Halo Kits & Retrofit
January 29, 2023
Halo headlight kit is a more affordable alternative to the aftermarket halo headlights. There are many halo lighting options available on the automotive aftermarket today. They come in different colors, employ different lighting technologies, are available in both universal and vehicle-specific variants. Before you pick a kit for your vehicle, it’s important to know the technological basis, this will help you make right decision.
Halo Kits for Headlights: Sizes & Fitment
If we want to classify headlight halo kits, there will be only 2 types in the list:
- Universal, or dimension-specific;
You can make either work for your specific vehicle application, yet you should know that a vehicle-specific halo kit will work perfectly without any gaps. It is somewhat difficult to pick the right halo ring kit for your car or truck if you don’t know the exact outer diameter of the rings inside your headlight. To measure it, you will have to take headlights off the vehicle and disassemble at least one by removing the clear plastic lens. And then, you will need to assemble it and silicone the gap to prevent fogging. The better option at this point will be to check this information on one of the vehicle-specific forums.
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Halo Ring Types: CCFL vs LED vs Plasma (comparison)
There are three main types of halos, based on the technology they are made. Today, there are 3 main types of halo rings: LED, CCFL and plasma. Let us compare them against each other to see the strengths and weaknesses of each.
|The other name||SMD halo||CFL halo||COB halo|
|Style of glow||Intense||Smooth||Smooth yet intense|
|Material||Circuit board||Phosphor-coated glass tube||Crystallized circuit board|
|Best display time||Day/night||Night||Day/night|
|Level of brightness||Brightest||Bright||Brighter|
|Start of production||2000s||1990s||2010s|
Halo Rings: Colors
To start with, any halo headlight technology allows making a halo ring that will glow with almost any color. Yet, if you are seeking halo rings that will allow changing the color with a remote or by means of the mobile app, you will have to consider LED halo rings. As of today, the other technologies do not offer this option. When selecting the headlight halo kit color, it’s good to know legal restrictions for the automotive lighting in your area. Laws differ from state to state, yet red and blue lighting in the front end of a vehicle is illegal all over the country.
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I upgraded my headlight beams to LEDs, and I was afraid it was illegal in my state because I've heard some aftermarket bulbs create glare and blind others. So far, everything is great, and I like the output!
I picked a color-changing halo kit for my wife's Soul, and it looks and works pretty well, yet installation will take you some time.