Which 200cc Naked Has The Best Headlight?

It is LED vs halogen. Time to find out who triumphs?

From flickering AC setups to halogen projectors to LEDs, two-wheeler lighting solutions have come a long way in improving night-time visibility. While LEDs have gained prominence, they cost quite a bit more than their halogen counterparts. And in this comparison, we have three 200cc bikes that hope to give us an answer to whether the LED march is warranted. 

Here’s our headlight comparison of the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Honda Hornet 2.0, and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200:


What are we measuring?

Using a lux meter, we measure illuminance. In simpler terms, we are measuring the light intensity at different points. To mark these points, we’ve used a few interesting props. The Lux readings translate as such - higher lux numbers simply mean you would be able to spot the said object better. But just how much is enough? Here are some examples to set expectations:


Illumination (lux)



Full Daylight


Full Moon



Where are we testing the headlamps? 

  • We conducted the test in a dark room with a test area measuring 18 metres in length. 

  • Readings are obtained on a lux meter mounted on a tripod at a height of 21 inches. 

  • A typical Indian road was recreated with objects placed at 5-metre intervals. 

  • Bike is placed in the exact centre of its own lane.

  • The wall on the far side has markings on the vertical axis at every foot. 


The Contenders




TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

LED integrated


Honda Hornet 2.0

LED integrated


Bajaj Pulsar NS200


Halogen bulb


Which has the best low beam?

  • The Pulsar’s rudimentary halogen setup has the better spread of the lot, but the intensity is quite weak. As a result, you will not be able to spot/identify blurry objects in your periphery.

  • The Apache has a solid low beam that lights up the road ahead quite well. In terms of spread, though, there is very little dispersion. Hence, noticing road hazards in dimly-lit situations becomes a challenge.

  • Much like the Apache, the Hornet has a bright centre beam with little to no spread. The Honda’s beam, however, isn’t focused far enough ahead, which detracts you from having a good night ride.


Which has the best high beam?

  • The near-sighted Hornet beam is bright and concentrated in the centre. It fares poorly in terms of spread.

  • There are still benefits of the Pulsar’s halogen setup as it has the best spread when it comes to the high beam. It cannot match the intensity of the LEDs in the centre of the lane. But the difference between itself and the Hornet, which is the poorer of the two LED high beams, is quite marginal.



The Apache takes the honours here. In both tests, it scores handsomely. And of them all, it is the one that gives you the most confidence to ride in low-light situations. The Hornet comes in second, but only slightly ahead of the Pulsar. We only wish Honda adjusts its beam to focus a bit further up the road. And lastly, it is high time Bajaj updated the unit of the Pulsar to LEDs, providing that much-needed modernity to the package.

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