Do you love driving at night or are you looking for something that offers you perfect visibility in all types of weather? Whatever the reason is for buying new headlights is, you need something that will offer you perfect visibility.
When it comes to car headlights, there are three main options: LEDs, High-Intensity Discharge lights, and Halogen lights. All of these car lighting options come with their own advantages and disadvantages. However, compared to the rest, LED headlights have far more advantages and less disadvantages, which makes them a great option.
For starters, LED headlights light up instantly, provide even lighting, and they produce minimal heat, thus reducing the risk of heat damage. They also have a long lifespan, which makes them a great investment option. Therefore, compared to other types of bulbs, LED headlights are quite literally the best.
That being said, choosing LED bulbs for your car is not an easy thing. To start with, it can be quite confusing to decipher between good and bad LED headlight kits. Also, when choosing LED light bulbs, you have to consider a number of factors such as your preferred bulb color, the size of bulbs for your car, whether LED headlights are legal in your area or not.
Therefore, if you have never bought LED lights for your car before, you can find yourself having a hard time. Fortunately, in this article, we will offer you all the information you need to choose the best LED headlight kit for your car.
- 1 Top 10 Best LED Headlight Conversion Kits
- 1.1 A Review of OPT7 FluxBeam LED Headlight Kit
- 1.2 A Review of SNGL Super Bright LED Headlight Kit
- 1.3 Nineo H13 LED Headlight Kit Review
- 1.4 HIKARI LED Headlight Conversion Kit Review
- 1.5 A Review Simdevanma All-in-One LED Headlight Kit
- 1.6 Ediors® Super Bright LED Headlight Kit Review
- 1.7 Zdatt Super Bright LED Headlight Kit Review
- 1.8 A Review of Syneticusa All-in-One LED Light Bulbs
- 1.9 A Review of Auxbeam F-16 Series LED Headlight Kit
- 1.10 A Review of JDM ASTAR G1 Extremely Bright LED Light Bulbs
- 2 A Guide to Buying LED Headlights and Bulb Kits
- 3 What are the Different Types of LED Headlights?
Top 10 Best LED Headlight Conversion Kits
To start off, let’s take a look at some of the best LED headlight conversion kits that you should consider when you are looking to tune up your car headlights.
- 12 volts and 60 watts
- Cool white light (6000K)
- 3,500 Lumens per bulb
- CREE MK-R LED chip
Features of the OPT7 LED Headlight Kit
Advanced LED board with Flux Beam Technology
The OTP7 bulbs are designed with the advanced CREE MK-R LED chip, one of the most advanced LED chips on the market. The chip is operated with Flux Beam technology, which employs an Arc Beam lens to deliver focused, high-density light rays. This offers you a super bright beam without the risk of dark or blurry spots.
RedLine Control Driver for Better Performance
The kit comes with a RedLine Control Driver, a super-efficient chip that connects to the Flux Beam system to provide you with better performance. The control driver helps to optimize the brightness and power efficiency of the bulbs while providing heat protection to their components.
A Dual Turbo Cooling System
The Dual Turbo Cooling system of this LED conversion kit is another amazing feature that you will love. The system prevents overheating of the bulbs, which helps to prolong their longevity.
If you love driving when it is raining, then the OTP7 LED headlight kit is the perfect option for your car. On top of the high-density light that will provide you with perfect visibility during rainy weather, the kit is designed with waterproof capability. Therefore, you can have fun driving without having to worry about the bulbs being damaged by water.
The kit is designed to be plug and play, and installing the bulbs in your car is as easy as changing bulbs in your home. Therefore, you do not have to worry about tinkering with the wiring when buying this kit.
Due to the super bright light and the perfectly focused beams, the OTP7 LED headlight kit is perfect for driving at night, during rainy weather, or in low-lit areas during the day.
- Brightness of 10,400 Lumens (5,200 Lumens per bulb)
- 6000K white light
- 12 volts
- 55 watts
Features of the SNGL Super Bright LED Light Bulbs
10,400 Lumens of white light
The SNGL LED headlight kit comes with two bulbs that deliver a combined 10,400 Lumens of light, thus giving you more than enough light for optimal visibility in all conditions. This makes the headlight kit a great option if you are planning to drive in low lit conditions, such as during the night, when raining, or in foggy conditions.
Adjustable light pattern focus
The SNGL LED bulbs use and adjustable focus length technology, which helps to ensure that the light beam is distributed perfectly. The best thing about this technology is that it allows the bulbs to adjust (automatically) to your driving conditions.
Intelligent cooling system
To guarantee your headlight bulbs a longer lifespan, they are equipped with an intelligent cooling system that is comprised of a turbo fan and a dual IC control driver. The system helps to protect the headlight bulbs and its components from damage due to overheating.
The kit comes with an anti-glare technology, which prevents the blinding of oncoming traffic as you are driving. Therefore, you can even drive on busy highways without having to worry about being a nuisance to other drivers.
The SNGL LED headlight kit has a waterproof level of IP67, which makes it 100% waterproof. In fact, the headlight bulbs of this kit can even work perfectly when submerged in water.
- The air gun comes with iron sights and you must use it with a scope for accurate firing.
Due to the intense light produced, this LED conversion kit is suitable for foggy conditions or during rainy weather. However, due to its amazing features, it can be used in almost all terrains, from busy highways to streets, and even off-roading.
- Brightness of 7,200 Lumens
- 6000K cool white light
- 12 volts
- 80 watts
- 3-year warranty and lifetime support
Features of the Nineo H13 LED Bulbs
The Nineo H13 LED headlight conversion kit comes with NINEO technology, which ensures that the light is scattered in a perfect light beam without any dark spots or blurry areas. This makes it easier for you to see as you are driving.
Advanced cooling system
The LED headlight kit comes with an advanced cooling system, which is comprised of an aluminum heat sink and a turbo cooling fan that rotates at 7,000 RPM. This helps to cool the bulbs significantly, which helps to increase their lifespan.
The Nineo H13 LED headlight kit is completely waterproof, with the bulb and its components being protected from water damage by a durable casing, Rainproof driver, and automatic short-circuit protection. Therefore, the headlights can still function efficiently even in extremely rainy conditions.
If you do not want the hassle of hiring a professional or spending several hours trying to install your LED bulbs, the Nineo H13 kit is perfect for you. It comes with a simple, plug-and-play installation that guarantees complete installation in about 20 minutes.
- While the kit is designed to be plug-and-play, it is possible to experience installation problems or errors with some car models – BMW, Mercedes Benz, Jeep (from 2005), VW, and Ford 2013. With these models, it is advisable to hire a professional to install the headlights. You might also have to buy additional accessories such as a CanBUs to prevent the error codes.
The Nineo H13 LED headlight conversion kit delivers decent brightness that is focused perfectly to eliminate dark spots and blurry light. It also features advanced waterproof capability. This makes the kit ideal for driving during hazy nights and/or in rainy conditions.
- 12 volts
- CREE (XHP50 + XM-L2) LED chip
- Exterior metallic finish
- 6000K crystal clear white light
- 2-year warranty
Features of the HIKARI LED Headlight Kit
Advanced CREE XHP50 LED chip
As already mentioned, the HIKARI LED bulbs are the most advanced in the market, all thanks to the CREE XHP50 LED chip. The chip is designed to improve the performance of the headlight bulbs by increasing the luminous density and the reliability of the components without affecting their lifespan. As a result, you get super bright headlight bulbs that will serve you efficiently for a long time.
HIKARI AI Frequency Technology
Another thing you will love about the HIKARI LED lights is the AI Frequency Technology they are equipped with. The technology helps to perfect the light beam pattern of the headlights, thus preventing dark spots or foggy light. Therefore, you are able to enjoy perfect visibility when driving around with these headlights.
Extremely durable headlight bulbs
On top of being super bright, the HIKARI LED bulbs are designed to be extremely durable. The headlights are equipped with a top-of-the-line cooling system, which helps to prevent heat damage, thus improving their lifespan significantly. They are also 100% waterproof, and will function perfectly even in extremely rainy conditions. On top of that, the headlight kit comes with a 2-year warranty to cover any unforeseen defects that may arise.
Easy, plug-and-play installation
HIKARI LED bulbs are also designed with a plug-and-play installation, which ensures that you do not have to hire professional help to install them in your vehicle. They are also compatible with almost all car models.
- In some car models, it is possible to experience flickering, but this can be solved by installing the HIKARI Canbus anti-flickering resistor decoder
The intense light of the HIKARI LED headlights, combined with their impressive durability, makes them perfect for driving in extreme weather conditions. The headlights will function perfectly in rainy and foggy conditions.
- 8,000 Lumens (4,000 Lumens per LED bulb)
- 6,000K white light
- 12 volts and 80 watts (40 watts per bulb)
- 2 years of manufacturer warranty
Features of the Simdevanma All-in-One LED Headlight Kit
A bright wide beam
Simdevanma LED headlight bulb is one of the brightest headlight kits on the market, offering you 8,000 Lumens of white light. The light is focused into a perfect light beam pattern, thus guaranteeing you perfect visibility without any dark spots or foggy light. On top of that, the headlights cover a wide area (320°), which guarantees you maximum visibility even in tough terrains such as off roads, especially if you drive a truck.
Street legal and DOT approved headlights
Unlike most LED lights, the Simdevanma LED light bulbs are designed to prevent blinding of oncoming drivers. Therefore, they are street legal and even DOT (US Department of Transportation) approved. As such, you can use them with confidence without fear of facing any legal challenges.
Extremely durable headlights
Simdevanma LED bulbs are waterproof, which means that you can use them in rainy weather without fear of damage. They also come with an efficient cooling system, which protects their components from heat damage. The end result is a significantly improved lifespan, which saves you from having to replace the headlights regularly.
Simple design and plug-and-play installation
The Simdevanma LED bulbs come with a simple design, which makes it very easy to install. With a plug-and-play installation design, you can have these headlights working in about 15-20 minutes.
- In some car models, you might require an LED Canbus to prevent flickering
The Simdevanma LED conversion kit is ideal for almost all driving situations you can imagine. Whether you are looking to drive at night, when it is raining, in foggy conditions, on the streets and highway, and much more, these LED lights will offer you a great experience. However, due to the intense light and the wider beam pattern, they are perfect for driving in off-road, especially for large vehicles such as trucks and SUVs
- 12 volts
- 66 watts
- 6,000 Lumens of 3000K yellow light or 6000K white light
- CREE LED chip
Features of the Ediors® LED Conversion Kit
A wide light beam pattern
If you are looking for something that will give you a wide beam, look no further than the Ediors LED headlights. Unlike most headlights, the Ediors model has LEDs on all corners of each bulb, which provides you with a wide light beam. This, combined with the intense light beam makes the kit ideal for driving in off-road terrains, especially if you are driving a truck.
Two color options
Something else that you will love about the Ediors LED headlights is that they come with two color options, unlike most LED headlights that only have one color option. With this model, you can choose between 3000K yellow light and 6000k white light. And the best part is, regardless of your choice, you will still enjoy perfect visibility.
Extremely durable LED bulbs
The Ediors® LED light bulbs are designed to handle everything you throw at them. From over-heat protection to waterproof capability, shockproof capability, and vibration resistant, these headlights are extremely durable and will serve you for a long time.
Fast on/off response time
With the Ediors® Super Bright LED bulbs, you can enjoy fast on and off response time without any delays.
- The fan used to cool the headlight bulbs can get quite noisy, which can be irritating if you like driving in silence
Due to the wide angle of vision offered by these headlights, they are ideal for driving in off-road terrains, especially with trucks. The decent light (intense but not too intense) is also perfect for driving on highways, as you do not have to worry about blinding the oncoming drivers.
- 12 volts and 100 watts
- 12,000 Lumens (6,000 Lumens per bulb)
- Three color options: 3000K Amber, 6000K White, and 8000K Blue
- 2-year warranty
- Size options: H1, H4, H7, H11, 9004, 9005, 9006, 9007
Features of the Zdatt Super Bright LED light bulbs
Clear, high-density light with a wide beam
The Zdatt LED light bulbs deliver a combined 12,000 Lumens of light, making it one of the brightest headlight kits on the market. The headlights also come with LEDs on all four sides, which creates a wide field of vision (360 degrees). On top of that, the light beam is focused in such a way that there are no dark spots or foggy areas. The end result of all these is a high-performing LED headlight kit that offers you perfect visibility in all conditions.
Highly efficient cooling system
With an output of 100 watts and 12,000 Lumens, this LED headlight kit can get extremely hot. As a result, it is designed with a highly efficient cooling system that is comprised of powerful Turbo fan (rotating at 12,000 RPS) and an aluminum heat sink. The cooling system helps to dissipate the heat at a very high rate, thus protecting the headlights from heat damage.
3 attractive color options
If you are looking for unique headlights that will make your car the envy of everyone, the Zdatt LED headlights are the answer to your quest. With three color options (Amber, Cool White, and Light Blue), you can tune up your vehicle’s headlights to make it more attractive and distinctive.
Plug-and-play installation design
When it comes to installing these headlights, the process is very simple and short, thanks to their plug-and-play installation design. You do not need to tweak the wiring or make any changes to the electrical system. Simply install the headlight bulbs and you are good to go.
- Due to their extreme brightness, they can blind the oncoming the drivers
- Due to the high output power and light density, they are more susceptible to heat damage, especially if the cooling system is not working efficiently
The extreme brightness combined with the wide field of vision makes them ideal for off-road driving. They are also very useful when driving in low light conditions, for example, in foggy weather, during hazy nights, and when it is raining.
- 10,000 Lumens light density
- Size options: H4, H10, H11, H13, 9005, 9006, 9007
- 6000K white light
- 3-year warranty
Features of the Syneticusa All-in-One LED Light Bulbs
High-density light with a wide angle of illumination
The Syneticusa All-in-One LED conversion kit delivers a combined 10,000 Lumens of white light, which provides you with excellent visibility as you are driving. The headlight bulbs are also designed with LEDs on all sides, thus guaranteeing you a wider angle of illumination.
A Highly efficient heat sink
The headlight kit comes with a highly efficient heat sink, which is comprised of a cooling fan and a built-in Driver Ballast. The heat sink helps to dissipate the heat that is produced by the bulbs, thus protecting their components from heat damage.
The Syneticusa All-in-One LED bulbs also come with a sealed housing which is made of high-quality aluminum material. The housing helps to dissipate the heat produced, thus acting as a complimentary cooling system to the heat sink. It also provides shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof capabilities to the headlights.
In addition to the sealed housing that offers waterproof capabilities, the Syneticusa headlights also come with a waterproof driver that helps to increase their waterproof capabilities. Therefore, you can drive around when it is raining without having to worry about water damage.
- Some customers have complained about a short lifespan
The best features of the Syneticusa All-in-One LED light bulbs are the high-density white light and the wider light beam pattern. This makes them ideal for a wide range of situations and terrains, including driving at night, driving in foggy and/or rainy weather, driving on highways and streets, off-road driving, and more. The High and Low Beam operation also makes them ideal for a wide range of cars, from small cars such as sedans to larger vehicles such as trucks.
- 8 – 48 volts (12/24 for vehicles) and 60 watts
- 6,000 Lumens of 6000K white light
- CREE LED chip
- Headlight/fog light application
Features of the Auxbeam F-16 Series LED headlights
The Auxbeam F-16 Series is one of the best budget-friendly LED headlight conversion kit on the market. The kit comes with lots of features, from great illumination to wide-angle beam, advanced LED chips, and many others. All of these features guarantee you a superb performance at a very pocket-friendly price.
All-in-one integrated design
One of the things you will love about these LED headlights is their all-in-one design, which helps to guarantee compatibility with most car models. The headlights are also designed with a built-in Canbus, which prevents error codes that are common with some LED headlights.
Advanced cooling system
The Auxbeam F-16 Series headlights have one of the most advanced cooling systems. The system is comprised of a built turbo fan, a control driver, and a heat sink that is made of aerospace-grade aluminum material. With these advanced features, the system provides you with up to 30% more efficient cooling compared to standard cooling systems used in most LED headlights.
Waterproof and dustproof design to increase durability
In addition to the efficient cooling system, the LED headlights are designed with great waterproof and dustproof capabilities, which helps to increase their lifespan while reducing the amount of care and maintenance needed. These capabilities also help to guarantee that your headlights will function perfectly even in extreme weather conditions.
- The CanBus is a great feature, but it can affect compatibility with some car models, for example, mini cooper
- Operating voltage – 9 v to 32 volts (12 volts for cars and 24 volts for trucks)
- Wattage: 72 watts (36 watts per LED headlight bulb)
- Lighting output: 8,000 Lumens
- Color: 6000K white light
- 1-year warranty
Top Features of the JDM ASTAR G1 LED bulbs
Advanced 2nd Generation CSP LED chips
The JDM ASTAR LED bulbs are designed with 2nd Generation CSP LED chips, which optimizes their performance. With these chips, the headlight bulbs are able to provide you with a perfect light beam, without any dark spots of blurry light areas.
High Beam and Low Beam options
One of the top features of these LED bulbs is the High Beam and Low Beam option as you are driving. The low beam option is ideal when driving smaller cars such as sedans, while the High Beam option guarantees you a better experience when driving a truck, SUV, or other larger cars.
A great cooling system
To ensure that the headlight bulbs serve you for a long time, they are equipped with an efficient cooling system comprised of fans and a heat sink. The system dissipates the heat that is produced by the bulbs, thus protecting them from overheating. This guarantees a long lifespan of more than 50,000 hours of continuous lighting.
A built-in load resistor
Another thing you will love about these headlights is that they come with a built-in load resistor. The resistor helps to prevent error code messages about the bulbs, thus guaranteeing you a smooth and hassle-free driving experience.
- There are some compatibility issues with some cars
The LED bulbs produce an extremely bright light beam, especially when using the High Beam option. This comes in handy when driving vehicles such as trucks on dark back roads. The headlights also very versatile, and you can use them as headlights or even as fog lights.
A Guide to Buying LED Headlights and Bulb Kits
LED lights are fast becoming the go-to light technology for cars, and more and more drivers are preferring them over the traditional lights. However, choosing the perfect LED lights for your car is not an easy thing, and it can get quite confusing.
Fortunately, in this guide, we have researched the top questions that you might ask yourself when buying LED lighting bulbs for your car. Below is a look at these questions
Why Choose LED Headlights?
There are several reasons why you should choose to replace your current car headlights with LED lights. However, the top reason why most drivers choose LED lighting is that they provide intense light with very little power draw from the vehicle’s electrical system.
Therefore, LED lights are more efficient, and they can guarantee you perfect visibility even in tough conditions such as in foggy weather, when it is raining, during extremely dark nights, and so on.
In case you are not convinced that LED lighting is the best option for your car, the following are other reason that might convince you:
- LEDs have a much longer lifespan
- LEDs are greener compared to other lights
- LEDs are more attractive, and some will even come with a range of color options
Therefore, the next time you are considering replacing your car headlights, LEDs is the way you should go.
Advantages and Disadvantages of LED headlights
As stated above, there are several reasons why LEDs are better than traditional car headlights. What this means is they have several advantages over the other headlights.
Below is a look at these advantages and disadvantages of LED bulbs
- Compared to other types of car lights, LED lights are quite expensive
- While most LED lighting bulbs will have a great performance, the performance is largely dependent on quality engineering. Therefore, poor quality LED car lights will be pretty much useless
- The greater light intensity of LEDs provides you with better visibility, but the light can also be a nuisance to other drivers on the road.
What are the Different Types of LED Headlights?
To ensure that car headlights do not blind other drivers on the road, they are required to both high and low beams or dipped beams. This requirement brings about the two main types of LED headlights that are available on the market today: Single Beam LEDs and Dual Beam LEDs.
Single Beam Headlights
Single Beam LEDs are the type of LED lights that have two different bulbs per headlight – one a high beam and the other a low beam. In low beam mode, only the low beam bulb will be on, while in high beam mode, both low beam and high beam bulbs will be on.
Dual Beam Headlights
Dual Beam LEDs come with one single bulb, which serves the dual function of the high and low beam. The LEDs also come with a control function, which helps to switch between high and low beam modes.
LED Headlights vs HID Headlights vs Halogen Headlights
Are you wondering whether LED headlights are the best option for your car? Well, here is a detailed comparison of LED headlights and the other types of lighting options.
LED lighting is relatively new when it comes to vehicle lighting technologies. These lights use a semiconductor diode, which converts the energy from the vehicle’s electrical system into light (that is produced by several LED diodes in a bulb)
- They have a high production cost, which makes them expensive
HID lights are also commonly known as Xenon lights. The headlights function by using a mixture of rare gases and metals, which are heated to produce a bright white glow. They are extremely bright (around 200% or 300% brighter than halogens). This makes them a popular alternative for car owners seeking to replace their halogen lamps.
- The high light intensity can blind other drivers on the load
- They are not as energy-efficient as LEDs
Halogen car lights are the oldest types of lighting. They are comprised of tungsten filaments, like the one found in household incandescent bulbs. The light produced by these headlights is focused on the road by using a reflective lens, which also doubles as the protective housing for the bulbs.
- They have a short lifespan compared to other headlights
- They are very fragile and can blow up quite easily
- They offer a low level of illumination
By comparing the three types of headlights, it is evident that LED bulbs are the best option when it comes to your vehicle’s headlights. Xenon lights are also a great alternative, but their extreme brightness and energy inefficiency makes them a little less appealing than LEDs.
Compared to the other types of headlights, LED bulbs produce the least amount of heat energy. However, since LEDs are operated by semiconductor diodes, their performance is dependent on the temperature (diodes produce more intense light at lower temperatures as opposed to high temperatures).
As a result, LEDs are very sensitive to heat and overheating can cause the bulbs to fail. Due to this, the temperature of LED lights must be kept low and constant so as to guarantee reliable continuous lighting and a longer lifespan.
LED headlights are therefore designed with highly efficient cooling systems, which help to dissipate any heat that is produced by the LEDs. However, this has the disadvantage of increasing the production costs, and it is thus one of the factors that make LED headlights more expensive.
Which is the Brightest Headlight Bulb?
If you are looking to buy the brightest headlight bulb, Xenon bulbs have a high light intensity. However, LED bulbs also come very close, and their numerous features and advantages make them a great option.
Also, you can find several LED bulbs that are brighter than most Xenon headlights. In fact, in the above reviews, we have covered some extremely bright LEDs, with some ranging between 10,000 and 12,000 lumens, which is more than enough you need even when driving in the worst conditions.
If you still couldn’t make your mind and money isn’t a thing go with SNGL super bright conversion kit However if you are on a budget and looking for second best, we would suggest you buying OPT7 Fluxbeam.