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Passenger Side Headlight, Without bulb(s) - (Base/CE/LE/XLE Model), USA Built
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$56.17
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  • 2007 - 2008 Toyota Camry CE All Engines
  • 2007 - 2009 Toyota Camry LE All Engines
  • 2007 - 2009 Toyota Camry XLE All Engines
  • 2009 Toyota Camry Base All Engines For US Built Models
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Location : Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementLight Source : HalogenAssembly : Without bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear Lens; Chrome InteriorType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyWarranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Driver Side Headlight, Without bulb(s) - (Base/CE/LE/XLE Model), USA Built
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$56.17
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  • 2007 - 2008 Toyota Camry CE All Engines
  • 2007 - 2009 Toyota Camry LE All Engines
  • 2007 - 2009 Toyota Camry XLE All Engines
  • 2009 Toyota Camry Base All Engines For US Built Models
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Location : Driver SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementLight Source : HalogenAssembly : Without bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear Lens; Chrome InteriorType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyWarranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Driver and Passenger Side Headlight, Without bulb(s) - (Base/CE/LE/XLE Model), USA Built
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$105.45
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  • 2007 - 2008 Toyota Camry CE All Engines
  • 2007 - 2009 Toyota Camry LE All Engines
  • 2007 - 2009 Toyota Camry XLE All Engines
  • 2009 Toyota Camry Base All Engines For US Built Models
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Location : Driver And Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementComponents : (2) HeadlightsLight Source : HalogenAssembly : Without bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear Lens; Chrome InteriorType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Set of 2Warranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Headlight and Bumper Cover Kit
Part Number: KIT1-031118-39-B
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$172.83
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  • 2007 Toyota Camry CE All Engines Made in USA
  • 2007 - 2009 Toyota Camry LE All Engines
  • 2007 - 2009 Toyota Camry XLE All Engines
  • 2009 Toyota Camry Base All Engines Made in USA
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Location : Driver And Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementComponents : (1) Bumper Cover, and (2) HeadlightsLight Source : HalogenAssembly : Without bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear Lens; Chrome InteriorType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Set of 3Warranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Passenger Side Headlight, with bulb(s) - (LE/XE Model)
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$47.18
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  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry LE All Engines
  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry XLE All Engines
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Location : Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear Lens; Chrome InteriorType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyWarranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Driver Side Headlight, With bulb(s) - (LE/XE Model)
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$46.81
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  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry LE All Engines
  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry XLE All Engines
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Location : Driver SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear Lens; Chrome InteriorType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyWarranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Driver and Passenger Side Headlight, With bulb(s) - (LE/XE Model)
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$91.08
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  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry LE All Engines
  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry XLE All Engines
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Location : Driver And Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementComponents : (2) HeadlightsLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear Lens; Chrome InteriorType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Set of 2Warranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Headlight and Bumper Cover Kit
Part Number: KIT1-031118-34-B
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$142.91
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  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry LE All Engines
  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry XLE All Engines
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Location : Driver And Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementComponents : (1) Bumper Cover, and (2) HeadlightsLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear Lens; Chrome InteriorType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Set of 3Warranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Headlight and Bumper Cover Kit
Part Number: KIT1-031118-35-B
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$158.20
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  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry LE All Engines
  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry XLE All Engines
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Location : Driver And Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementComponents : (1) Bumper Cover, and (2) HeadlightsLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear Lens; Chrome InteriorType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Set of 3Warranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Headlight, Bumper Cover, Bumper Reinforcement and Grille Assembly Kit - Driver and Passenger Side, DOT/SAE Compliant
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$173.38
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  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry LE 4 Cyl 2.4L
  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry LE 6 Cyl 3.0L
  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry XLE 4 Cyl 2.4L
  • 2002 - 2004 Toyota Camry XLE 6 Cyl 3.0L
Product Details
Location : Driver And Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementComponents : (1) Bumper Cover, (1) Bumper Reinforcement, (1) Grille, and (2) HeadlightsLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear Lens; Chrome InteriorType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Set of 5Warranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Passenger Side Halogen Headlight, With bulb(s)
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$19.46
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  • 1997 - 1999 Toyota Camry All Submodels All Engines
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Location : Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear LensType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyWarranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Driver Side Halogen Headlight, With bulb(s)
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$20.20
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  • 1997 - 1999 Toyota Camry All Submodels All Engines
Product Details
Location : Driver SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear LensType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyWarranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Headlight and Corner Light Kit - Passenger Side, DOT/SAE Compliant
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$75.83
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  • 1997 - 1998 Toyota Camry CE 6 Cyl 3.0L
  • 1997 - 1999 Toyota Camry CE 4 Cyl 2.2L
  • 1997 - 1999 Toyota Camry LE 4 Cyl 2.2L
  • 1997 - 1999 Toyota Camry LE 6 Cyl 3.0L
  • 1997 - 1999 Toyota Camry XLE 4 Cyl 2.2L
  • 1997 - 1999 Toyota Camry XLE 6 Cyl 3.0L
Product Details
Recommended Use : OE ReplacementComponents : (1) Bumper Cover, (1) Corner Light, and (1) HeadlightLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear LensType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Set of 3Warranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Headlight and Corner Light Kit - Passenger Side, DOT/SAE Compliant
0 Reviews
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$75.83
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  • 1997 - 1999 Toyota Camry All Submodels All Engines
Product Details
Location : Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementComponents : (1) Bumper Cover, (1) Corner Light, and (1) HeadlightLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear LensType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Set of 3Warranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
Headlight, Corner Light, Fender, and Bumper Cover Kit - Front, DOT/SAE Compliant
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$112.66
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  • 1997 - 1999 Toyota Camry All Submodels All Engines
Product Details
Location : Passenger SideRecommended Use : OE ReplacementComponents : (1) Bumper Cover, (1) Corner Light, (1) Fender, and (1) HeadlightLight Source : HalogenAssembly : With bulb(s)Color/Finish : Clear LensType : CompositeQuantity Sold : Set of 4Warranty : 1-year Replacement unlimited-mileage warranty
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Toyota Camry Headlight Customer Reviews

Great product ; fit like a glove
Frans De Roo
VERIFIED PURCHASER
Purchased on Dec 15, 2020
Ordered headlight assembly for both headlights. Very happy with purchase. Only negative I had was that they were shipped separately and arrived five days apart. Not a big deal but thought that was odd.
Alex Puma
VERIFIED PURCHASER
Purchased on Dec 18, 2020
Los Great, very satisfied
Kraig Roane
VERIFIED PURCHASER
Purchased on Dec 13, 2020

Toyota Camry Headlight Guides

Toyota Camry Headlight Assembly: Common Symptoms and the Usual Culprits

You can install a lot of car modifications like body kits, overhead monitors, and neon lights whenever you want, but one part you have to make sure that always works properly is the headlight assembly of your Toyota Camry. Otherwise, you'll put yourself and other motorists in potential danger. If you already notice that the headlight assembly of your car is acting unusual, then you should immediately do some troubleshooting before it gets worse. Here's a list of some common headlight problems:

Only high-beam lights work

If you have noticed that the headlight indicator on your car's dashboard lit up, but there's no low-beam light coming from the headlights, then what you need to do is to check the dimmer switch because it might be the cause of the problem. You can replace the dimmer switch if it's not connected to combo-switch. However, before you do that, check the lighting relay voltage first using a test light. Remember that it's dangerous to drive on the highway with only high-beam lights on because incoming cars may not be able to see the road clearly, that's why you have to fix the headlight assembly before you head for the road.

Flickering and uneven lights

When the light from your car's headlamp flickers while the vehicle is running, a faulty alternator may be the cause of this problem. Some signs may also include flickering interior dashboard light and dome lights. You can replace the alternator of your car when this happens, but first you need to check the condition of the battery ground because this can also be another cause. You must clean the battery terminals if they are already dirty because dirt buildup may prevent smooth electrical flow.

Headlights stay turned on

It can be really annoying if you've suddenly noticed that the headlight of your Camry won't turn-off because of its glare which can also cause the battery to drain. The most probably culprit of this problem is the headlight relay. You can replace the headlight relay inside the relay panel which is located at the top right-hand side of the battery and primary fuse box. However, you should at least have a copy of your car's relay panel diagram before you perform the replacement because you need to be sure which relay has to be removed.

Toyota Camry Headlight Assembly: Sure Steps for a Brighter Ride

Turning a dirty Toyota Camry headlight assembly into a sparkling car part is a very easy task, and it can be performed even by a weekend mechanic. However, it is still prone to dirt and other elements that could make it dirty again. To keep the headlight assembly of your vehicle looking new, here are some easy maintenance tips you can perform regularly:

 

Check the headlight's condition every year.

 

 

A yearly checkup of the headlight assembly is a good way to detect possible problems and to know if replacement parts are already needed. The first thing you have to check is the condition of the bulbs if they are already dimming. You must replace both bulbs at the same time because the light from the bulbs has to equal. Another thing you need to check is the condition of the wires. You need to inspect if there's already corrosion or if the wires are already chipping.

 

 

Remove fog and water from the headlight.

 

 

The fog and water inside your car's headlight not only reduces the light that the headlamp illuminates, but it also risks the electrical wiring from a potential short circuit. To remove water and moisture from the headlight, you should drill a small hole at the bottom of the headlight that's small enough to allow water to drain. Keep it in a dry place overnight until it dries out. You can use a silicone seal to cover the hole when the headlight is dried completely.

 

 

Clean the headlight regularly.

 

 

The best way to maintain the headlight of your vehicle is by cleaning it regularly. You can use automotive soap and water to remove the dirt then an aluminum polishing compound to give the right shine. You can also use regular toothpaste to remove the grimes on the headlight's surface, but not those whitening types because they can damage on the headlight's surface.

 

 

Make sure that the headlight is aligned correctly.

 

 

The car's headlight alignment changes because of the impact the vehicle takes from driving over potholes and uneven road surfaces. Consequently, the glare from a misaligned headlight is dangerous because it can blind drivers inside incoming vehicles. To adjust the headlight of your car, you can locate the vertical adjustment screw located under the headlight.

 

Toyota Camry Buyer's Guide

Summary

  • Headlights are installed on the frontal corners of your vehicle. Sometimes called ‘headlamps,’ these lights illuminate the road ahead to make it visible even during the night.

  • Types of headlights

    • Halogen

    • LED

    • HID

  • A typical Toyota Camry headlight usually cost around $70 to $300.

  • Having a faulty headlight would cost you to get a ticket from the local police. Also, having a faulty headlight is a recipe for danger.

  • Even if it is not completely burned out, dimming headlights can already make it difficult to see the road and other vehicles around.

 

The Toyota Camry was first sold in the United States in mid-1983. However, it was not the first car to be named “Camry.” This nameplate was originally used by a four-door sedan that was released on January 1980—the Toyota Celica Camry. The Celica Camry is a sedan version of the popular Celica coupes and hatchbacks released in 1979. It was not long when Toyota decided to split it off into two model lines. The first Camry was a 1983 model with two body styles—a sedan and a hatchback. Unlike the sporty Celica, the first-generation Camry was a front-wheel drive. Since then, the Camry has evolved into different styles and trims. It has continued to become one of the best selling cars in America. 

 

One important component of every vehicle, including your Camry, are the automotive lightings. These lights are installed in vehicles to aid in navigation and driving. One important component of the vehicle’s lighting system are headlights. 

 

What are headlights? 

 

Before electric headlights were discovered, car lamps were lit with kerosene or acetylene. These lamps are said to be inefficient because acetylene and kerosene could freeze during the cold months. Thankfully, it was not long when electric headlights were already introduced to the automotive market. Aside from headlights being a necessary safety feature, some car owners also choose to upgrade their headlights to give their vehicle a fresh new look. 

 

Headlights are installed on the frontal corners of your vehicle. Sometimes called ‘headlamps,’ these lights illuminate the road ahead to make it visible even during the night. Although fog lights are recommended for extreme weather conditions, headlights can also be used to improve visibility during these times. It also helps other drivers see oncoming traffic. Because of this function, headlights are considered part of your vehicle’s safety components.

 

To turn your headlights on or off, you simply have to find the ‘headlight controls.’ Depending on the year and make of your Camry, this can be found near the dashboard or at a protruding lever near the steering wheel. The headlight switch usually comes with either an upside-down light bulb symbol or a sun. Headlights can be switched in two modes and these are the low beam and high beam. High beams provide extra illumination when it is very dark in the road where you are driving. However, it produces a very bright glare that can blind other drivers on the road. It can also decrease your visibility of the surroundings.

 

When using high beams, remember to switch it off 150 meters away from oncoming traffic. Low beam lights are used for short range illumination. It can provide enough illumination without blinding you and other drivers with its bright glare. 

 

What are the types of headlights? 

 

There are three types of headlight bulbs that can be used for your Camry. Most Camry variant comes with halogen bulbs but there are a lot of LED  and HID upgrade kits available if you want to upgrade your vehicle’s headlights. 

 

Halogen Headlights

 

Halogen bulbs are popular primarily because of its low cost. Halogen headlights use halogen gas mixed with tungsten-halogen filaments to generate light. Aside from its cost, one visible advantage of this type of bulb is its simplicity. Unlike newer technologies such as HID or LED,  Halogen lights come with simple straight wires. It is easy to detect the problem with this kind of bulbs because when it stops working, it automatically indicates that the filament is damaged. 

 

LED Headlights 

 

Upgrading to LED lights has become a trend. LED headlights are popular among newer car models. It can be more expensive than Halogen but the benefits that your Camry can get from it are said to be worth it. LED lights are energy efficient. This is because LED lights do not generate electricity through a filament. Thanks to science, LED lights illuminates with the use of the concept of ‘electroluminescence’. It does not rely on filaments but uses semiconductors to generate light. This illuminating process produces less heat compared to Halogen. 

 

Another advantage of using LED  headlights is that it is easy to retrofit or upgrade. LED headlights only take about thirty minutes to replace. 

 

HID Headlights

 

HID stands for High-Intensity discharge. This kind of bulb generate light through an electrical discharge that is sent through an ionised gas. It makes use of metal-halide salts mixed with xenon gas. 

 

HID headlights illuminate three times more than halogen but uses a very low voltage. The bright lights can make distant road signs visible to drivers. Because these bulbs produce a very bright light, they are usually installed behind the projector beam assembly. 

 

Brighter lights are no doubt an advantage since it means more visibility on the road, however, too much brightness can cause blindness on the road. 

 

How much are Toyota Camry headlights? 

 

A typical Toyota Camry headlight usually cost around $70 to $300. The price of your headlight will depend on the kind of bulb used. There are OE replacements and OE upgrades available for you to choose from. Some headlight options are sold with just the interior while some include the bulb itself. You can purchase headlights individually. Some are sold in pairs or in kits. Headlight interiors usually come either in black or chrome. 

 

Choosing the right fit for your Toyota Camry

 

There have been eight generations of Toyota Camry since 1983. To assure that your getting the most accurate fit for your vehicle, input the correct year, make, and model into your search engine. 

 

When should you change your headlights? 

 

Having a faulty headlight would cost you to get a ticket from the local police. Also, having a faulty headlight is a recipe for danger. Even if it is not completely burned out, dimming headlights can already make it difficult to see the road and other vehicles around. Usually, when one light bulb fades, the other one follows. It is advisable to replace both at the same time. Although some types of headlights are easy to install, it is advisable to contact your trusted mechanic to do it for you. 

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Tips on How to Keep Your Toyota Camry Headlight in Good Working Condition

Headlights should always be in good working condition, unless you want to drive blindly at night or during bad weather, and risk your life. Maintaining your Camry headlights isn't just vital for your road safety, it also helps increase or maintain your ride's resale value. Since your odds of getting involved in road mishap due to poor night visibility are reduced, a set of working headlights also helps lower your insurance premiums. With all these benefits, it is but right to make sure your headlights are working perfectly well at all times.

Well if you are now convinced and you've just decided to give your Camry headlights their much-deserved TLC, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep the headlight lenses crystal clear, like always.

Among the parts of the headlight, the lenses are the ones that get in contact with natural elements while protecting the precious bulb from anything that could break or damage it. So, why not make it a daily habit to pay attention to your Toyota Camry headlight lenses before you pull out of the garage every morning? If you notice that the lenses are no longer as clear as before or when haze is starting to form, deal with the problem immediately to prevent it from getting more serious and more expensive to repair.

  • Regularly check the headlights' brightness.

It is but natural for the headlights to dim over time. You see, the components inside them wear out over time, and before you know it, your lights are giving off beams that are not bright enough to help you safely traverse the roads at night. So even once a week, see to it that you'll check the brightness of your Camry headlights. The pool of light coming from them must be bright white. If you noticed that it is dimming, don't think twice in having the bulbs replaced.

  • Pay attention to the headlamp's focus.

While checking the headlights' brightness, you can look at their focus at the same time. To do this, pay attention to the level of the light that hits the wall or the ground. Properly aimed headlights hit the same height, if they don't, then start doing the right fix. It's risky to use headlights that are improperly aimed as they can cause blind spots.

Diagnosing Common Toyota Camry Headlight Problems

You may not pay attention to your headlights until they totally go off, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere, afraid to risk your life by driving blindly at night. So as soon as you noticed any irregularity with your Toyota Camry headlights’ brightness, focus, or the way they turn on and off, you should troubleshoot the problem right away to prevent it from getting more serious and far more difficult to resolve.

Dimming headlights

There can be several factors leading to dimming headlights. These include cloudy lenses, not enough alternator output, and malfunctioning headlight bulbs. So the best way to diagnose the problem is to look closely into these three factors to find out which of them is the culprit. Hazy lenses can be solved by simply polishing them to bring back their luster. Alternator output, on the other hand, can be checked using a multimeter. If the alternator output seems sufficient, then most probably, you’ve got defective bulbs on your headlights, and there’s no better solution to that than replacement.

One headlight doesn’t come on

If, after turning on the headlights, you noticed that only one of them comes on, there are five possible culprits for such. It could be that you have a loose or burnt bulb, faulty igniter, corroded bulb socket, or wiring harness/ground connection problem. Troubleshooting may be time consuming as you’ll need to check each of these possible causes. However, it is pretty much better than guessing what’s wrong because after your diagnoses, you can now be sure of what to do next.

Both headlights have failed

If both of the headlights refuse to turn on, the probable reasons could be a blown fuse or a bad relay. It’s also likely that you’ve got faulty wiring, malfunctioning headlight switch, or defective module. Look at each component for you to properly pinpoint what’s preventing the lights from working properly. It is wise to start with the ones that are easier to check—the fuse and the relay. If your troubleshooting efforts reveal that they are working well, then that’s the time you should start checking the other suspected components.

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Toyota Camry Headlights: Some Issues that Prevent the Lights from Working

Your Toyota Camry headlights are inarguably one of the most used parts on your car. Made to cast illumination on your way when driving at night, your car's headlights are constantly exposed to varying conditions that affect their performance. Sometimes, the headlights may have manufacturing issues that need to be resolved. Since driving without the headlights on is both a risk and an offense, it pays to know the things that might affect your headlights' performance.

One of the headlights is not functioning.

If only one of the lights is not working, you might be having a bulb issue. This is the easiest issue to troubleshoot since it requires only a visual inspection of the bulbs. If the bulb on the affected headlight has turned dark, remove it and replace it with a new one.

Headlights flicker on and off.

Intermittent power on the headlights can be due to any of the following: blown fuse, short circuit, and relay problem. Most headlights are equipped with automatically resetting circuit breakers. Sometimes, these circuit breakers trip and cause the headlights to turn off. The lights would only come back on once the breakers are reset. Inspect the circuit breakers and replace any wire that might have short-circuited. If the circuit breakers are clear, look into the fuse box to see if the one of the fuses have blown. Replace it with a new one with the same amperage and test the lights. However, if you see no problem on either the circuit breaker or the fuse, you need to check on the relay. There might be a loose connection or bad wiring that connects the relay to the computer.

Headlights don't appear bright as usual.

Dimming of the headlights usually happens when other car systems are in use. The electrical power tug-of-war is what's causing the headlights to appear muted. Turn off the other systems in your vehicle and see if the headlights' brightness has improved. If not, your car's battery or alternator may be weak and in need of replacement. If the bulbs and other headlight parts are working fine, but the light remains dim, you need to inspect the headlight covers for signs of fogging. The hazy covers may have diffused the lights' brightness. Clean the moisture and dirt buildup on the lenses and see if it makes any difference on the intensity of the lights.

Four Ways to Having Better Toyota Camry Headlights

Driving with bad headlights is like navigating the road blindfolded. You'll never know when another vehicle will come out of the road. Routine maintenance helps in keeping your Toyota Camry headlights in excellent condition. Here are some tips to get you started:

 

Check for headlight brightness.

 

Headlights become dim overtime. When they do, you'll have less illumination on the road. Other motorists won't be able to see your car from a distance, which is dangerous for your and their safety. Well-maintained headlights usually emit bright-white pools of light. If the illumination coming from your lamps is yellow and diffused, it's time to have the bulbs replaced.

 

 

Replace bulbs at the same time.

 

Bulbs are best changed as pairs. If you replace only one bulb and keep the other, your headlights' brightness will be uneven. Changing the bulbs at once also saves you time in the future-you don't need to spend your precious time hunched over your car, trying to change the remaining bulb.

 

 

Clean your headlights' lenses.

 

Your car's headlights are constantly exposed to ever-changing road and weather conditions. Because of that, you might notice your headlights' lenses becoming cloudy from all the dirt accumulation and oxidation. If you can't see the bulbs through the lenses, that means it's time for you to rub the headlight covers clean. A little bit of non-whitening toothpaste spread over a clean rug will do, if you don't have a plastic headlight cleaner. These will not only remove the dirt from the lenses, but also cover up some minor scratches on the surface.

 

 

Angle the lights properly.

 

You may not notice it while driving, but your headlights could be misaligned. Keeping them this way will obscure your sight of the road and distort oncoming motorists' vision. To check if your headlights are properly aligned, park your vehicle on a dim area and turn on the lamps. The headlights shouldn't be aimed too high or too low. If you're having a difficult time checking the alignment, ask another driver to sit with you in the vehicle and determine if the lights are already lined up properly.

 

Toyota Camry Headlight Buyer's Guide

Summary

  • Headlights are installed on the frontal corners of your vehicle. Sometimes called ‘headlamps,’ these lights illuminate the road ahead to make it visible even during the night.
  • The types of headlights are halogen, LED, and HID.
  • A typical Toyota Camry headlight usually cost around $70 to $300.
  • Having a faulty headlight would cost you to get a ticket from the local police. Also, having a faulty headlight is a recipe for danger.
  • Even if it is not completely burned out, dimming headlights can already make it difficult to see the road and other vehicles around.

 

The Toyota Camry was first sold in the United States in mid-1983. However, it was not the first car to be named “Camry.” This nameplate was originally used by a four-door sedan that was released on January 1980—the Toyota Celica Camry. The Celica Camry is a sedan version of the popular Celica coupes and hatchbacks released in 1979. It was not long when Toyota decided to split it off into two model lines.

 

The first Camry was a 1983 model with two body styles—a sedan and a hatchback. Unlike the sporty Celica, the first-generation Camry was a front-wheel drive. Since then, the Camry has evolved into different styles and trims. It has continued to become one of the best selling cars in America. 

 

One important component of every vehicle, including your Camry, are the automotive lightings. These lights are installed in vehicles to aid in navigation and driving. One important component of the vehicle’s lighting system are headlights. 

 

What are headlights? 

Before electric headlights were discovered, car lamps were lit with kerosene or acetylene. These lamps are said to be inefficient because acetylene and kerosene could freeze during the cold months. Thankfully, it was not long when electric headlights were already introduced to the automotive market. Aside from headlights being a necessary safety feature, some car owners also choose to upgrade their headlights to give their vehicle a fresh new look. 

 

Headlights are installed on the frontal corners of your vehicle. Sometimes called ‘headlamps,’ these lights illuminate the road ahead to make it visible even during the night. Although fog lights are recommended for extreme weather conditions, headlights can also be used to improve visibility during these times. It also helps other drivers see oncoming traffic. Because of this function, headlights are considered part of your vehicle’s safety components.

 

To turn your headlights on or off, you simply have to find the ‘headlight controls.’ Depending on the year and make of your Camry, this can be found near the dashboard or at a protruding lever near the steering wheel. The headlight switch usually comes with either an upside-down light bulb symbol or a sun. Headlights can be switched in two modes and these are the low beam and high beam. High beams provide extra illumination when it is very dark in the road where you are driving. However, it produces a very bright glare that can blind other drivers on the road. It can also decrease your visibility of the surroundings.

 

When using high beams, remember to switch it off 150 meters away from oncoming traffic. Low beam lights are used for short range illumination. It can provide enough illumination without blinding you and other drivers with its bright glare. 

 

What are the types of headlights? 

There are three types of headlight bulbs that can be used for your Camry. Most Camry variant comes with halogen bulbs but there are a lot of LED  and HID upgrade kits available if you want to upgrade your vehicle’s headlights. 

 

Halogen Headlights

Halogen bulbs are popular primarily because of its low cost. Halogen headlights use halogen gas mixed with tungsten-halogen filaments to generate light. Aside from its cost, one visible advantage of this type of bulb is its simplicity. Unlike newer technologies such as HID or LED,  Halogen lights come with simple straight wires. It is easy to detect the problem with this kind of bulbs because when it stops working, it automatically indicates that the filament is damaged. 

 

LED Headlights 

Upgrading to LED lights has become a trend. LED headlights are popular among newer car models. It can be more expensive than Halogen but the benefits that your Camry can get from it are said to be worth it. LED lights are energy efficient. This is because LED lights do not generate electricity through a filament. Thanks to science, LED lights illuminates with the use of the concept of ‘electroluminescence’. It does not rely on filaments but uses semiconductors to generate light. This illuminating process produces less heat compared to Halogen. 

 

Another advantage of using LED  headlights is that it is easy to retrofit or upgrade. LED headlights only take about thirty minutes to replace. 

 

HID Headlights

HID stands for High-Intensity discharge. This kind of bulb generate light through an electrical discharge that is sent through an ionised gas. It makes use of metal-halide salts mixed with xenon gas. 

 

HID headlights illuminate three times more than halogen but uses a very low voltage. The bright lights can make distant road signs visible to drivers. Because these bulbs produce a very bright light, they are usually installed behind the projector beam assembly. 

 

Brighter lights are no doubt an advantage since it means more visibility on the road, however, too much brightness can cause blindness on the road. 

 

How much are Toyota Camry headlights? 

A typical Toyota Camry headlight usually cost around $70 to $300. The price of your headlight will depend on the kind of bulb used. There are OE replacements and OE upgrades available for you to choose from. Some headlight options are sold with just the interior while some include the bulb itself. You can purchase headlights individually. Some are sold in pairs or in kits. Headlight interiors usually come either in black or chrome. 

 

Choosing the right fit for your Toyota Camry

There have been eight generations of Toyota Camry since 1983. To assure that your getting the most accurate fit for your vehicle, input the correct year, make, and model into your search engine. 

 

When should you change your headlights? 

Having a faulty headlight would cost you to get a ticket from the local police. Also, having a faulty headlight is a recipe for danger. Even if it is not completely burned out, dimming headlights can already make it difficult to see the road and other vehicles around. Usually, when one light bulb fades, the other one follows. It is advisable to replace both at the same time. Although some types of headlights are easy to install, it is advisable to contact your trusted mechanic to do it for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the beam light trajectory adjusted in a Toyota Camry headlight?

For a 2012 Toyota Camry, there's already an auto leveling headlight function. For Camry models from the previous years, there are vertical and horizontal adjustment screws located underneath the headlight bezels and under the hood. With a Phillips screwdriver or a Torx bit, these can be turned to adjust the beam light trajectory. Follow the suggested distance of the beam light using the headlight's center mark to achieve the correct beam trajectory.

 

How long does a headlight last in a Toyota Camry?

It will depend on how frequent the headlight is used. However, the type of headlight should also be considered. A halogen headlight can last for 450 to 1,000 hours, while a high intensity discharge or HID can reach up to 2,000 hours. It is advisable to replace one headlight at a time, so the lifetime of the headlight that's working can be maximized.

 

How much does a Toyota Camry headlight cost?

An affordable price for an individually sold Toyota Camry headlight starts at $14, while the expensive types can go as high as $300. A pair of headlights for the driver side and passenger side range from $75-$384. Always check if the headlight comes with a warranty plan to maximize its value, and to avail of a replacement if the part malfunctions.

 

Which is better when dealing with a foggy Toyota Camry headlight-get a DIY repair kit, or replace it altogether?

A crack may be the reason why there's fog in the headlight, so it needs to be checked first. If the crack is only a small one, an affordable DIY repair kit will do the job; but if the crack is already long and deep, then it's time to look for a new replacement because the fog will only recur, and water may soon seep in.

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