Understanding Xenon HID's
- Xenon HID bulbs can be very bright. Compare to LED’s, you’ll get a much greater light output when it comes to forward distance.
- They are quite affordable today. A good set of HID’s will cost you just under $100. Compare to a few hundred dollars a few years ago, they area cheaper than ever before!
- They are easy to install. With some cars, getting into the headlight housing can be difficult. Once you’re there, replacing your old bulbs with HID’s should be a easy.
- Lifespan of HID bulbs are nowhere near that of LED’s. Since HID’s their discharge rate is very intense, they are likely to burn out much sooner. The average lifespan of an HID bulb is about 2,000 hours.
- HID bulbs are fragile. Like most bulbs with gases or filaments, they need cautious handling. Not only can they break with little effort, but they also can burn-out much sooner if oily skin touches them.
- It takes a few seconds for them to turn on. Xenon bulbs need a few seconds to heat-up to get their full brightness.
- LED’s are very durable. Unlike HID’s which are made of glass and filled with a xenon gas, LED’s are usually made of plastic and have no air pockets. This makes them very durable and less prone to breaking. You can touch LED’s with your fingers and the oil from your skin will not affect their longevity.
- Life span of LED bulbs is 10-30X longer. Taking the 2,000 hour lifespan of an average HID kit, LED’s can go 30,000-50,000 hours.
- LED’s turn on INSTANTLY. That’s right, the moment you flip the switch for your headlights, LED bulbs turn on in matter of milliseconds. Unlike HID’s which take a few seconds to get bright.
- Price’s are very reasonable. A good kit might cost you $100, but you’ll usually be looking at $50-$75 on average.
- LED’s provide great coverage. Especially in projector housings, the light goes wide and provides better field of view (compared to HID’s).
- LED lights won’t give you the best front-facing light output. HID’s are preferred if you want to see the furthest.
- Brightness levels are limited with LED’s. On average, HID’s can be much brighter.
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