lighting is very important for night driving. Halogen headlight bulbs have been used for over one hundred year, but it is gradually being eliminated because of the wimpy light. Meanwhile, HID headlight and LED headlight is getting more and more popular because they are much brighter. EDs 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 market.

#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 because it is much higher luminous efficiency.


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 the CANBUS system may remind errors. 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. Also, it need separate big ballast, makes the install more complicated.



Overall, LED headlights are the superior headlight system. Whether you choose LEDs for your reflector headlights or HIDs for your projector headlights, you will have better driving experience at night. Choose the good quality LED headlight bulbs can help you win more market, it is a trend.  

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