The advantages and disadvantages of Halogen headlamps

Halogen lighting is still the most illuminated lighting in cars.

Why? They are easy to install and not too expensive. Especially at first sight if you compare them with the Xenon and LED lighting that is available. Although this statement is not always correct.


Generally, under normal conditions and use, halogen lamps have a lifetime of 1000 hours. If they have to be replaced, this costs on average € 30, -.

Because they do not need ballasts or extra cabling, they are fairly easy to replace.

However, we are seeing more and more replacements with another variant such as Xenon and LED lamps.

One of the reasons for this is that Halogen bulbs are not efficient enough. The biggest problem here is that the lights, when they are on, generate heat.

This is equivalent to lost energy (a lamp does not need to apply heat, it has to produce light).

Another big problem with halogen lamps is that they respond to, for example, touch with the fingers.

When you touch the glass with your fingers, the fat of your fingers will stick to the lamp. As a result, the glass is heated unevenly, which will shorten the lifetime of the lamp.

- They are easy to replace
- No extra parts such as ballasts or extra cables
- Available in a wide range of sizes
- A set of halogen lamps is reasonably cheap,

  compared to Xenon and LED

(not if you compare the total lifespan with LED)

The advantages of halogen lamps:

The disadvantages of halogen lamps:

- They waste a lot of energy on heat
- If you touch the lamp with your fingers during

   assembly, you influence the lamp life.