What off-road light should I buy? | LED vs Halogen vs HID – Light Sources

What off-road light should I buy? | LED vs Halogen vs HID – Light Sources

Having trouble deciding which offroad light you should buy? This video will be a huge help! Here, KC HiLiTES compares LED, HID, and Halogen lights to one another to show off which is best for which application. This offroad light source comparison applies to all vehicles including: Jeeps, Toyotas, Chevys, Fords, UTVs, or anything else that you can put off road lights onto. There are many differences between LED lights, HID lights, and Halogen lights and in this video we describe all of them.


In the coming weeks, more videos will be released that cover other topics that will help you decide which off-road light is best for you. Stay tuned! If you have any suggestions for videos you’d like to see, or questions you want answered, submit them in the comment section below!

For over 50 years, the KC brand has been a symbol of outdoor freedom, adventure, quality, and performance. We take features engineered for off-road racing and design them into unique lighting and adventure products used by those who have a thirst for the paths less traveled. We stand for the outdoor enthusiasts – from off-roaders to hikers to mountain bikers and anyone in-between – because that’s who we are, and we make products to allow us to adventure further.


  1. dave96_118 on March 12, 2020 at 1:20 am

    Why not make an LED option that is closer in color temp to halogen? Less glare and better in fog/bad weather.

  2. Rei Caixa on March 12, 2020 at 1:21 am

    I am looking to buy a few lights, maybe have different types in different places.
    I’d like to know the basics, and also pros/cons of different mounting positions.

    Bars on the back of the roof, front of the roof, hood, inside the grill, on a nudge bar..
    Ditch lights on hood or mirror..
    Those Rally lights on the hood like in Subarus and Porsches

    So I can have a better idea of which kind to actually buy..

  3. firetech on March 12, 2020 at 1:21 am

    It’s a shame they don’t offer the daylighter in HID any more and they don’t stock the replacement driving beam pattern lens that they show. I loved the two sets of HID daylighters I have but one lens was damaged so now I have to go look for a whole different pair of lights. It’s a shame KC doesn’t continue support for an iconic product that was $$ to buy into.

  4. codprawn on March 12, 2020 at 1:24 am

    How many lumens did the old KC daylighters 150W sealed beam units produce?

  5. DJ Heinemann on March 12, 2020 at 1:25 am

    Perfect, KC! Excellent presentation on the pros, cons, compare & contrast, and overview of the differences in technology.

  6. rtownsend744brad on March 12, 2020 at 1:29 am

    Was this video a high school project presentation? The structure was 💯 by the book.

  7. Sue McGlinchey on March 12, 2020 at 1:30 am

    Good stuff! Thanks for the help!

  8. ROTAXD on March 12, 2020 at 1:32 am

    While led’s are great because of their low power consumption…the optics they require (high quality reflectors & lenses) to throw light any distance make them cost prohibitive. At this point I prefer retro fitting my old 6” halogen daylighters to hid. Much less expensive and they perform just as good as the led bars my buddies spent thousands on.

  9. Dale Allen on March 12, 2020 at 1:32 am

    What happened to the old 150 watt daylighters ?

  10. Dave Barron on March 12, 2020 at 1:32 am

    Excellent video, appreciate the education.

  11. Life With Clutch on March 12, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Perfect amount of information. I’ll use this video as a future reference for people that don’t fully understand lighting.

  12. tracy Russell on March 12, 2020 at 1:35 am

    To much talking just show us

  13. johnny_killinit New on March 12, 2020 at 1:35 am

    A comparison would of been great at night

  14. Robert Freddie: Lain on March 12, 2020 at 1:35 am

    Very good video. Dose a good job of explaining the difference in the types of lights. I have been using KC lights on my trucks and cars since 1972. I have ridden in vehicles with other brands, non are as good as KC.

  15. Heartray Lighting Upgrade on March 12, 2020 at 1:39 am

    It is quite good comparison test.Are you interesting to test our xenon bulb for KC light?It is completely same focus as halogen on optic design,really worth to try. I am Gavin from Heartray bulb manufacturer in China,my email is heartray@yeah.net

  16. John Ross on March 12, 2020 at 1:39 am

    Any idea why LED’S have poor range/throw? Or lux, whatever it is called.

  17. Justin Bechtel on March 12, 2020 at 1:39 am

    I think one thing to note here is that Halogen lights, due to their heat output, it helps with keeping snow and ice clear of the lens as the heat output melts the snow and ice off. I had a pair of Jetco 100w Halogen 6×8 square driving lights and a pair of Rigid Dually D2 flood lights and the Jetco lights very rarely had ice or snow build up where as the Rigid’s usually did which lessened their light output.

  18. Peter McCarthy on March 12, 2020 at 1:40 am

    Wow! Much more education and information than I expected. Nicely done video.

  19. Sammy T. Brocato on March 12, 2020 at 1:41 am

    Great info, thank you!

  20. Tony Tubbs on March 12, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Sounds like your speaking into an empty can

  21. NINJA on March 12, 2020 at 1:43 am

    Short video and great explain

  22. Patrick S. on March 12, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Had some OG daylighter halogens on my buggy years ago, and while it did the job, only barely so. If you really wanted to see where you were going, you needed 2 close, 2 mid, and 4 far aiming lights. For that, you also needed a high output alternator. Even then, halogens could only push far enough for me to feel comfortable up to 60-70 mph. I like LEDs for side, and close range illumination, and HIDs to push out past the effective range of LEDs. I need to be able to see where im going. I will sat that like the halogens also. But only give to my broke friends that cant afford real lighting. I’m old, man… don’t judge.

  23. 2MANCHU on March 12, 2020 at 1:52 am

    Great video, thanks for taking the time to break it down.
    I’ve been using KC products since the 80’s, and still have some old school halogens. The new HID/LED tech is awesome 👍

  24. vdzrussell on March 12, 2020 at 1:55 am

    Halogen has the same light output than LED? I guess if ur using only one little 3watt LED.

  25. TX Mojito JL on March 12, 2020 at 1:57 am

    Great video!! Would like to see a real world comparison on the lights yall offer. Also comparing the different beam patterns.

  26. José Luis Rosales on March 12, 2020 at 1:58 am

    Thanks for the video! It was very informative.

  27. Shane E on March 12, 2020 at 1:59 am

    thanks for the vid… from this… i think i am going to go HID for my next light!

  28. Senior XJ on March 12, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Where can I find the KC light in the middle with the black tinted reflector?

  29. JEEP GENERATION on March 12, 2020 at 2:01 am

    Great informative video. I cant wait for the next one.

  30. jjdestasio on March 12, 2020 at 2:02 am

    Great info! I wasn’t sure what HIDs were before this video, but now I got it! 🙂

  31. Jason Lovato on March 12, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Halogens FTW!

  32. missingremote on March 12, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Saved the best for last!

  33. Man and a Jeep on March 12, 2020 at 2:07 am

    The LED light you have on display (starting at 1:00) is this the 6 inch daylighter? If so what is the part number, I cannot seem to find daylighter on kc website with black lens like here. Great video by the way – thanks.

  34. JEWISH COMMUNISM on March 12, 2020 at 2:11 am

    Do people really need a physics lesson to decide what friggin LIGHTS TO USE?

  35. David J Kunter on March 12, 2020 at 2:11 am

    This helped me decide which light I need and end up getting for driving, trail, overland, and camping needs.

  36. Keith Hankins on March 12, 2020 at 2:12 am

    I’ll take 2 of each!

  37. Reddylion on March 12, 2020 at 2:13 am


  38. Man and a Jeep on March 12, 2020 at 2:14 am

    Can you post the link to the round LED light (black) in this video?

  39. Jeramiah Weller on March 12, 2020 at 2:15 am

    I like my 8 daylighters on my 87 k10 giving the classic look . Altho Is there any way to change out the current halogen bulbs just for led bulbs instead of buying another set of 6" lights? That could get expensive fast..

  40. Paul McDowell on March 12, 2020 at 2:15 am

    Wow I thought I knew lighting but I have a more solid understanding of LEDS. I am a beginner to offroading and night offroading.

    I love my KC lights I have had my fogs and rock lights for about 2yrs now. I love they kc cyclone lights I have 4 of them on my jeep jk very durable and bright.

  41. Fredrik Tellström on March 12, 2020 at 2:16 am

    Gr8 vid! First time since the debute of leds ive heard anyone in the selling businesses confirm what most hidusers already know about hids throwing length! big shoulderclap for that! but don’t forget the fact that halogens melts ice off of the glass better than any of the 3 due to the energy conversion losses and you need a solid 75w+ hid to do the same as a 55w Halo does, leds naturally falls short for us up in the north due to this very reason even tho they’re excellent lights 😁✌️

  42. John Behneman on March 12, 2020 at 2:18 am

    Great video and a great education. Thanks for sharing!!!

  43. Michael Anthony on March 12, 2020 at 2:18 am

    Bro great job with the Vids….. big supporter of KC and long time owner…. would like to get the old school covers for the new lights…..

  44. KC HiLiTES on March 12, 2020 at 2:19 am

    Stay tuned for the next video in this series! There will be a special surprise for you supporters and commenters!

  45. Rida Mahmoud on March 12, 2020 at 2:19 am


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