A Deer In Headlights

Front lights are probably the most basic part of a car, right next to wheels and engines. Since the first car was pumped out by Karl Benz, all the way to today, all cars have had headlights. But gone are the days with reflective halogen lights. With increasingly sophisticated technological innovations, the market has been flooded with all new types of headlamps, from high intensity discharge lamps, otherwise known as HID, to LED headlamps, and now laser lights, seen on BMW's most recent Audi BMW and also Mercedes .

Let me review the confusing array of headlights and describe the benefits and disadvantages of each, so I can help you justify which one best suits your driving needs.


Oh, the good old-fashioned, reliable Halogen headlight. It has been a familiar view of many cars, both old and new. I can list ten brands and models that still use halogens in their vehicles, just off the top of my head. And there is a good reason why it is still used, even in today's and age of high-tech light sources. It is cheap. Halogens cost on average less than HID lamps, both in replacement and repair. They also provide some of the best light beams longest light source, making them a preferred light bulb for those living in the country. Now the disadvantages are. Halogens can have good radiant power, but their low beams are particularly poor, especially when compared to newer types of headlamps. Halogen's lighting patterns are all scattered and are sometimes rarely focused on the road, which means that they often do not have to focus on what they should shine. Note with HID lamps, how they often have strong cuts, instead of shining the light everywhere. The low beams also have an incredibly low illumination area, making them a real problem in the dark parts of the state.


Don't understand me wrong. I love all the headlights equally. I choose no favorites … but with that said, if I had to choose a favorite, it would be HID headlights. It may not be your favorite (I think you're wrong, but hi, free country) but I definitely love HID. These newly developed headlights were once the stuff in German vehicles with high end. As an example, the very first HID headlights were mounted on a regular vehicle $ 300,000AUD BMW 750il, and even then it was an extra option! Soon, these headlights began to fall into more common and affordable cars, such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, you called it. Many manufacturers prefer HID light because they often take up less space than conventional halogens, provide better range and visibility at night, and focus the light source on the road, without excessive interference or light scattering. Their minimal space also allows car manufacturers to increase flexibility with vehicle contours and shapes. This lamp is also famous by other drivers, who think the more road-focused beam means they have less people glittering them at night. These bulbs are also the first port with adaptive flywheels, the lights turning as you turn the steering wheel. Since the rays are so focused and the house is extremely small, it has made it possible for many vehicles to be equipped with swing lights. However, HIDs are not without their problems. First, they are expensive to repair. Although they are more energy-efficient and draw less power, they are usually more expensive and difficult to replace or carry a bulb replacement. Second, they are known for their less than perfect beam quality, with the light somewhat stupid and limited.

Before moving to the next form of headlight, a quick listing. While many can see a HID device, it is worth mentioning that they come in two different lamps. One, which is mainly used in many vehicles today, is Bi-Xenon HID lamps. These lamps contain an industry standard of 4300K ​​lighting, but many of the above-mentioned affordable vehicles (Toyota Camry and Honda Civic) contain only halide bulbs. Bi-Xenons are best preferred, as the light source best matches natural daylight, or even better, a light white color.


Just like Uber's high-end luxo barges in the nineties, LED headlights have become just a feature on the quiet end of the quiet vehicle. The first vehicle offered was the Lexus LS600hL, before being introduced to the flagship Audi A8 and the BMW 7 Series, and now it has even made the cheapest car, such as the Honda Accord, Subaru Liberty and Toyota CH-R. LED headlights, while having a fantastic range, both for low and high radiation, are undoubtedly expensive to replace and repair. But with the market becoming increasingly diluted with LED light manufacturers, it will soon become a standard feature on many cars.


It has got Frickin lasers!

Unfortunately, if you were hoping to live out your James Bond super villain imagination, you must continue to look elsewhere. These are not lasers that can shoot and destroy the idiot driving in the outer lane but do 10 km below the limit. Laser technology has been developed for the use of headlamps to provide larger, brighter and longer range. While they are a relatively new development in the automotive industry, they are already available on the highest model offers from Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz and other luxury car manufacturers. It is not difficult to see why laser headlights become popular. Their range helps to increase visibility by up to 600 meters and has shown to increase the brake time by up to 5 seconds, which is an incredible amount. While these frickin lasers are becoming more popular, it is worth mentioning that they are incredibly complex technical parts, requiring large amounts of time and effort to put into their manufacture. Laser headlights differ from LEDs, HIDs and Halogens, as they generate more heat, which means that they require special cooling fans to keep them at optimum temperature. Because they are difficult to manufacture, you should expect a hefty repair bill if they decide to conk it. While the theory of laser headlights sounds incredible, it will be quite a while before we see it trickle into more common vehicles.