How Long Does a Tail Lamp Bulb Last?

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All vehicles are required by law to have operating tail and brake lights. Your tail lights may be the same bulb as your brake lights (a dual filament setup) or they could use a separate bulb. In any case, you need working lights or you risk not only a ticket, but creating an unsafe driving situation for yourself and others.

Tail lamps are use in conjunction with your headlights, as well as your daytime running lights. They provide additional visibility in the rear, allowing drivers behind you to see your car in low-light situations (fog, rain), in the dark, and in the glare of direct sunlight (when used with daytime running lights).

Your tail lamp bulbs see more use than almost any other bulb on your car, with the exception of the headlights. They’re on any time you turn on your headlights, of if your daytime running lights are on. That’s a lot of use. However, the real determining factor is the type of bulb used. Some bulbs can last for up to five or six years (traditional, incandescent bulbs). However, LED bulbs have a life expectancy of 12 years or more.

Another factor that can affect the life of the vehicle is the amount of voltage being sent through the wiring. The higher the voltage, the shorter the lifespan of the bulb. You’ll also find that the areas in which you drive can reduce the lifespan of your tail lamp bulbs. For instance, if you drive over bumpy roads, down dirt roads, or in off-road situations often, the increased vibrations can break the filament in your tail lamp bulbs (note that this doesn’t affect LEDs the same way).

If your tail lamp bulb fails, you run the risk of getting a ticket, or even worse, being involved in an accident because a driver behind you could not see your car in time to stop. There are very few symptoms to watch for that indicate you need to replace the bulb:

  • Tail lamp not working (one bulb out is generally a bulb failure, but if both are out, it may be the fuse)
  • Tail lamp working intermittently (this indicates a wiring problem, not a bad bulb)

If your tail lamp bulbs are out, a certified mechanic can help to inspect or replace the bulbs, the fuse, the wiring and have you back on the road safely in no time at all.


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Alfred

11 years of experience
335 reviews
Alfred
11 years of experience
Volkswagen Beetle - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side, Passenger Side) - San Francisco, California
Was incredibly helpful, really good service, solved my problems and then some. I would definitely recommend Alfred and Your Mechanic from this experience.
Toyota Prius - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side, Passenger Side) - San Francisco, California
I spoke with customer service the day before to confirm that Alfred knew about my issue with my taillights. He was nover made aware, so did not have the part. I had to follow him to the store to purchase and have him fix it. Alfred is great, but this is the second time he has been sent to my home with either the wrong part or no part.

Robert

29 years of experience
567 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience
Toyota Prius - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side, Passenger Side) - Mountain View, California
He called me saying that he could come by an hour early. Very friendly and quickly diagnosed my car's issue as well as a deeper problem with the fuses. Great experience! Love YourMechanic and recommending it to friends!
Toyota Highlander - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Passenger Side) - San Jose, California
Robert was quick. He changed the light bulbs and performed the inspection. He gave tips on car maintenance too.

Hernandes

5 years of experience
10 reviews
Hernandes
5 years of experience
Ford Fiesta - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side) - San Jose, California
First time using this service. Hernandes let me know that he was running 15 minutes late from his last job which was fine because I got a chance to eat dinner before he arrived. I was very impressed with his friendly and professional manner. He answered all my questions and let me watch him work. I highly recommend Hernandes!

AUDIE

31 years of experience
188 reviews
AUDIE
31 years of experience
Volkswagen Beetle - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Passenger Side) - Las Vegas, Nevada
Audie was fantastic! He spent time making sure that all of my concerns/issues were dealt with; going the extra mile. I will definitely go with Audie for my next fix-up.

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