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16th April 2021

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When Is It High-Time To Change The Headlights?

Car headlamps or Headlights are attached to the front part of a car, and they illuminate the path while driving the car in the dark. 

Maintaining or replacing car headlights at the correct time can save you from any potential harm, and it is a safer and smarter way to protect yourself and your car.

Car headlight needs time to time replacement, but the question is when should you replace your car headlight?

All About Car Headlights: Parts & Types

A car headlight should be replaced after an average time of 2,000 hours and 3,000 hours. In simple terms, you should replace your car’s headlight when the emitted light is not enough to see in the dark, or it is giving you constant trouble.

If your headlight maintenance gets tough, it is better to replace it instead of wasting your money and effort on maintenance. 

Car headlights are categorised into three parts:

  • Halogen: Halogens are the oldest type of headlights in a car, and they have been used for more than a decade.

  • Xenon: Xenon lasts longer as compared to Halogens, and they provide better light. Suppose compared to halogens, then there are better alternatives.

  • LED: LED headlights are the latest in the range of headlights. They are highly energy-efficient and effective light producers. LEDs are automotive light. 

Car Headlight Maintenance:- How to fix your car headlights

A car headlight is an integral part of a car and helps you stay safe at night. Without a car headlight, the risk of accidents in the night hours increases. It gets hard to spot a dead-end or puddle without a headlight. 

A headlight replacement can be costly depending on the quality and the brand of the headlight, so maintaining your headlight is necessary to avoid unnecessary expenditure. 

There are various ways by which you can maintain your car headlights. You can take it to a professional or a garage or do it yourself. 

  • Always Observe The Lights

The first step towards maintenance is observation. Observe the headlight and always note if any malfunction is reported. You can test the lights for any faults or failures

You can also take your friend’s help to observe any fault in your car’s brake lights.

  • Keep your headlights Clean And Polished

Proper maintenance also needs proper cleaning and polishing. Clean them regularly and remove dirt and debris from them. Any kind of mud or debris hampers the headlights and affects visibility. 

Dirty or fog may interfere in the proper functioning of the headlight. 

  • Replace Broken Or Defective Parts of the headlight

Always replace broken and defective pieces of your car headlight. Driving with a broken headlight can pose potential harm to you. A malfunctioning part may affect other parts of headlights also. 

If the damage is too much or irreplaceable, then it is advisable to change car headlights.

Car Headlight Replacement: Change Car Headlights

Car headlight replacement is done by professionals, but fortunately, you can also replace your car headlights by simply following these guidelines. How to replace a car headlight bulb?

A car headlight bulb replacement is simple for light-emitting-diode (LED) bulbs and high-intensity-discharge (HID). Rotating bayonet-style retainers or thin wire clips hold these bulbs in place. 

To find out how to change a car headlight bulb, you must know the type of bulb used in the headlight. You can look into the car manual or consult someone from an auto-parts store to know the type of bulb used in the headlight. 

Extract the bulb by opening the hood. Remove the lamp connections and the other parts like splash shields, air-cleaner housings, washer-fluid bottles for easy access to the bulb. 

Avoid touching the new bulb's glass as even slight contamination of oil or dirt can damage it. 

The headlight unit of the lamp or the housing should also be replaced if found damaged. 

Change the bulb and reinstall all the parts carefully in the car headlight.

Car Headlight Repair - 

Car headlight repair can also be done by using some DIY tips and tricks. You can use a repair manual or watch a YouTube video guide about repairing the car headlight. Ensure the manual or the video is specific to your car model; otherwise, experimenting with it can cause you a heavy loss.

Conclusion:- How often to replace headlights

Changing the headlights can sometimes be tricky, but consult a professional if you face too much trouble with it. Make sure you maintain your car headlights to avoid any unnecessary expenditure. 

You can also read about second-hand car batteries and car modification tips for proper maintenance of your car.

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