Picture this: You’re driving at night along a lonely stretch of road, and the darkness is so dense that you’re leaning into the steering wheel and squinting just to see the road in front of you – even though your headlights are on high-beam.
You can just imagine the tense grip you’d have on the steering wheel, right? Who could relax under those conditions?
Someone with HID (high-intensity discharge) headlights, that’s who. Unlike the Edison-style halogen headlights that give off a limited range of yellowish light, darkness is no match for the brilliant blue-white beam of HID headlights. Even on the darkest, loneliest road, you could relax, lean back in your seat, and enjoy your podcast.
But it’s not just the color and intensity that sets HID lights apart. They offer several key benefits over traditional headlights:
Improved Visibility with HID lights
The blue-white light emanating from HID headlights is closer to natural daylight, providing better nighttime visibility—especially on unlit roads. HID lights also offer better light dispersal, which means you can see better for longer distances. Because studies have shown that higher visibility when driving at night directly affects reaction time in an emergency situation, HID headlights are clearly the safer option.
Lower Energy Usage with HID headlights
HID headlights consume about 25-30% less energy than halogen bulbs, and because that energy is provided by your car’s electrical system, using HID lights can extend the life of your battery and entire charging system. Less maintenance means less money out of your pocket in the long run, which is important to factor into your upgrading decision considering HID lights are more expensive than halogen bulbs at the outset.
HID Provide Longer Lasting Lights
HID headlights last up to three times longer than halogen bulbs—up to around 150,000 road miles—requiring less maintenance, less waste, and as already mentioned, less money. Another longevity-related bonus: HID bulbs also work better as your car ages and the plastic headlight casings start to become dingy and clouded. Under those conditions, brand-new halogen bulbs won’t be able to cut through as well, but HID bulbs will ensure consistent luminosity throughout the life of your car.
Better Looking Lights With HID
If the safety and cost advantages aren’t enough to convince you, perhaps the modern, sophisticated look of HID headlights will do the trick. In fact, making a style statement is the primary reason many car owners invest in HID lights, while the other benefits are just icing on the cake. Bonus: HID lights are customizable, coming in a variety of colors and other options to fit you and your car’s distinct style.
Ready to join the automotive future?
Like cassette players, hand-crank window rollers, and cigarette lighters, halogen headlights will soon be relics of automotive history. If you’re ready to bring your ride into the 21st century with customized HID headlights, let the experts at Stereo Depot help. We have two convenient locations—in San Diego and El Cajon—so stop by today for a quote, or give us a call at (619) 286-1234 with any questions.