Lighting Q & A
Which lighting will work best for me, LED, HID, or Halogen?
Today there are many lighting solutions to choose from. I recommend customers use LED and/or HID instead of halogen lighting because they are brighter, give a “whiter” light output, and over the life of the light are a much more economical solution. The “whiter” light produced by LED and HID lights reduces eye strain caused by the amber color of standard halogen lights.
Will HID or LED lights draw too much energy, or fatigue my alternator?
NO. HID’s only draw 35W which is 20W less than standard halogens. So as long as you are replacing your current halogen light and not adding additional lights you have nothing to worry about.
LED lights draw even less than HID’s. Our LED lights range from 18W to 30W. So if you are looking to add more lights into your system than you originally had, LED lights are probably the best solution.
Will HID or LED lights be brighter than my current halogens?
Yes, significantly! 35W HID lights are generally 3-5 times brighter than a standard halogen and our 18W LED light is almost twice as bright as a halogen light.
Which is a better light: HID or LED?
That depends on your application.
Most LED lights will last for 30,000+ hours with no need to ever change a bulb. In terms of vehicle life you would have to drive 1,650,000 miles at an average speed of 55mph before the LED light would stop working. LED work lights are very low profile, and also have several mounting configurations. HID lights have a bulb life of 5,000+ hours before you will have to replace the bulb. HIDs also output 3,600 lumens, which makes them our brightest lighting solution. Both LED and HID bulbs have the advantage over halogens of not dimming over the course of their life, so you will always have bright, white light while the light is on. These lights also do not have filaments, so they are much more vibration resistant. No more burnt out bulbs when your are going over rough terrain.
How do HID’s work?
HID’s work by using an electronic ballast to ignite xenon gas and keeping it energized while the light is on. This is what makes HIDs so efficient. Rather than having a filament that has current running through it they ignite gas that converts the majority of the energy into light instead of heat.
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How do LEDs work?
LEDs make use of a fairly new technology called Light Emitting Diodes. These Diodes turn the energy passing through them into light. Thus the name LED. This type of light is very efficient and extremely hardy.
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