- longer life
- different dimensions
- very efficient
- bright illumination
- energy wasting
- extra care required
Xenon or HID
Efficiency on the other hand might be the number one thought when thinking to choose HID detrimental to other types of lights. Efficiency of the light bulb not only means less used energy but also reduced fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions, as the engine has to burn more fuel in order to generate the electrical current needed by the headlights.
Of course, there are also some setbacks that could make people believe that xenon isn’t exactly the best solution for their cars.
For instance, the amount of glare generated by the headlamps might be extremely disturbing for the other drivers on the road, especially for incoming traffic, thus raising the number of accidents and fatalities caused by other than speed and technical problems.
Second of all, HID lights are more expensive at almost any given chapter, regardless if we’re discussing about installation costs, replacing or maintenance.
Last but not least, some xenon headlamps could have a harmful impact on our health, as certain versions could contain toxic substances, such as metal mercury. Some countries have imposed special regulations that prohibit the use of such substances but, of course, this will only lead to higher production and repair costs.
- longer lifetime than halogen lights
- more efficient than halogen as they use less power
- better visibility for the driver
- too much glare and thus, potential problems for the incoming traffic
- very high costs
- possible harmful materials could be used
There are a number of issues to be clarified however. For example, although LEDs do not emit heat as they emit light, as it’s the case of the halogen headlights, they create a certain amount of heat at the bottom of the emitter, thus creating a potential risk for adjacent assemblies and connectivity cables. Automakers are generally avoiding using LEDs for headlights especially for this reason but, instead, they’re adopting the technology for turn signals, daytime running lights or brake lamps.
The amount of power generated by light-emitting diodes is generally believed to be in between the ones produced by halogen and xenon lamps but, with the efforts made by carmakers, LEDs are likely to improve a lot in the future.
- small size, allow great manipulation for various shapes
- very low energy consumption
- high production costs
- low amount of generated power
- high temperature created around adjacent assemblies
If heat is a problem Led is best followed by Halogen then HID.
At present for ultimate safety we would recommend the following lighting system.
Halogen or LED headlights. Then either one or a pair of HID Spotlights for distance sight and also a Led Light Bar mounted in the centre of the vehicle which will give you the maximum spread. This system will allow vision to 1000 meters but also maximum side vision. We would also recommend the Led Light Bar and HID spots are wired to come on together.
Remember this is our advice and it may or may not suit your application.