Top 5 Best Halogen Headlight Bulbs
Top 5 Best Halogen Headlight Bulbs
Shopping for replacement halogen headlight bulbs can be confusing, with a plethora of options available. We break it all down for you here.
Jul 04, 2018
Shopping for replacement halogen headlight bulbs can be confusing, with a plethora of options available not just online, but at your local auto parts store. Before you decide which brand and model bulb you want to purchase, youíll need to know what type of bulb your car needs. From there, you can narrow down the options available for your vehicle.
Most replacement halogen bulbs are available in either a twin pack or a single pack, but some manufacturers only offer certain bulb fitments in a single pack. Keep that in mind when youíre purchasing new headlight bulbs, to make sure youíre getting the quantity you need. If youíre planning to upgrade to a whiter, brighter halogen bulb, it is highly recommended to replace both bulbs at the same time. Otherwise, one headlight will be brighter than the other, which could affect road visibility.
If youíre trying to narrow down your options for the best halogen headlight bulb for your car, youíve come to the right place. Most manufacturers offer several tiers of replacement bulbs, some of which are original equipment specs, while others are brighter for increased visibility. The one you should purchase depends on your needs Ė if you often drive at night or in rural or dimly lit streets, you may want to get a brighter bulb to increase your visibility.
1) Philips X-tremeVision
Philips is one of the most well-known brands in the automotive lighting industry. The company claims that one in two cars in Europe, and one in three cars worldwide is equipped with Philips lighting. The brand offers numerous halogen replacement bulbs for cars, with the X-tremeVision being one of the best if youíre looking for an upgrade from the standard bulbs that your car came with.
Available in a wide selection of fitments and in both single and twin packs, the Philips X-tremeVision is advertised as offering over 100 percent more vision on the road compared to a bulb that meets standard minimum legal requirements, equating in a beam thatís up to 115 feet longer. The headlight bulbs are DOT compliant, so you wonít have run into any legal issues by using them. Theyíre ideal for nighttime drivers, or drivers who often drive in rural areas or dimly lit streets.
Since they are high-performance bulbs however, their advertised service life is lower than a standard halogen bulb. If you mostly drive for a long time with your headlights on each day, these bulbs may be expensive to own over the lifetime of your vehicle. If you want something thatís more cost-effective, Philips has other options in its lineup that sacrifices performance for longevity.
Over 100 percent more vision compared to standard minimum legal requirements
115-foot longer beam
2) Sylvania Silverstar Ultra
If you have ever shopped for replacement bulbs at an auto parts store, chances are youíve seen the Sylvania brand name. The brightest down-road halogen headlight in the companyís portfolio is the Silverstar Ultra, offering more clarity, better night vision, and a much whiter light compared to standard halogen bulbs. Like the Philips X-tremeVision, the Silverstar Ultra is available in a variety of fitments in single and twin packs.
As the brightest down-road bulb in its lineup, the Sylvania Silverstar Ultra is also one of its most expensive, so keep that in mind if youíre looking for a budget option. Similar to other high-performance bulbs, the SilverStar Ultra also doesnít last as long compared to standard bulbs and itís the price you will have to pay for brighter headlights.
The Silverstar Ultra bulbs offers a whiter light, which helps improve the clarity and contrast of objects in front of you on the road. Itís naturally safer to drive when itís easier to distinguish between objects down-road, or even on the side of the road.
Again, there are other options from Sylvania available if you donít need the brightest bulb of the bunch and want to have something that lasts a bit longer. The company offers several different tiers of brightness at different price ranges.
Sylvania says all its headlights are 100-percent street legal and are designed to not increase glare for oncoming traffic.
Most down-road visibility (of all Sylvania headlights)
Great for driving at night
100-percent street legal
3) PIAA Xtreme White Hybrid
Fans of motorsports will recognize the PIAA name. The company specializes in manufacturing visibility products such as auxiliary lights, bulbs, and wipers for the automotive industry since 1963. Providing the best possible balance between performance and bulb life are the PIAA Xtreme White Hybrid bulbs, which utilizes features from both the Xtreme White Plus and Night Tech product lines.
PIAA says the Xtreme White Hybrid provide high output and reliability, featuring a newly-developed bulb coating that provides a much bigger and whiter beam than stock bulbs. They are also DOT compliant for street-legal operation and are backed by a one-year warranty. Youíll find them mostly available as a two-pack for a variety of applications.
As we mentioned before, high-performance bulbs tend to have short life spans. The PIAA Xtreme White Hybrid balances both performance and longevity, making them a great option for those that want the best of both worlds. They are whiter and brighter than stock bulbs, with up to 3900K color for increased depth perception and contrast.
Each bulb is said to be made from the highest quality quartz glass and alloy filaments, designed and constructed for long-lasting performance. The company says the alloy filaments are ďfar better at dispersing heat than regular metals,Ē which helps ensure the bulbs will perform at higher output for longer amounts of time. PIAA also offers a one-year warranty on its Xtreme White Hybrid bulbs.
Whiter and brighter than stock bulbs
Up to 3900K color for increased clarity
Balance between performance and bulb life
Not the brightest bulb available
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