Projector Headlights vs. Regular headlights?

What are projector headlights and how are they different from OEM and other non-projector headlights.

I was looking at a new pair of lights for my civic, but alot of people have told me not to buy projectors. Why?

What headlights would you reccomend.

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  • Mugen
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Well there are 3 main types of headlights.

    1. Halogen Reflectors

    2. Halogen Projectors

    3. HID Projectors

    Halogen Reflectors were the most common type of headlights. They were basically a headlight with a reflector behind it and the light would shine off the reflectors and provide light infront of you. These were very common in most basic cars prior to about 2002ish.

    http://images.paultan.org/images/Toyota_Rush/Toyot...

    Halogen Projectors are starting to be used now in most basic level cars today. Basically in front of the lightbulb is a round looking lense in front of it and the light shines through that and provides a nice clean cutoff in front of you.

    http://www.customlightz.com/gallery/retrofit/honda...

    http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/4284/2...

    HID Projectors now are top of the line. These are similar to Halogen Projectors, but the lense are designed to be used with HID and it provides a lovely nice crispy cutoff in front of you. These are found in more high end cars for example the Honda S2000. You can retrofit a HID Projector into your stock headlight housings. This has become very popular.

    http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc52/Chee_dog/1...

    http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/4256/sequoia02p...

    http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/4290/bbbbbml1.j...

    http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/8752/hid6ia.jpg

    If your friends told you not to buy Projector Headlights they were probably talking about the ones you see on eBay like this http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/96-98-HONDA-CIVIC-H...

    The Halogen Projector in the eBay ones are usually crap. Sometimes the lighting is no better then the stock OEM ones. Most people I know buy the eBay ones and swap out the Halogen Projector for a HID Projector and just install a HID Kit in there.

    Other than that Halogen Projectors are pretty good. Just don't go cheap on them. Find a good website that sells them and then get a good pair of PIAA or Sylvania bulbs to go with them.

    http://www.andysautosport.com/

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    4 years ago

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    Projector Headlights vs. Regular headlights?

    What are projector headlights and how are they different from OEM and other non-projector headlights.

    I was looking at a new pair of lights for my civic, but alot of people have told me not to buy projectors. Why?

    What headlights would you reccomend.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Projector headlights works just like a projector, it uses lens to maximize the output of your bulbs. Good thing about projector lamp is that the lens can be modified (by manufacturer) to concentrate light output at a certain location...so for example, a non-projector headlights lets you see 50 yards ahead, with a projector, they can project the light up to 100 yards ahead (example). If you look at the headlights of cars like Acura TSX, BMW 3-series, or even the new Honda Accord Coupes, you will see a ping-pong shaped glass in each of their headlights, thats what a projector looks like.

  • 4 years ago

    I despise the projector headlights on my 2013 Ford Explorer. They cut off the light abruptly above a certain height when on "low beam" and do not spread any light to the right for reading road signs. Their aim has been checked by the dealer and the hazards of driving on country roads where the forward vision is blacked out every time you hit a dip (read: you could miss seeing a deer in time, or hit some poor jamoke walking his/her dog), I'm probably going to trade early to avoid the safety concerns. This is a LOUSY "improvement" in headlights.

    Friends have a new Chevy Impala and have the same exact complaint with their Proj. headlights.

    • JOHN4 years agoReport

      We do a lot of night driving in the country and my Explorer s headlights are downright dangerous. They are weak and the brights are no help at all because they really aren t brights, they are simply the same projection only with the top blind removed.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have ebay halogen projectors on my accord...the light output is horrible. I have to run my brights way too often because it's so dangerous I can't even see with my regular headlights on. And I'm using the top of the line Silverstar bulbs.

    They might look nice, but if you plan on upgrading your headlights, save your money and invest in something you won't regret.

  • tessy
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Projector Headlamps

  • 6 years ago

    i have an 03 yukon, i had regular factory headlight with aftermarket hid kit and it is super bright

    i just bought a set of factory projector headlights off the denali version

    i also installed my hid bulbs (of coarse)

    it could be aiming (not sure) but i find (with the way the light is cut off at top) unless im a few feet away from the car infront of me, it doesnt even light up the rear of the car

    i did check the aiming against a wall and its fairly high so im not sure why, im afraid to go to high as i might blind oncoming traffic

    i may end up going back to my original headlights

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    mxsmoto also provides projector headlights with good prices....

    http://www.mxsmotosport.com

  • 3 years ago

    have a 2015 Chev head light are terable on dim bright is good. THis has the projector head lights. Had an 2008 Chev these lights on dim are brighter than the one on 2015 that are bright

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Projector headlights are way ricey. Usually its always noobs that get these. Veterans usually stick with the OEM versions. Sometimes keeping it simple works better.

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