With the advancements of technology, the car accessories are getting more efficient to ensure durability, affordability and smooth functionality. Thanks to the manufacturing companies’ inclination towards energy-efficiency, the low power consuming light systems are taking over the electronics market. Take for example, the car interior lights or the headlights – gone are the days when eye-piercing Halogen lights were used in automobile industry, it is time to upgrade and upgrading can be done through the LED bulbs.
Before discussing about the superiority of LEDs over Halogens, let’s have a look at the properties of both –
Halogen and LEDs
The simple and affordable Halogen bulbs can serve for 1000 hours in normal conditions. Available in various dimensions, the bulbs are easily replaceable by spending minimal cost. However, they need extra maintenance and are not energy saving.
The introduction of LEDs as car accessories has opened a new dimension as they consume low energy, are brighter and are small sized with availability of different shapes. They are complex and give warmer lights than halogens.
How To Shift From Halogen To LED?
While in some cases, replacing the bulb will suffice, in some cases you have to change the power supply too. So, now as you are convinced about the benefits of the LED lights for custom headlights¸ have a look at how you can shift from Halogens –
Choose Proper Bulbs
The fitting with pins or pegs should be checked while checking its size and that of the cut-out. As LED bulbs use around 10% lower power than that of Halogen, compare the wattage of the Halogen with that of LED accordingly. Bulbs with 650 to 700 Lumens and maximum 3000 kelvin color temperature will be apt for your car.
Find the Light Holder
While changing Halogen headlight bulbs, you have to access it from engine compartment by opening the hood and locating it near the front. The bulbs are easily connected with the bulb holders with power connector connecting three wires each.
At the headlight base, you will find a plug that keeps the power wires attached. Depending on the car model, the car parts that hold the wires change. In case of plastic catch, you have to push it down while in case of metal clip, you have to pull it away while holding onto the clip. By turning counter-clockwise, you can unscrew a screw cap.
Remove Halogen Bulb
Now, remove the Halogen headlight by removing back of headlight holder and then the bulb while holding onto base. Sometimes, you might need to rotate it to remove fully. Clean the headlights with alcohol wipes and use gloves while installing it to the plug base.
Once, you have successfully shifted from Halogen to LED, keep headlight holder in place and plug back the wires. Test it once you are done.