If your Cadillac were a model from the early days of the automobile, the chances are good, that the only way to illuminate your path at night would have been an oil lantern hanging in front of your windshield. Fortunately, your modern vehicle has evolved far beyond its roots, and the dark road ahead of you can be turned almost to daylight, simply by pulling a knob to activate your Cadillac headlight system. The common Cadillac headlight uses a bulb and a reflector, similar to a flashlight, to guide the light to the road in front of you. It is available with a replaceable bulb or as a sealed beam unit, where the entire assembly must be replaced when the bulb dies. While this system is effective in the basic lighting of the road, a large amount of light is wasted in comparison to the newer projection Cadillac headlight. The projector still uses a bulb and reflector, similar to the other style, but before the light exits the assembly, it is focused through an optical lens. This Cadillac headlight steers the light exactly where it needs to be, which means it actually appears brighter, because less of the light is wasted. This also helps reduce the possibility of momentarily blinding other drivers on the road. No matter which type of Cadillac headlight you have in your vehicle, technology has not changed the fact that the bulb will eventually burn out. When you need to replace it, you will find the perfect bulb for almost any vehicle in our large online catalog, for a great price. You can have your Cadillac headlight shining bright again soon, by placing your order by phone, toll-free, our on our secure web site, at any time.
How to Properly Maintain a Cadillac Headlight
When driving at night, in poorly lit road, or during inclement weather, you're counting on your headlights to give your vehicle the much-needed visibility on the road. These front lights also make it easier for you to spot other vehicles, especially on intersections or junctures, and let you see the road ahead more clearly. If your Cadillac headlight is cloudy or busted, then you should think twice before drive at night or when it's raining or foggy. It's not safe at all. To keep these lights up to snuff, just follow some of these practical maintenance tips:
• Clean the headlights and check the lenses.
Over time, the lenses of your headlights can get cloudy, making the lights look dim or seem faded. The lenses become foggy or yellow because of oxidation. As the plastic lenses get heated, the pores expand, allowing road debris to get in, along with smog, exhaust fumes, acid rain, and UV rays. As oxidation builds up, the color turns white and then yellow. Oxidation on the lenses make the lighting seem weak since it's blocked. Before the lenses turn brown, you can restore the foggy headlights by wet-sanding and polishing them. A restoration kit, which contains all the needed tools and materials, may be used to remove the oxidation that has built up on the lenses. Aside from the restoration kit, you also have the option to use home-made remedies such as regular white toothpaste, salt and water, wax or plastic polish, and metal or silver cleaner. Take time to clean the headlights to keep the lenses crystal clear. This way, the beams of the headlights won't be diffused and visibility won't be impaired.
• Test for brightness and focus.
Light bulbs will burn out over time, and when they're near the end of their service life, the headlights may eventually look dim or weak. To check for brightness, park the vehicle about five feet from a wall to check the pools of light from the front and see if they're still bright and white. If they're yellow or dim, the oxidized lenses may need some cleaning or the lights will need some replacement soon. Aside from checking the brightness, also take time to check if the headlights are angled or aimed well. If they beams are aimed too high or too low, they can create a blind spot for other motorists. These also won't give you the needed lighting range or angle as you drive down the road. They have to be adjusted or aligned.
• Change the headlights by pair.
It's better to replace the headlights by pair. Even if only one of the headlights has burned out or seems dim, it's likely that the other one will require a replacement soon. By replacing both lights, you get even illumination. The level of brightness will be the same; the other one won't be brighter or dimmer. Before you replace any of the headlights, however, take time to inspect other possible causes of the faulty or burned out lights, such as disconnected wiring, a busted fuse, a broken electrical connection, or a malfunctioning switch.