Oct 07 2021

Difference Between Halogen, LED and HID Lights of Car


The current new car output on average already carries the type of light emitting diode (LED). Talking about the advantages, LED lights do offer a brighter beam of light, but there are also disadvantages. As is known, the white light from the LED is not optimally used when driving under heavy rain, as well as when in foggy areas such as mountains. Not only that, if there is damage, the cost of LED lights is indeed more expensive than conventional models. There are several types of lights on the car, such as Halogen, LED, and HID lights. What are the differences, here's an explanation.


HID, LED, Halogen Bulbs Difference:

If you have been in the automotive world in the 90s, of course you are very familiar with halogen lamps, namely lights that light up brightly over long distances but can drain the battery, halogen lamps were very popular in that era and were widely used for lighting off-road cars or SUV cars in the area. the era. Along with the development of lighting knowledge and technology, HID and LED car lamps have now been developed which have their respective advantages such as energy saving for LED lamps and very bright flame for HID lamps, here are the differences between HID LED and Halogen lamps.


Halogen Lamp:

Halogen lamps are ordinary incandescent lamps but contain a tungsten filament that is wrapped in glass and inserted gas (nitrogen or argon or crypton). the halogen lamp. Lamp halogen including lamps with light intensity strong enough so widely used for lighting cars adventure. However, the weakness of halogen lamps is that they heat up quickly so that the lamp housing is often blurry, halogen lamps are also very wasteful, minimum (55 watts) drains the car or motorcycle battery so that it quickly drops. The advantage of this halogen lamp is that the price is quite affordable and is widely available in the market.

Now the unique way to hold this halogen lamp is that you should not hold it on the glass of the bulb because it will leave an oil mark on the glass (bulb), the oil mark will cause a cooler temperature than the surface that does not touch the finger marks. The gas in the halogen light bulb will be disturbed to produce incandescence due to the gas sticking to the inside of our hand, to hold the halogen lamp hold it by the base or if you want to hold the glass try using a tissue to wrap the glass first.


LED Light:

Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lamps are lamps using a semiconductor chip electronic device with resistance. This lamp uses diodes to create light so it is very durable, the advantage of LED lamps besides being durable is that they do not produce heat like halogen lamps so they are more energy efficient and do not damage the lamp housing. This LED light is widely used in today's flashlights that produce a white flame (usually a light source in the form of a box element), very durable and not easily broken. LED lights are also widely used for lighting other electronic equipment such as computers, audio systems, control panels on cars or car interiors (cabins). These LED lights are also widely used as car headlights.


The advantages of LED lights are:

  1. Energy saving (not wasteful) so it doesn't make the battery run out
  2. Durable (durable) not easily broken or damaged
  3. More variety


HID Lamp:

High Idensity Discharge (HID) lamps are made from a mixture of rare gases and metals that produce a flame with a characteristic like sunlight, which is bright white, currently HID lamps are being widely used for both headlamps or fog lamps and modified dim lamps on several cars and motorcycles. The very bright glare from the HID often causes other drivers to be distracted, so its use is actually quite dangerous. In European countries and Australia, the use of blinding HID lights is considered a traffic violation, so the light from HID lights needs to be controlled (not optimal).

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