How to Replace a Headlight Bulb (Tips and Tricks)

March 14, 2019

How to Replace a Headlight Bulb (Tips and Tricks)

Cant see that deer in your headlights?! One or both of your headlight bulbs may be burned out. Headlight or headlamp bulbs are easy to replace, usually only requiring you to remove a few clips to access the bulb. We are going to show you some tips and tricks when replacing your headlight bulbs.

Warning: Halogen headlight bulbs may shatter if they are scratched or dropped, so handle very carefully. Grasp the bulb only by its plastic case and do not touch the glass part. The oil from your hand could cause the bulb to break the next time the headlamps are operated. Keep halogen bulbs out of reach of children.

There is three bulb types in each headlamp, a low and high beam and the daytime running light. When purchasing headlights, look into your owners manual for the bulb type. It will tell you what bulb in the back where the specifications are. Also remember when purchasing a new bulb, try to find a box that isn't damaged. You don't want to get a box that has a bent corner because that could mean that someone dropped it. It may seem simple but it will help you pick out headlights that aren't going to blow out quickly. Remember the brighter the headlight, the shorter the bulb will last. Another tip is always replace your headlights in pairs, so when purchasing new bulbs, look for a pack with two.


Do not remove the burned out bulbs unless you can immediately replace it with a new one. If a bulb is removed for an extended period of time, contaminants may enter the headlamp and affect its performance.

To remove the headlamp bulb:

1. Make sure the vehicle is off and the headlights are off.
2. Lift hood and locate the headlamp bulb installed in the rear of the headlamp. Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by pulling the connector away from the bulb assembly.
3. Squeeze the bulb retaining clip toward the bulb until it releases. KEEP THE CLIP. You must use it again to hold the new bulb in place.
4. Carefully remove the bulb assembly from its socket by gently pulling it rearward without turning.
5. Do not touch the bulb with your bare skin! We recommend that you wear gloves when installing the new bulb, this will prevent your finger oils to touch the bulb causing it to wear prematurely.

Be sure that you have the proper replacement bulb ready before you discard the burned out bulb! And your done!

Now go test it out and see what it looks like! If you have any tips and tricks you want to add, comment below, we will add them into the article!

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