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The most common types of light bulbs are halogen bulbs, LEDs and HIDs. Certain types of bulbs are recommended for certain types of fixtures.
Lights have come a long way since the original tungsten filament light was introduced in the '60s. Halogen was the standard until HID headlamp was unveiled by BMW in the early 90s. HID, LED and as futuristic as it sounds LASER.
ECE & SAE are regulation stamps, ECE means the lamp can be used in European countries. SAE is the stamp used in the US.
Are you picking up a new light bulb in the headlight to replace a blown one? We've prepared a cheat sheet for watts, kelvins and xenon effects.
The good rule of thumb that few people know about is that headlight bulbs should be replaced in pairs. First of all, if one lamp is dead, the other one won't be last long either. Secondly, the old bulb almost always shines worse than a similar new one, distorting the picture of light distribution.
It's not hard to find the right type of lamp, especially if you're holding a burned one in your hands.
Which is better to choose - with increased brightness or with a longer service life?
How do I know how long a lamp will last if the life span is not usually indicated on the packages?
The life of halogen lamps with standard luminous flux is approximately 600 hours. It depends largely on voltage. Optimal - 13.2 V. Going higher by only 5% results in a 40% reduction in lamp life cycle (thpugh the luminous flux of the lamp increases by 18%).
On the contrary, if the voltage is 5% lower, the lifetime of the lamp increases by 60%, but the luminous flux decreases by 10%. For comparison: the life of gas discharge (xenon) lamps is about 3000 hours, LEDs serve for 10 000 hours and the latest organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are in the game for 30 000 hours.
There are "long-playing" lamps - with a thicker filament or, say, with a unique mixture of gases: add xenon or krypton to slow down the evaporation of tungsten atoms from the filament. But in any case, there is usually a correlation between the declared life span and light flux: you shine better - you live less, and vice versa.
Manufacturers sometimes resort to small tricks. For example, if the lamp says that it gives 50% more light and simultaneously lives twice as long, there is no cheating. The manufacturer may compare the novelty with the lamps of the previous generation.
We see and distinguish objects best on a bright sunny day. The so-called daytime color temperature is between 4000K and 6500K. The closer the color temperature is to the daylight, the more comfortable it is for our eyes. But these lamps do not light up the road in rain and fog so well, because droplets better reflect white light. In such weather, a lamp with a yellow color (temperature of less than 3000 K) is more effective and usually installed in fog lamps.
These lamps give less glare to other drivers. Yellow light (with a color temperature of 2400-3200 K) also shows colors more precisely, because the human eye has fewer receptors in the blue range than for yellow and green colors.
The white LED lights are very similar to daylight. So they provide an excellent view on the road. They also enable energy-saving High Beam Assist, which turns off the high beam lights in oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead to reduce refection back into the eyes of other drivers. However, these LED units do not fit well with yellow fog lights for better visibility in unfavorable conditions. The reason is simple: white LEDs emit almost no light at the color temperature for which the human eye is particularly sensitive. The yellow tone of fog lamps comes naturally because it corresponds to the color temperature of standard light bulbs (3000-3500 K).
The first thing to do is to decide on the type of lamp, its base. They can be different: from H1 to H11. And which one is needed?
The simplest option is to take it out of the headlight and take it to the store - they will pick up the necessary one. If this option is unacceptable, you can look at the technical documentation of the car or check out our replacement charts.