Headlight Buying Guide
Types of Headlights
Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Headlights
Brightness & Whiteness +
Generally speaking, the whiter and brighter the headlight, the better. Whiter lights can help you see more of the road in certain driving conditions, increasing your peripheral vision so you can see a wider area around you. Brightness, or “illumination”, helps you see further in the distance, so you can be better prepared for what’s down the road. These details make a big difference when you’re heading out on long trips down dark and winding roads.
The Kelvin Scale +
Different driving conditions need different light, which is where the Kelvin scale comes in. A Kelvin isa unit used to measure the hue of a light source which can help you figure out which type of lighting you need. Lights measuring lower on the Kelvin scale have amber- and orange-like hues, which provide contrast and highlight objects in a way that makes them ideal for rainy, foggy or snowy conditions. If you spend a lot of time driving at night or on dark roads, look for lights in the middle or high end of the scale, such as white lights (3200K to 3850K) or lights that are bluer than sunlight (4200K). These types of light help amplify dark objects and let you see more of the road ahead.
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