Headlights Projector HID LED
There are typically three reasons car owners upgrade their headlights. Although many late model vehicles are manufactured with projector headlights, many are not. The first reason most upgrade their headlights is to increase vision and functionality. The second relates to those milky oxidized headlights we see on many used and early model vehicles. Replacing aging headlights is a quick way for dealerships to enhance the vehicle’s appearance for sale. It also gives used car owners that new car feeling without purchasing a new one. The third most reason is simply to repair the vehicle after an accident. Many aftermarket headlights whether upgraded or not, will cost much less than the original equipment. Therefore, collision/repair shops have established a great market for upgraded aftermarket headlights.
Projector headlights became very popular when car manufacturers began to offer their most prestigious models with upgraded headlights. These headlights utilize a projector style lens that magnify the bulb’s luminescent beam. This magnification increases the density of the light particles. It also projects a more defined luminescent beam of light for increased visibility.
High intensity discharge, otherwise known as HID automobile lighting relates to light bulbs that produce high intensity light. Car manufacturers began using halogen light bulbs installed in headlight housing units as an alternative to the traditional halogen headlight, which plugged directly into headlight sockets. These light bulbs were far less expensive to install and replace.
Technology evolved in the late 1990s with manufacturers taking advantage of a new high intensity discharge (HID) light bulb. The new bulb produced a brighter luminescent beam. Not only this, HID bulbs projected a brighter spectrum of light. The combination of increased intensity with a brighter spectrum drastically increased visibility without blinding oncoming drivers. The aftermarket industry quickly adopted the technology. Manufacturers began to offer HID upgrade kits with different levels of intensity and luminescent variations. Variations usually range from 6,000k to 12,000k. As an alternative to HID, aftermarket manufacturers began to produce halogen look-alike bulbs as well. These bulbs imitate the HID effect and also improve visibility to a certain degree.
Of course most aftermarket trends begin with car manufacturers. Keeping with the order of things, so too did LED functionality. Car manufacturers took advantage of the extremely low amount of power it takes to illuminate LED lights. Manufacturers began to improve the functionality of headlights by adding an LED component for added lighting, such as daytime running lights and signal lights. Not only did the added functionality increase visibility, it also increased safety while simultaneously becoming a highly sought after trend with both new car manufacturing and used car upgrades. Today, LED lighting is still the most popular and sought after lighting in the automobile industry. LED lighting has expanded into light bars for off-road vehicles as well as accent lighting, such as interior accent lighting.
All in all, upgrading your vehicle’s headlights will provide three benefits. The obvious one is increased visibility, which equates to safer driving. Next, by upgrading your headlights, you will enhance the vehicle’s appearance setting it apart from the competition. And lastly, if you happen to get into an accident or simply need to refresh your vehicle’s looks, upgrading your headlights is an inexpensive solution versus replacing them with original equipment (OE) lighting.
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