In the recent world of innovation, it’s all about the evolution of headlights. Headlights are important for both the aesthetics and the road safety purpose.
When it comes to Tesla, it is a game changer in the automotive industry. After all the innovation in their tires, software, and engine, recently, the attention has shifted towards making the LED headlights better. The major problem faced with LED headlights is the glare issue. As a solution to this road functionality problem, Tesla has come up with Matrix headlights which owners especially use in their Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
However, when comparing these to older LED headlights, different people have different preferences. To help you come up with a solution, I have concluded all the pros and cons of these headlights. So, let’s move on.
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Which Tesla Has These Matrix Headlights?
The Tesla Model 3 is not the only model that comes with these headlights. A few other models such Tesla Model S and Model Y also use this type of headlights.
According to Tesla, the Matrix headlights increase nighttime drivability and decrease energy usage by 16%. It is reported that the brightness level has been increased by 12% in Matrix headlights.
Tesla Model 3 Old LED Headlights
Tesla’s non-matrix headlights are no doubt less innovative but they still have a few features that help to improve visibility and safety on the road. The light-emitting diode technology used in these headlights emits brighter and more efficient lightning.
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Tesla Model 3 Matrix Headlights
The latest innovation in modern LED headlights is the Matrix LED headlights. Matrix headlight is managed by Tesla’s LED grid unit to control the level of light projection. The main aim of these headlights is to increase road functionality by decreasing the glare effect.
Matrix LED headlights allow the light to automatically detect the already enlightened areas and prevent illuminating them further.
Differences Between Old LED Headlights vs Matrix Headlights
|Tesla LED Headlights
|Type & Design
|Reflector type and reflect other driver’s light.
It directs light to the front.
A silvery and lighter design.
|Allows to switch between high and low beams but not necessarily dim selected portions.
Glare onto other car’s windshield leading to potential accident hazards.
|Legal in all countries.
|Roughly ranged between $700 to $800.
|Tesla Matrix Headlights
|Type & Design
Directs light in a downward direction.
Black and darker design.
|Allows to pivot light from left to right or from below to above.
Dims the upper portion, projecting the higher beam downwards.
Dims the light to already illuminated portions.
Do not glare onto other car’s windshields.
|Not legal in most countries.
Legal in the US and has been approved by NHTSA.
|Ranges between $2,000 to $3,000.
Note: Want to know more clearly which one is a better option for you? Take a look at the video added below.
In terms of night functionality and safety, Matrix headlights are, without any doubt, better than their counterparts. The only drawback which comes with these headlights is their legality. However, this problem is expected to be solved really soon.
Both of the headlights have their own benefits but the few differences between them may help you make up your mind in terms of the type better suited for you.
I hope this article has helped you out in sorting your thoughts and has shown a bright light towards a better option!