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Types of Car Headlights

Types of Car Headlights.

What is the Difference?

There are two types of headlights; projector headlight and reflector headlight.

Reflector headlights are found on cars made in the early 2000s and going back and mostly commercial vehicles here in Kenya. It consists of a bulb encased in steel bowl. Mirrors are place within the bowl to reflect light.

Projector headlights are newer invention. It consists of a bulb, reflectors and a lens. A lens acts as a magnifying glass to increase the light beam.

Projector headlight are brighter, less likely to blind other driver, distribute light evenly.

How it works

Projector headlights consist of a headlight assembly with a replaceable bulb, just like reflector headlights. They also include a reflector component, but that's where the similarities end.

The overall design of projector headlights is based around the idea of focusing light with a specially-shaped reflector, then using a shutter to project it on the road with a beam pattern that is evenly-distributed and tightly-organized.

Which is the best?

When searching for the best headlights, most drivers want the brightest headlights possible without creating problems for other drivers. Projector headlights are brighter than reflector headlights, and they are less likely to blind oncoming traffic.