Halo headlights are also known as corona rings or angel eyes due to their unique look and ring-like appearance. What’s notable about halo headlights is that they incorporate running lights, turn signals, and night-time driving lights all in the same assembly.
Although they come built-in to some vehicles, you can also add them as an aftermarket upgrade to your car or truck. As with any aftermarket headlight kit, however, you’ll need to do some research to find halo headlights that are suitable for your vehicle.
What are halo headlights?
Halo headlights were first introduced in the BMW 5 Series in 2001. This wasn’t the first time that automakers had built composite headlight units, but earlier versions relied on parabolic reflectors, which limited their options to get creative with their construction.
In the 2000s, they began to use projector lenses instead, which were smaller and less bulky, and allowed for the development of more creative designs.
BMW’s attempt was a hit, and soon other automakers began rolling them out. The first versions relied on halogen bulbs and fiber optics to create their distinctive ring of light, but later models incorporated LEDs, bi-xenon lamps, and CCFL tubes.
These developments led to a surge in popularity for halo headlights, which appeared on the 2014 Cherolet Impala and other new car designs.
Now, halo headlights are a more common sight, but for many makes and models, such as Jeeps, you’ll have to install them yourself from an aftermarket kit.
Types of halo lights
Before we get into the specific kits that are available for Jeeps, let’s take a look at the kinds of halo lights you can find on the market today.
First, there are halo headlights that rely on standard incandescent bulbs, which is what BMW used when they roled out their first halo headlights.
This approach uses one or more halogen incandesdent bulbs in a projector headlight unit, along with a shutter and lens to focus the light.
Although halogen bulbs have a long history in conventional headlamps, they’re less common in modern halo headlight units.
LED halo rings
LED halo rings are more popular because they’re more versatile than standard halogen bulbs. Instead of shaping a beam of incandescent light into a ring, LED halo headlights are made up of individual diodes that are themselves arranged into a ring.
This means they can be shaped into more creative patterns, and may even be able to switch between multiple lighting colors (although this may not be street legal).
LED lights also last longer -- in fact, they may even outlive your vehicle -- and they are more powerful than other headlights, increasing your visibility by day or night.
The third type of halo headlight that you’ll find is the CCFL headlight, which stands for cold cathode fluorescent lighting. This type of headlamp uses a tube filled with gas to create a glowing light, which is the same principle used in neon signs.
CCFL headlights are long-lasting and brighter than halogen headlamps. Some people prefer them to LEDs because the glow is more consistent, and you don’t have a ring of diodes encircling the headlamps, which may be visible in some LED halos.
The downside to CCFL headlights is that they’re not as visible during the daytime, and are only suitable to be used after dusk.
How do you install Jeep halo lights?
When installing halo headlights, it’s important to choose a product that’s the right fit for your particular vehicle. That’s because each model has its own specifications, and you need to make sure that the housing and controls will line up properly.
Fortunately, there are plenty of halo headlights on the market for Jeeps, particularly the Jeep Wrangler. In most cases, you’ll swap out the whole headlamp housing unit for the halo headlight, making it an easy DIY project you can do at home.
You can either choose to get a DIY Jeep halo light kit, or a pre-assembled product, and depending on your experience, you should be able to install it in just a few hours.
Here are the main steps to follow when installing Jeep halo lights:
1. Remove your existing headlights
First, you’ll need to remove the existing headlights from the vehicle. Start by opening the hood, removing the screws that hold the grille in place, and removing the grille.
This will give you easy access to the headlight unit. Take off the metal ring surrounding each headlight and unplug them from the unit, then put them aside.
2. Fit the new headlights & replace the housing
Follow the previous steps in reverse to install your new headlights by plugging them into the unit and replacing the metal ring.
If you’re installing LED headlights, then you’ll also have to connect them to the module box that comes with the kit. This will prevent the lights from burning out.
3. Wire the headlights
If your halo headlights come with turn signal options, then there will be a few additional steps to make sure that the halo lights turn on and off when you want them to.
Follow the instructions that come with your kit to connect them to your turn signals and parking light controls, as well as an external grounding bolt.
Not all halo lights require you to replace the existing headlights. If you’ve purchased a surface mount kit, then you’ll simply use adhesive to attach the LED ring right over the built-in headlights, and thread the wire through to complete the wiring process.
When you’re done, be sure to tuck any wires safely away into the external housing, and test out your lights to make sure they work properly before taking them on the road!
What are the best halo lights for my Jeep?
The best halo lights for your Jeep depend on what you want halo lights for. Do you want colored halo lights that look great off-road, but can’t be used used for city driving? Or do you want powerful headlights that will give you better visibility day or night, while adding a bit of aesthetic flair to the front of your vehicle?
Keep in mind that if you’ll be using your vehicle off-road, you’ll need to purchase lights that can handle dirt roads, adverse weather conditions, and extreme temperatures.
If you’ll be driving on paved roads, you’ll need lights that are DOT approved in order to avoid getting fined for using headlights that aren’t street legal.
With that in mind, here are our picks for the top Jeep halo headlights:
This model is one of the more expensive options, at around $474, but its list of specs checks all the boxes. It’s DOT-compliant, with a high beam output of 3800 and a low beam output of 2900. It has a classic white color temperature of 6000K.
It also has a water resistant aluminum housing and poly-carbonate lens, making this a great option for both paved and off-road environments.
Each headlight has a 7-inch LED halo with long-lasting diodes. With its easy assembly instructions, you can have this kit up and running in a matter of hours.
This kit is slightly cheaper, at around $299, and features two 7” LED rings, with a color temperature of 6000K. One unique element is the amber color option, which you can use for turn signals or to make your Jeep stand out from the crowd
The plug and play kit makes for easy installation, with all of the wiring included. They also have an optional anti-flicker harness for use with the CANBUS system.
Xprite 7” LED Halo Headlights
These headlights cost around $160 and are the brightest Jeep halo headlights on the market, with an output of 9600 lumens. They have four lighting modes, including high and low beams, daytime lights, and turn signals.
You can also get them in five different colors, including multiple RGB, which you can control from a smartphone. Of course, only the white color option is street legal.
How much do they cost?
As you can see, Jeep halo lights come in a variety of different styles and price points. The most expensive options can cost over $300, while the cheapest ones can be less than $100. While cheap halo headlights might do the job, they may not be as bright or as durable as the more high-end options.
Remember, the best halo light for your Jeep depends on what kinds of conditions you’ll be driving in, and whether you’re purchasing them for looks or for performance. You can also get sets that come with fog lights if you want a complete headlight kit.
One of the best things about Jeep halo headlights is that most of them come with easy DIY installation options, so you won’t have to pay someone to install it. You should be able to hit the road in under an hour with just a little bit of effort.
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