Headlight uses and how to go about choosing one

Driving is the most common means of transport. It is also the mean that is most prone to accidents with over 1.3 million people losing their lives on the roads each year according to statistics. These statistics are scary. However, with the right driving skills and installation of safety features, you’ll be able to safely get to your destination. Having quality headlights installed is one way you can stay safe on the road.

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Up to 40% of traffic fatalities happen in the dark despite the fact that there’s 60% less traffic on the road at night. There are a number of factors that may lead to accidents at night, and poor visibility is definitely one of them. Having well-functioning headlights is incredibly important especially if you’re driving at night. Aside from the very important role that headlights play in reducing the probability of an accident occurring, they also help you to:

*Avoid that hefty ticket that may result from driving without headlights or having malfunctioning headlights.

*Alert and signal other drivers on the road.

*Provides you with light to better see what’s around you including road signs.

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It’s important to have quality headlight bulbs installed to not only ensure durability but also the high performance of these safety features. Here are some points you may want to consider when selecting headlights:

  1. Brightness/ Wattage

It is advisable to choose headlights that match the car manufacturer’s power rating while shopping for one. If you feel that the manufacturer’s wattage is limiting you could still have a brighter headlight installed by cutting some wires. Doing so will, however, mean voiding your warranty. Bright headlights offer a heightened visibility at night. However, besides the fact that bright headlights have a limited lifespan due to their high performance, they are also more expensive than their counterparts. You should definitely consider whether you’re willing to overlook their price and instead focus on their functionality. Keep in mind that you can never put a price on your safety.

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  1. Headlight Fittings

Halogen headlights come in a variety of fittings. You should find out what type of bulb is compatible with your car. By using your car’s manual you will be able to figure out the kind of bulb that is an exact match.

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  1. The light color temperature of the headlight’s bulb

The color of light emitted by the bulbs depends on the amount of color temperature which is measured in Kelvins(K). Bulbs with a color temperature ranging from 3000K to 3400K tend to have a yellowish tint. Yellowish tinted headlight bulbs offer better visibility during rain and fog. Headlight bulb with a higher Kelvin rating emit white light is considered a premium look. Whiter headlight bulbs also offer a crisp, high definition view which makes for easier peripheral view by allowing you to pick out more details on road signs. Headlight bulbs with a Kelvin rating higher than 4500 usually induce a bluish tint that is considered illegal in most countries. It’s advisable to strike a balance between lifespan and light color temperature by going for headlight bulbs that lie between 3500K and 4400K.


With the above in mind and having good driving skills, you will definitely get to your destination safely.

2 thoughts on “Headlight uses and how to go about choosing one

  1. In California , headlight flashing is legal in some situations and illegal in others. It is legal for a driver to flash his headlights to indicate intention to pass on a road which does not allow passing on the right. However, headlight flashing on multiple-lane highways is illegal.

    1. Thank you for the comment.
      Yes, traffic laws in many countries provide for the use of headlights. Car owners must use headlamps reasonably.

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