Best Headlight Bulbs

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 5, 2020
Good headlight bulbs will prove excellent replacements to stock headlights, enabling safe nighttime driving. The best headlight bulbs will be eliminating dark spots and making sure the beam pattern and the output are consistent. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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Brightness
Color Temperature
Lifespan
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Warranty
 
PROS

The StarVision™ tech makes sure that the light is diffused evenly, going from the illumination center to the periphery. The construction is resistant to moisture and vibrations, making sure that the bulbs last even when you're regularly driving through bumpy roads. 

CONS

The brightness is inconsistent between the bulbs. 

OUR VERDICT

HIKARI 9007 HB5 headlight bulbs incorporate two beads that form the single light source that allows you to create your own driving field of view without blinding the oncoming traffic. You'll be able to tell what's happening not only on the road but also on the sidewalks.

detailed parameters
Type

9007/HB5 

Brightness

10000 lumens 

Color Temperature

6000 K (cool white) 

Lifespan

50000+ hours 

Extras

StarVision™ technology, adjustable beam pattern, intelligent temperature control chip with fan and 35 heatsinks, waterproof housing (IP67 protection class)

Warranty

2 years 

PROS

The bulbs keep the beam pattern consistent without dark spots and foggy light. The warm-up time is reduced to zero, so the bulbs take somewhere around one second to reach 10,000 lumens. They're CanBUS-ready, so you can put these headlight bulbs inside most vehicles.

CONS

The fan guards are long and sharp.

OUR VERDICT

Cougar Motor LED Headlight Bulbs will eliminate dark spots, uneven beams, and wavy light. These bulbs will last the advertised 50,000 hours even when handled with very little care and caution, constructed from high-strength aluminum and incorporating 10,000 RPM fans.  

detailed parameters
Type

H11\H9\H8

Brightness

10000 lumens 

Color Temperature

6000 K (cool white) 

Lifespan

50000+ hours 

Extras

Intelligent temperature control chip with TurboCool dual fan and multiple heatsinks, waterproof housing (IP67 protection class)

Warranty

3 years 

PROS

The non-polarity plug-and-play mechanism allows you to install these bulbs within ~10 minutes. The anti-radio interference solutions maintain unwavering beam density even when the conditions themselves vary. The passive cooling system makes the lights practically silent. 

CONS

The maximum brightness is passable at best. 

OUR VERDICT

SEALIGHT Scoparc S1 cost less than most LED headlights but make sure to keep the beam consistent and reduce dark spots and shadow areas. Though they're not as bright as some LED bulbs, the bulbs are worlds whiter than any stock halogens. 

detailed parameters
Type

H11\H9\H8

Brightness

6000 lumens 

Color Temperature

6000 K (cool white) 

Lifespan

30000+ hours 

Extras

Passive cooling system (multiple heatsinks), anti-radio interference design, waterproof housing (IP67 protection class)

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The aviation aluminum body promotes increased heat dissipation. The turbofan, reaching 12,000 RPM, will be maintaining comfortable temperature levels. The 360-degree adjustable locker rings will let you change the beam pattern.

CONS

The vents are loud. 

OUR VERDICT

Fahrenheat LED Headlights will last. You can take the worst roads and the bulbs' lifespan will not reduce from the advertised 50,000 hours. These bulbs can be put inside most vehicles. The IP68 class means that you can even submerge them 5 feet deep without damaging the components.

detailed parameters
Type

H11\H9\H8

Brightness

10000 lumens 

Color Temperature

6500 K (cool white)

Lifespan

50000+ hours 

Extras

Efficient cooling system with hollow-carved heatsink design and turbofan (up to 12000 RPM), adjustable beam pattern, waterproof housing (IP68 protection class)

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

Since the lights come without fans, they're basically silent. the large current startup eliminates circuit interference and electromagnetic radiation. In addition to the fanless design, the bulbs' reduced drivers make them easy to put inside most cars. 

CONS

The housing is not waterproof. 

OUR VERDICT

BEAMTECH LED Headlight Bulbs will be illuminating the path, with 6500K color temperature making sure that the view is not dim and yellow. The operating voltage ranging from 9 to 32 volts makes these bulbs compatible with passenger cars and trucks alike. 

detailed parameters
Type

H11\H9\H8

Brightness

8000 lumens 

Color Temperature

6500 K (cool white) 

Lifespan

30000+ hours 

Extras

Passive cooling system (duralumin radiator), weather-resistant housing (IP65 protection class) 

Warranty

3 years 

HIKARI LED Headlight Bulbs

Single Light Source

HIKARI 9007 HB5 claim to provide the best night visibility and from what we can tell, these bulbs are not lying. Before that though, these bulbs are durable. The construction is resistant against moisture and vibrations because they're built without tungsten, glass, and other fragile components.

But the biggest standout feature is the StarVision™ tech and the two-lensed LED beads with a 0.06-inch copper sub-mount that diffuses the light evenly from the illumination center to the periphery. Since the center thickness is limited to 0.06 inches, the two beads are basically forming this single light source that will not be blinding the oncoming traffic.

On the negative side, the brightness is inconsistent between the bulbs, usually meandering around 10,000 lumens but not always hitting that precise mark, which is somewhat disappointing considering the product's otherwise excellent showing. Besides that, there's not much differentiating these bulbs from the pack, including an adjustable beam pattern and the intelligent temperature control chip with one fan and 35 heatsinks that will be able to secure the bulbs' 50,000+ hours service life.

In closing, provided you don't mind paying a little extra, these brightest bulbs run circles around most headlight bulbs.

Review of HIKARI LED Headlight Bulbs 100% Extra Night Visibility

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Cougar Motor LED Headlight Bulbs

Zero Warm-up Time

Cougar Motor LED Headlight Bulbs juggle price, performance, and longevity better than most bulbs. The bulbs' aluminum housing is one thing but the 10,000 RPM TurboCool fans elevate the construction to survive most conditions, keeping the housing rugged enough while the fans make sure the bulbs work even when the situation becomes pretty extreme. Most manufacturers say that the headlight bulbs they produce will last 50,000 hours but these are amongst the few that actually follow through. Meanwhile, the intelligent temperature control chip maintains the most consistent beam pattern without dark spots and foggy light.

What's especially great about these bulbs is the zero warm-up time, meaning that the bulbs are able to reach the maximum brightness (10,000 lumens) within 1-2 seconds, even when the temperature outside is pretty low.

What's not necessarily great about these headlight bulbs is that the fan guards are relatively long and sharp, presenting installation challenges that you do not normally expect from the company's bulbs. Having said that, the bulbs are also CanBUS-ready, meaning that they're able to work with most vehicles without issues, including old Japanese automotives from Honda and Toyota. So, as long as you are not against spending ~20 minutes installing them, these headlight bulbs will fit most bills.

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SEALIGHT LED Headlight Bulbs

Plug-and-Play Bulbs

SEALIGHT Scoparc S1 are solid bulbs, even though the maximum brightness is limited to 6,000 lumens, which is no more than passable compared to most LED headlight bulbs but enough to accommodate most drivers' needs. Plus, there are upsides to the bulbs not-so-bright design, including but not limited to the fact that these non-polarity plug-and-play lights take less than ten minutes to install. You won't need any tools to place them too.

The beam remains consistent, with basically no glare and without dark spots/shadow areas, making sure that you're able to see without inconveniencing the oncoming traffic. To go with that, the bulbs incorporate pretty sophisticated anti-radio interference mechanisms to maintain excellent beam density despite varying conditions.

Pivoting from that, the passive cooling system these lights are adopting keeps the operation silent, all while making sure that the headlights do not overheat. The product's lifespan will normally reach 30,000 hours, less than LED headlights usually advertise but more than most actually deliver.

In short, purchase these affordable headlight bulbs and you'll be making sure you're able to see things clearly even in pitch-black darkness.

Review of SEALIGHT LED Headlight Bulbs Scoparc S1 H11/H8/H9

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Fahrenheat LED Headlights Kit

Longevity Before Gimmicks

Fahrenheat LED Headlights have been designed with an emphasis on longevity. First, there's the aviation aluminum construction that ensures excellent heat dissipation. Second, there's the turbofan that is able to produce 12,000 revolutions per minute. Third and last is the hollow-carved heatsink design that enables the fan to work without obstructions, maximizing its efficiency. That makes the fan relatively loud though, so the headlights could use some noise-reducing solution next time. The product's IP68 protection class is also contributing to the longevity cause, making the bulbs protected not only against dust and moisture but even from complete (~5 feet) submersion.

Adopting 360-degree adjustable locker rings, the bulbs enable all vehicles to obtain the best light beam pattern, even when the construction does not necessarily aid that. Reduced to 1.2mm, these ultra-slim lights keep the pattern focused to simulate halogen lamps' pattern and make sure that you're able to see far and wide, with maximum brightness reaching 10,000 lumens. Even with the reduced footprint though, the bulbs are CanBUS-ready and will be able to accommodate most (~98%) vehicles.

In a word, there's nothing these powerful headlights bulb sacrifice and not much we'd like to see improved with the next installment.

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BEAMTECH LED Headlight Bulb

Illuminating the Path

BEAMTECH LED Headlight Bulbs ditch that dim yellow that halogen lamps use and give you a 6500K cool white projection to make the objects and the road in front of you as clear as these headlights can. They're not without flaws though.

The passive cooling system is good at its job, using duralumin radiators to prevent the bulbs from overheating. That being said, without fans and heatsinks, these bulbs are only able to last ~30,000 hours, which is not bad, but we've seen more long-lasting performance from LED headlights. Even so, the lights enable high voltage and large current startup, eliminating circuit interference and electromagnetic radiation and making sure you're not facing any short-circuit threats. Plus, without fans and with reduced drivers, these bulbs are easy to install. Even the least experienced drivers usually take less than 10 minutes to replace them.

The IP65 housing is resistant to the elements but not necessarily waterproof, not something that will normally make any difference since that's enough to protect the bulbs against dust and moisture but still something that we deemed enough important to highlight. Last but not least, the bulbs are able to reach 8,000 lumens, more than bright enough to illuminate the path and justify adding this product to the list.

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What Are Headlight Bulbs?

As much as you normally want to avoid extra expenses, stock halogen headlights are rarely good enough to let you drive during the nighttime with comfort and confidence. These LED headlight bulbs, on the other hand, are able to secure just that. They're usually tripling stock bulbs' brightness, able to reach 8,000 - 10,000 lumens. Compared to halogens, LEDs are longevity experts, lasting somewhere around 30,000 to 40,000 hours and even sometimes reaching 50,000.

Like that's not enough, high-quality bulbs are excellent at making sure the beam pattern stays consistent, all while letting you adjust it. They do not blind oncoming traffic as much as stock headlights, so you're not forced to turn them off during night driving when different automobiles are approaching you. Aside from that, what makes these bulbs long-lasting is the protection class usually reaching IP68 and high-strength aluminum protecting them against vibrations.

When these bulbs are not enough, you can look into LED fog lights to battle mist and LED light bars to add illumination.

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Publish Date: 2020-03-05 13:01:29