It's but a plain, basic component, but the safety of your night-time driving greatly depends on the light bulb found in each component of the lighting and signaling system. When properly working, the clusters of light bulbs in the headlights, tail lights, and cornering lights can take your anxieties away as you drive through dark, poorly-lit streets. And when you're vehicle's easily noticeable on the road, you can avoid road misfortunes such as collisions and accidents. So make sure that your vehicle's lighting and signaling system is equipped with a topnotch set of light bulbs. Remember, most road accidents take place after sunset, when motorists are deprived of adequate visibility. Your vehicle must be able to illuminate the road ahead, while remaining visible to other motorists. When the time comes you need to replace a stock light bulb, Carparts is here to help.
• Improves road visibility for safe nighttime driving
• Emits a sufficiently bright illumination noticeable by other motorists
• Easy to install and relatively cheap
How to Choose a Car Light Bulb
Lights: where would we be without them? Our motor vehicle lights help provide us with added safety while driving. First of all, they help us see other vehicles even under harsh weather conditions. And secondly, they help us communicate with our fellow drivers through the use of turn signal, hazard, and brake lights. Given the importance of such components, you'll want to ensure that they're working at all times. This entails providing them with working light bulbs. Unfortunately, the bulbs of your ride will eventually wear out. The good news is you can easily have these bulbs replaced. But before you go buying the first bulb you see, here's a brief buyers guide to help you make a smart purchase.
Light Bulb Types
This is the oldest type of bulb and it features a tungsten filament that can last until 1,000 hours. The incandescent bulb is very affordable but its main flaw is its durability. Apparently, this bulb has trouble withstanding harsh weather conditions.
The bulb is actually a type of incandescent lighting. The only difference is that it provides a metal background that directs the light in specified direction, making it a more effective lighting system.
HID stands for High Intensity Discharge lighting, and it offers a number of advantages over incandescent lights. This light is much brighter than halogen lighting, and it also lasts longer. Also known as
xenon lighting, HIDs require less -frequent replacement thanks to its durability.
Light Emitting Diodes provide extremely luminous and very long-lasting lighting. LED lights appear to be the default bulbs of many automakers. However, HIDs still beat out LEDs thank to its efficiency.
Things to consider
- Bulb type- Durability and bulb longevity are your top considerations when shopping for a bulb. So buy one that guarantees both.
- Bulb placement- If you need a bulb for your headlights, then don't buy a bulb made for the brake lights.
- Compatibility- Some bulbs are designed for certain auto makes and models. Make sure that the one you're getting matches your ride.
Quick Steps to Replacing your Light Bulb
How many drivers does it take to screw in a light bulb? One, really. Replacing your busted light bulb is one of the easiest DIY jobs you'll encounter. So much so that you'll be able to do so in very little time and with even less effort. So if you want to restore the functionality of your lights, then here are a few easy steps to do so.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Protective Gloves
- Good lighting/ Flashlight
- Replacement Bulb
Step 1: Safety first, guys. Before starting, put on some safety gloves and glasses to ensure that you're safe throughout your DIY job.
Step 2: We recommend you do this in the day time for proper lighting. But if you have no choice but to do this at night, then be sure you have a flashlight to help you out.
Step 3: Locate the bulb you need to replace.
Step 4: Depending If the bulb you're replacing is in the front of your ride, then open up your hood. If the bulb is in the rear, then open up your truck. This will give you proper access to the bulb you wish to change out.
Step 5: Remove the wiring harness. You'll have to remove the plastic catch, metal clip, and screw cap in the process.
Step 6: Locate the light bulb, which may be behind a rubber seal.
Step 7: Remove the old light bulb.
Step 8: Wipe off the new bulb with a rag to remove any dust or other particles..
Step 9: Plug in the new light bulb.
Step 10: Reconnect the wiring harness and all other components.
Step 11: Close the hood/ trunk and test your lights if they're working properly.
Step 12: If your lights turn on when you activate them , then good job. Your DIY fix is finished!