Auto headlamps: halogen vs xeon vs led - does it matter?
April 10, 2014 3:14 PM Subscribe
As I search for a new car to replace the old saab it occurs to me that I could use better headlamps to aid the old eyes. At times I feel on the edge of being unsafe when on a two way country road with oncoming headlights (divided highways are ok), a situation that I strive to avoid. I'm looking for personal observations regarding different headlamp types.
posted by Kevin S to Travel & Transportation (10 answers total)
The categories seem to be:
1. conventional reflector halogens (my 2002 saab has those)
2. projector beam halogens (new camrys)
3. xeon/HID (most new upper end cars, like bmw)
4. LED's (upper trim of new audi a3). Note that many cars like the bmw use led's for running lights with xeon's for driving lights. I don't care about the running lights one way or the other.
I would be interested in any personal observations as to the practical differences between the above with respect to forward illumination. For example, how big is the step between any two or more of the above? Are these differences that matter with respect to nighttime driving safety?