You’re looking for the best LED headlights bulb upgrades for your car? Well, then chances that you’ve got a halogen light bulb in it are pretty high. In this review, we want to show you the best led headlights of the year to make your choice easier. Also, all of our LED headlight bulb reviews are on the best selling models available for today. We’ll determine the most effective heatsinks design, connectors and LED headlight bulb types.
Below are the top 14 led headlights bulbs, but the winner (according to our tests) is Akarui LED – the best LED headlights for night time driving.
AKARUI LED Conversion Kit
New CREE XHP70 LED chips
EXTREMELY HIGH brightness at 10400 lumens with no dark spots. Each bulb generates 5200 lumens, providing a crystal clear 6000k white light. New CREE XHP70 LED chips.
Easy installation plug-and-play design with step-by-step instructions.
TOP 4 Best LED Headlights Bulbs on The Market
With no further delay let’s see the best LED headlight conversion kits that are good enough to make it to our top 4 LED Headlights Kits of 2019.
|AKARUI LED - Best Led Headlights||Read Our Review|
A New Hikari
|HIKARI Ultra LED Headlight Bulbs||Read Our Review|
|KAI LED Headlights by Akarui||Read Our Review|
|HIKARI - Best Aftermarket LED Headlights||Read Our Review|
1. AKARUI Best LED Headlights Conversion Kit – Where New CREE XHP70 LED Shines"voa" href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CV2XYXN/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=10carbest-20&linkId=15e99db172729be3f9d9439fc5c56ba9" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow">Now, first off, let’s go over the specifications, we are reviewing the AKARUI LED Headlight Conversion Kit on Cree XHP70 chips. Both bulbs produce a combined output of 10,400 Lumens. The color temperature is 6,000 Kelvin, has an estimated lifespan of about 50,000 hours, and it comes with a two-year warranty from the manufacturer.
Packaging and Quick Start
So now that we’ve gone over the specs, let’s actually talk about the bulbs themselves. Going over everything that comes in the box, obviously, we get the LED itself. It is this nice fancy bright red. The color is really not of any real concern here. We also got the controller. If we open up and dump everything out, you’ll see that nothing comes really pre-wired. Yes, they did do this on purpose. At the end connection, this would plug into your factory wiring harness. In order to figure out how to put this on your factory wiring harness, there is also some instructions.
In fact, they have included a bunch of pamphlets and a document with a quick start guide. There’s not really any critical information in here if you’ve been replacing LED headlights already. More importantly, we have the wiring guide for this part and it’s not hard to put together. It’s not really all that intimidating with only three wires.
Led Headligths Installation process
Basically, we just put it in as seen on a quick start guide. When it clicks into place, you hear a good solid click. It shouldn’t come out.
If you do need it to come out, you would press down or up on the actual pins on it. You press it up and then you can pull it out and readjust to configure to whatever you need it to configure to.
Now, in this particular unit, it’s a pretty firm lock. You just pull that up, put it off to the side. One thing that I was afraid of is that this wouldn’t fit with the standard retainer. Luckily, that wasn’t the case and it is an extremely tight fit. It just barely allows itself to sit in place. Keep that in mind. Try not to break anything because there is a lot of friction holding stuff in place when you put the gasket back on. Don’t forget that it is key, to meaning that it can only go on one way.
Easy and Simple
There’s a little notch on each side. That corresponds to the holes in the gasket. One notch is bigger than the other. You would have to put this on in a proper way in order to get it to fit, and then you would twist it the opposite way that you twisted it to get it off. That would be the end of that. You would have the retainer lock in place.
With that being said, after you do that, you hook up the rest of the wiring harness and everything should just plug into the factory OEM harness inside of your car. Plug it up and give it a shot. Very simple and easy.
Beam Power and Light Scattering
The patchiness and scatteredness of the beams are much less than expected. Whether it’s the snow or the actual pavements there are certainly a ton of dark spots and patchy spots. Something that this light bulb manufacturer in the advertisement claims will not happen with their bulbs due to the arc beam technology that they claim to be using. But anyway, actually caused by projector type of your vehicle. So you need a projector style unit in your car to get the most of this LED conversion kit.
But let’s turn on the high beams. It’s a little bit of a different story. The high beams seem to cover up the patchy spots a lot better.
Final thoughts on the AKARUI LED Headlight Conversion Kit
I think it would work really fine in any projector and reflector units (see the sample from my Honda Accord). The first kit for Honda still works great. I guess it really depends on your car model and headlight type, will you like the new LED kit or not.
Remember that all reflector units are slightly different from each other. As they’re designed with OEM parts in mind, particularly halogens. Projector units are different. Projector units have a very similar design about them and the way they throw light is completely different from a reflector unit. It’s important to remember that reflector units may have a ton of what’s called unusable light which has light that is there but it’s not bright enough to physically make a difference for you to let you see the road any better than what you can. But it does tend to throw light out in a bunch of different directions that is not useful to you.
Anyway, AKARUI is one of the best conversion kits on today’s market – top notch build quality combined with an impressive light output and CREE branded chips on board.
2. HIKARI Ult
2. HIKARI Ultra Bulbs Conversion Kit – Best LED Headlights Beam Pattern" href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077BTQJFM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=10carbest-20&linkId=1ffc59368f15566585b871de66f0f548" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow">It’s pretty slim. You got your external driver here: it is removable, so you can disconnect it if you like. And this kit is very different than your typical LED. There are some features on here like the position of the LEDs.
If we compare this to the other kits, you can see the diode is single, large, in the center. And what makes this so special is the cut out where the light beam is actually facing towards: one side’s larger, one side’s smaller, and it’s going to concentrate that light beam, and no oncoming driver glare. The kit uses Phillips LumiLEDs chips, which are known to be very bright and efficient.
More Light Supply
You’ll see about 173% more light in a Reflector style headlight, which is almost three times the brightness, and more focused light down the road. If you’re in a Projector, you’re looking at more than tripling your light output with this, which is pretty insane for an LED kit. When you install a LED kit into your Projector, most of them are going to have a little bit of cut down on the bottom, so you lose out on a little bit of ambient lighting, but nothing really to worry about.
Moving over from halogen, you’re going to see a much lighter color coming out of your headlights. Some upgraded halogen bulbs will get you a little bit whiter color like 3,700, but those come with a big sacrifice and brightness due to the blue coating on the bulbs, which actually dims the ball quite a bit. This kit has a temperature color of 6,450, which is a slight blue tint.
Main Drawback – Unaffordable Price
HIKARI Ultra LED may seem to be expensive in comparison with some kits that have a cheaper price. Although HIKARI has the best beam pattern of all, a good sound-isolation, and is a great choice for both Reflectors and Projectors, there are other more budget variants.
3. KAI by Akaru
3. KAI by Akarui – Best Looking LED Headlights and Long Lastinghref="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HKGYPLS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=10carbest-20&linkId=4a72c958c8d228429de697e1a81fd567" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow">He#re we go, a new LED from Akarui – KAI. Okay, so here is a closeup. Each bulb is rated at 35 Watts. This is using Philips CSP LED chip. There’s four on this side, four on the opposite side. It’s rated to produce 3500 lumen, so 7000 total, and the color is 6000K pure white. This is aluminum on top, and plastic on the bottom part. There is a fan in the back and the fan is rated at 10000 RPM.
Now this one does come with the external LED driver and at the end is a plug that will plug directly into your stock wire harness. Also, this bulb claims that it is air free and is CAN Bus compatible, meaning that if you have a vehicle that checks the headlights, you will not get the air warning light on your dash.
Installation is very simple. All you do is go ahead and remove your stock headlight bulb. All right, now take your LED bulb and you see those little tabs right here, they have to correspond to the cutout on the headlight. Just insert your new LED bulb and turn them until the bulb goes all the way down like this, and then turn it clockwise to lock it in place.
Now, as usual, go ahead and take your original plug and plug the new LED. And then turn on your headlights and verify that they do come on. Now, if this does not come on, what you need to flip it because there’s a positive/negative. Now turn off the headlights and then go ahead and replace your driver’s side. It took no more than 10, 15 minutes to do both sides. The straight plug and play. So the light output is pure white. Akarui also provides a free TIPM module, so if you’re going to install them into Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge keep that in mind.
Should I Get One?
The question is will it perform better than its rivals in that price range? Well, yes. They are definitely well-built for its price range with some branded onboard chips. Light quality is above average, but definitely dependable on your headlights size and car model. So, we’d recommend to give them a chance as KAI could be surprisingly good for full-size sedans or small SUVs.
4. HIKARI Best LED
4. HIKARI Best LED Headlights Conversion Kit="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LCE19OI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=10carbest-20&linkId=ce27b3f6d7eff795474aa76d797790b6" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow">CREE XHP50 – Exceptional Quality with Outstanding Brightness. A very impressive output with very easy installation. These bulbs put out 9600 lumens so it’s enough for almost any situation. Compared to HID bulbs there’s also no need to be familiar with wiring or other stuff with a big old ballasts. So, LED nowadays are brighter and easier to install and that’s a big plus. They also take less power away which means a better lifespan etc. Just plug them in and turn on. Simply as that.
The big thing about these HIKARI are Cree XHP50 chips, similar to Glowteck EXTREME360. These are impressive in terms of brightness delivery even if your car is 5 or 7+ years old. They feel even more brighter than a more popular Simdevanma C6, but really, you can’t tell it for sure without special equipment to get the exact output. Also, they were compared on two different cars and there is no exact numbers you can rely on. The things is they feel very similar, with slight advantage in terms of brightness to HIKARI I would say. It looks like HIKARI is better in a close range, but Simdevanma seems to be better on long distances. Again, they were installed on my friend’s car and that’s quite personal to see the difference between these two. I guess choosing HIKARI would wise for something more massive like trucks or large SUVs outdoors, while C6 is more suitable for everyday city driving business/compact class cars.