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Would you rather see or be seen? Ah ha! It’s a trick question, because when you’re on the road, they’re both equally important. Just as you want to see the road, pedestrians, and other vehicles, you want everyone to be able to see you, too. That’s why it’s essential to your safety that you understand the headlight bulb types currently available so you can select the one that provides the light you need.
Should you replace your headlight bulbs with ones that provide an extra-bright light? Are the bulbs with the lower price point a better deal than the ones that promise longer life? With all these headlight bulb types, how do you know which is the right option for you? The short answer: Car design generally dictates which of these headlight bulb types you should choose. Now, let’s take a closer look …
Halogens use technology that’s been around for more than half a century, and their dependable performance has helped make them the standard among car manufacturers. They provide a bright light and perform dependably in extreme temperatures. Of all the different types of headlights, these bulbs are the easiest to find at replacement time. Their typical life expectancy is 2000 hours of use.
Also known as High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, they are often the choice for cars that have narrower headlight units. These are the brightest of all the different types of headlights available today. Their light output can decrease over time and eventually they won’t produce enough light to be safe for night driving. (By law, they must operate at 80% of capacity within 4 seconds of being switched on.) Still, Xenon bulbs last much longer than halogen bulbs. Typical life expectancy is 10,000 hours of use.
Light emitting diode — or LED — lights are gaining in popularity and have replaced Xenon headlights on many new cars. They produce a bright light, nearly as bright as Xenon bulbs, and consume less power than halogen headlight bulbs. With a typical life expectancy of 30,000 hours, they are the longest lasting of the headlight bulb types.
With all those benefits, why not just switch headlight bulb types and go with LED lights?
If you can’t locate your manual, or if it gives you multiple options, feel free to ask a trained Jiffy Lube® technician. You can count on Jiffy Lube® to access the proper specifications for your vehicle.
This includes more than your headlights. Jiffy Lube® technicians will also check:
With all the changes and innovations, it’s hard to stay up to date on headlight bulb types. That’s why you should make Jiffy Lube® your go to for vehicle maintenance. Jiffy Lube® technicians are ready to service, replace and recommend the right lights for your car, minivan, truck, or SUV.
Thinking of headlights, here’s an article about when to use your high-beams.
Like headlights, windshield wipers are critical to how you see the road. This article explains how weather affects your wipers.
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