A guide to Xenon headlights

Cars including the Jaguar XF and Nissan 370Z are just two which feature these as standard. They are also standard or at least an option on many other models which can be found at Perrys Dealerships. But what exactly are Xenon headlights? How do they work and what advantage do they have?

Xenon headlights are technically actually known as Xenon HID light. The term HID stands for High Intensity Discharge, which refers to the technology involved in its creation.

While a standard car headlight creates a glowing inside a bulb, the Xenon headlights creates light generated by a spark which jumps across a gap constantly – just like a constant arc of mini-lightning.

The result is that the light output from a Xenon headlight can be about four times brighter than Halogen lamps, which are typically used as standard in many modern cars’ headlights.

The difference between Xenon and Bi-Xenon headlights is very little in practice. What separates them is how many bulbs are used within. While Xenon headlights use two pairs of bulbs, much like Halogen lamps, Bi-Xenon headlights use just a single pair.

Xenon or Bi-Xenon headlights are actually also more efficient compared to a standard Halogen lamp. More efficient light bulbs means less energy is being used by the car. Therefore you also get a reduction in a car’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are cut down as well.

The lifespan of Xenon headlights are reported to be impressively long as well, able to operate for around 2,000 hours in normal conditions. Their lifespan is much longer than those managed by Halogen lamps used standard in many cars.

Overall then Xenon headlights are found on more premium cars or come as paid option because they provide better visibility to the driver. They are also more efficient and boast a longer lifetime then the headlights used standard in many vehicles.

These advantages do come at a price however, so consider your budget when considering adding Xenon headlights for your car.