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Different Types of Headlight Bulbs

There are three main types of headlight bulbs – LED, halogen, and xenon. Each type produces light in a different way, and your headlight may contain more than one type of bulb, depending on your make and model.

  • LED Bulbs - Since LED bulbs consume less power and last much longer than other types, they're becoming an increasingly popular choice for headlights, taillights, and indicators. In some instances, LED bulbs may last the lifetime of the car.
  • Halogen/Filament Bulbs - Halogen bulbs work very similarly to household bulbs and are easy to replace when the time comes. This type of bulb offers a cost-effective headlight solution.
  • Xenon/HID Bulbs - High-Intensity Discharge, or HID bulbs, use xenon gas and a ballast to create a white light. HID bulbs shine brighter and last longer than halogen bulbs, but may take a few seconds to reach their full power.