LED headlights or HID conversion kits – What to Choose?

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The question we get asked all the time is, which is better? LED headlights or an HID conversion kit? HID kits have been out since the early 2000s, where LED headlights have only been out for five or six years. Now it’s only been in the last couple of years that LED headlight bulbs have actually been good enough to be used in a headlight as a headlight. Generally speaking they’ve been too dim and not well enough build to be a reliable product. Today, that’s not entirely the case. My name’s Chris with Headlight Revolution, and in this video we’re going to address that question. Which is better? A LED headlight bulb or an HID conversation kit?

What makes LED better than HID

Now the answer’s kind of like, HID is better for this, this and this, LED is better for this, this and this. So first let’s talk about what makes an LED kit better than a HID kit. The three main reasons you would pick an LED headlight bulb over a HID conversion kit is LED is generally easier to install, you don’t have the large ballast or relay harness. LED color is normally better than a HID kit. When you’re comparing the new LED headlight bulbs to the most common HID conversion kits that you get, the LED is going to have a more pure, beautiful white or blueish tinted color, where the HID can have hues of red, green and yellow that you don’t want, but they’re rampant in cheaper HID kits. The third thing is the fact that LED bulbs are the new technology, they’re already surpassing the brightness of a 35 watt HID kit in some applications.

That means that as time goes on we’re going to see LED headlight bulbs become the big player in headlight bulb upgrades. Pretty soon it’s not going to be a matter of, is your LED headlight kit brighter than HID? It’s how much brighter. Now we might be a little way off from having an LED bulb that’s as bright as a 55 watt HID, but the GTR Lighting third generation LED headlights bulbs, for example, are as bright or brighter than a 35 watt HID kit in most headlights.

Easy Installation with Less Parts

The reason that an LED highlight bulb is generally easier to install than an HID kit is because they don’t require a relay harness and they don’t require a large HID ballast. A lot of people think that the ballast on an LED is called a ballast. It’s not a ballast, it’s a driver. It’s a constant current driver designed to convert 12 to 24 volts DC into whatever voltage the LED bulb need to operate.

An HID ballast is a totally different technology. Because of that it’s so small that most applications you can just tuck it away, or zip ties it. Now some of the bulbs, like this one from PIAA, still have a pretty massive driver which is a little bit more difficult to hide and install, but more and more you’re finding less big drivers like this and the kits are becoming easier to put in. This gold LED headlight bulb has a pair of Philips SMD type LEDs on each side. This PIAA LED headlight bulb has a pair of domed SMD LEDs on each side. Check the other ones just here: https://10carbest.com/led-headlights-bulbs. This GTR lighting bulb has the newest CSP style LEDs that are able to better mimic the shape and light output of a battery filament.

That means that as technology goes on, you’re going to see the old ones going away and the newer ones come out that work better and better in more and more headlights.

Technology That Is Like Forever on The Market

When looking at an HID conversation kit, the things that make an HID kit better than an LED headlight bulb are HID technology has been around forever, like almost two decades, it’s tried and true, it works. The formula has been discovered and now we’re just making it better. When you look at the GTR Lighting gen three and gen four HID kits, you really can’t get anything much better than this.

So you know that when you getting an HID kit, you pretty much have an idea how it’s going to work and you can expect that it will do what it’s going to do. It’s going to be three times brighter than stock and five times brighter than stock if you do a 55 watt HID kit. And that’s the next big thing, with an HID kit there’s a ton of flexibility.

You can do 35 watt ballasts that give you 3000 lumens of light, you can do 55 watt ballasts that give you 5000 lumens of light, you can do 3000k color for gold, 4000k color for OEM white, 6000k color or 8000k or 10,000k color, there’s tons of options.

How to Enhance Your Accent Wall

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It’s rare to find a beautifully designed accent wall in someone’s house. A good one can make or break a house in terms of aesthetics, and unless you designed yours personally, there’s a chance you could improve it with better material and design.

There are not many better ways to create the illusion that your house has more space than it really does than with an accent wall. Especially if you have more of an open-plan design, stone, wood, or tile accents walls will make your home feel larger and more spacious without you having to use any interior walls.

Most tend to decorate their accent walls with just paint, but by using other materials in the construction of yours, you can go above and beyond what people expect to see from an accent wall. Imagine transforming the atmosphere of your house from an average residential home to that of a beautiful ancient Roman palace, simply with a quick upgrade to your accent wall.

Indeed there are many options to choose from but how can you know what to settle on? If you’re looking for a good accent wall alternative, look no further. Here are three materials that can bring elegance and charm to your formerly boring accent wall.

Stone VeneerWall room

This is one of the most beautiful materials you can use on an accent wall. It gives the appearance of an outside wall, sitting right in the middle of your home. Well done stone accent walls will add style points to even the ugliest of homes, and they can even serve as a kind of therapeutic art piece. Plain, solid colors can become monotonous and claustrophobic to look at, but a gorgeous stone veneer accent wall can shatter that monotony and give you an anchor for achieving a peaceful state of mind.

Leather Wrapped Stone

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If you want to go with a look that’s slightly less rough, a leather-wrapped stone is an excellent choice. Tempered Leather and glazed tiles are made of naturally cleft stone that is covered in vibrant pigments, a vibrant metallic finish or that have been wrapped in a layer of genuine leather. This material gives your wall a smoother look but provides just as many color and design options as stone veneer or other materials. It allows gives your wall the same textured look that a simple coat of paint cannot.

Reclaimed Wood Wall Panels

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This is a great option for those of you who aren’t fond of a stone or brick design, but still want something beautiful that’s not boring like regular paint. Reclaimed wood wall panels are excellent because they can give you that rustic, outdoors feel from your accent wall.  You could go with a beautiful, classic log cabin design, or something a bit more modern. Many people choose a reclaimed wood wall panel design that’s similar to a stone or brick design, but with all the textural aspects of reclaimed wood, rather than stone or brick.

In Conclusion

Decorating your accent wall can be a fun and challenging endeavor. Rather than use a boring, simple paint job, try using one of the three materials mentioned in this article instead.

Whether you choose to go with stone veneer, leather-wrapped stone, or reclaimed wood wall panels, you are much better off than if you had just used paint.

A well-done accent wall with any of these materials is sure to bring an added element of tranquility and subtle elegance that you will love. Try them for yourself and see how much more you begin to appreciate your accent wall.