Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. How Long Does a Reverse Light Bulb Last?

How Long Does a Reverse Light Bulb Last?

reverse light bulb

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.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

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

More related articles

Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP)...

Related questions

Q: Reverse lights won't turn on when I put it in reverse. Dark blue wire has power, light green (reverse) wire has no power.

Hi there. Remove the fuse to the reverse lighting system. On the side that does not have power, use a digit ohm meter and check for resistance. The meter should read OL (out of limits). Now, turn on the ignition...

Q: How do I customize the Remote Unlock Light Feedback?

When the Remote Unlock Light Feedback feature is turned on, then the vehicle’s exterior lights will flash when the remote keyless entry (RKE) transmitter is used to unlock the doors. Turning the Remote Unlock Light Feedback feature on or off...

Q: brake lights and turn signals on all the time and break lights don't work.

Hello. From what you describe, it appears that your vehicle may be experiencing electrical issues. If the brake lights are staying on at all times, then the first thing I would do is check the stoplight switch. If it is...