3 Headlight Bulb Types: Which one does your car need

Did you know that 65% of car accidents occur at nighttime or when lighting conditions are poor?


Indeed, the brightness of your car headlights is very important when you are driving at night because the human eye is not suited for night vision. Adequate colour distinction and contrast detection at night are not something Mother Nature endowed us with. So, getting the best visibility to perceive obstacles and danger as quickly as possible is the most important characteristic to consider when changing the headlight bulbs on your car. Hence the importance of using quality headlight bulbs.

Sometimes, a simple choice can have a significant impact on your road safety.

Different Types of Headlight Bulbs, Like Halogen, LED and HID Bulbs Are Available to You

Halogen vs HID vs LED Headlights: What are the advantages of each?

Halogen – Which Headlight Bulbs Are the Cheapest?

Halogen bulbs are designed with a filament and halogen gas. When current flows through the bulb, the filament heats and produces light. Halogen lightbulbs are the most affordable bulb compared to LED and HID, but they are less durable and don’t shine as brightly as LED and HID. Also, it is harder to install Halogen lightbulbs due to their fragility. As a matter of fact, when handling a halogen bulb, you must avoid leaving fingerprints behind because any type of fat or oil on the glass surface will reduce the longevity of the bulb. Indeed, fat and oil produce a chemical reaction when the bulb gets hot from turning it on. Still, if you touch it by mistake, don’t panic; you can gently clean off any residue with a soft rag.

HID – Which Headlight Bulbs Are the Brightest?

HID bulbs (high-intensity discharge) are the original lighting found on luxurious cars. Those bulbs have electrodes that charge a gas (normally xenon), which produces the light. However, HID bulbs might need a few seconds before reaching their maximal brightness. They are brighter than halogen and LED albeit less durable than LED. You must be careful when buying HID bulbs because there are still some questions regarding their legality. Indeed, their brightness can cause glare and be a distraction to other drivers. When they have been installed by the manufacturer, HID bulbs are legal. But, if you use a conversion HID kit to change your halogen bulbs to HID, you may be running the chance of getting fined.

LED – Which Headlight Bulbs Last the Longest?

LED bulbs (light-emitting diodes) are designed with semiconductor materials that emit light when they are powered by an electrical current. They can last up to 70 times longer than a halogen lightbulb. Even if LED headlight bulbs are more expensive than halogen bulbs, they stand out for multiple reasons.

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Are LED Headlight Bulbs Suitable for All Cars?

Generally, the original equipment on your car is halogen bulbs. For many makes and models, it is easy to replace halogen bulbs for LED ones without causing issues. However, you must check with an automotive specialist before doing this modification.

Are LED Headlights Legal in Canada?

All vehicle headlights must comply with road safety regulations in your province. Check your provincial regulations before modifying your vehicle. Here are a few quick links:

Quebec: https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/en/road-safety/modes-transportation/automobile/modified-cars/leds

Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900596

Is It Important to Change the Bulbs as a Pair?

Yes, both headlight bulbs should be changed at the same time. As time goes by, your headlight bulbs will dim. If your bulbs are installed at different times, there will not only be an imbalance in the brightness of each headlight, but you will also run the risk of your bulbs burning out at different times, resulting in having to do maintenance more frequently. Changing your headlight bulbs at the same time will ultimately reduce the time and effort you put into the maintenance of your vehicle.


1. Durability

With a lifespan of 30,000 hours, LED headlight bulbs can last up to 70 times longer than a halogen lightbulb. Once installed, they will last for many years.

2. Bulb Robustness

Bright Knights LED headlights are IP67 certified for 100% protection against shocks, dust, water, snow and fog. Moreover, their fanless design means they are less susceptible to damage and wear due to fewer moving parts.

3. Light Intensity

Bright Knights LED bulbs generate 300% more light than halogen bulbs and consume less energy. They are four times more efficient to convert energy into light than regular bulbs. In addition, they produce less heat than other types of bulbs.

4. Resistance to Harsh Weather

They are engineered to resist temperatures from -40°C to 80°C. Additionally, their corrugated aviation aluminum heat sink optimizes heat dissipation to extend their lifespan.

5. Plug and Play Installation

You won’t need extra tools, modifications, or an external driver to install Bright Knights LED bulbs. Their compact design is made to fit in small spaces and they connect directly to the factory socket. Installation shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.

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Watch the video below for tips on how to easily install Bright Knights LED headlight bulbs.