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Car headlight bulb types
As automotive lighting technologies are developing and becaming mainstream it’s no surprise that the car lights are also evolving.
Advances in technology have given us three common bulb types: halogen, xenon / high intensity discharge (HID), and light emitting diodes (LED)
Halogen car lights are the most popular kind on our roads today. They use a combination of gases - usually nitrogen and argon – and a tungsten (wolfram) filament in a glass tube. Standard halogen, Night Vision, and Sky Blue categories of halogen bulbs which diferentiate them according to the production technology. ECE types for halogen car bulbs: H1, H3, H4, H7, H8, H9, H10, H11, H12, H13, H15, H27, HIR1, HIR2, HB3, and HB4 standard or miniature car lighting bulbs.
Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights bulbs are heating gases and are using rare metals with special properties to generate a bright white light or a blue glow light.
Xenon bulbs are up to three times brighter than halogen bulbs with the same wattage. HID lamps need more power to start up than halogen lamps but they will operate at a much lower power usage afterwards. Also Xenon car bulbs will have a greater lifespan than halogen car bulbs. ECE types for Xenon car bulbs: D1S, D2S, D3S, D4S, D5S, D8S, D2R, and D4R 4300K Standard xenon, 6000K Sky Blue xenon, and 4300K Long Life xenon bulbs.
On the LED car bulbs the long-lasting light source is small and hese the directional focused lights. Also the LED lights are brighter than ones of halogen bulbs of the same power wattage as well. LEDs car bulbs produce a small amount of heat at the emitter level when electricity passes through and require a performant cooling system to work at designed parameters. ECE types for LED headlights car bulbs: H1, H3, H4, H7, H10, H11, H15, H27, 9005, 9006, and 9012.
There are several lights on our cars: indicators that double up as hazard lights, tail lights that sit next to brake lights, and headlights that we can set to different modes.
Dipped headlights, sometimes known as low beams, are the most commonly used headlights. They are brighter than sidelights, but not as bright as full beam headlights. They are angled downwards, towards the road. They should be turned on at night-time, during bad weather and at day-time if it is mandatory by law and your car it is not factory equiped with LED running day lights.
Full beam headlights
Full beam headlights are the brightest type of headlight on normal vehicles. They are angled higher than dipped headlights, allowing you to see more of the road, and are sometimes known as high beams. You should only use full beam headlights on unlit stretches of road at night or non public roads.
Fog lights are designed to cut through fog and mist, unlike full beam lights that are reflected by fog. They are positioned on front and back of the vehicle. In vehicle's front it is used a clear type light, with a yellow tint, and on the back lamp the light is of high intensity of red color.
The signal lights can be seen on all corners of the car as well as on the sides of the car. Their way of working is on pulsating manner to have a better visibility when warning other road participants about the change of direction of travel or changing the lanes. The hazard lights are the same as the lights used for signaling, all operating at the same time to announce an unexpected road event.
The position lights are at the front, rear and sides of the car. They warn other road participants about the size of the car and its external limits.
Reverse lights are of white color and found on the back of your car. They’re turned automatically on at the same time as you put you car in the reverse mode. This type of light will help you have a better view at night on the back of your car when you are parking or drive backwards.
The brake lights are red in color with high luminous intensity and are usually located in the taillights behind the car. These light signals given by the car stop bulbs are to show the other drivers that you have applied the brakes of the car and that you are slowing down, sometimes until the car is stopped.
Interior lights are defined as lights of car's cabin and trunk. They’re door lights, dome lights, map reading lights, accent lights, comfort lights, glove compartiment lights, and trunk interior lights.
Halogen headlight bulbs are typically the standard bulbs in most today used and old cars that was produced from 2018 year and up. As the car lighting technology advanced and the production cost it is lowering the LED technology will become automotive industry mainstream.
A halogen headlight car bulb consists of a thin tungsten filament surrounded by a halogen gas in a glass filament capsule which is extremely resistant to high temperatures. It works by sending electricity through the tungsten filament inside the glass capsule. The electrical current heats up the wolfram to approximately 2500° Celsius and it starts to glow (incandescent process). The bulb uses an inert gas and a small amount of a halogen such as iodine or bromine.
Car halogen bulbs of Standard, Night Vision, and Sky Blue categories
LightOnCarParts has a range of car halogen upgrade bulbs which include long lasting bulbs, brighter bulbs or bulbs designed for style. You will find here Standard Car Lights, Night Vision Car Lights (+150% Extra Light, +150m road night visibility, +20% Whiter Light), and Sky Blue Car Lights (up to 5500K Pure White color, temperature, up to 50% more light, XE Xenon Look) lines.
Halogen car light bulbs tends to be a cheaper alternative but you might want to consider between price vs performance if you are looking for the best possible outcome from your vehicle's headlights light.
Summarizing the about halogen headlight car bulbs:
- Halogen bulbs are a mixture of inert gas with a small amount of halogen gas that suround a wolfram filament
- The addition of Xenon gas into the mix allows the filament to burn brighter to increase light output
- The addition of a blue coating to the car bulb will turn the colour of the light to be more white. The downside to this is a small reduction in light intensity
- Car bulbs with a higher wattage produce more light but have a shorter lifespan
- Their colour range spans from making them quite diverse bulbs
- These types of upgrade car bulbs usually range between 20% to 200% brighter than standard halogen car bulbs
- High power car halogen bulbs usually last less than 1 year where as long life car halogen bulbs can last up to 4 years
Xenon car bulbs deliver a brighter white-blue light similar to natural daylight, require less energy to work, and they have a long working time. Xenon headlights of D1S, D2S, D2R, D3S, D4S, D4R, D5S, and D8S ECE categories.
The familiar warm, yellow glow, cast by halogen car bulbs is rapidly being replaced by brighter and whiter light-emitting diodes LED and even brighter high-intensity-discharge HID Xenon car bulbs which are filled with xenon gas.
A Xenon light, or high intensity discharge (HID) light, is a gas filled, very bright, and energy efficient light.
Xenon car bulbs generate more brightness at impressive color temperatures, as well as significantly lower energy consumption and longer life than halogen car bulbs. They emit a whitish-blue light that lights up more of the road than traditional halogen lights.
On dark roads, some xenon lights are so bright that even the low beams can blind oncoming drivers. To compensate this, cars with xenon lights often have leveling systems that automatically adjust the beam pattern when the xenon lights are turned on.
In an xenon headlight, electric current passes through the xenon gas to create an arc between two electrodes and generate intense white or bluish light that is often brighter than LEDs. Xenon car light bulbs are category produced to emit different shades of blue and yellow as well as white light.
Xenon HID car bulbs of Standard 4300K Brown, 6000K Blue, and 4300K Long Life White categories
The Xenon Standard 4300K Brown Series refers to the regular type of Xenon car bulbs that will emit a warm white light output. The 4300K Brown Series XENON headlight lamp is producing a white light with a hue of yellow comparable to natural light. This is the first choice of Xenon car light bulb spare part replacement or even as factory original equipment because of the affordable price.
The Xenon 6000K Blue Series have a modern and powerful look. The color temperature of this xenon light is of up to 6000K. A special filling system, which was used instead of the conventional approach to coating, allows the bulb to emit an especially white light. This stylish light creates a high-attention effect that helps you to be better seen by other road participants. The Xenon 6000K Blue Series car bulbs are the perfect upgraded replacement xenon headlight bulbs.
The 4300K Long Life White Series xenon car lamps were developed and produced to have a better durability compared with Xenon Standard Series car lamps. The lifetime of Xenon Long Life headlight bulbs is up to four times longer compared to Xenon standard headlight bulbs. The newer technology as well as the superior materials used in the construction of the Xenon 4300K White Long Life series of car bulbs will make their price higher.
Conclusion: Aside from illuminating more of the road ahead, xenon headlights bulbs also have a greater lifespan and lower energy usage than halogen headlights bulbs. All of that plus the perfect combination of stylish and unique design paired with extraordinary high-contrast road illumination.
Terms: Bi-Xenon lights. With the Bi-Xenon car headlamp lights, a light bulb switches between high and low beam. When the driver activates the dipped beam, the light provided by a standard Xenon HID bulb becomes partially covered with a movable shutter. When the headlamp is changed to high beam, this shutter cover is removed so that the full Xenon HID light provided by the xenon bulb is provided. In conclusion, Bi-Xenon light is a characteristic of the vehicle's headlamp and not a characteristic of the Xenon bulb.
The exterior stop and signal car lights, whether attached at the front, side or rear of the vehicle, provide information for other road users through their signals. These types of car lights will make a vehicle conspicuous and visible with respect to its presence, position, direction of travel, change in direction, or deceleration.
Stop and signal car lights may light steadily, blink, or flash, depending on their intended and regulated function. Most of them must be fitted in pairs, one left and one right, though some vehicles have multiple pairs (such as two left and two right stop lights) and/or redundant light sources (such as one left and one right stop light, each containing two bulbs).
Exterior stop and signal car lights
Front position lights: known as parking lights and front sidelights, provide nighttime standing-vehicle conspicuity. The car bulbs used for this type of lights are designed to use little electricity so they can be left on when parked for prolonged periods of time.
Daytime running car lights: some countries permit or require vehicles to be equipped with daytime running lights (DRLs). Depending on the regulations of the country for which the vehicle is built, these may be functionally dedicated lights, or the function may be provided by the low beam headlights.
Side marker lights: amber light color on front and red light color on rear side marker lights are required. These side-facing car lamps make the vehicle's presence, position and direction of travel clearly visible from oblique angles.
Direction indicator lights or turn signals are blinking lights mounted near the left and right front and rear corners of a vehicle, and sometimes on the sides or on the side mirrors of a car. They are activated by the driver on one side of the vehicle at a time to advertise intent to turn or change lanes towards that side, or used simultaneously as a hazard warning signal to warn other drivers of a vehicle parked on the road or a faulty car.
Side turn signals: in most countries, cars must be equipped with side-mounted turn signal repeaters to make the turn indication visible to the sides of the vehicle rather than just to the front and rear of the vehicle.
Rear position car lights or tail lights: conspicuity for the rear of a vehicle is provided by rear position lights also called tail lights. These are required to produce only red light and to be wired such that they are lit whenever the front position lights are lit, including when the headlights are on. Rear position lights may be combined with the vehicle's stop lights or be separate from them. In combined-function installations, the lights produce brighter red light as stop lights and dimmer red light as rear position lights.
Stop lights or car brake lights: red steadily lit rear lights, brighter than the rear position lights, are activated when the driver applies the vehicle's brakes and warn vehicles behind to prepare to stop or a decreasing travel speed.
Rear fog car lights: cars are equipped with one or two bright red "rear fog lamps", which serve as high-intensity rear position lights to be activated in poor visibility conditions, as fog or heavy snowing, to make the vehicle more visible from the rear.
Reverse moving car lights: their function is to warn nearby drivers and pedestrians of vehicle's rearward motion, and to provide illumination to the rear when the car is in reversing mode.
Rear registration car plate light: the rear registration car plate is illuminated either by a single or a pair of white lights. It is designed to light the surface of the plate without creating light directly visible to the rear of the vehicle.
Interior and convenience car lights
Most cars have two of "dome light", or "courtesy light", located in front and middle of the car cabin, near the ceiling of the passenger compartment, to provide illumination by which to fasten seatbelts and enter or exit the car. On our days we can talk about the dome lights panels where, apart from the courtesy lights, we will find switches for map reading interior lights that are aimed at specific passenger positions and allow for reading without glare distraction to the driver and like an extra light for drivers map reading when car stopped.
Car interior lighting has been added at the bottom edge of the dashboard, illuminating the floor for front passengers, or underneath the front seats at the rear, illuminating the floor for rear passengers. This type of convenience lighting approach is also sometimes used to illuminate interior or exterior door handles, exterior step running boards, or electric window switches.
Some cars have "approach lighting", lights that illuminate the ground outside the doors, in the exterior mirrors or lower edges of the doors.
Other types of interior and convenience car lights are the lights in the car trunk, light in the engine compartment, and lights in the glove box and other storage compartments.
And to not forget about that most instruments and controls on a car dashboard are illuminated when the headlights are switched on, and the intensity of dashboard light can be adjusted by the driver for comfort.
For all these types of car lights listed above, in this section you will find all kinds of car bulbs for stop, signal, position, interior comfort and auxiliary lights.
LED car headlights are the new standard for the automotive lighting industry as most new cars come with at least LED daytime running lights and low beam LED headlights. LEDs are currently in the process of replacing classic halogen bulbs in modern vehicles. They provide high luminous efficiency and increased safety.
LED headlights are light-emitting diode headlights. They use semiconductors to transmit energy-emitting photons that create light.
These directional car lights are brighter than ones of halogen car bulbs of the same wattage as well. As manufacturers chase reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions, easing the electrical strain on a car has become more important, and that is exactly what LED car lights help do.
LED headlights bulbs are producing a crystal clear light. The daylight-like colour of the light allows for a pleasant and subjectively increased perception of the light.
Car LEDs offer great functionality, technical performance, and optimal road lighting results. LED headlights bulbs support saving energy resources and provide more traffic safety.
NIKEN Pro Series LED car headlights bulbs
NIKEN Pro Series headlights bulbs high-performance LED diodes, using the flip chip technology with the result of emitting a stronger light from a thinner surface that creates a perfect light beam pattern, are positioned on a large copper base structure that allows for a better heat regulation.
As the heat is dissipated more easily, more current can flow through the diode, the light emission covers more area, and the light output is higher. Furthermore, using special heat disipatting materials, as aluminum 6063 for special desingned shape heatsink, and a powerful fan of 8,500 RPM together with a electronic smart driver for better controlling the heat temperature, it will improve the stability and the light performance of the NIKEN LED headlights bulbs.
Why to replace a halogen bulb with one of NIKEN LED Pro Series premium bulbs? Because LED car bulbs of NIKEN are brighter than any halogen standard headlight bulbs and cast a wider and perfect beam pattern, plus the low power draw neeeded to run LED lights, significantly longer-lasting as up to 50,000 lifespan hours for NIKEN LED Pro Series comparing with 2,500 working hours for standard halogen, and better illumination of the road ahead with a much whiter color light of up to 5500K than standard halogens, which typically are yellowish colored.
NIKEN LED headlight bulbs are compatible with existing halogen housing and it’s a staight forward process as swapping out the old halogen car bulb for an new NIKEN LED one. Sometimes, depending of the make and model of your car, an adaptor bulb fit will be needed but, don't worry, you will find it inside of the NIKEN 2 pieces of LED car bulbs package. ECE H1, H3, H4, H7, H10, H11, H15, H27, HB3 9005, HB4 9006, and HIR2 9012 are covered by NIKEN LED car headlights premium bulbs. So, they are the perfect choice as replacement of the car halogen bulbs.
Note: If your car headlights are equiped with light reflectors, you also will need to replace that with ones designed for LED bulbs. That’s because the directional way that LEDs are producing the light is different from the general halogen bulb lighting. So you’ll likely end up with some weaker road light coverage in places, along with a blindingly intense white light beam to others road participants.
Attention: to be used off road only, ouside of public roads. EU legislation does not allow interference with the original electrical installation of the car. Separate approval from competent authorities is required in this case.
The use of bulbs that do not comply with the characteristics of the electrical installation of the car can lead to damage to it as well as to the headlights.