The 6 Best H7 Bulb – Brightest Headlights Review 2018
What makes a good H7 Headlight bulb? In a nutshell a good headlight bulb offers a range of features which give you great performance for a reasonable price. The color temperature, brightness and type can all impact on the level of performance and safety benefits provided.
Installing aftermarket headlight bulbs can sometimes feel like a risk. To help put your mind at ease, we have not only looked at what are the best H7 bulbs currently available but have also written a basic guide to finding the brightest headlight bulb for you.
Table Of Contents
- 6 Best H7 Bulb - Brightest Headlights 2018 Review
- 1. Philips H7 Vision Upgrade Headlight Bulb with up to 30% More Vision
- 2. Auxbeam H7 PX26D LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit
- 3. Philips H7 CrystalVision Ultra Upgrade Headlight/Foglight bulb
- 4. HELLA H7 Standard Halogen Bulb
- 5. Philips H7 X-tremeVision Upgrade Headlight Bulb
- 6. HIKARI LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit -H7
- Quick Tips On Buying Brightest H7 Bulbs
- Final Note
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6 Best H7 Bulb - Brightest Headlights 2018 Review
1. Philips H7 Vision Upgrade Headlight Bulb with up to 30% More Vision
These bulbs are the basic upgrade from a standard halogen bulb available in the Philips range. They provide up to 30% more light than stock bulbs, increasing the length of your projected light beam. This gives you a greater reaction time due to being able to see further down the road.
Like all bulbs produced by Philips, these H7 bulbs are fully compliant with Department of Transport regulations and so are 100% road legal.
The have a color temperature of 3200k which makes these bulbs a little bit whiter than a set of stock bulbs. This will offer some reduction in levels of fatigue when driving at night.
This bulb type is available in both single and double packs. The double pack is recommended not only for cost effectiveness, but also because you will get the best results by replacing both headlight bulbs at the same time.
2. Auxbeam H7 PX26D LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit
This conversion kit is part of the Auxbeam F-S2 series, which is made with aircraft grade Aviation 6063 aluminum and the latest Bridgelux COB chip. These bulbs are in a solid beam format and are designed to avoid dazzling on-coming traffic.
The headlights feature an All-in-one aluminum profile as part of the in-built heat conduction system. This allows for heat to be dispersed through a full 360 degrees so no one component becomes over heated.
To keep your bulbs at the optimum operating temperature the kit also has a high-speed fan (12000R/Min), for a Higher Air flow and faster cooling rate.
These LED headlights throw super bright light on the road evenly and without dark spots. The 6500K clear white light better reflects off road signs and road paint, improving your ability to see the road situation.
3. Philips H7 CrystalVision Ultra Upgrade Headlight/Foglight bulb
Philips CrystalVision Ultra are the brightest and clearest H7 bulbs in the company entire range. They are marketed as a solution for drivers who want an upgrade with the style and appearance of a Xenon HID bulb, but who have vehicles which use halogen technology in the headlights.
These bulbs are an excellent choice for drivers who want to add style to their vehicle without compromising on safety. The bulbs feature a blue coating which helps to create a bright, white light.
In addition, the bulbs have a blue cap which, in daytime, creates a cool blue effect in the headlight reflector.
The light temperature that the bulbs produce is 4000k. This is a bright white light, although not as white as the majority of LED bulbs. However, these bulbs still offer great reductions in fatigue during night driving. In addition, despite the enhancements for style, these bulbs are street legal and comply with DOT rules.
4. HELLA H7 Standard Halogen Bulb
This is a highly certified bulb, compliant with Department of Transport regulations and holding the EVE mark, meaning it is suitable for driving in most parts of the world.
It is also certified by INMETRO, so you can be sure these bulbs are of an excellent quality.
Although HELLA call these bulbs their standard H7 bulb they offer better performance than a stock halogen bulb.
Rather than the standard yellow-tinged light, these bulbs emit light of a bright white color, providing improved visibility without impacting on oncoming traffic.
Unusually for an upgrade bulb HELLA only supplies these bulbs in single packs. However, as they are available for a reasonable price, purchasing 2 for an effective upgrade is not that costly.
5. Philips H7 X-tremeVision Upgrade Headlight Bulb
These are the high-end of the Philips range of upgrade bulbs. Although this means they are pricier they do offer more benefits to your night driving experience.
Described as ultimate performance bulbs, the X-tremeVision bulbs produce up to 100% more light than stock halogen bulbs.
In fact, your headlight beam will be up to 115ft longer giving you an incredible improvement to your available reaction time.
Like other upgrade bulbs in the range these provide a clear white light to help combat fatigue and eye strain during night driving, with a light temperature of 3400k.
Philips use a unique filament design and optimized geometry to make sure X-tremeVision bulbs give the highest level of performance of all their upgrade options. The bulbs are engineered using state-of-the-art technology to ensure they give you more light where you need it the most.
6. HIKARI LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit -H7
This conversion kit comes with a 2 year warranty which provides you with a refund or replacement if the bulbs are damaged in transit or develops a manufacturing fault.
There is also an excellent customer service team who offer after sales support, which is a great benefit.
The bulbs in this kit have a combined light output of at least 9600 lumens which greatly improves beam length and visibility when compared to halogen stock bulbs.
They also have an excellent lifespan compared with some other, similar kits which gives the HIKARI kit great value for money.
Installation of the kit is based on a plug and play system. This means that everything you need for your upgrade is supplied. If there are any issues with installing the bulbs the after sales team is available to help resolve them.
Quick Tips On Buying Brightest H7 Bulbs
To help you be sure that you are buying a bulb that is compatible with your vehicle, most manufacturers and car parts suppliers include a search feature on their website. If you put your vehicle information (the make and model of your car, and the year of manufacture) into one of these widgets you will be able to find a selection of the H7 bulbs which are suitable to use with your vehicle.
If you do not get any result when following this process, you can check the OEM number, which is found on your headlight assembly. You can also use this if you don’t have the above information.
Your Driving Needs
Currently there is a huge range of aftermarket bulbs that are available, which allow you to upgrade from a set of stock bulbs to something with more oomph. The type of bulb that will be best for you depends on your driving needs. Some of the best H7 bulbs are amazing but if they don’t suit where and how you drive, you won’t get the most out of them.
When upgrading your H7 bulbs yourself we don’t recommend using Xenon bulbs. Getting them in a position which avoids dazzling other road users can be quite difficult, due to the extra glare this type of bulb produces.
If your current vehicle uses halogen bulbs, and you are not very mechanically minded, then an upgraded bulb which still uses a halogen mix and filament is your best bet. This type of bulb will provide you with improved performance and visibility without needing a conversion kit. It’s the ultimate in plug and play head light upgrades.
What do upgraded halogen bulbs offer you?
Most brands of higher spec. halogen bulbs offer a minimum of a 50% increase in brightness compared with stock bulbs. Many also have a whiter light temperature, usually around 3500k instead of 3000k, easing the level of eye fatigue that can result from night driving.
The improvements that this bulbs offer is normally most obvious within the beam range of stock bulbs even when they do give you a longer beam distance. This means that an upgrade to this type of bulb will provide the most benefit to those drivers for whom the majority of their night driving occurs in the town or city.
The reason for this is the improvements in clarity are focused nearer to your vehicle making well suited to helping drivers to spot pedestrians and other road users at closer distances and in smaller areas.
On the other hand, if you don’t mind something a little more technical then an LED conversion kit may well be the upgrade for you. Whilst these systems can be a little trickier to install, they provide many more benefits and improvements to your driving experience.
Most LED conversion kits have a color temperature of 6000k, which is known as clear bright light. This color of light helps prevent tiredness because of the way our brains process the wavelength being emitted. They also have a tendency to be substantially brighter than stock bulbs with improves visibility and increases your available reaction time.
LED conversions are well suited to drivers who do a lot of night driving on country roads or wide-open spaces. This is because the level of visibility improvement is constant through the extended beam length, making upcoming hazards easier to spot and giving you more time to react to dangerous situations.
With a bit of luck, you are now more aware of the options available to you when it comes to upgrading your experience of driving at night. As you will have seen from our reviews of some of the best H7 bulbs currently available on the aftermarket, there is an option to suit every driver and any budget.
From relatively cheap high-performance halogen bulbs, to full LED conversion kits with all the bells and whistles, there is a bulb upgrade to take the stress out of everyone’s night drive. So, to improve your safety when driving a night think about trying your hand at a DIY headlight upgrade.