Headlights are vital for safer night time driving. According to statistics, almost half of all vehicle passenger fatalities in Australia occur at night. Having headlights that are in good working order are essential. Voltaic are auto electricians that Perth vehicle owners trust; providing high-quality auto electrical and air-conditioning services. Not all headlights are equal, so let’s take a look at the different options available and how upgrading your headlights can significantly improve the safety of your car.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF VEHICLE HEADLIGHTS?
There are two commonly used types of headlights, these are:
The most basic and common version, halogen headlights bounce light off of a mirror behind the bulb. It creates a flood-like beam of light or, on some newer vehicles using a projector-style lens; a more direct beam. Halogen bulbs are inexpensive to replace; however, the light itself is warm and yellowish, which can be less illuminating than a brighter blue or white light. Also, their lifespan is only around 1,000 hours, so you may need to change them every couple of years, depending on how often you drive at night.
LED, or “light-emitting diode,” lighting is a system that’s been used in high-end automobiles for years. It’s now widely available in cars at many price points, although usually only as part of an upgrade package. The most expensive of the three lighting systems, LED lights emit a bright, white light that’s like natural sunlight, in razor-sharp, focused beams, and do it using less energy than the other types of headlights. The lifespan for LED lighting is long, up to 20,000 hours, so it should last the lifetime of your car.
REPLACING VS UPGRADING YOUR HEADLIGHTS
If your headlights aren’t as bright as they once were or have entirely blown, you can replace them with newer bulbs of the same kind. However, upgrading your headlights can give you much better on-road visibility. Most older car models have halogen lights, but, many drivers find this light inadequate at night. If this is the case, instead of replacing your blown headlights with new halogen bulbs, you can upgrade to LED headlights.
UPGRADING TO LED HEADLIGHTS
LED headlights are typically much brighter and last longer than factory halogen bulbs. LED headlights throw intense light with minimal draw on your car’s electrical system. If you have an older car, but you are interested in an LED system, you can upgrade with a simple plug-in LED retrofit kit that straight swaps your halogen bulbs.
For more information on how you can improve your driving experience with a lighting upgrade, get in touch with the team at Voltaic today on (08) 6454 9916. The auto electrician Perth locals rely on for superior products and service, our friendly and experienced team are here to help you out.