When it comes to upgrading the headlights in your car or truck, LED bulbs such as the solutions from Lucas Lighting are your best choice. If you look at the new Honda Civic, Cadillac CT6 or Acura NSX, these vehicles feature all-LED lighting assemblies. In the last few years, advances in LED technologies have moved them from accent lighting to main beam applications with a significant number of benefits. Let’s take a look at four reasons why LED bulb upgrades are a great choice for your vehicle.
More Light Output Makes Driving Safer
The main reason to upgrade your headlights is to improve the total amount of light output so you can see farther down the road. You could upgrade from a 55-watt or 60-watt halogen to a 100-watt bulb to gain output, but you run the risk of the added heat damaging the reflector and lens assembly. A better choice is a high-quality LED upgrade. Light output can increase from around 500-550 lux to well over 700 lux while maintaining a safe beam pattern and cutoff in a projector application, and you can experience an increase of 100-150% in some reflector housings.
LED Provides Instant Light Output
If you compare how fast an LED reaches full output after being turned on to how long it takes for an HID or halogen bulb to light up, you’ll see why this is an important feature. LED bulbs reach full intensity almost instantly. Their instant output is one of the reasons they’re so popular for turn signals and marker lights. LED bulbs can also be used in dual-bulb applications as a high beam where instant response is needed when you want to flash the light quickly.
Accurate Beam Patterns in Reflector Housings
We’ve all run into someone in a sixth- or seventh-generation Honda Civic who has installed HID bulbs. The light output from the headlights might be bright, but it can also blind oncoming drivers. Lucas Lighting LED headlight bulbs are designed to mimic the light pattern of a halogen bulb to maintain a proper beam pattern. The light assembly illuminates the road in front of the vehicle while allowing oncoming drivers to be safe.
LED Bulbs are Durable
Another huge benefit of an LED upgrade bulb is its reliability. Lucas Lighting has tested our bulbs under dozens of everyday conditions – and even a few that might never happen – to ensure they will last. LED chips like the Edison COB used on our bulbs are rated for at least 10,000 hours of operation. Halogen bulbs last between 450 and 1,000 hours, and HID bulbs last from 2,000 to 8,000 hours, depending on the design. In vehicles where the bumper cover or airbox needs to be removed to change the bulb, this extra longevity can save a lot of time, hassle and expense. LED bulb assemblies are built around aluminum castings. These castings are extremely durable and aren’t at risk of being damaged in high-vibration applications in off-road, industrial or motorsport applications.
LED Headlight Bulb Upgrades Are the Best Choice
If you want to see farther or want a nice bright white light output from your vehicle, contact your local authorized Lucas Lighting dealer and ask about our LED bulb upgrades. They will show you what options are available for your vehicle and install them to ensure that everything is mounted safely and that the bulbs are aimed properly.