Best Replacement Headlights
Headlights aren’t just a stylistic choice, they’re an integral part of automobile safety. Driving at night with dim or blown headlights is dangerous not only to yourself, but to oncoming motorists as well. Whether your current vehicle headlights are dying or not, there’s never been a better time than now to replace them with higher-performance options.
Some things to consider when replacing headlights are brightness and color as you want to avoid blinding or dazing oncoming motorists. When replacing headlights, be certain to not touch the bulb with your bare hands since headlights run at extremely high temperatures, and the oils from your hand can cause them to wear out much more quickly.
We've selected some of the best replacement headlights available, due to their excellent overall performance. All of our picks offer excellent illumination of the road ahead while still being road-legal. Each of the following headlights should offer reliable performance, lasting long enough to ensure getting more than your money's worth in longevity and performance.
Sylvania SilverStar Ultra High Performance Halogen Headlights
PIAA Intense White Bulbs
Sylvania SilverStar High Performance Halogen Headlight
PIAA Xtreme White Bulbs
OSRAM Night Breaker Bulb
The Sylvania SilverStar series of bulbs are by far the most popular replacement choice when it comes to headlights. These bulbs are 100 percent street legal replacement headlights that provide brighter illumination to light up the road ahead.
Enclosed in the bulb is a dual-filament setup designed to provide low and high beam options, ensuring you won’t blind other motorists and the 4000K color temperature means these lights shine a bright white. SilverStar Ultra bulbs are known for their fantastic balance between life and brightness, and they make a priceless addition to your night driving portfolio.
The ‘Intense White’ classification from PIAA means light that comes as close as possible to the neutral ‘white light’. With a 4100K color temperature and plenty of power, you can be assured that these bulbs will light up the road ahead with ease. The large glass tube allows the Intense White bulbs to provide plenty of illumination while keeping the temperatures cooler than competing bulbs.
The balance between service life and brightness is ideal, with the increased illumination and light color adding a dash of style to your car. Overall, the PIAA Intense White is an excellent choice that offers the perfect mix of style, safety, and practicality.
If you’re not comfortable with running headlights as bright as the SilverStar Ultra bulbs, consider the less-powerful standard SilverStar headlights. The output of these light bulbs is lower than the SilverStar Ultra bulbs, but still remain bright enough for a marked improvement over stock. This means that the road will be illuminated with a bright, white light, but has less of a chance of blinding oncoming drivers than with the Ultra series headlights.
Performance-wise, the standard SilverStar is equipped with a dual-filament setup allowing both low and high beam options. Sylvania SilverStar bulbs strike a near-perfect balance between service life and brightness, and the performance these bulbs are capable of will definitely benefit you when driving at night.
This bulb carries PIAA’s “Xtreme White” designation, easily one of the most popular PIAA bulbs on the market today. With a color temperature of 4000K and plenty of power output, these bulbs will light up the road ahead with ease. A blue coating tops off the large glass tube, and it combines stylish looks, excellent lighting, and long bulb life.
The light emitted from these bulbs is less likely to startle oncoming drivers by being overly bright, a flaw seen in lesser bulbs attempting to compensate for the lack of performance by driving up the output. With the perfect mix of style, performance, and reliability, it’s hard to beat the combination that the PIAA Xtreme White bulbs offer.
Osram is one of the leading developers in headlight technology and their products are already used as stock equipment in fancier cars. However, they haven’t ignored the other side of the market as their Night Breaker headlights were designed as replacement headlights for just about every car on the road today.
The Night Breaker bulbs claim to be the “brightest halogen light in the world”, a statement which is hard to disagree with once you see the light emitted by them. These lights are much more capable of lighting up the road ahead than the stock halogen bulbs, and the white color of the light makes it easy to see what’s ahead.