Things have moved very quickly in recent years with the development of work lights. Where halogen bulbs were the standard for a long time, that has changed today. That change began with the development of HID (or xenon) work lights.

Meanwhile, xenon work lights have already been replaced by a new technology: LED. Meanwhile, LED lights are increasingly considered the standard work lights.

And this is not surprising, as LED work lights offer many advantages over halogen or xenon lights.

Time for a comparison:

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Wheel loader with halogen, xenon and LED work lights



A halogen bulb gives light because current is passed through a filament. Yet 90% of the energy is lost to heat.

Lifespan 500 hours




HID (High Intensity Discharge) is also known as xenon, after the element that provides the light. After being turned on, it first requires "warm-up" time.

Lifespan 5,000 hours




LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) are small and energy efficient. They can also withstand shock and vibration and produce an even light pattern.

Lifespan 50,000 hour

Color temperature.

Every type of light has a certain color temperature. This temperature is expressed in Kelvin and thus indicates the "color" of the light. This ranges from red to yellow and from white to blue. The higher the color temperature, the bluer the light. A low color temperature is perceived as "warm" light and a high color temperature as "cold" light.

Because warm light is associated with cozy and homey, it is well suited for lighting a living room, for example. However, for conditions that cannot be directly described as cozy or homely, such as working in the dark with machinery, light with a higher color temperature is appropriate.

The diagram below shows the color temperature of different light sources:

Looking at this diagram, we see that the color temperature of LED light has almost the same value as daylight. Because the human eye is accustomed to this color temperature, LED light does not fatigue the eyes. Halogen or xenon lights do, because their color temperature is much further away from daylight.

In conclusion, working with LED lighting is much less tiring than working with halogen or xenon lighting. This also allows you to continue working in the dark longer.

So what kind of work light is best to use on my machine?

LED work lights, without a doubt.

Not for nothing do we always advise our customers to choose LED work lights. Although the purchase price is often higher than that of halogen lamps (but lower than xenon lamps), the benefits of LED lighting pay for themselves very quickly.

Due to the long life of the LED diodes, they basically last as long as the vehicle itself. So you never have to change bulbs again. The low energy consumption is reflected in the fuel consumption of the vehicle, and because the LED light does not fatigue the eyes, you can keep working with it much longer.

Work light suitable as an upgrade for halogen lighting.

Withstand a bump.

In addition to the light source, there are many other factors that determine the quality of a work light. Among other things, a good work lamp must be waterproof, withstand rough handling and last a long time. All these features come together in the LED work lights from the Finnish company Nordic Lights, which we are also very enthusiastic about. Why exactly work lights from Nordic Lights and not from another, cheaper brand? You can read that here.

Do you want more information about which work lights are best suited for your vehicle? Then feel free to contact our product specialist for tailored advice.