GMC Acadia Headlights
When you drive your GMC Acadia at night, you should be able to trust that your headlights will illuminate the road in front of you. If you need to replace your headlights, there are a variety of options available to you. When looking for headlights, there are several things you should know so that you can make an informed decision.What are the benefits of OEM headlights?
OEM, or original equipment manufacturer, parts are specifically designed to be installed on your SUV. Because the casing and the wiring match your GMC, installing an OEM headlight is generally an easier task than installing an aftermarket headlight. However, there are some other additional benefits that you may want to consider:
- Quality: When your GMC vehicle was designed, the headlight components, from wires to beam strength, were specifically designed to fit with that vehicle. This means that the manufacturer had to meet a consistent level of quality.
- Function: Although some aftermarket headlights may have additional features, your Acadia may not have the capabilities to use these features. An OEM headlight, on the other hand, will work completely as designed, meaning no special features go unused.
- Appearance and fit: OEM headlights were designed with the final look of the GMC Acadia. As such, the headlights will fit in your vehicle without you having to make adjustments.
There are three types of lights that you can use in your Acadia headlights:
- Light-emitting diode: Also known as LED lights, these bulbs burn brightly. However, they do not create heat when they are lit, meaning they save energy. As a result, they can have a life span of up to 30,000 hours, so you do not have to replace them as often.
- Xenon: These bulbs have a brilliant blue or white light. They have a life span of about 2,000 hours. These types of headlights are often found in premium, luxury, or sport vehicles. If you drive at night frequently, upgrading to these lights is an option.
- Halogen: These bulbs create the traditional white or yellow lights that the majority of vehicles on the road use. Halogen bulbs last about 1,000 hours.
When looking for headlights, you may want to consider:
- Housing options: When it comes to the actual housing components, you have a number of options with the finish. The options are usually chrome to match your SUVs accents or matte black.
- Halo lighting: Halo lights are headlights that are installed in a ring. When lit up, they create a ring of light around the high and low beam lights. If this is a feature you are looking for, you will want to consider headlights that have these types of lighting.
- Style: Aftermarket headlights come in a variety of styles and brands. The different styles can give your SUV an updated or sporty look.
- Additional features: Some headlights have additional features. For example, adaptive headlights increase visibility around curves and over hills. If you frequently drive at night, you may want to consider some of these additional safety features when looking for new headlights.