HID or LED? That is the question!
You need to ask yourself, where exactly are you going to be using your lighting? Are you travelling in hilly, windy terrain? Or will you be doing hours of straight, flat driving?
If you plan to be driving in hilly country, will winding rounds and scrub close by the road, you’re going to want the LEDs. The provide an incredibly wide spread (if you purchase the correct one) which can shine a few hundred meters down the road, lighting up anything and everything in between. They’re often up to 6o or 70 degree lighting pattern. This gives an amazing view of the road to the sides plus right up into the trees. This is fantastic when you’re driving down a dip or gully, as it shines light right up the top of the hill, so you can see what’s coming!
If your travels will take you on long, flat country, you should probably think about HID lights. They give amazing range. Up to 1km or more. They’re generally sold in a Spot and Spread configuration. This gives you a very defined point, a long way down the road with a very slight spread out to the side. HIDs won’t give you the wide spread beside the vehicle, so I can be much more difficult to see what’s coming out from the bush.
So there you have it. The choice is yours! MyCar recommends the LED lights for most driving styles. We think you’re far better off seeing EVERYTHING that’s withing a few hundred meters, rather than just being able to see the road 1km away. Check our our Flickr page, we’ve tested some popular lights. You’ll be surprised how they all compare.