The Best H11 led headlight bulbs in 2023

This is my buying guide on the best H11 LED headlight bulbs in 2023. Below is a quick summary of our top recommendations. Scroll further down to read our in depth, hands on reviews, for each headlight brand.

BEST BUDGET

Hikari Thunder H11 LED
Headlight Bulbs

  • 12,000 lumens
  • Longer throw and wider angle of projection
  • Better road coverage
  • Precise beam pattern
  • Free of dark spots
  • 6000K color profile
  • Integrated CANbus eliminates error codes and flickering
  • Dual 10,000 RPM cooling fans
  • Intelligent IC driver keeps power consumption efficient
  • Latest CSP chips provide anti-overload protection
  • Rated to last around 50,000 hours
Best Overall

BEAMTECH H11 LED
Headlight Bulbs

  • 12,000 lumens of brightness
  • Flicker-free beam
  • 6500K color profile
  • Reflects more readily off of surfaces
  • Wider angle of projection brings in more of the roadside
  • No dark spots or blurriness
  • Fanless cooling solution eliminates fan noise
  • Conductive copper plate
  • Aviation grade aluminum bulb body
  • Efficient power consumption
  • No distortion with stereo/radio systems
  • No concerning error codes
  • Extended lifespan
PREMIUM CHOICE

SEALIGHT H11 LED
Headlight Bulbs

  • Up to 400% brighter than stock
  • Beam stretches further down the road
  • Pure white 6000K color temperature
  • More modern look
  • Better reflectivity
  • Easier to pick out bumps and potholes in the road
  • No dark spots or blurriness
  • Copper substrate and 12,000 RPM fan
  • Better heat management
  • Aviation-grade aluminum
  • 50,000 hour lifespan
  • No error codes, flickering, or interference with the stereo /radio

H11 LEDs are becoming more and more common on modern cars. And with so many options to choose from, it can seem impossible to pick the right one for your vehicle. Not to mention, there are some stinkers out there that you are better off avoiding altogether.

That’s why I found Beamtech’s LED bulbs hands down the best choice. An H11 LED bulb that is best described as a ‘jack-of-all-trades’. It has the performance, the looks, all while delivering efficient power consumption and extended lifespan.

I’ve been testing and reviewing headlights for the last 10 years. So if you need help choosing the right type of bulb for your vehicle, you came to the right place.

Keep reading for more of my thoughts on the best H11 LED headlight bulbs.

IMPORTANT! – Make sure you have the correct bulb sizing and fitment so you don’t waste your money, use this handy tool to double check.


BEAMTECH H11 LED Headlight Bulbs

OVERALL BEST

Beamtech’s H11 LEDs are without a doubt the default choice. They generate a super bright beam of light, the color profile is unmatched, and the unique cooling solution keeps everything running smoothly.

These bulbs are rated to produce 12,000 lumens, which is fairly bright while still being legal, so expect better visibility for nighttime driving. The beam itself is stable and flicker-free, which is not only practical but also gives your vehicle a more pleasing look. But one thing to note, is that 12,000 lumens is the mid range of brightness, but far stronger than halogen bulbs.

Speaking of the look, these bulbs sport an ultra-pure white color profile of 6500K. So even if your vehicle is a little bit older, these bulbs give it a modern look.

As you can see in my photos below, the beam pattern for Beamtech’s bulbs is nice and clean. When you throw a generic (or many ‘name brand’) kits into your headlights, you get a lot of scatter, which is blinding to oncoming drivers, then the beam can have darker spots and not as strong in some areas. Overall my testing found the beam to be one of the best performers out of the bulbs I’ve tested on Amazon.

In terms of the brightness I was pleasantly surprised by Beamtech;s output. Based on my testing, Beamtech is one of the top three brightest LED headlight bulbs on amazon. The peak lux when installed into low beam reflectors was 49% or 1.5 times brighter than a stock halogen bulb. If installed into high-beams , they were 23% or 1.23 times brighter over halogen. The numbers don’t seem like much, but even the smallest amount of light made a big impact.

Besides looking cooler, this color temperature also has the benefit of reflecting more readily off of surfaces. This means you’ll have an easier time spotting other vehicles, road signs, or wild animals that might run out into your path.

The wider angle of projection effectively brings in more of the roadside, which allowed us to notice vehicles merging into our lane more easily. The beam itself does not exhibit any dark spots, and there’s no blurriness to report.

Going into this review, I was a bit skeptical about Beamtech’s unique cooling solution, but the bulbs soon put my fears to rest.

These bulbs have a fanless design, and instead rely on passive cooling methods. Specifically, they use a conductive copper plate that siphons heat away from sensitive bulb components and keeps the whole setup running smoothly.

The fanless design means you don’t have to put up with any noise coming from the bulbs. However I am skeptical that they’ll have the same level of heat reduction compared to bulbs with fans. That’s why their lifespan is a little shorter than other alternatives.

Heat management is also helped along by the aviation grade aluminum bulb body, which prevents the bulbs from getting damaged over time or during the install process.

Power consumption is efficient, and I never found the bulbs to cause any issues with our test vehicle’s electrical systems. I didn’t get any distortion with the stereo or radio systems, and there weren’t any concerning error codes in the car’s interior.

One last perk of Beamtech’s bulbs is they’re plug and play, a piece of cake to install. They’re fairly small in size, similar to standard halogen bulbs. So you shouldn’t have any fitment issues where the bulb doesn’t fit the headlight housing.

All of that durability and efficiency combine to give you an extended lifespan. These Beamtech bulbs last significantly longer than halogens, so you don’t have to get your hands dirty or change out bulbs as often.

Pros
  • 12,000 lumens of brightness
  • Flicker-free beam
  • 6500K color profile
  • Reflects more readily off of surfaces
  • Wider angle of projection brings in more of the roadside
  • No dark spots or blurriness
  • Fanless cooling solution eliminates fan noise
  • Conductive copper plate
  • Aviation grade aluminum bulb body
  • Efficient power consumption
  • No distortion with stereo/radio systems
  • No concerning error codes
  • Extended lifespan
Cons
  • Often sold out due to high demand

Hikari Thunder H11 LED Headlight Bulbs

BEST BUDGET

If you’re on the hunt for something more budget-friendly, Hikari’s Thunder line of H11 LEDs are definitely worth considering. This bulb delivers a lot of the same features and performance as our top pick, all at a hefty discount.

Hikari’s Thunder delivers a ton of value. At 12,000 lumens, these are some of the brightest H11 bulbs at this price point. The brightness, combined with the longer throw and wider angle of projection means you get more road coverage, which is always welcome for nighttime driving.

For LED Headlight Bulb testing, I use a 2017 Toyota Camry headlight projector, and for reflector testing, I use a headlight from a 2018 ford f-150. I use these specifically because they are among the most common vehicles on the road. I’ll power the lights using a benchtop power supply and position the light’s hot spot onto a lux meter 20 feet away from my garage door.

I record the initial brightness and then again after 27 minutes to document how well the Bulbs manage heat. I use 27 minutes because that’s the average commute time. My tests aren’t for lux number accuracy but for comparison to stock halogen bulbs.

Regarding the Hikari Thunder’s performance, my projector test came out at 1188 lux, so 463 more lux than a standard halogen. And 725 lux after 27 minutes of run time. The bulbs retained 88 percent of the light output, making it 1045 lux. And 320 lux more than halogens.

My testing found that the projector light pattern, compared to stock halogen bulbs, is uniform overall. It does have a high cutoff line compared to the hot spot, which means it’s not projecting the hot spot as far down the road as it should be.

Don’t let the lower price fool you into thinking that the beam is any less well-calibrated. In fact, the beam pattern is precise and free of any dark spots. The beam is also built with what’s known as a crystal sharp beam pattern. Which means a further throw and lighting up the road more effectively.

The color profile is rated at 6000K, which is a massive upgrade over stock halogens. It offers a ton of clarity, and brings out every detail of the road surface; a safer, more comfortable nighttime driving experience follows.

They may be cheaper than most other LEDs on the market, but the Hikaris still manage to integrate CANbus into the design. This eliminates any error codes or flickering of the beam.

And as for cooling, these bulbs actually have a dual 10,000 RPM turbo fan cooling. I never had to deal with overheating or drops in performance.

One slight drawback of this dual-fan setup is that it tends to be a bit louder than others. It’s nothing you’ll be able to hear over the sound of the engine, but still something to keep in mind.

An intelligent IC driver keeps power consumption to a minimum. In fact, I found these bulbs to be noticeably more power efficient, compared to the competition. Hikari uses the latest CSP chips, which allows them to integrate anti-overload protection right into the design.

That efficiency also helps extend the lifespan of these bulbs. Again, that’s an area where these budget LEDs give their pricier counterparts a run for their money. Hikari rate them to last around 50,000 hours with regular usage, which is actually on the high end for most LEDs. And I’m surprised they’re promising that amount of hours for such affordable bulbs.

The past perk is the adjustable beam. Which is nothing too special but still useful if you like your headlight to shine a certain way.

Overall, these Hikari headlight bulbs are a great option for the person who wants performance and longevity without having to spend an arm and a leg.

Pros
  • 12,000 lumens
  • Longer throw and wider angle of projection
  • Better road coverage
  • Precise beam pattern
  • Free of dark spots
  • 6000K color profile
  • Integrated CANbus eliminates error codes and flickering
  • Dual 10,000 RPM cooling fans
  • Intelligent IC driver keeps power consumption efficient
  • Latest CSP chips provide anti-overload protection
  • Rated to last around 50,000 hours
Cons
  • Dual fans can get loud at times

SEALIGHT H11 LED Headlight Bulbs

BEST PREMIUM BULB

Or if you want something a bit more premium, these H11 LEDs from Sealight deserve a second look. You do pay a bit more, but for that price, you get THE brightest output of any bulb, a cooler look, as well as a longer-lasting design and some of the best bulbs on the market.

Sealight’s bulbs are over 400% brighter than stock halogens, so you can expect to have a much safer and more comfortable nighttime driving experience. The higher power output also means you get a farther-reaching throw and wider projection.

In terms of Sealight’s performance. Starting with the projector test, my tests found a 1303 Lux rating, And 578 lux over the halogen 725 Lux measurement. This is indeed brighter than the previous sea light bulbs I’ve tested.

And After 27 minutes, it did retain an impressive 88 per cent of that light output resulting in 1147 Lux over time and 422 lux over standard halogens. So obviously not the bright LED bulbs on the market; however still excellent performance.

My testing found that the cutoff was decent and did well with the full beam pattern. But I have some slight concerns over how high I had to aim the light to get the hot spot on the Lux meter. Your projector housing might be different, and while you should always aim your headlights carefully, Sealight’s bulbs will need extra attention to ensure that the beam is traveling far enough ahead of you.

Regarding the actual accuracy of the beams, Sealight was generally better in a reflector than a projector.

If, like us, your eyesight isn’t what it used to be, this longer throw will come in really handy for identifying obstacles further down the road.

Despite the premium price tag, these bulbs are a bit lacking when it comes to the color profile. I would have liked to see ultra-pure white 6500K color temperature, but the 6000K offered here is also plenty.

Plus, I had a noticeably easier time picking out bumps, potholes, and other road features, thanks to the cool color profile, so I can’t complain too much.

These bulbs are also really well-calibrated, so you get a perfectly uniform, blur-free beam of light. This is great for regular driving, and all but indispensable for driving in inclement weather or low visibility conditions.

Sealight’s bulbs also allow you to adjust the beam. So if you aren’t happy with the way these bulbs project light, you can just go in and change it.

Powerful bulbs like this require equally powerful cooling, and that’s one area these Sealights do not disappoint. They’re outfitted with a 12,000 RPM cooling fan and a copper substrate that aids heat transfer.

Having tested the bulbs in a variety of ambient conditions, I’m happy to report that I never had any issues with overheating.

Speaking of the fan, it is virtually silent, which is not always the case with such powerful bulbs.

The actual bulb body is made of high grade aviation aluminum, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally damaging them during installation.

Longevity is also a cut above other LED bulbs in this category. You can expect the bulbs to last around 50,000 hours, even with regular heavy usage. In fact, Sealight say that the bulbs will deliver the claimed longevity, even if you use them continuously for 6 hours every night!

Lastly, the bulbs do not cause any issues with your vehicle’s ECU. That means you don’t get any error codes, or interference with the stereo/radio systems.

Pros
  • Up to 400% brighter than stock
  • Beam stretches further down the road
  • Pure white 6000K color temperature
  • More modern look
  • Better reflectivity
  • Easier to pick out bumps and potholes in the road
  • No dark spots or blurriness
  • Copper substrate and 12,000 RPM fan
  • Better heat management
  • Aviation-grade aluminum
  • 50,000 hour lifespan
  • No error codes, flickering, or interference with the stereo /radio
Cons
  • Even cooler color profile options available


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Richard Nickleson is the author and owner behind Headlight Reviews. He first started the site as a hobby to share his insights on car parts and specifically headlight bulbs, but it soon ballooned and now he writes on all topics surrounding headlights bulbs. If you've got a bulb question, contact Richard here.

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