Selecting & Installing Your Headlights

In a previous update, we shared a post that discussed blue headlights. Car enthusiasts in Flower Mound enjoy this topic, but most of our customers aren’t worried about headlamps, the official name for what most of us call headlights. They just want them to work properly. Today, we will share our expertise for selecting the appropriate headlamp bulb and how to replace on your own.

headlight2Buying the Right Headlamp Bulb

The first step is to identify which bulb needs to be replaced. Have someone flip your lights on and off while you watch from the front of the car. With the user manual as your guide, check to see if it is the low beams, high beams, or a bulb that does both.

After that, make note of the exact year, make, model, and engine type of your car. You’ll need this information to find the type of headlamp bulb you need to purchase from an auto parts store or website. This is done via a numeric or alphanumeric identifier, which can also be found in your user manual.

After that, you have to choose from various brands and the levels of brightness and longevity available. Brighter lights won’t last as long and those that last longer won’t be as bright.

The Replacement Processheadlight1

After you purchase the bulb, you must know the suitable way to replace it. Since the process will vary based on the vehicle, we can’t describe everything that you will need to do here. But basically all headlamp bulbs can be replaced in just a few minutes. A step-by-step process for bulb replacement can be found in your owner manual. We also recommend searching YouTube for instructional videos.

Here are some important tips to follow during this process:

    • Make sure your headlights and engine are turned off.
    • Don’t touch the glass. This will cause it to wear out quickly.
    • Wear gloves to protect your hands from cuts and scrapes.
    • Once the light is installed, check your high and low beams to ensure they work properly.

Assistance From Christian Brothers Automotive

Don’t have the time to find the right bulb or replace it? Bring your car into our shop in Flower Mound and we will do the job for you. We have a full selection of headlamp bulbs to match your vehicle’s needs.