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Headlights - HID vs. LED?

So, in "building" a Porsche Macan as a possible replacement for my Touareg TDI (once the settlement is resolved) I see that one of the choices to make is the standard HID headlights vs. the full-LED headlights option (for a whopping $1,900!). Now I've been more than satisfied with the HID headlights in my Touareg (certainly a big improvement over halogen headlights), but are LED headlights really that big of improvement over HID to justify the cost? I suppose LED headlights would have a longer life, but I could buy a lot of HID bulbs for $1,900.

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I'd need to borrow an LED'd Macan for the night . . . !

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I'd need to borrow an LED'd Macan for the night . . . !
I'm having dinner with friends who have a 2016 Cayenne Turbo S, which probably has LED headlights. I'll see what they look like.

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My C63s Benz has LED lights, certainly an improvement over Xenons, not the same jump as going from Halogen to Xenon.

Given the choice, there's no doubt I'd go LED.
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My C63s Benz has LED lights, certainly an improvement over Xenons, not the same jump as going from Halogen to Xenon.
Turned out our friends have a 2014 Cayenne Turbo S, and did not have LED headlights (or at least he did not think it did), so I was not able to see what LEDs look like at night. However, on the way to their house we passed a Cayenne Turbo WITH LED headlights, and he followed me for a few miles (yeah, yeah, the Touareg TDI was really flying . . . flying I tell you! ). Interesting look, and no glare. I guess I'll have to test a Macan at night with HID and with LED to see the difference.

I am interested if the consensus is that LED headlight technology has "matured" to the point that is justifies a $1,900 investment over HID.

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I am interested if the consensus is that LED headlight technology has "matured" to the point that is justifies a $1,900 investment over HID.

It's not $1900 better.

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If I recall aright, Xenons were a thousand or so dollars/pounds/whatever more than halogens when they were first introduced.

Given the BIG difference they made, it was worth it, but now you can retrofit [albeit not with self levelling headlights and washers] for less than a tenth of that.

As one gets older, your eyes definitely need more white light on a dark, black road, and that need increases even more in the rain.

The extra $2K presumably also includes some clever stuff like shaping the beam to suit oncoming traffic and so on, so perhaps there's more to it all than just a price hike although, given that LED headlights are already being fitted to quite cheap cars like SEATs here in Europe, I still have a strong feeling that a lot of that $2K is net margin!
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It's not $1900 better.
In all fairness, the Porsche LED headlights option includes the "dynamic" lighting (that is not standard with the HID lights), so I guess the LED headlights "only" cost about $1,200 more (so, a smaller "yikes!). However, I've found I don't really get much real-world benefit from the dynamic lighting that is standard on my Touareg.

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LED definitely has a longevity over HID's.

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Headlights - HID vs. LED?

If you get the Macan GTS, the LEDs are $500.


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