Previously, we shared a post that talked about blue headlights. While car enthusiasts in Katy geek out over stuff like this, most of our client base isn’t worried about headlamps, the official term for what most of us refer to as headlights. They just need them to work and to replace them quickly when they burn out. In today’s post, we would like to share our expertise for choosing the appropriate headlamp bulb and how to replace it in your own garage.
Selecting the Right Headlamp Bulb
There are usually just a few ways of finding out that you need a new headlamp bulb. Unless you are checking your headlights on your own (which you should), it usually takes a failed inspection or a fix-it ticket. But no matter how it comes to your attention, it’s important to replace your headlamp quickly to ensure safe driving.
The first step is to figure out which bulb is burnt out. The easiest way to do this is to have someone sit in the driver’s seat of your car and turn the lights on and off while you stand in front of the car and take note. 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’ll need to know the make, model, year, and engine type of your car. Take this information to an auto parts store or website to find out the type of headlamp bulb you need to buy. This is done via a numeric or alphanumeric identifier, which can also be found in your owner manual.
After that, you have to select from available brands and the levels of brightness and longevity that are offered. Brighter lights won’t last as long and those that last longer won’t be as bright. Finding a bulb that reaches a “happy medium” between both brightness and longevity is a great choice.
After you purchase the bulb, you must know the suitable way to replace it. We can’t include that process here because it varies based on the specific vehicle involved. But we can tell you that the process can usually be completed in just a few minutes. A detailed process for bulb replacement can be found in your owner manual. We also suggest searching for instructional videos on YouTube.
Keep the following tips below in mind during this process:
- Make sure your engine and headlights are shut off.
- Do not touch the glass of the bulb, which will prevent premature wear.
- Protect your hands while working in tight spaces by wearing gloves.
- Once the light is installed, operate your high and low beams to ensure they work.
Assistance From Christian Brothers Automotive
Still don’t feel confident in your ability to find the right bulb or replace it? Bring your car into our shop in Katy and we will take care of it for you. We have a complete selection of headlamp bulbs and can perform this quick switch with major safety benefits.