Toyota Camry Headlight Buyer's Guide
- 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 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.
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 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.