The Brightest 9006 Headlight Bulb

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When searching for the brightest 9006 bulbs, you’re going to be spending a little more than your average headlight bulb. I always try to find the best prices for my readers but just beware since this is a guide on the brightest 9006 bulbs, prices will be marginally more expensive because we’re on the lookout for the brightest.

I’ve made sure to provide different options depending on your price point and what will suit your needs.

When choosing new headlight bulbs remember to check if your car requires two bulbs per headlight for low beam and high beam, or a single bulb that switches between low and high beams.

Overall our pick for the brightest 9006 headlight bulb is the Marsuto 9006 bulb. This bulb produces a strong white beam, similar to most HID headlights. We found the beam to be focused and bright, with a cooler white colour than most other bulbs.


Overall Brightest
Marsauto 9006 LED Headlight Bulbs
Pros
  • Compatible with vast majority of vehicles
  • Marsauto provide great customer service
  • At least a 50,000 hour lifespan
  • Trusted brand
  • Great customer reviews
  • Extra wide illumination
  • Easy installation
  • No modifications needed
  • 10 year lifespan according to Marsauto
  • 40% higher heat dissipation compared to stock bulbs
  • Reasonable price
  • 20% more illumination range than stock bulbs
  • Built in Y19 CSP 1.9X1.9mm chips
  • 6000K Daylight White
  • 6063 aviation grade aluminum heat sink
Cons
  • Minority of customers complain of poor fitting
  • Van owners complain of incompatibility 

Brightest Budget
Car Rover 9006 LED Bulbs
Pros
  • Maximum lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • Water resistant
  • Fits in nearly all vehicles
  • Easy installation
  • Similar size to standard halogen bulbs
  • A budget bulb that has a fan
  • Great heat dissipation for price
  • EMC system reduces conflicts with FM radio
  • Antifreeze
  • Cold White 6000K
  • 12000 lumens
  • Adjustable mount 
  • Built in cooling fan
  • Aviation aluminum heatsink
  • 10,000 RPM fan
  • LED
  • Plug and play
  • Built in EMC system
Cons
  • Not as bright relative to higher price points
  • Poor instruction manual 
  • Supplied O ring can be too small in some cases
  • Does not fit a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado

Premium Choice
SEALIGHT X2 High Beam Low Beam LED Headlight Bulbs
Pros
  • Overwhelmingly positive customer reviews
  • Total reach of 1600 FT
  • 600% brighter than standard halogen bulbs
  • Focused beam doesn’t blind other drivers
  • Manufacture promises a 20 year lifespan if you drive 6 hours a day with the bulbs on
  • Outlasts 180 standard halogens
  • Passed 90F-30 days of high temperature testing
  • Easy fitment and installation
  • Similar sized to standard halogens
  • Upgraded circuit chips prevent ensures no flickering or error warnings
  • Waterproof
  • Kit comes with zip ties and wires
  • 20,000RPM High Speed Silent Fan
  • 600K cool white
  • 16000 lumens
  • 50Watts per bulb
  • 4500LUX per bulb
Cons
  • In rare cases some vehicles need anti flicker harness
  • Expensive
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Marsauto 9006 Headlight Bulbs

Overall Brightest

Marsauto has to be one of my favorite headlight brands, they produce superior bulbs and I struggled to find any real problems with their 9006 bulbs. I chose these bulbs firstly because they’re a great combo of affordability, longevity and fantastic brightness.

In terms of brightness, these 9006 bulbs will work well because they use a 600k daylight white, as you can see in the picture below it will pick up anything in front of you with ease. The high beams were especially strong and gave me vision for a few hundred metres in front of me. They’ve added a new chip set and while I’m not familiar with the part itself, the wideness of illumination as promised was obvious. 

With a total of 1600 lumens this is a bright 9006 bulb and it’s stated it’s rated highly on the luminous efficacy flux. This is a test of how much light, a light source produces. Here’s a photo of what the lights look like from another perspective. 

While brightness is all well and great, another important factor is just how long these bulbs will last you? Marsauto’s 9006 bulbs are produced in Japan and you can feel just holding them. They feel weighty and firm. It’s not a cheap feeling and it’s not surprising Marsauto states they’ll last 10 years. 

These bulbs are dust proof, shockproof and waterproof. The wiring is covered well so that any water that manages to seep in wouldn’t get into the electronics. In terms of a crash the bulbs feel strong and it’s stated they’re shock proof.

My favorite part about Marsauto’s 9006 bulbs is their superior heat reduction and dissipation. For a mid tier headlight bulb they’ve used 1200 RPM fans, what this means is that the heat that the bulb produces is dissipated very quickly. Less heat equals the headlight lasting a longer time. This model has an aluminium cover at the base, meaning the heat is funneled downwards with the help of the fan, getting as far away as possible from the bulb itself.

Pros
  • Compatible with vast majority of vehicles
  • Marsauto provide great customer service
  • At least a 50,000 hour lifespan
  • Trusted brand
  • Great customer reviews
  • Extra wide illumination
  • Easy installation
  • No modifications needed
  • 10 year lifespan according to Marsauto
  • 40% higher heat dissipation compared to stock bulbs
  • Reasonable price
  • 20% more illumination range than stock bulbs
  • Built in Y19 CSP 1.9X1.9mm chips
  • 6000K Daylight White
  • 6063 aviation grade aluminum heat sink
  • 1.41inch diameter mini base design
  • 16000 Lumens
  • Japanese produced
  • Universal fit type
  • LED bulb
  • 1200 RPM fan
  • 2 year warranty 
  • High luminous efficacy flux
Cons
  • Minority of customers complain of poor fitting
  • Van owners complain of incompatibility 

Car Rover 9006 Headlight Bulbs

Brightest Budget

If you’re short on money don’t fall into the trap of going for the cheapest option, the upfront cost will be low but the bulbs longevity will be low as well. I chose Car Rover’s cheaper 9006 bulbs because they’re affordable while still maintaining a long life span, an impressive 50,000 hours. While they’re many better choices for the brightest 9006 bulb if you’re on a budget then these bulbs are your best bet.

What stood out to me about these 9006 bulbs was the fact that for a cheaper price point they’ve got some great heat reduction technology. Most budget bulbs don’t contain high RPM fans but in this case Car Rover do. LED bulbs are significantly brighter than halogens, because of this they also create a lot more heat. WIthout a heat reduction system the bulbs wouldn’t last very long. Car Rover comes with a 12000 RPM fan which isn’t as powerful as the Marsauto but still adequate. Lastly the heat sink is made of aluminium so that the heat is funneled as far away from the bulbs itself.

Car Rover’s 9006 bulbs come with 12000 lumens and a cold white 6000k beam. I always recommend white beams because anything in their shine stands out. They’re far better than yellow, orange or red. When looking for the brightest headlight bulbs, LEDs are a given. I’ve attached a photo of what these bulbs look like when installed. You can very easily see their cold white color.

Other features that come with most headlight bulbs are waterproof, and Car Rover is no exception, they’re similar sized to standard halogens so they’re an easy fit for any car. They’ve antifreeze for those who live in colder climates, which is something a lot of bulbs skip out on.

They’re easily installed and they even include EMC technology which prevents interference with FM radio’s, although in rare cases I’ve seen people complain that these 9006 bulbs interfere with their FM radio.

Pros
  • Maximum lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • Water resistant 
  • Fits in nearly all vehicles
  • Easy installation
  • Similar size to standard halogen bulbs
  • A budget bulb that had a fan
  • Great heat dissipation for its price
  • EMC system reduces conflicts with FM radio
  • Antifreeze
  • Cold White 6000K
  • 12000 lumens
  • Adjustable mount 
  • Built in cooling fan
  • Aviation aluminum heatsink
  • 10,000 RPM fan
  • LED
  • Plug and play
  • Built in EMC system
Cons
  • Not as bright relative to higher price points
  • Poor instruction manual 
  • Supplied O ring can be too small in some cases 

SEALIGHT X2 9006 High Beam,
Low Beam, Headlight Bulbs

Premium Choice

For the brightest premium quality 9006 bulbs that excel in every category I landed on Sealights X2 9006 series. I found they ticked every box and while they are expensive they do provide great bang for your buck.

Sealight X2 9006 bulbs are some of the brightest that you can purchase legally. I’ve attached a photo of what their shine looks at night, it’s stated they’re 600% brighter than standard halogen bulbs and I can verify they’re most probably around that percentage. 

They rate 4500 lux per bulb. To give you an idea, office lights are rated at 500 lux per bulb, so these 9006 bulbs will be 9 times brighter than what’s in a standard office. You might not know but that’s significantly stronger than the rest of the bulbs reviewed in this article. The colour of these bulbs is a cool white, it’s easy to spot far away objects, up to 1600ft, which is an awesome length for any headlight bulb.

With great brightness comes great heat, tons of heat actually. Luckily Sealight has brought a 20,000 RPM Fan that I wasn’t able to hear while driving. Like most bulbs it’s got a cover made of aviation aluminium. What this means is that the heat is sucked downwards as far away from the bulb as possible. 

The bulbs themselves are quite heavy even though they’re similar sized to standard halogens, just bulkier around the bottom. They come with a two year warranty but it’s stated they’ll last for 20 years, if you drive 6 hours a day with the bulbs turned on. It’s a big promise to make although when holding them they’re weighty and feel like real quality.

Pros
  • Non blinding
  • Reputable brand
  • Easy installation
  • Fits all cars
  • Compact sizing
  • States a 20 year life span
  • Glare reduction
  • Good customer reviews
  • Canbus ready
  • 30,000 hour lifespan
  • Aluminium heat sink
  • 1200 ft beam
  • Very sharp white
  • No dark areas
  • Focused beam
  • Quiet
  • 7000 lumens per bulb
  • 6000K optics 
  • Xenon white
  • Non-polarity
  • Fanless
  • Smart cooling driver
Cons
  • A little expensive 

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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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