How Long Does a Reverse Light Bulb Last?

Your car is equipped with a wide range of lights, from the headlights to the taillights to the interior lights that help you see when getting in or out of the vehicle in the dark. This includes your reverse or back up lights. They’re one of the most frequently ignored, yet important lights on your car.

Your car’s reverse lights are actually safety features. They provide a number of different benefits. These bulbs alert other motorists and pedestrians behind you that you’re about to back up the car. They also provide visibility for backing up in low-light situations (reverse light lenses and bulbs are clear, providing brighter illumination).

When you shift your transmission into reverse, the reverse light bulbs should turn on. Having operational back up lights is actually required by law in most states, as well. Of course, because they turn on every time you put your car in reverse, those bulbs will wear and eventually fail.

There is no set lifespan for a reverse light bulb. A lot depends on the type of bulb, as well as how often you put your car in reverse. Most conventional reverse light bulbs will last for at least 5 years, but LED lights can last for up to 12 years or more. Of course, there may be additional problems to consider if your reverse lights don’t work. For instance, there could be a blown fuse (one of the most common problems with inoperable electronics). The reverse sensing switch could also have failed.

While you probably don't think much about your back up lights, they’re important parts of your car and help enhance your safety as well as the safety of others. It’s important to know the signs of failure:

  • One reverse light bulb is not working (this indicates a burned out bulb, rather than a fuse problem or an issue with the switch)

  • Neither reverse light bulb comes on (could be two burned out bulbs, a blown fuse, or another problem)

  • Reverse lights work intermittently (indicates a problem in the wiring, and not a blown bulb)

Given the importance of having operational back up lights, it’s vital that you have them checked if they are not operating. YourMechanic can help. One of our mobile mechanics can come to your home or office and inspect the bulbs, the wiring, the fuse and other components, and replace anything necessary.


Next Step

Schedule Reverse Light Bulb Replacement

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Reverse Light Bulb Replacement. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Reverse Light Bulb Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating

(16)

Rating Summary
16
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0

Attila

19 years of experience
906 reviews
Attila
19 years of experience
Volkswagen Tiguan L4-2.0L Turbo - Reverse Light Bulb Replacement (Driver Side) - Paterson, New Jersey
He was very quick and efficient. Very informative and explained everything that he was doing very well. He was also very friendly and it was a good experience overall.
Chevrolet Malibu - Reverse Light Bulb Replacement - East Orange, New Jersey
Attila was great. He arrived well in advance of the appointment time. He was pleasant, professional and knowledgeable. I was very pleased with the work he did and the suggestions he recommended. I would be happy to tell others about him and use him again at any time.

Cameron

14 years of experience
95 reviews
Cameron
14 years of experience
Chevrolet Impala V6-3.9L - Reverse Light Bulb Replacement (Passenger Side) - Tacoma, Washington
This is my first time booking Cameron and he was on time, did the job in timely manner and was very professional. He showed me what he did after finishing the job and explained it nice and neat I appreciated that. I will book Cameron again and do recommend him!

Benji

22 years of experience
277 reviews
Benji
22 years of experience
Volkswagen Tiguan L4-2.0L Turbo - Reverse Light Bulb Replacement (Passenger Side) - Scottsdale, Arizona
Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

David

25 years of experience
180 reviews
David
25 years of experience
Ford Fusion L4-2.3L - Reverse Light Bulb Replacement (Passenger Side) - Ocala, Florida
David is well informed, prompted and curtius. I will recommend him.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

How Long Does a Parking Brake Warning Switch Last?
Your Your car is equipped with a parking brake that helps prevent the car from rolling when parked on a slope. This is a separate system from your primary brakes, and you must manually engage and disengage it each time....
How to Add Neon Lights to Your Car
Have Have you ever been to a car show and seen those colored lights beneath the car? These neon lights can be used to give your car a unique aura as you drive through the night. With advancement of LED...
How to Install Undercar LED Lighting
Underglow lighting attracts attention and adds a futuristic look to your car. Install LED lighting yourself with an LED light kit.

Related questions

How do I turn on or turn off the illuminated entry?
The illuminated entry system is a light system that helps light up your car when it is unlocked. When the illuminated entry is turned on, the courtesy lights help you enter your vehicle easily when you’re in the dark. The...
How do I use the front reading lights?
The front reading lights are available so that you can have light in the cabin of your vehicle even when it is dark out. They also double as the courtesy lights when your car is unlocked. The front reading lights...
How do I turn on the high beams?
The high beams give your vehicle added visibility when it is dark out. To turn them on, push the turn signal lever (protruding from the left side of the steering wheel) forward until it clicks into place. A light will...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com