LED headlights have finally arrived as a viable option, both financially and in terms of output and beam pattern. We tested many popular options available on the market and eventually chose those made by Peterson Manufacturing. During our testing, we found the artifacts in the beam of the Truck-Lites to be a bit distracting, and in the long run we preferred the smoother output of the Petersons.
- Low power consumption: 17-22W vs. 80-100W
- No bulbs to replace: 100,000 hour rating
- Whiter, more “daylight”-like light: 5400K-6300K color temp vs. ≈3200K for halogen
- Don’t need headlight relays (although we still recommend them to fully minimize the load on the headlight and ignition switch)
- Time-tested technology
- Significantly more affordable: halogen is less expensive than LED
- Replacement bulbs and lenses easy to find and affordable
- Glass lenses much more resistant to scratching or UV damage
In the end, you can’t go wrong with either option, as they both produce excellent usable light. The LEDs definitely have more cool-factor but actual performance on the road is fairly equal between the two and both are light-years ahead of the stock sealed beams. In the end, the right choise for you will largely come down to personal preference.