Why LEDs? Let’s explore the benefits they have over traditional headlights.

The most significant advantage that LED headlights have over traditional headlights is the visibility they provide.

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Of the five human senses, sight accounts for 90% of a driver’s ability to react to oncoming hazards and dangerous road conditions. This being the case, it stands to reason that headlights are one of the most important (if not the most important) safety features on your vehicle. The more nighttime driving you do, the more valuable a good set of LED headlights will be to you.


The integration of LED headlights into auto designs has surpassed traditional HID headlights—similar to how LED lights are now commonly used in homes. While LED headlights were considered a luxury for high-end automobiles two decades ago, they are now built into most new cars today. But what if you have a car that still has HID headlights? Here are the reasons to upgrade to LED headlights.

Superior Visibility

Hands down, the most significant advantage that LED headlights have over traditional headlights is the visibility they provide. 

LED headlights produce a crisp, clean, bright white light that effectively turns night into day. A really well-designed LED headlight will meet all on-road regulations, eliminate glare for oncoming traffic, and have a beam pattern that puts light exactly where you need it most!

Extreme Visibility

LEDs utilize solid-state construction – meaning that there are no breakable bulbs, fragile filaments, or sensitive electrodes like those found in incandescent, halogen, or HID lighting. 

For this reason, LEDs are the perfect choice for trucks that travel roads with bumps, curves, and potholes that cause traditional headlights to prematurely fail. Investing in a good pair of LED headlights will not only save you money on replacement parts and labor, but the time and inconvenience that a failed headlight will also cost you.


Add a thermally-conductive polycarbonate housing design to your LEDs and get an incredibly durable, heavy-duty lighting option!

Unmatched Longevity

Another advantage that LEDs have over traditional headlights is their superior lifespan. With LED technology, lights can emit the same, if not more light than a bulb, while consuming less power. 


One LED headlight will out-live 300+ incandescent headlights, 50+ halogen headlights, or 20+ HID (high intensity discharge) headlights. Install LED headlights and it’s likely you’ll have to replace your truck before you have to replace the lights!

Promotes Alertness

We’ve all seen news stories about the deadly consequences of falling asleep at the wheel, but did you know that the type of headlights you use can affect your driving fatigue? Studies show that our body’s internal clock (called the circadian rhythm) is linked to the cycle of night and day. More specifically, our brains interpret the color temperature of light we’re exposed to, and then tell the body whether we should be alert or at rest.


Traditional headlights have a color temperature that closely resembles sunset – the time of day that our brain tells the body to prepare for sleep. LED headlights, on the other hand, closely mimic the characteristics of a bright noon day sun when the body is most awake. 


Thus, with LED headlights, you are less likely to become drowsy or fall asleep at the wheel!


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About J.W. Speaker

J.W. Speaker is focused on developing innovative, high-performance vehicular lighting solutions for OEM and aftermarket customers around the world. Specialized in LED and other emerging lighting technologies, J.W. Speaker is proud to design, manufacture and assemble products in Germantown, Wisc. For more information, contact J.W. Speaker at (800) 558-7288 or news@jwspeaker.com.

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