The Battle of HIDs vs LEDs

Posted by Justin L on 12th Sep 2017

HIDs or LEDs?

Have you thought about upgrading your old yellow looking halogen lights on your car or even debating if you want the newest technology? Well, hopefully this article will help you decide on what to do with your Honda Civic or that fancy Lexus that you didn't opt in for the HIDs or LEDs package. The purpose of this article is to inform you guys about HIDs and LEDs differences. We are not saying one is better but we will tell you the benefits of these two. You will have to decide which technology will work best for your vehicles and needs.

LED and HID comparison

HID Lights

HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps, also known as Xenon headlamps, have been doing well in the market because  of their availability in various color temperatures and their lumen brightness. There are so many applications that can be used by HIDs and almost every make and model will accept HIDs conversion kits from HIDextra plug and play design. With its easy direct concept, HIDs are available for motorcycles and they can now be purchased from HIDextra.

How They Work: HID bulbs are enclosed tubes filled with gases, an electrode at each end, and an electric current passing through to emit light. Xenon gas is needed only at start-up but HIDs use a metal-halide mix. There are three steps in lighting an HID bulb:

  • A high voltage pulse produces a spark that ionizes the xenon gas, creating a tunnel of current between electrodes.
  • The temperature in the bulb rises quickly, vaporizing the metallic salts and lowering the resistance between the two electrodes.
  • The ballast switches to continuous operation, supplying the bulbs a continuous amount of power so that the electric arc will not flicker.

Advantages: Xenon headlights produces a lot more light at higher lumens. A xenon bulb produces over 3000 lumens and can go up to 4200 lumens. HIDextra HIDs will last between 3500 to 4000 hours for its lifespan. Prices of HIDs are a lot less than LEDs currently with many applications available for almost all make and models. Motorcycle kits are available in now.

Adaptive Projector Headlights with HIDs

Current makes and models from Hyundai to Lexus and Jeep will come equipped with stock HIDs but there are makers that will give you an option to upgrade to HIDs. Those that want to get the high end look of these lights can certainly do so with HID conversion kits available from the Keep in mind that even though these kits will fit into any vehicles doesn't mean it will look perfect without the housing made specifically for HIDs.  The most important benefit of our kits would be they are easy to install with plug and play features for most vehicles that you can do it yourself in your garage. Your grandma's 1995 Honda Accord can look newer with HIDs.

Disadvantages: HIDs need a few seconds to reach full brightness, which will require many vehicles to go with low beam HIDs and high beam halogens (choosing a Hi/Lo HIDextra conversion unit allows both high beam and low beam to work by using a mechanical shade inside the reflector).  Some bulbs may contain harmful substances that are hazardous to our health and should be handled carefully. Some complain that HIDs generates glare that could blind oncoming traffic. Does not last as long as LED headlights. HIDs will not have off-roading lighting options compared to LEDs.

LED Headlights

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are the new technology to replace HIDs in the future. To explain how they work scientifically, negative electrons move against positive holes across a semiconductor. When a free electron falls into a hole that sits on a lower energy level it will lose its energy, which is released as a photon. The continuous bright light is produced from this process when it occurs thousands of times.

LED headlights require very low power to work compared to HIDs.  When it comes to the luminescence of LEDs, they fall less than HIDs but LEDs provide much more focused rays. HIDextra RAZIR LED Bubble Illumination technology is tuned to focus on projecting light correctly compared to the scattered rays of HIDs.  Application varies for LEDs as smaller LED design allows manufacturers to create all kinds of shapes and assemblies.

There are some issues with LEDs that buyers should know. Even though LEDs do not emit heat from the lighting process, they do create heat at the bottom of the emitter. RAZIR LED headlights are well-made with a cooling system, like a heat sink or fans, to keep them from melting.

Acura Jewel Eye LED Headlights

Currently, if you are not driving a new Audi R8 or Lexus LS then you most likely do not have stock LED headlights. Just Kidding! There are other makers out there such as Acura that released new models with stock LEDs that are really nice on the market. But that doesn't mean drivers with older makes and models can't get LEDs. HIDextra offers the newest headlight technology with the RAZIR LED that is a direct plug and play into most assemblies for that beautiful crisp night time light. It won't be the same as the Acura Jewel Eye LED or Audi's vampire slaying LED but you will get the same technology behind it and way more affordable.

Advantages: LED headlights are the new technology, they look cooler and draw 1/10th the energy to operate. LED headlights last a lot longer than HIDs ranging up to 10,000+ hours. HIDextra RAZIR LED Bubble Illumination technology is tuned to focus on projecting light correctly especially in projector assemblies.

Disadvantages: Price is a little more than HIDs but you get what you pay for. Low amount of lumens and there is currently only one available color temperature to pick.

So Which One Do You Buy?

We really can't tell you which one as both HIDs and LEDs are great. It will come down to what you find more beneficial for your vehicle Most of our customers want the brightest lights as possible so they would purchase our 55w PRO Canbus Ballast HID kit. Other customers would want a crisp clean light so they would go with RAZIR LEDs. We listed all the advantages and disadvantages of both lights for you to decide on. If you still need help, please feel free contacting us through email, online chat or over the phone.