HOD Bulbs Review – New Hotness or Just a Big Hot Fail?

HOD Headlights
A new fad in automotive lighting: H.O.D.

One of the most common upgrades done in the automotive lighting world is replacing your stock halogen/incandescent headlights with blue halogen/xenon type bulbs. They are still incandescent and they still partially use xenon gas, and sometimes they use more electricity and are rated at a higher power than your original bulbs. Some companies like Putco, Street Glow, Nokya and GP Thunder have done a good job at producing a regular style blue headlight bulb. They look good, the last a decent amount of time, and they are brighter than stock in a plug and play form.

Enter the “H.O.D” bulb… HOD stands for, this is not a joke, “High Definition Olive Lamp”… are you kidding me? The name comes from a translation of the original Chinese name of the bulb after describing the shape as being round like an olive. Today retailers are marketing the product by calling it a High-Output-Discharge bulb, which sounds much better but it’s not the original name of the technology. Your best bet for better lighting is an HID system for your vehicle, there is still nothing brighter than a true xenon high intensity discharge system. Even the best LED headlights still cannot compare to HID.

When you find an HOD bulb for sale, it looks just like the others out there. Do your own research and hit up Google for these brands:

Oracle HOD
Pegasus HOD
Startway HOD
Vance Hypersports HOD
and
Eagle One HOD

Comparison of HOD Bulbs
Oracle HOD, Eagle-One HOD and Pegasus HOD bulbs in a comparison – identical.

All of the packaging is the same for each “brand” and they all equally perform poorly. I was blown away when I watched a testing and review video on the Tundra forum about using these bulbs in high beams – you can’t even tell they are turned on! Watch this video for a demonstration of HOD bulbs in the high beam position of a Toyota Tundra:

If you want to learn more about HOD bulbs, and what proponents of the product are talking about, check out this blog:
http://hodlamp.blogspot.com/2009/05/hodthe-replacement-of-hid.html

Basically, what this all comes down to is, until the technology in made better, don’t waste your money on an HOD bulb product. They are all the same, just re-branded for each company selling them, and they don’t perform as well as many factory headlight bulbs. They are cool looking, they are blue and attractive in their packaging, but provide no real functional value to the enthusiast.

 

5 thoughts on “HOD Bulbs Review – New Hotness or Just a Big Hot Fail?

  1. load a crock, especially the vid.
    He must have really bad adjusted hi beam as any bulb, no matter what quality, will raise the beam height (has to do a lot with the lens as well)

    1. We thought this product would be cool so I ordered some to try and they were awful. Then we found other people online having the same experiences. This is not just a bash blog, but results from our experiences and others. Have you actually tried HOD bulbs? Have you compared them to anything else? Maybe if the only bulbs you’ve ever tried were HOD’s then you would think they’re fine, but compared to any other type of bulb they are the worst, easily.

  2. Pretty bad video quality… Both headlight beams looked better than what I currently have (8500K halogen). I’ve heard good things about these H.O.D bulbs and they’re cheap so I’ll try a set out and come back to review them…

    1. It is bad video quality, but I feel like you can still get a feel for the illumination they produce (or don’t produce). And by the way, this is not our video – just something from a totally unrelated user that posted his review of them on a forum. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them after getting yours installed.

  3. Recently bought pair of H.O.D xenon bulbs H7 12v 55w, absolute rubbish and I consider dangerous. I’m going to try for refund!

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