New Blue Headlights Too Bright?

By  | 

Are you annoyed by lights that look too bright? For a lot of drivers, it seems like bright headlights are everywhere.

You may see more bright lights on the road, thanks to the increasing popularity of high-intensity discharge headlights or "HIDs."

"Generally they are two to three times brighter," says Shaheen Chevrolet Accessory Sales Manager David Sepeter.

Most cars have halogen headlights that give off a white or yellow tint. HID lights stand out with a sort of blue glow.

"You're going to see the HIDs on a premium vehicle," says Sepeter.

Car experts will tell you these headlights have a lot going for them. HIDs last longer and are more efficient than halogen headlights. Plus, they improve visibility for drivers.

"Especially if you are the country...the reflection of a deer's eyes just so you are aware of them sooner is...a lot better," says Sepeter.

But, these lights are pricier than your average halogen bulb. Plus, there's a glare that could create problems for other drivers.

"When people are complaining about a bright light they are generally looking at something like an Audi or a higher trim level vehicle bothers them because they aren't used to that bright, bright light," says Sepeter.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a safety standard for all lamps and reflective devices.

In an email to News 10, the NHTSA says "headlamps are required to be white as defined by our standard while the intensity requirements, both minimums and maximums, at various test points balance seeing distance needs while limiting glare to other drivers."

This goes for halogen, HID and LED lights.

The latest in auto design, you'll find LEDs often paired with halogen lights on new cars.

"It's just to make your car more visible to people while you are driving," says Sepeter.

So whether you prefer the white glow of halogen or the true blue of HIDs, it's all about the changing look of your car.