Your Nissan headlight can become dimmer as time passes, the lens clouded from moisture, or the bulb on the way out. While this may not be immediately noticeable as you drive in normal circumstances, with the aid of street lamps to help illuminate the road ahead, if you venture along a dark rural road at night without the benefit of city streetlights, it will certainly affect your outlook. Poor weather conditions could certainly make you wish you had paid more attention to that Nissan headlight as you struggle to see through the fog, snow, or driving rain. It is much wiser to take a walk around your vehicle on occasion to inspect the lights for damage, and catch those problems early, before you find yourself stuck with the consequences of a poorly functioning Nissan headlight. The Nissan headlight in good working order will provide a strong beam, lighting your path far ahead to allow you to see road hazards in plenty of time to safely avoid them. Perhaps you would like to install one of the custom styles of the Nissan headlight for more visibility and a fresh new look. There are many custom looks available, from the bright white halogen Nissan headlight, to the latest HID styles, among many other available custom options. The Nissan conversion kits for these styles are easily available, and reasonably simple to install. Whether you are looking for standard replacement, or a new custom style, we have a selection of the Nissan headlight in our online catalog that can meet your needs, all at great low prices. Our secure site makes ordering your Nissan headlight safe and easy, or our toll-free phone line is available for your convenience.
Nissan Headlight Buyer’s Guide
- While Nissan cars are known for their reliability, like any other machine, repairs aren’t completely avoidable. One of the parts that may require replacement over time or after a road accident is your Nissan headlights.
- Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts are headlights made by Nissan and their network of official parts manufacturers. On the other hand, Original Equipment (OE) replacement parts are manufactured by any other aftermarket parts company that isn’t affiliated with Nissan.
- OEM and OE replacement parts are functionally equivalent. This means that an aftermarket Nissan headlight should fit and work the same as a genuine part.
- OEM parts can only be purchased from dealerships and authorized retailers which can make them more difficult to find. They generally cost more than aftermarket parts as well.
- OE replacement parts are more widely available which means you can get your car back on the road for less money and in less time.
- In general, OE replacement headlights will cost you in the range of $20 for a single headlight assembly to over a thousand dollars for premium LED headlight kits. Headlights are sold individually, in sets of two, or as part of a kit.
Since debuting the Datsun in the 1959 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan has become one of the most successful Japanese automakers in the US. By the time the ‘70s came around, the company has sold more than a million vehicles and became America’s top vehicle importer. Today, the automaker manufactures vehicles for the US market from its Tennessee and Mississippi facilities.
While Nissan cars are known for their reliability, like any other machine, repairs aren’t completely avoidable. One of the parts that may require replacement over time or after a road accident is your Nissan headlights.
Who manufactures genuine Nissan parts?
Nissan North America is the automaker’s manufacturing arm. It has plants in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi. Parts that are distributed overseas are manufactured in its Mexico plant under Nissan Mexicana (NMEX).
OEM vs. OE replacement Nissan headlights
While browsing online for headlights, you may have come across categories such as OEM and OE replacement parts. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts are components made by Nissan and their network of official parts manufacturers. On the other hand, Original Equipment (OE) replacement parts are manufactured by any other aftermarket parts company that isn’t affiliated with Nissan.
OEM and OE replacement parts are functionally equivalent. This means that an aftermarket Nissan headlight should fit and work the same as a genuine part. Like with any other purchase, the quality of parts you buy will depend on where you source them and their quality assurance process. At CarParts.com, you can rest assured that only high-quality parts make it to our virtual shelves.
OEM parts can only be purchased from dealerships and authorized retailers, which can make them more difficult to find. At the same time, they will be sourcing these headlights from a single OEM, which could mean days or weeks before you can get your part shipped to you. OE replacement parts, on the other hand, are more widely available, meaning you can get your car back on the road in less time.
Value for money
Since genuine parts carry the Nissan brand and often come from a single OEM, they generally cost more than aftermarket parts. Healthy competition between OE replacement parts manufacturers results in more variety at better prices for car owners.
Are OE replacement headlights as good as OEM?
OE replacement headlights can be as good, or even better than OEM headlights. This is because most OE parts companies reverse-engineer genuine parts to design their own versions. This gives them the capability to address any weaknesses or faults that the OEM may not have anticipated.
Aftermarket parts also give you the opportunity to customize the look of your vehicle in ways that you can’t with OEM parts. While OE replacement parts function exactly the same, aftermarket parts companies can get creative with the design of these parts.
How much is a Nissan headlight replacement?
The cost of a Nissan headlight replacement will vary depending on the type of headlight your vehicle’s model year carries. For example, Nissan halo lights may cost more than your standard halogen headlights. In general, OE replacement headlights will cost you in the range of $20 for a single headlight assembly to over a thousand dollars for premium LED headlight kits. Headlights are sold individually, in sets of two, or as part of a kit.
Finding the right fit
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- What are the three types of headlight?
The three types of headlight that your Nissan vehicle could make use of include parabolic, freeform, and ellepsodial headlights. Parabolic headlights have light sources hitting a parabolic reflector that determines the light beam's main focus. Its front glass disperses the light to every side. Freeform headlights are like parabolic headlights, but the front lens is clear rather than a reflector. Ellepsodial headlights get horizontally cut off at the first focal point before the beam is projected back again with a curved lens. Since they work like projectors, they're also called projector headlights. Meanwhile, freeform and parabolic headlights are categorized as reflector design headlights.
- What are the differences between reflector and projector headlight designs?
In terms of light efficiency, the reflector design of freeform is the most efficient at 45%. As for projector headlights, first generation ellepsodials are 36% efficient and second generation ellepsodials are 52% efficient. However, the parabolic reflector design is only 27% efficient. In terms of beam cutoff, projectors have a sharper cutoff compared to their reflector counterparts. In terms of universality, projectors can adapt to the UK necessity of switching from left to right drive beam patterns versus the less adjustable reflectors. In terms of versatility, reflectors are more versatile because they're likelier to use the high/low beam setups cheaply compared to projectors that require "bi-xenon projector" setups that are quite prohibitively expensive for owners of economy cars.
- What's the difference between conventional halogen systems and Xenon/HID systems?
Light creation is different between either system in terms of technique and principles. HID bulbs are three times brighter compared to halogen lights because they contain a small capsule that has a mixture of halide salts and xenon gas, resulting in a particularly powerful light source. Meanwhile, halogen headlights use the traditional filament method of light creation, wherein the filament is turned bright hot through basic ohm resistance across it. Even though halogen bulbs for the halogen-based headlight system runs on your Nissan's 12-volt system, HID bulbs require a more complex ballast setup in order to acquire a supply an accurate amount of high voltage.
- What is the beam difference between ECE, DOT, JDM, and harmonized headlights?
ECE-labeled headlights follow European headlight standards. They're labeled E followed by a serial number. They have lower glare levels above cutoff and sharp horizontal cutoffs. 38,000 candela is its maximum allowed illumination rating. DOT-labeled headlights follow US headlight standards. They have higher glare levels and increased illumination of overhead signs. Their maximum allowed illumination rating is 28,000 candela. Japanese-standard headlights have an ECE pattern that's vertically formatted. It's only used for left-side driving only. Harmonized headlights are labeled as "E4 DOT". These headlights could be used by either American or European standards for headlights, but a real ECE headlamp will always have a higher allowable output.
- How does an OEM Bi-Xenon system work?
An Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Bi-Xenon system for your Nissan typically makes use of a high and low beam originating from the same HID bulb. This isn't something that's possible with a traditional HID low beam/Halogen high beam setup (which uses separate bulbs in order to achieve the same effect). This bulb can be based on the reflector or projector design (the latter design is the simplest one you can get). Meanwhile, Hella has a Bi-Xenon system with a moveable shield within the projector assembly. It works like power door locks in that it makes use of a spring-loaded solenoid or a two-position servo motor.