It’s tough to drive at night and during bad weather, and things can only get harder when the headlight assembly goes out. You won’t be able to see clearly through the road, and it’ll be difficult for other motorists to spot your vehicle in the dark. Nothing good comes out of driving with busted headlights. If you’re out to get new headlights, here are some things to consider:
Are you looking for a composite type or a sealed beam?
There are two types of assembly that you can choose from. One is a sealed beam, composed of a filament, lens, and reflector in one unit. The other is the composite type, which has separate elements and components. If you want to be able to work with or just deal with one unit, then the sealed beam would be a great option. But if you want to be able to change the lens, filament, and reflector separately, then consider getting composite headlights.
Do you need a simple headlight replacement or an upgrade?
You can easily look for an exact same unit as the broken or faulty headlight assembly. Just look for a kit that’s vehicle-specific, a match to your vehicle’s year, make, and model. If you want something better than the factory-installed headlights, you can search for an upgrade. Some aftermarket headlights are designed to emit better lighting and provide improved visibility; others are designed with better aesthetics or with some cosmetic upgrades. For instance, you may upgrade to an HID (high-intensity discharge) assembly for improved performance.
Would you like to switch to projector lights or upgrade to adaptive front lighting?
The vehicle’s headlight assembly can be upgraded to adaptive front lighting system or projector lights. In an adaptive front lighting system, the lighting can be adjusted according to the car’s speed and certain conditions. This is controlled through a computer, which can direct the bulb’s angles and positions so that the light will be cast where it’s needed. Meanwhile, a projector headlight is known for its single, strong beam. With this beam, light isn’t scattered that much. This assembly also comes with a more stylish look.
What type of bulbs would you like to use in the headlight assembly?
Headlights use different types of bulb. Halogen bulbs are commonly used in headlights of older vehicles. These bulbs, which use filaments, emit bright lights. Although they’re inexpensive, they have a shorter life. Xenon bulbs, which give off blue-white lights, are used in HID kits. These are quite expensive, though they come with many benefits such as longer life, enhanced energy efficiency, and better illumination. LED bulbs are also energy-efficient. They’re known for their bright lighting and ability to adapt to various conditions. These are commonly used in aftermarket headlight assemblies. Meanwhile, CCFL uses fluorescent lighting that comes in tube-shaped bulbs. The beam of these lights is concentrated and extended.