The 6 Best H11 Bulb – Halogen & LED Headlight Reviews 2018
Your Headlights are a crucial and important part of your vehicle, mainly for safety reasons. We all want to be able to clearly see the road ahead in all weather conditions, but for many it’s also a matter of taste and choosing one that’s pleasant on the eye!
It is also very important to make sure you choose the correct headlight for your vehicle and to make sure they are compatible with your make and model. And here comes the term best H11 bulbs.
You need to know what’s best for you own personal budget, or whether it would be beneficial to spend a little bit more to potentially save you money in the long run. Also, we’ll look at what the difference is between the bulbs.
Table Of Contents
- 6 Best H11 Bulb 2018 Review
- 1. CougarMotor LED Headlight Bulbs All-in-One Conversion Kit - H11
- 2. OPT7 FluxBeam H11 LED Headlight Kit w/Clear Arc-Beam Bulbs
- 3. JDM ASTAR G1 8000 Lumens Extremely Bright COB Chips H11 H9 H8 All-in-One LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit
- 4. HIKARI LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit -H11(H8,H9),CREE XHP50 9600lm 6K Cool White
- 5. Set of 2 Osram / Sylvania Long Life Halogen H11 Headlight Bulbs # 64211L
- 6. LED Pods Light Rigidhorse 12D Quad Row 2 pcs 4" LED Light Bar
- Quick Tips On Buying Best Halogen & LED Headlight Bulbs
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6 Best H11 Bulb 2018 Review
1. CougarMotor LED Headlight Bulbs All-in-One Conversion Kit - H11
These are high powered 60W LED bulb, featuring the LED CREE chips with a 60W power rating and produce 7200Lm per pair. They come in cool white and are up to 200% more bright than a standard halogen headlight. One great feature is a beam configuration that is perfect, without any dark specks.
The housing is all aluminum and houses a 10,000 RPM turbo fan with over 50,000 hours of continuous light.
The installation takes less than 20 mins due to the plug and play system design, and can be used with most vehicles computer system, but please check your vehicles compatibility before purchase.
Just in case you need them to be, they are waterproof and rainproof to IP67 standard, and the fan will continue working even in extreme conditions. They are in the middle of the range price wise and come with a 3-year warranty and lifetime support.
2. OPT7 FluxBeam H11 LED Headlight Kit w/Clear Arc-Beam Bulbs
Again, a high powered Cool White 60W LED bulb, these feature the CREE MK-R LED and arc-Beam technology to ensure the perfect beam pattern, which they say is the only correct beam pattern to use and ensures no short beams or scattered lights. They are made in the USA and have 7000Lm.
They last for over 50,000 hours while encased in an aluminum housing, with a TurboCool fan running at 7,000RPM, which is weatherproof and would not fail under water to the standard of IP67.
They do however advise if you are fitting these to a 2007+ vehicle to purchase the relay bundle to maximize the bulb life.
Fitting of the bulbs was again fairly easy, taking approximately 15 mins to fit, although these lights are in the higher price range, at nearly twice the price of our mid-range bulbs, A 2-year warranty and lifetime support from California based OPTI7 lighting is also included.
3. JDM ASTAR G1 8000 Lumens Extremely Bright COB Chips H11 H9 H8 All-in-One LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit
The JDM Astar G1 is a powerful headlight with 8000Lm (4000Lm per bulb) which uses the COB LED chips. They have a 6.5K Xenon White light, but their lifespan appears to be somewhat shorter than the rest at only 20,000 hours.
They are waterproof like the earlier options we have looked at and come with a 12-month warranty whilst being one of the brightest bulbs in the review, so if brightness is what you are looking for then the JDM Astar G1 could be the perfect fit.
It sits nicely in the mid-range price bracket and are relatively easy to install into your vehicle. While maybe not being the ultimate in headlights they will do an excellent job for you if you are unsure of splashing out on the more expensive options.
4. HIKARI LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit -H11(H8,H9),CREE XHP50 9600lm 6K Cool White
This bulb from Hikari has a very powerful beam, at 9600Lm it is by far the brightest I am reviewing today. The CREE XHP50 LED is a member of Cree’s extreme high power (XHP) class of LEDs.
Price wise it comes right between the Cougar Motor and the Opti7 Fluxbeam, and with a 2-year warranty and a promise of a replacement within 2 days with their fantastic after sales team you can buy with confidence.
The fan speed is an amazing 9,000 RPM, and it has a Variable-frequency technology which means that when in high beam mode it transfers most of the power to those beams to ensure the headlight reaches maximum brightness.
Made in Japan with a 60K cool white light, it does comply to U.S DOT regulations, while also being waterproof to IP68. Although it hasn’t been on the market in the US for as long as some other manufacturers, it has been in Japan, and has received some excellent reviews.
5. Set of 2 Osram / Sylvania Long Life Halogen H11 Headlight Bulbs # 64211L
If you’re simply wanting to replace your H11 headlight bulbs with something similar to what you currently use, then these are a great alternative option. While they are not an extra bright bulb, this model is the “L” model which gives it longer life than the standard Halogen.
The price also reflects this and they cheapest that I will be talking about today. So, if you don't want to pay the extra and just want good clear headlights then Osram / Sylvania is a good option long life Halogen bulb.
They are compatible with most Japanese and European cars, so if you are buying them for your Dodge or Cadillac, double check to make sure they will fit in your vehicle without having to buy a conversion kit separately.
6. LED Pods Light Rigidhorse 12D Quad Row 2 pcs 4" LED Light Bar
The last one that I will be reviewing today isn’t actually a H11 headlight lamp fundamentally, but if you’re looking for the extra beam for night driving, or when driving in fog or snow the Ridgehorse 12D Quads may be just your answer.
Firstly, it has two colors, white for night use and yellow for rain, fog and snow to avoid any glare coming back into your eyes., they are do have a higher wattage at 90W and give 6500Lm of bright white light between the two lights.
The 12D lens provides you with maximum illumination brightness and with a 50,000-hour life span and easy fitting it is a very good alternative to changing your headlights. The waterproof rating is IP68, so again it can be submerged in water for a long period without any damage.
Quick Tips On Buying Best Halogen & LED Headlight Bulbs
Now that we have had a look at some of the various options available to you, I’m going to take you through some of the different things you should look for while looking for the optimum bulbs for you and for your vehicle.
If you’re looking for very bright, clear, night driving fun then the higher the lumens the better, but make sure that the bulbs you buy comply to U.S DOT regulations. Also consider that sometimes if the brightness is too high, others may think that you are driving around with your full beam on constantly. Don’t make it too bright for other road users.
The lower the wattage the more economical your bulbs will be, economy in vehicles comes down to fuel usage so take this into consideration.
Most of us avoid going swimming with our vehicles, but if it’s something you want to factor in then remember what the different ratings mean. IP67 is good for a quick shallow dip, IP68 means if your vehicle gets stuck in water for longer they will not fail on you.
You need to decide what is value for money for you. Don’t forget that the most expensive isn’t always the best. The range of products available is extensive, so there is something for all budgets.
There is a huge difference in the lifespan between Halogen and LED, but also the lifespan between different LED bulbs can be vast. So, if you want something that’s longer lasting then stick with the bulbs that last 50,000 hours or more.
LED or Halogen - Which one is preferred
When you are looking for the best H11 bulb for your vehicle, then choosing is not going to be easy with such a huge range available. Only you can decide whether you want to go for LED or Halogen as a starting point.
I am personally very pro LED, although the bulbs are bigger compared to the OEM halogens because of the fan in the back of the bulb. This usually doesn’t get in the way of fitting, and they snap right into place. During installation just follow all the instructions, but make sure if changing from Halogen to LED, that your vehicle is compatible when your making your purchase.
So, the performance. Firstly, I’d like to say that yes, LEDs are bright, and they do work as advertised.
They put out a very clean and consistent light beam, unlike the Halogens which put out brighter light in the center of their beam, the LEDs have a much more consistent beam and they also look noticeably brighter.
LED also have a more consistent “white” color, and a more consistent pattern in the beam overall. The fact that the LEDs are estimated to have a lifetime of 50k hours is an amazing feature but that does come at a cost.
The price of LED is far more than a halogen bulb, but there are some very good economical LEDs available too, LEDs are more energy efficient, they light up quicker, and let’s face it they are replacing the bulbs we use in every part of our life.
Now that we have looked at some of the best H11 bulbs on the market today, I hope that it will help to make your choice that little bit easier. There are so many choices out there I honestly do not think that I could say that there is a perfect option.
It all boils down to personal taste on brightness, coloring, and your beam splash, while looking at the big question of do I stick with good faithful halogens or swap to LEDs. My personal opinion is to go for the more consistent and brighter LED, although I will be making sure they don’t dazzle everyone else on the road.