When people purchase a luxury vehicle, there are several expectations that need to be met, particularly when going with a premier luxury vehicle such as a Mercedes-Benz.
People expect the car to start when they turn the key, have a comfortable interior, come with the latest technological gadgets, and have the headlights that they desire. When it comes to a Mercedes-Benz, people should know that they have options.
There is a multitude of choices for headlights for your Mercedes-Benz vehicle and some of these upgrades people may even be able to perform themselves. Before switching headlights, it might be helpful to know what the various options are.
The Mercedes-Benz Halogen Bulbs
Before getting into any of the other options, people should know the factory standard their car comes with. The base models of Mercedes-Benz vehicles tend to come with halogen light bulbs.
These are the basic headlights that are common in many economy-class vehicles as well. Car companies go with these headlights because they are cheap and easy to fix. People who have driven a variety of cars will know the halogen headlights as the most common headlight on the road today.
Halogen headlights function by burning a filament to heat the halogen gas until it glows. Halogen bulbs are designed to perform the job at the lowest cost which also makes them easy to fix if something goes wrong; however, halogen bulbs may not illuminate the road enough for people who have trouble seeing at night.
The Mercedes-Benz HID Xenon Headlights
One of the common options that Mercedes-Benz drivers will jump for is the Xenon HID headlight, standing for high-intensity discharge. This headlight option offers a number of unique advantages over the standard halogen lights.
Because of the nature of xenon (it is a noble gas instead of a halogen), drivers will be using a headlight material that doesn’t consume as much energy as the halogen headlight. This means the xenon headlights are going to last longer. The xenon lamps also produce a brighter beam, helping people see easier if they’re on the road at night. This makes xenon headlights both safer and more durable. This translates into financial savings for the driver as well.
The Mercedes-Benz LED Headlights
Some people may have noticed significantly brighter headlights on the road that seem to look similar. These are likely the LED headlights that some base Mercedes-Benz vehicles are starting to come with these.
People can also upgrade their Mercedes-Benz to have LED headlights if they desire. LED stands for light-emitting diode which generates light in a different way than the other two previous options on this list.
The xenon and halogen lights work by consuming a gas (either a halogen or xenon, a noble gas) and the LED lights work by using electricity to power a light-emitting diode. LED lights have a number of advantages over traditional headlights in that they burn energy more efficiently and they generate a brighter beam. Some people may think that they’re too bright so be sure to check the headlights first to make sure they can be controlled.
The Mercedes-Benz Fog Lights
For those who commonly encounter foggy driving conditions, they may want to invest in some Mercedes-Benz fog lights as an upgrade. Because the LED and Xenon headlights are relatively bright, they may actually make driving in the fog worse.
This is because they could illuminate the fog instead of the road, blinding the driver. On the other hand, halogen headlights may not light up the road enough, causing the driver to have to strain in poor visibility. This is an unsafe driving condition. Fog lights have the right type of light and brightness to slice through the thick soup and illuminate the road for safe passage. Fog lights may come standard on some Mercedes-Benz vehicles, depending on the model and class, but almost everyone can get fog lights on their vehicle if they desire.
Other Mercedes-Benz Headlight Upgrades
There are a number of different gadgets that people can have added to their headlights. While not recommended and dependent on local regulations and your warranty, people could make their headlights different colors.
Everyone should check the laws in their state to make sure this is legal before doing so. Some people may want to have smart headlights that rotate their beam when the car turns. This is a popular upgrade that many people invest in. Mercedes-Benz also makes headlights that auto-dim if they detect a car in front of them so that they don’t blind the other driver. Why not check out what kind of upgrades are available?
Mercedes-Benz is one of the leading luxury car manufacturers in the world and their latest in headlight technology is only going to add to this legacy. Make sure to select the right headlights for the driving conditions and place safety first.