There are three main types of headlights: LED, HID or ‘xenon’, and halogen. We’re going to take you through the features of all three, so you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your car.
Are LED headlights legal?
If you want to install LED headlights on your vehicle in California, you are in luck. LED headlights are legal in California if the lamps do not exceed 2,513 lumens and the light is white with amber turn signals. If the light color is anything other than white with amber turn signals, the headlight is illegal.
Which headlights are better HID or LED?
Technology: LED lights use electricity while HID uses gas (typically xenon). Energy use: Both have high energy use compared to halogen, but LEDs are slightly more energy-efficient. Life span: LED lights might last up to 45,000 hours while HIDs have a life span of around 15,000 hours.
How do I know what headlights I have?
Is it worth upgrading headlights to LED?
LED headlights offer an improvement over their halogen counterparts. The most important of these is greater visibility. LED headlights are much brighter, revealing more of the road and your surroundings. This benefit also goes two ways, as oncoming traffic will have an easier time seeing your vehicle.
Can you swap normal headlights for LED?
Many drivers are tired and frustrated with the dull, yellowish light output from halogen headlight bulbs and as a result, we frequently get asked: “Can I put LED or HID bulbs in my stock halogen headlight?”. The good news is that, yes, you can.
Can you replace stock headlights with LEDs?
LEDs have a few advantages over halogens. They’re brighter but consume less power, don’t heat up as much, and take up less space. However, you can’t simply replace a halogen bulb with an LED assembly.
Are 6000K headlights legal?
California Headlight Law: Light Color This statute means that headlights that emit a blue light are illegal in the state. Recall that HID lights can vary in color. HID bulbs come in a variety of colors ranging from yellows (3000K to 4300K) to whites (5000K to 6000K) to blues and purples (8000K and over).
Are 6000K LED headlights legal?
Any light above 6000K will start to look very blue. You can purchase headlight bulbs that go all the way up to 12,000K, which produces a light that’s almost purple. However, not all of these bulbs are road legal.
Are LED high beams illegal?
LED lights are not illegal, except where the headlight is concerned. You may use LEDs in unregulated auxiliary lights.