Having taken delivery of my nice new MK4 Focus 1.5 Ecoboost ST-Line X 182, I thought I's share some pics of the headlights to help others make an informed choice when choosing Halogen or LED. I was wanting to keep costs down, so decided not to fork out £750 for LED headlights thinking how bad can the halogens be, if I need to I can change them to an upgraded whiter bulb.
Hmmm, lets just say I was pretty unimpressed with the stock bulbs provided on a car with a list price of £25,300. That said I can understand Ford want to make the bulb last as long as possible rather than worry about aesthetics, but they really should consider how naff it makes the car look.
I've attached 3 photos so you can see for yourself.
Stock bulb - the horrible yellow bulbs Ford provided.
Philips White Vision Ultra - The whiter bulbs I bought and installed. The best compromise between whiteness and brightness I could find.
Direct front on - The Philips bulbs as others will see them when driving, direct front on rather than looking down on them next to the car.
I think the Philips bulbs make enough difference to live with the halogen bulbs, but they only have a very short lifespan. I'm happy to change them every year or so, if it means no driving around with those horrible yellow bulbs. The biggest problem for those with halogens is that the Day Running Lights don't fully turn off when the headlights are on and they're a very white light, more blue than white, so the contrast to the yellow, or any halogen bulb for that matter is always going to look a bit off.
I guess in summary, if you can afford LED, then that's got to be the way to go.
Anyway, I hope that helps if you are looking to decided for yourself.