The Best Cheap LED Headlights (Under $50) on Amazon in 2018

LED headlights are more advanced than traditional halogen headlights or Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs. Basically, LED headlights last longer, won't break as easily and use less fuel than other types of lamps. The tradeoff is that LED bulbs are more expensive.

Some older vehicles don't have the proper housing for LED headlights, but they can accept retrofit bulbs or be modified with a conversion kit. For the safety of other drivers, it's important to get this right. Have you ever been blinded by oncoming traffic? It was probably a modern bulb in an old reflector housing: The beam pattern was acting like a floodlight. 

These poor installations are why many drivers wonder if LED headlights are legal or will soon become illegal. LED headlights are legal indeed, but your car may not pass inspection if they aren’t properly installed. You'll also run the risk of getting pulled over by police or hit with a fine. Do the job right.

Here are some of the best-reviewed LED headlights selling for less than $50 on Amazon. Each brand makes various headlight sizes to fit specific vehicles, so use Amazon's "Select your vehicle" tool before you buy.

LASFIT H11/H8/H9/H16 LED Headlight Kits-Flip COB Chips-60W 7600LM 6000K-Hi/Lo Beam/Fog Light Bulbs (Pack of 2)

Avg. Price: $33 | Bargain Price: $27

Lasfit's LED headlights are easy to install according to many Amazon customers. That said, vehicle design plays a big part in how easy or difficult headlights are to install. Some people had challenges.

VoRock8 R2 COB 9006 HB4 9006XS 8000LM LED Headlight Conversion Kit, Low Beam Headlamp, Fog Driving Light, Halogen Head Light Replacement, 6500K Xenon White, 1 Pair- 1 Year Warranty

Avg. Price: $33 | Bargain Price: $30

VoRock8's LED headlights have an intense pure-white light; some reviewers said that oncoming drivers flashed their high beams in warning. (Not necessarily a good thing.) A critical review suggests that you shouldn't buy these lamps unless you have at least 3 inches of installation space behind your housing.

BEAMTECH H11 LED Headlight Bulb, 50W 6500K 8000 Lumens Extremely Bright H8 H9 CSP Chips Conversion Kit

Avg. Price: $36 | Bargain Price: $35

Beamtech's LED headlights are bright, but not “too bright” (to bother other drivers) according to several customers. These LEDS are fanless and may run more quietly than other LED headlamps.

John DeFeo