What are headlight bulbs and how do they work?
Headlight bulbs are encased in a carefully designed housing that illuminates the roadways and makes your car visible to other drivers and pedestrians. They rely on the vehicle’s electrical system for power. There are many types of headlight bulbs in use today including sealed beams, halogen plug-in bulbs, LED (light emitting diode), and HID (high intensity discharge) bulbs. Some car models are sold with headlight options and a mechanic may rely on your car’s VIN to determine the type of headlight system in your vehicle.
All headlamps rely on reflectors in the lamp housing to focus the headlight bulbs. This allows the most useful pattern of light to be cast onto the roadway. Halogen bulbs have a gas that allows for additional light. HID bulbs use two electrodes within the bulb that charge the gas to produce the light. LED bulbs operate at a lower temperature and the light shown on the road tends to be lower than HID bulbs. All headlights are designed to provide a well lit driving path when natural sunlight is not enough.
When to replace headlight bulbs?
Bulb is blown out. All of the various headlight bulb types are replaced if the bulb itself has failed. This is the most common scenario.
Bulb has dimmed. Some bulb types, particularly halogen bulbs, will produce significantly less light output as the bulb filament ages from use. LED and HID lighting do not dim with age and thus are generally only serviced if the light source has failed.
Headlight circuit fails. Note that in some cases, the bulbs are not the underlying issue that leads to the need for replacements. Instead wiring to the bulb, terminal connections, bulb sockets, and system components could be the underlying problem.
How do mechanics replace headlight bulbs?
Halogen bulbs and sealed beams, which are generally modular plug in components, are accessible once the hood is raised.
The replacement procedure for LED and HID bulbs will depend on whether the light source itself is faulty or if it’s a component in the circuit. Removal procedures for sophisticated HID and LED systems vary by car model and mechanics follow the repair procedures in the factory service manual for your model.
For all bulb types, wiring and bulb sockets must be carefully inspected when replacing bulbs to ensure that the electrical connections are complete and secure.
Finally, the installed newly bulbs are turned on to ensure normal operation.
Is it safe to drive with a headlight problem?
Headlights must always be fully functional after dusk to drive safely. Should your car have a failed headlight and is driven only when there is adequate daylight, you can put off the repair until it is convenient. Working headlights are required by law in throughout the U.S. whenever the car is used on public roads from sunset to sunrise and in many other specified conditions as well, such as when it is raining or when visibility is reduced due to smoke, fog, or other factors.
WHEN REPLACING HEADLIGHTS KEEP IN MIND:
If a bulb does not have a visible filament that can inspected and tested, a mechanic might first test to see if there is power to the bulb. This is most applicable if your car has LED or HID lighting, which can fail if electronics in the circuit is faulty.
Halogen lamps and sealed beams should be replaced in pairs so that illumination levels are equal on both sides of the car.
Plastic lenses on many headlights degrade over time. Should there not be any issues with the bulbs, these can be replaced to restore your vehicle’s lighting system to a like new condition.
The condition of bulb sockets, the ground connection, fuses, and all components of the headlight circuit are important to proper and reliable functioning of the headlights and a mechanic should consider those aspects.
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Your car’s headlights should brightly illuminate the path before your vehicle so you can get to your destination safely. If your headlights reach a state of disrepair, you may struggle to see the roadway when traveling in low light conditions.
Whenever needed, you can have your stock, halogen and LED headlights repaired or replaced by a professional automotive technician to restore their full functionality.
CHANGING HEADLIGHT BULBS
Modern vehicles allow you to simply change the bulb in the housing to restore the bright characteristics of your headlights. Depending on your vehicle's build type, your technician may need to remove and replace the bumper during the LED headlight bulb installation process. When you plan to change a headlight bulb, also have the technician look over the other lights on your vehicle for dim or burnt out bulbs.
Securing Headlight Replacement
If your headlight housing develops a deep crack or is an older sealed unit, you will need a replacement, rather than a bulb replacement. The headlight replacement service can typically be completed quickly using hand and power tools. A Mobile technician can provide you with an estimated headlight replacement cost before starting the necessary service.
Headlight Restoration Options
If the headlight housing on your vehicle has a dulled finish you may only need to have that surface restored to increase the brightness of your lights. Technicians can quickly and efficiently perform the new headlight restoration using a few key tools. The headlight restoration service must be performed properly to avoid scratching or damaging the housing, which is why it is recommended to have a professional technician perform the service.
Seeing a Technician for Headlight Repair or Headlight Replacement
Anytime your headlights stop working or you feel like you are struggling to see the road at night, you should have a technician fully inspect your headlights. The technician can explain the reason for the reduced light output from your headlights and let you know if any repairs will be needed to return your vehicle to safe operating conditions. If it is not just a simple bulb replacement, you can have your headlights restored or replaced at that time. Stop by your local Omaha Mobile Mechanic Car Care Center or give them a call to discuss how we can keep your headlights in optimal working condition.
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It is easy to forget to maintain your vehicle's lights. As weather changes, the quality of these easily looked-over car parts becomes more and more important. Regularly change your bulbs as needed so you can See and be Safe. If the clarity of your headlights is not up to par, consider restoring those clouded, hazy headlights to crystal clear with our See and Be Safe 3M Headlight Restoration Service Package.
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Headlights are an item on our car that we might not realize are malfunctioning. We recommend walking around your vehicle with the lights on to check for any burnt out headlight, brake, fog and hi-beam bulbs and replace them immediately. For improved visibility, it’s also a good idea to have a headlight restoration performed. This service package will restore dull, cloudy, yellowed headlights.
FX Mobile Mechanic Services Omaha carries a full line of both replacement and high performance bulbs for your car, truck or SUV.
Over time, car headlights (headlamps) burn out and the headlight electrical system ages over time. It’s important to clean and check your car headlights. It’s unsafe to drive your vehicle if one of your headlights is burned out, or your view of the road is impaired by fading car headlights. Most vehicle headlights should last at least 18 to 24 months or longer.
If the electrical system to your car headlights is aging, or your car headlights are burnt out, come into your FX Mobile Mechanic Services Omaha where one of our experienced, ASE-certified automotive and tire professionals will replace your car headlights with a major brand like Sylvania bulbs and inspect the electrical connections to the headlights.
FX Mobile Mechanic Services Omaha proudly stocks popular headlight brands that are industry leaders in headlight technology. With major brands such as Sylvania headlight bulbs, the road ahead is illuminated far and wide, ensuring maximum visibility no matter the hour. Sylvania headlights are engineered for increased brightness, whiteness, peripheral visibility and down-road visibility.
When you get your car headlights replaced at FX Mobile Mechanic Services Omaha, all headlight bulbs come with a 90-day warranty. Illuminate your path with new headlight bulbs and, as always, drive confidently knowing your car was serviced at FX Mobile Mechanic Services Omaha. We service more than 40,000 vehicles a day.
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