Halogen VS Xenon VS LED Head Lights

Halogen VS Xenon VS LED Head Lights

Searching for car parts can be a nightmare if you have no idea which part you need, especially OEM Xenon parts that come from the manufacturer. At GotOEMLights we try to educate and inform our customers of subtle differences in technologies between halogen, xenon, and LED headlights. It can be tough making a decision when there are literally thousands of fitment options and part numbers from multiple manufactures. Below is a quick guide by GotOEMLights to see the differences between each type of bulb and their advantages and disadvantages.


Halogen Bulbs

Halogen headlight lamps have been around since the 1960’s are currently the most popular on the market because they are cheap to manufacture and fairly simple to replace in most vehicles with limited experience. The technology will eventually will become obsolete and replaced by Xenon and LED bulbs. Halogen lights are basically incandescent lights, but use small trace of bromide or iodine halogen. The result was a different composition of gas with a brighter glow.

Estimated Color Temperature: 3200K-5000K

Estimated Lifetime: 200-400 Hour


Xenon Bulbs

Xenon bulbs were introduced into the auto market in the early 90’s and has since been dominating the market. The high-intensity discharge (HID) headlight changed the industry forever. HID’s are favorable because of their brightness, durability and energy efficiency against the halogen headlight.  A xenon arc lamp is a highly specialized type of gas discharge lamp, an electric light that produces light by passing electricity through ionized xenon gas at high pressure. It produces a bright white light that closely mimics natural sunlight.

stimated Color Temperature: 4000K-6000K

Estimated Lifetime: 2,500 Hours


LED Bulbs

LED Bulbs were introduced into the automotive industry around the same time as Xenon but the technology was too expensive to become main stream until the late 2000’s. LED’s hold superiority over halogen and xenon because they are smaller, last longer, and are energy efficient.  A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor light source that emits light when current flows through it. Electrons in the semiconductor recombine with electron holes, releasing energy in the form of photons.

Estimated Color Temperature: 4500K-6500K

Estimated Lifetime: 5,000 Hours


So which one do I need?

With everything said and done, it all depends on your vehicle. Some older models allow HID conversion kits while others require DIY skills to Macgyver your own conversion kit if you want the newer technology on an older vehicle. Use the vehicle filter on our homepage at Got OEM Lights to determine which types of headlamps are needed for your vehicle!