Your Car = Your Rules
So, you’ve just bought a new car and you want to deck it out with all of the greatest accessories. For Jeepers, new tires and lift kits are often considered. For some, roof racks and pop-up tents are high priority. Whatever you are thinking, a good thing to consider is lighting for your car. Halo lighting is a trend that many auto owners are considering, and depending on what you want from your car you might want to, too.
Consider The Source
Most car dealers will try and sell you on their lights. Indeed, it is good to consider the dealer’s word, as they will be able to tell you what types of lights are compatible with your car. However, if you consider yourself a car genius, it is also might be worth buying outside of the dealer. If you do decide to buy outside the dealer, you could save yourself quite a bit of money. However, you do have other factors that you might have to deal with. Halo lighting can be especially tricky, as these sorts of lights are almost always for fashion over function.
Consider the Utility
Cars have lights for a reason. In fact, whether a light is too dull or too bright it can impact you and other drivers. Opponents to modified lighting argue that bright headlights are a major cause of accidents. Halo lights should be given special attention to, as most are a modification to the original lamplight. While you may see these lights in abundance in the cities where there is extra light, these lights might not be the best for spotting deer on the side of a country road.
Consider the Legality
Unfortunately, not all headlights are legal. While they may look cool, they operate a lot differently than your normal reflecting headlights. Halo headlights are not legal in all states, and it is best to check your state’s regulations on modified headlights for cars. For a better idea of what headlights are legal in your state, check out this website, which gives a comprehensive list of by-state laws. Because halo lights are originally European, and European roadways have different lighting angles, these are not always safe (ergo, they are sometimes illegal). More detail on the intricacies of European halo headlighs can be found here.
With so many different types of lighting out there, it is important to consider the right type for you. If you are a beginner and want to try out new headlights (especially halo headlights) it is best to seek out help on your first try. Otherwise, take time to mull over what you want out of headlights. Many reviews and considerations can be found on YouTube, including this particularly insightful video from Headlight Revolution:
Lastly, whatever choice you end up making always remember to be true to your own style. Happy Headlight Hunting!