It seems that LEDs are taking over, while the Halogens fade away. You might've thought about upgrading to LEDs, only to sit back and think if they were worth it. We here at Stenten's have an article that you just might've been waiting for! Below starting from why they're different we jump right into pluses and minuses you get with each of them.
How are Halogens and LEDs different
Halogens are very easy for you to differentiate from an LED because of their yellow-ish glare. And this difference comes because under the surface... they're completely different! Halogen lights shine, as you might've heard, because of something called a tungsten filament. Your cart batteries heat it up to a temperature of 2500 degree Celsius, resulting in light, that you observe. In comparison, LEDs come with a much complex architecture. Negatively charged electron jump into positively charged holes, this process is done million of times on a large scale, resulting in light. So when you buy an halogen, what is it that you buy into?
Benefits of Halogens
They're cheap: As a matter of fact, halogens are cheap. This is one of the fundamental reason of their triumph throughout the years. And this is why most of the lights you see are halogens. But as newer and more efficient technologies like LEDs become cost effective, halogens seems to be becoming a second option.
Versatility: They come anywhere from small to big. And like LEDs, they're dimmable. You might say that's not a big advantage, but you could just try comparing it to non dimmable xenon lights.
Disadvantages of Halogens
Shorter lifespan: An average halogen headlight lasts 5 times less than an LED would. Which cuts any benefit that it might have of being cheap. Considering that you will be replacing 5 halogens in a life span of 1 LED.
They waste energy: In the process of generating light, it also generates a lot of heat. And burning consistently at a temperature of 2500 degrees Celsius requires a lot of energy.
So these are Halogens. Now let us see if LEDs can give them a run for their money.
Benefits of LEDs
They shine brighter (and whiter): LEDs shine brighter than Halogens do. They make you see things crisper, because they generate white light unlike the yellow of Halogens.
They last longer: As you might have read above, they last 5 times longer than Halogens do. Yes, they do ask for a little investment. But it all pays up.
Much more efficient: The lighting process of LEDs generate negligible heat. In comparison to Halogens, LEDs consume up to 75-percent less energy.
Which one should you buy?
I will not cover the disadvantages of LEDs, simply because it's only one (a bit expensive). LEDs score higher in every test you could put it through. Whether it's shining brighter (and whiter) or consuming a miniscule amount of energy - LEDs are your way to go. They do ask a bit from pocket, but not as often as Halogens do.
If you think LEDs are the best, and own a Yamaha DRIVE, you're in luck. We've put right below the link of Stenten's basic package of LEDs for Yamaha DRIVE.
Written by Steve Wilmer
Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint. This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest. Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.