I suspect it's more of an issue with the quality of a smartphone photo than it is with the light output. I've never been able to get a shot that looked nearly as good as the view I has sitting in the car. The original halogens were AWFUL. I installed HIDs, which are significantly brighter, whiter and far outshine (distance) than the halogens. My 2 cents...I don’t get it. In the pictures above your post, the halogen lights look brighter and focused exactly on the center of that concrete driveway—as they should be driving down the road. As for the LEDs, they definitely look whiter, but not as bright as the halogens or focused at all. It just looks like a wash of white light to me. Don’t see how it makes driving any safer.