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Why Should I Install Aftermarket Headlights?

There are plenty of reasons you should consider replacing your old headlamps with LED headlights or other lighting upgrades. Most OEM headlights are typically far less bright than many modern headlights, and they usually wear out much faster than the newer technologies. Aftermarket headlights are also often far more stylish, colorful, and downright cool than those old halogen headlights.

The modern technology used in auto lighting can be complicated to understand, so it's worth knowing your way around. If you're looking for a replacement or an upgrade, we've got a quick and easy reference guide to help you pick the right headlights for your ride. We'll start with the headlight you’ll likely be replacing, the outdated standard known as halogen headlights.

Halogen Headlights

When you turn on 90% of car lights on the road today, you'll find a halogen bulb. Halogen lights use a bulb with a tungsten filament and a small amount of halogen gas. They're only rated for an average of 800 hours of use, they are very sensitive, and not very durable. They are also energy mongers, so definitely not a good eco-friendly choice.

Advantages

Halogen headlights are inexpensive, lightweight, dimmable, widely available, and easy to replace.

LED Headlights

LED lighting works by passing a current through a semiconductor as opposed to halogens that use combustion and a filament. LEDs are much more powerful than the halogen lamps and last a whole lot longer. Some manufacturers guarantee a duration of 20,000 + hours! If you're looking for a blend of affordability, style, and function, LEDs are a great place to start.

Advantages

They can design LED bulbs to fit tight spaces, which means sleeker headlight profiles and greater versatility. Aftermarket LED headlights also have these advantages:

  • Increased brightness
  • Easy installation
  • Safer driving at night and during foul weather
  • Energy efficient (about 90% more than halogen headlights)
  • They look cool!

XENON/HID Headlights

Xenon is a gas that is used in HID (high-intensity discharge) lights. These headlights typically don't work in a standard headlight connector. HID lights deliver up to 90% better light emission than halogen bulbs, allowing you to better see the road ahead.

Advantages

HID headlights release light in a bluish-white shade that illuminates over longer distances. These headlights are an excellent choice for nighttime, poor weather, or off-road driving.

Laser Headlights

Laser headlamps are a recent advancement in automotive lighting. Through the process of chemiluminescence, these headlights produce light by triggering a chemical process when laser beams are fired into a chamber.

Advantages

Laser headlights can generate 1,000x the amount of light for half the power generated by LEDs, and they can be much smaller light assemblies.

What are the Latest Aftermarket Headlights on the Market?

Whether you're looking for something different to accent your ride or your old headlights just don't get the job done anymore, Vivid Racing will always bring you the latest technology and advanced design of today's aftermarket upgrades.

  • Halo Headlights

    Named “Halo” because of the luminous rings surrounding the headlights, halo headlights are an easy and affordable way to give your car a modern update.

  • SMD Halo Headlights

    SMD (surface mount diode) LED car headlights are similar to halo headlights, but use individual LED lights instead of a single light to illuminate the headlamp.

  • ColorSHIFT Headlights

    Our ColorSHIFT headlights are designed like our SMD headlights, but let you have some fun and add some flair. With the touch of a button, you can start shifting colors and change patterns like strobes, fades, and more.

  • Plasma Halo Headlights

    Plasma halo headlights use chip-on-board (C.O.B.) technology to give you the fluid look of original halos with ultra-bright output day and night. Plasma headlights can also have a lifespan of 100,000 hours of continuous use.

These are Some of the Best Aftermarket Headlights on Vivid Racing:

  • Alpha Owls Headlights
  • Oracle Lighting Headlights
  • Spyder Auto Headlights
  • Westin Automotive Headlights
  • Winjet Headlights
  • ZKW Headlights

Get Aftermarket Headlights at Vivid Racing

Whether you're shopping for LED headlights or the latest headlamp technology, Vivid Racing has you covered. You'll find the looks you love, the function you need, and the value you want. For more of the latest technology in auto lighting, check out our aftermarket tail lights, side markers, and other advanced lighting inventory. Buy online or give one of our world-class sales professionals a call at 1-480-966-3040.