How to Shop for Headlights

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So, you’re on the market for new headlights, and you have a lot of options to consider.

If you’re just looking to replace a damaged OEM lighting assembly, you can narrow your search to standard crystal headlights. But if you’re not about to settle for that factory look, consider upgrading to projector headlights.

Crystal Headlights vs. Projector Headlights

The standard crystal headlights are the closest you’ll get to your vehicle’s original OEM look. And if that’s what you’re into, this style is the one you want.

Just keep in mind that this style does have certain disadvantages. For one, these headlights are highly reflective. And this is hazardous for oncoming traffic when you’re driving in the night.

If you want to get better performance from your headlights, or if you’re just tired of the factory look, you want projector headlights.

What sets them apart is not just their cool style.

Projector headlights feature special housings which distribute an evenly dispersed beam with a sharper cut-off. In layman’s terms, the light coming from your headlights won’t scatter and get lost, but will instead focus where it’s needed.

This means you’ll enjoy improved visibility without blinding the driver in front of you.

This style of headlights also allows you to choose what type of light bulb you want to use: LED or halogen. Whatever the bulb, just plug it in and you’re ready to go.

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Headlight Housing Colours
If you’re set on standard crystal headlights, you don’t have any options in this department.

But if you’ve decided to upgrade to projector headlights, you can take the customization one step further by choosing coloured housings.

This is an affordable upgrade that will truly allow you to customize your vehicle’s front end.

Chrome housings will give your vehicle a brighter, cleaner, polished finish.

If you want a meaner, more aggressive style, check out smoke and black headlight housings.

Halo Headlights: LED vs. CCFL
Halo Headlights were first introduced by BMW, and have since then become a true aftermarket favourite.

The “halo” in the name refers to the actual illuminated ring that surrounds the high and low beam lights inside the headlight housing.

Halo headlights are available in two main styles: LED and CCFL.

LED Halos

The main advantage of LED halo lights is that they are super efficient. LED halos are manufactured with the latest technological advances to produce a strong, even light beam which uses minimal power.

These lights are tough, durable and long-lasting. Their light is clearly to see both during the daytime and the nighttime. You’ll enjoy great visibility, but keep in mind that the LED light ring is less fluid and not as pronounced.

LED halos are easy to install and replace (most of time it’s a question of a direct plug-n-play installation).

And they are quite affordable.

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If you decide to go with LEDs, you’ll have to choose between two main variations: Plasma and SMD.

Plasma rings are defiantly innovative. They feature a Chip-On-Board design with 100s of semiconductors coming into direct contact with the circuit board. This results in a bright and reliable light ring.

The best part is that you’ll see this light as a single ring instead of seeing the individual LED bulbs.

On the other hand, high-powered SMD LED lights are constructed from a 6-layer circuit board for a super rigid structure. And the light that comes out will be so bright, that you’ll have no trouble making it out in direct sunlight.

SMD LED rings use 12V power without the need for an inverter or any other external device. Their expected life is upwards of 100,000 hours.

CCFL Halos

CCFL Halos (short for Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light) have been around for a while.

But if you think it’s outdated, you’re mistaken. CCFL technology delivers an extremely bright halo with a vibrant glow, most vivid at night. And this really does set these halos apart from the rest.

The downside to CCFL lights is that they are physically manufactured into their housing. So if you experience a malfunction or when the light burns out you’ll need to replace the entire housing.

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