What Are the Brightest Car Headlights?

by Mark Ivanko

Every year new technology is developed to make headlights brighter and more functional. To find out which one is the brightest, it is critical to examine the different types of headlights used on today's cars.

The Incandescent Bulb

The most popular light bulb used by manufacturers is also the oldest type of light bulb technology.

For the last couple of decades manufacturers have mostly used the traditional incandescent light bulb. This is type of bulb has been around for over a century (since Thomas Edison invented it 1879) and is the simplest type of light bulb type and also the least brightest.

The Halogen Bulb

Halogen bulbs are becoming more poplular with today's manufacturers.

The Halogen bulb is essentially an incandescent light bulb filled with halogen gas to help it emit brighter light.

The Xenon Headlight

HID (High Intensity Discharge) are the brightest and longest lasting headlights available today.

Xenon headlights are HID (High Intensity Discharge) lights that use Xenon and other mixture of gases to create a brighter and more natural light. Xenon headlights are brighter, last longer and use less energy compared with Halogen bulbs.

LED Headlights

The Audi R8 was one of the first production vehicles to incorporate LEDs on the front of a vehicle.

LED lights are also a bright light, but are not used on today's automotive headlights because of the amount of heat they generate. They are most used as accent lighting for today's production cars.

What Will the Future Bring?

Technology is always evolving; expect newer headlights in our near future.

Technology is always making way for new technology, and, as advances in science expand tenfold every year, you can be sure to see even better and brighter headlights in the near future.

About the Author

Mark Ivanko is an experienced automotive and technical writer. He has been working in the automotive industry since 2005. He specializes in European automakers, but keeps his ear to the ground on anything and everything automotive. Ivanko attended New York University, where he got a bachelor's degree in mathematics.

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