Difference between CCFL, LED & Plasma Halo Headlights
Differences Between LED, Plasma, and CCFL Halo Lights
Here at NFC Performance, we frequently get questions about the differences between the types of halo headlights available. When searching for the perfect halos for your vehicle, you will not only have to consider which lighting technology you want, but which lighting technologies are manufactured for your make, model, and year.
All of our Plasma and LED headlight rings are manufactured by Oracle Lighting™ and LED Concepts™. Their top-quality designs and construction have allowed them to back their halo kits by excellent manufacturer's warranties. Don't make the mistake of choosing a knock-off brand and having to replace them a year later.
Depending on your vehicle, each of these technologies may also be available in a wide range of colors. It's also important to know about the different lighting technologies when selecting other products such as halo fog light kits or assemblies or wheel rings.
CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent lamp) is the oldest of the halo lighting technologies. While CCFL rings have since been retired (due to development of newer, better technologies), they produced a highly desirable smooth glow. Rather than appearing as a bunch of individual lights around the ring, the light glowed continuously. Each ring was made from a small, high-quality fluorescent tube built to last through 50,000 hours of continuous use.
These halos were usually the cheapest option and available for the largest selection of vehicles because they have been around the longest. The notable disadvantage to CCFL halos is that they are not as bright as LED or Plasma halo headlights. They were ideally used after dusk for the best performance.
LED Halo Headlights
LED lighting replaced CCFL halos and has three major advantages. 1) These lights are built to be ultra-bright so that they can be seen in both light and dark environments, unlike CCFL halo rings, which are only visible at night. If you want to be able to use your halos all the time, you should choose LED or Plasma halo lights (see below).
2) Because each ring is comprised of a large group of individual LED lights, Oracle Lighting™ and LED Concepts™ have been able to build color changing halo headlights. It's hard to deny the convenience of being able to change colors on demand. For one thing, not all colors are street legal. With Oracle's colorSHIFT, or LED Concepts' Profile Prism rings, you can easily keep your car street legal while on the road and show off lighting effects the rest of the time.
3) Because of how the LED halo rings work, these are the only type that can be controlled using remotes and/or smart phone apps.
These rings are also slightly more durable than CCFL halos and are built to last for 60,000 hours of continuous use. In reality, all three lighting technologies are going to outlive your car. Whether you get CCFLs with 50,000 hours, LEDs with 60,000 hours, or Plasmas with 100,000 hours, your car will break down first! Think about it... 50k hours of driving 60mph would be a car with 3 MILLION Miles!
One trait of note, which may or may not matter to you, is that you can see individual lights on LED rings. It's not a completely fluid output like CCFL halo lights or Plasma halo lights. However, a lot of our customers LOVE the LED look. Find out if we have an LED Halo Kit for your vehicle now.
Other products that employ LED lighting include demon eye headlights. While often mentioned in the same sentence, demon eyes are different from angel eye / halo headlights. Demon eyes produce a solid beam of color and are available in Profile Prism and ColorSHIFT options. While they are only compatible with cars equipped with projector headlights, besides that requirement, demon eye kits are universal fitment products that work with any make and model. Demon eyes are also more inexpensive than halo kits, so if you're on a budget and like the idea of a color-changing, solid headlight look, go for a demon eye kit.
Plasma Halo Headlights
Plasma is the latest advancement in halos from Oracle Lighting™. Released in 2013, the goal of this technology was to combine the advantages of CCFL halos and LED halos so that customers didn't have to choose. The HID bulbs in Plasma halos give off the smooth, fluid look of CCFL lights in an ultra-bright output that can be seen during both day and night. If you are looking for a single-color halo, choose plasma halo rings! You'll love being able to see them anytime you want as well as the additional durability, with a life of 100,000 hours of continuous use.
There are three things to consider when selecting Plasma rings. First, they are so new that they simply aren't made for as many vehicle make/models. They also come in a limited number of colors, and do not have color changing capability. Currently plasma rings are available in white, red, green, blue, or amber. Luckily, those are among the most popular colors for our customers.
If you have any further questions about choosing the perfect halo kit or custom halo headlight assemblies for cars, trucks, or SUVs, don't hesitate to click the “Chat” button at the bottom, right of any page on our site. Our friendly and knowledgable staff are on-hand to provide you with personalized, one-on-one assistance to help get you exactly what you need. We look forward to hooking you up!