In a previous update, we wrote an article that discussed blue headlights. While this may be on top of mind for car enthusiasts in Frisco, most of our client base isn’t worried about headlamps, the official term for what most of us refer to as headlights. All they want to know is what to do if they burn out. In today’s post, we will share our expertise for selecting the right headlamp bulb and how to replace on your own.
How to Find the Right Headlamp Bulb
To replace your bulb, the first thing you need to do is see which one isn’t working. Have someone sit in the driver’s seat and turn the lights on and off while you watch from the front of the car. Use your vehicle’s owner manual to determine if it is your high beams or low beams (for some vehicles, there is only one bulb).
Then you will need to write down the make, model, year, and engine type of your car. You’ll need this information to find the exact 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 select from various brands and the levels of longevity and brightness that are offered. Lights with better brightness won’t last as long and bulbs made to burn longer will sacrifice some brightness. Buying a bulb that reaches a “happy medium” between both brightness and longevity is a great choice.
The next step after your purchase will be to replace the bulb. We can’t include that process here because it varies based on the specific vehicle involved. We can tell you, however, that the process can usually be completed very quickly. A detailed process for bulb replacement can be found in your owner manual. We also recommend searching YouTube for instructional videos.
Keep the following in mind during your replacement:
- Shut off your engine and headlights.
- After the light is installed, check your high and low beams to ensure they work.
- Do not touch the glass of the bulb to prevent premature wear and tear.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands while working in tight spaces.
Bulb Replacement From Certified Automotive Technicians
Don’t be nervous if you don’t feel comfortable replacing your car’s headlamp. Come to our shop in Frisco and one of our technicians will do it for you. We have a full selection of headlamp bulbs to match your vehicle’s needs.