Which LED Headlight Brand is the Best?
Starting the search for better headlights can be an overwhelming task, especially when considering all the options available on the market today. Who has the brightest headlight, the highest quality, or the best option for my budget? There are countless questions that can come up when shopping for a new headlight unit. Today we are here to break down the top brands in the automotive lighting industry, so you have full confidence in your next upgrade purchase.
Another factor to consider is that every customer has different needs when upgrading headlight units. Some might be searching for a stylistic upgrade, while others might simply be looking for better and brighter lighting. At the end of the day, you must ask yourself what does the “best” mean for you?
What Are the Cheapest Headlight Replacements?
When searching for headlight replacements or assembly replacements, you will come across quite a few low-priced options. Are they the best quality? Likely not. However, these are cheap and can easily fit into any budget range. One of the first places to look is Amazon, Wish, or eBay. These retailers provide both aftermarket and OEM replacement units for most vehicles, however, the aftermarket units usually found here could be considered less than ideal. Brands like Spec-D, DNA Motoring, and Spyder plague the Amazon listings when you utilize the search function for your vehicle. All these aftermarket units are common brands you hear in the industry, but are they really any good?
Our friends at Headlight Revolution are known for the in-depth headlight testing they perform in their studio. In a shoot-out video, they included brands from the lowest-rated headlights to the highest-rated headlights on the market. The results in the video speak for themselves. Amazon, eBay, and Wish headlight units are not worth your time and money. Believe it or not, top brands like Morimoto also provide budget-friendly headlight upgrades. If you want to achieve your goal of upgrading lighting while maintaining a realistic budget, we recommend products such as GTR Carbides, Alpharex Pros, or the Morimoto XB Hybrid headlight units. These headlights check both boxes for being an affordable upgrade while still providing a massive increase in light output while maintaining a crisp and clean beam pattern. As you might’ve heard before – buy once, cry once.
Budget-Friendly Headlight Housings
Starting at $299
What Is the Brightest Headlight?
We have taken the time to test top-leading brands on the headlight market. Very few pass the test and check all our boxes when it comes to a quality lighting upgrade. The top 3 we recommend are
- GTR Lighting Carbide Headlights
In a video filmed by Lightwerkz Global, we can see all 3 of these headlights compared together. In this testing, he uses a 5th Gen 4Runner headlight as an example. With very little surprise to us, the Morimoto XB LED headlights came out on top. Morimoto also offers these units in white or amber, meaning you get the choice to pick which DRL color you have. The GTR Carbide LED headlights are a close runner-up to the XBs. The GTR Lighting units provide a much different styling design than the Morimoto and Alpharex units. Alpharex Nova was last to follow up in testing, but don’t discredit this unit yet. The Alpharex headlights are still quality options with a 2-year warranty. Depending on your budget and which style you prefer, this could drastically sway which option you decide to go with. No matter which one you pick, you can’t go wrong with these 3 products.
Considering these are the top-performing headlights, we think that the price tag is worth it. This will be mainly justifiable if you really want the best and brightest headlights. Comparing the 3 headlights side-by-side allows you to see the differences between each unit. What we see most often with the Alpharex headlight units is excess foreground lighting. Too much foreground lighting can hinder your eyesight with long-range distances. This foreground is likely caused by the smaller projectors featured in the Alpahrex headlight units. The Morimoto XB Headlight units have a more evenly distributed beam pattern while still throwing tons of light further down the road. This means the Morimoto XB works smarter, not harder, and gives you an overall improved driving experience.
Best and Brightest Headlight Housings
Starting at $575
What Is the Best Quality Headlight?
If the answer isn’t obvious already, we’re here to answer the question for you. The Morimoto XB LED headlight units are the top performer in the industry. Morimoto has proven time and time again that they create quality, high-performance headlight units for the most popular vehicles. The term “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be truer when it comes to the XB LED headlights. Morimoto is known to spare zero expense when it comes to engineering the world’s best headlights. The entire goal of Morimoto as a brand is to bring consumers the best quality, the best performing, and the best-looking headlights all around. While the XB LED headlights are the top-of-line option offered by Morimoto, they also include budget-friendly options as well. As mentioned before, the XB LED Hybrid headlights are a great alternative for a smaller budget.
Quality and performance should be the two most important factors when shopping for new headlights. You might end up paying more for the high-end units, but they will be worth it at the end of the day. Too many times we’ve seen customers buy cheap replacement headlights, only for them to yellow and fade within a year of ownership. That last thing you want is to end up with a cheap headlight that has failing internal components with little to no customer support or warranty to help you. Morimoto sets itself apart from the rest with the best customer service team and unmatched 5-year warranty.
Morimoto XB LED Headlight Housings
Starting at $750
We hope this article will bring you confidence the next time you decide to upgrade your headlights. Our team here at Better Automotive Lighting is dedicated to helping you find the best automotive lighting upgrades for your vehicle. The next time you consider upgrading, make sure to check out the top three brands we recommend: Morimoto, Alpharex, or GTR Lighting.
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