Headlight comparison - halogen vs LED

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The LEDs are better than the halogen...low beam is good, high beam is weak however. My Tesla Model 3 also has LEDs...far better than the Jeep. The LEDs also look good on the Jeep but I wish they were better. I agree with the IIHS “marginal” rating for the LEDs. There might be aftermarket options that are better and cheaper.
 

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Many moons ago, I had an 80s-era Corolla with square incandescent headlights. Likely sealed beam units. Anyway, they were easily in the Top 3 in terms of the best-performing stock headlights I've had on any vehicle. The Low and the High beams were very good. No complaints.

I think of that car sometimes when contemplating the mild performance of the halogen bulbs on my decades-newer JLU. At least they melt the snow in the winter, which the LEDs cannot do. ;)
 

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I can't say for 100% sure, but to me, it seems like the LEDs light up reflective materials (Signs, reflective taillights, etc) from a far greater distance, and with more vibrancy than the halogens did.
 

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Definitely do LED’s. It’s night and day difference vs halogen. And if you live in an area where it snows, some companies make LED headlights with the same thin conductors that rear windshields use for defrosters.
 

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Our Sahara is halogen and the Rubicon is LED. I really don’t see a “significant” difference other than contrast. Now my previous Challenger with HID’s was no joke. That said, the blinding lights are getting old. Here we’ve always turned off our high beams yet now we have low beams just as bright or brighter. How about not overdriving your headlights.
 

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I didnt go LED, because of the extra expense, and issues converting the Halogens to LED. So, I went the High power Halogen route. I put in the Philips 9008 H13 +100% bulbs. Very bright, inexpensive, and very reliable. I've put these in several vehicles over the years, without any issues. Oh, and they are only $30.
 

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I had LED in my last Jeep and got tired of people flashing me all the time and snow not melting in the winter. My current Jeep I went without LED and I don’t miss them. The LED was no doubt brighter, but I can still safely navigate in the dark. If anything my vision is more the issue than the headlights, ha!
 

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Not sure if this is "Apples-to-Apples", but I had Halogens on my Tacoma, and LED's on the Jeep. No comparison to how much better the Jeep is.

G.
 

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