Things to Know when Buying a New Bulb Socket
When one of the lights in your car goes out, you automatically assume that you have a bad light bulb. But when you've changed the bulb and you're still left with a busted car light, it's about time you get to the root of the problem-your bulb socket. Here are the things you need to know when buying new sockets for your car:
Light bulb types
Bulb sockets vary according to the types of lights in your car. Is your headlight or tail light busted? Then you should get a Push-and-Turn (PT) socket. This type of bulb socket is lightweight, and its simple design is made to fit rear-combination lights and turn-signal lamps. Bulb sockets of lights that are exposed to harsh environments are fitted with standard wedge-type sockets. Wedged sockets are more durable, and these offer a robust design made for rougher applications. So if your door courtesy lamp or black plate light needs a socket replacement, it's best to go for this kind of bulb socket.
Your bulb socket's voltage will depend on the power requirement of your car light. Generally, smaller light bulbs, such as the ones found on your car's ceiling, require less power. So if you need to replace the bulb sockets of your interior lights, you should get one that is between 6 to 8 volts. On the other hand, bigger and more specialized lamps-such as tail lights and headlights-require bulb sockets with a voltage of 12 to 14 volts.
Out of all the materials used for bulb sockets, porcelain is the most popular. Its ability to insulate electrical current makes it a popular choice among manufacturers and widely used for different kinds of bulbs. However, if you're looking for a bulb socket that is more durable, a ceramic-type bulb socket would be your best bet. It is more resistant to heat, and it prevents your light assembly from melting down.
Steps when Replacing Your Car's Bulb Socket
You've had a busted car light for days. But no matter what type or brand of light bulb you replace it with, it still won't work. If this is the case, the damage lies within your light's bulb socket. Although there are different kinds of bulb sockets, installing them is a breeze with this easy installation guide.
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Tools you'll need:
- New bulb socket
- Phillips screwdriver
- Wire cutters
- Electrical tape
NOTE: Before replacing your old bulb sockets, make sure that you've purchased the right one. You don't want to end up installing a headlight bulb socket for your tail lights.
Step 1: Open your hood and remove the negative cable from your battery. Be sure that all electrical connectors are disconnected as well.
Step 2: Using a Phillips-head screwdriver, loosen your light assembly (this includes the lens and gaskets). Once you've removed the screws, pop out the light assembly from your car's body.
Step 3: Now that you've removed your light's housing, you should be able to locate your light bulb and its bulb socket. Unscrew the bulb socket from the base. Cut the exposed wires attached to the socket to free it from any existing connection and remove it completely.
Step 4: Prepare your new bulb socket by stripping 1/4 inch of the insulation off the wires. Connect them to the existing electrical wires by twisting them around the matching colored wires of your socket. Secure your connections with an electrical tape.
Step 5: With your new bulb socket connected to your car's electrical wiring, install the socket and secure it in place.
Step 6: Insert your light bulb into the socket. Don't forget to wear gloves while installing the bulbs to ensure you don't leave any cloudy prints on the glass. Push the bulb in to secure it to your new bulb socket.
Step 6:Reinstall you light assembly. Reconnect your battery's negative cable to start checking your new bulb socket. If all is well, your lights should be able to respond quickly to your car's switches.