Are Their Different Types Of Halo Headlight Rings? If So, How Many Are Their?
Add a visual wow and position to the front profile of your vehicle with halo headlights, equipped with light rings that encircle the openings of the round headlamp as dramatically as possible.
Since BMW introduced “halo” headlights to serve as daytime running lights in its 2001 5-series, rings of light encircling round headlamp openings have appeared around the world as a dramatic way to add visual wow and position to the front profile of a vehicle. While composite headlamp assemblies became main stream in the 1980s, it wasn’t until the turn of the millennium that car manufacturers started to design multi-faceted bulbs in the style of the projector beam. Since projector bulbs do not need the bulky parabolic reflectors required in earlier composite housings, the extra space stylists gained more freedom to create futuristic headlamp shapes and accentuate their beautiful designs with halo rings.
Whether you look at the headlamp assemblies of a 2002 Volkswagen Passat or a late model Chevrolet, you’ll see stylish round cutouts for headlights, bright lights, turn signals, daytime running lights and more. All of which are highly visible and highly styled to look like lenses that a laser beam might radiate from.
Conventional Halo Rings
The same type of incandescent bulbs found in turn signals or reverse lights illuminate conventional halo rings used by most vehicle manufacturers. Since only one or two bulbs can illuminate each conventional halo, there are bright spots and dark spots within the enclosed ring. Many feel that the visual effect of a halo ring lit under powered bulbs is no more exciting than to look at a parking light left overnight.
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A strong upgrade to the underwhelming effect of dimly lit halo rings are Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lighting tubes (CCFLs). Unlike conventional halo lights, CCFL Halos are filled with gas (similar to a neon sign) ensuring the plastic halo shroud emits a solid and even light all the way around the ring. The light is brighter and whiter than incandescent bulbs, and the subtle yet high-tech blue color allows the halo ring to match the appearance of the headlight beams.
While CCFL halo lights do require an extra inverter component, the plug-n-play design modern kits are built with allows inverters to be connected directly to any vehicle’s parking lights quickly and easily. Instead of extra switches and complicated wiring, CCFL lights can be controlled from the factory headlight switch.
Unlike conventional incandescent halo bulbs, CCFL tubes burn cool on their outer plastic ring housings or on headlamp assembly lens cover without creating hot spots and discoloration. If you consider that CCFLs improve safety by making your vehicle visible to others from a distance, use less power and offer a longer lifespan, your slight price increase compared to non-CCFL halos is considered to be of great value.