Types of Aftermarket Headlights explained

It’s amazing what a new set of headlights can do! A simple headlight replacement with high quality headlight assemblies from Oracle Lighting, or one of the other top brands that we feature here at PMLIT.com, can dramatically change your vehicle.

Improving Your Vehicle with a Headlight Replacement

Maybe your goal is to make your car safer by making the road brighter with custom headlights. Perhaps your headlights are no longer working as well as they once did, or they’re broken due to an accident or wear and tear. It could be that you simply want to change the look of your vehicle with something more stylish like Oracle halos headlights. Whatever your reason for considering aftermarket headlights, understanding what different types are available is an important first step in making your purchase.

Custom Headlights: Five Main Types

Oracle Lighting and other makers of headlights for custom mods offer five main types of headlight assemblies:

  1. Projector Headlights – Around the year 2000, the makers of aftermarket headlights introduced projector headlights. These lights are dramatically different than the traditional composite lights that became popular beginning in the 80s. The lights consist of projecting beam headlight bulbs placed behind outer lens covers. When illuminated, the lights shine almost like laser beams. When not illuminated, cutouts for each light can be seen.
  2. Halo Headlights – BMW originated halo headlights, but now Oracle halo headlights, and some other brands’ custom headlights have brought these futuristic lights to all vehicles. When illuminated, halo headlights look like rings of light, rather than a solid round, square, or rectangular beam. Most halo headlights are also projector headlights, but their shape categorizes them as halos. Offered in CCFL, plasma, LED, and incandescent varieties, halos may also be called angel eyes.
  3. LED Headlights – Light emitting diode headlights, commonly called LEDs, first emerged on the market in 2008, with Audi using them as standard headlights in some of their new vehicles. A true LED headlight, like the type made by Oracle Lighting, includes only light emitting diode illuminators, which produce light by transferring electrons back and forth between diodes. Some LED style headlight assemblies have halogen or incandescent headlight bulbs with LEDs beneath them as accent lights.
  4. Euro Style Headlights – Euro style headlights are those that have unique reflectors around the lights. In these designs, black or chrome is used in place of clear or silver materials, found in other types of headlight assemblies. Some Euro style lights also have smoke colored lenses. Many Euro Style headlights are projector headlights, and you can also find halo headlights and LED headlamps with Euro style designs.
  5. Factory Style Headlights – Factory style headlights are made to simply replace the headlights that come standard in a vehicle. There are two types available: OEM and OE. OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer. A factory headlight with this designation is actually made by the original manufacturer, so it is 100 percent identical and authorized as a replacement part for a particular make and model of vehicle. Aftermarket OE headlights, or original equipment lights, are made to the same dimensions and engineering specifications as the original head lights; however, they are not authorized by the brand, and are made by a different manufacturer. Often, these parts are cheaper than OEM parts.

Here at PMLIT.com, we have many of the most popular types of aftermarket headlights, available for purchase from Oracle Lighting and other top brands. Our range of halo headlights, projector headlights, and other custom headlights includes options for nearly all makes and models of automobiles. If you need help deciding which type of headlamps is the best for your vehicle, please don’t hesitate to contact us.