Since we offer a few LED kits, a lot of people are left confused on which one they should choose for their vehicle, or which is best, or which is brighter etc. There are certainly some attributes to an HID kit that may make them more favorable for you as a consumer. But, since you're here, we're going to assume that you have already made the decision to go with LED's. All of our LED's come in a 6000k white light, except for one of them which is also available in blue and yellow. If you want to see some pros and cons to HID's and LED's, click here.
First off, why would you want to upgrade your headlight bulbs to LED's? Well halogen bulbs typically last 400 hours, while LED's last tens of thousands. So overtime, we would like to think an LED kit would pay for itself. Not only that, but save you the trouble of always replacing your headlight bulbs and having to worry about your halogen bulbs going out if you go on a road trip or something.
Tip: never throw out your old bulbs, keep them as a back up in.
LED's are a massive improvement over halogens, as you will see in the following photos. So if you live in a rural area, road travel often, or simply want more light on the road, these are for you!
Artificial lights were designed to replace the sun. For headlights, we must attempt to replace the sun within reason right, so as to not blind incoming traffic. So unless all street lights are upgraded and street lights are added to scopotic environments, LED's are almost always a must for every driver on the road. Below are the LED's we offer here at HID-Power. We use these on our very own vehicles depending on where we typically drive, and other factors. Hopefully after reading this article, you too can decide on your LED of choice.
Note: Housings can modify the light path of the bulb, so the same bulb can look a bit different in two different housings.
SP2 COB LED KIT - $70
The SP2 LED kit is our most economical. It boasts a massive 8,000 lumens and a 6000k white light with 30,000 hours of operation, making it bright enough for those who live in rural areas, and about the same brightness of a standard 35w HID kit. This LED kit is uses a BridgeLux COB LED chip which runs at a lower temperature and reduces the risk of over heating. This is also our shortest LED kit making it perfect for vehicles with not much room under the hood. To run this LED with a European car, Dodge, Ford, Chrysler, or Jeep without potential issues, it is wise to install our decoders when installing.
Enough light for almost any environment.
KN-SERIES CSP LED KIT - $100
The KN-Series CSP LED kit, similar to the SP2, boasts 8,000 lumens with a similar life span, it is also white in color 6000k. The KN-Series CSP LED is using a Made in Korea Seoul CSP LED chip. This CSP chip is a very high quality made LED which produces a sharper output than the SP2 LED kit. The best way to think about it is that the SP2 would be a DVD and KN would be a BluRay. Is the $25 difference worth the upgrade? We say so, but that's up to your wallet (or your wife) to decide. Regardless, you can't go wrong with either. And as mentioned previously, to run this LED with a European car, Dodge, Ford, Chrysler, or Jeep without potential issues, it is wise to install our decoders when installing.
Even with street lights creating a mesopic environment, the KN LED kit still shows its potential.
NS-SERIES FANLESS LED KIT - $90
Much like the KN and SP2, it is also boasts 8,000 lumens with a 6000k white light. And like the KN, it too has a CSP chip, but an upgraded one that is more efficient and withstands higher temperatures. But the coolest features of this LED are that it is a fan-less design, making it 1/4" smaller in length then the KN LED (but still not as short as the SP2), as well as a 2 sided design, which helps reduce glare on oncoming traffic while providing a fantastic beam output. Other benefits of going fan-less are a noiseless operation, a longer lifespan, and being 100% maintenance free as there are no fans to worry about. From our observations; when comparing the KN and NS-Series, both put out the same light output (maybe the KN a little more), but, the NS-Series has a wider beam, improving peripheral vision. While the KN-Series has hotter hot spot, which really throws a concentrated light out in front of you. As mentioned previously, to run this LED with a European car, Dodge, Ford, Chrysler, or Jeep without potential issues, it is wise to install our decoders when installing. All in all we really like this kit, even though it isn't the brightest of the pack.
The NS-Series LED provides great peripheral vision.
APX-SERIES LED KIT - $105
The APX kit is the brightest LED kit we offer, boasting a whopping 9,000 lumens with 30,000 hours of operation. 3 color options available. What makes the APX LED kit specifically unique to others is if it gets too hot due to insufficient ventilation; it will reduce each bulb to 25 watts (from 36 watts) as a safety mechanism to protect against damage to the bulbs while allowing you to continue driving safely, most other LED kits turn off to prevent overheating and other issues. This is the LED kit we recommend if you need or want maximum light output or plan on really long drives. As mentioned previously, to run this LED with a European car, Dodge, Ford, Chrysler, or Jeep without potential issues, it is wise to install our decoders when installing.
The APX LED kit under scotopic (pure darkness) conditions. What more could you ask for?
All of these LED's are a direct replacement to your halogen bulbs. They have OEM connectors which are designed to fit the factory socket plug without any modification. Installation difficulty will vary per vehicle; as in some vehicles access to the bulb housings are not as straight forward as others. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.