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How much does Headlight Bulb Replacement cost?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Honda Accord $79 $9.07 $70.00 32% $116.57
2013 Ford Expedition $90 $20.28 $70.00 29% $127.78
2004 Mazda 6 $80 $10.43 $70.00 31% $117.93
2010 Mercedes-Benz ML350 $89 $18.99 $70.00 29% $126.49
2010 Mini Cooper $90 $20.28 $70.00 29% $127.78
2008 Ford Mustang $90 $20.28 $70.00 29% $127.78
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Headlight Bulb Replacement Service

What are headlight bulbs and how do they work?

Headlight bulbs are encased in a carefully designed housing that illuminates the roadways and makes your car visible to other drivers and pedestrians. They rely on the vehicle’s electrical system for power. There are many types of headlight bulbs in use today including sealed beams, halogen plug-in bulbs, LED (light emitting diode), and HID (high intensity discharge) bulbs. Some car models are sold with headlight options and a mechanic may rely on your car’s VIN to determine the type of headlight system in your vehicle.

All headlamps rely on reflectors in the lamp housing to focus the headlight bulbs. This allows the most useful pattern of light to be cast onto the roadway. Halogen bulbs have a gas that allows for additional light. HID bulbs use two electrodes within the bulb that charge the gas to produce the light. LED bulbs operate at a lower temperature and the light shown on the road tends to be lower than HID bulbs. All headlights are designed to provide a well lit driving path when natural sunlight is not enough.

When to replace headlight bulbs?

  • Bulb is blown out. All of the various headlight bulb types are replaced if the bulb itself has failed. This is the most common scenario.
  • Bulb has dimmed. Some bulb types, particularly halogen bulbs, will produce significantly less light output as the bulb filament ages from use. LED and HID lighting do not dim with age and thus are generally only serviced if the light source has failed.
  • Headlight circuit fails. Note that in some cases, the bulbs are not the underlying issue that leads to the need for replacements. Instead wiring to the bulb, terminal connections, bulb sockets, and system components could be the underlying problem.

How do mechanics replace headlight bulbs?

  • Halogen bulbs and sealed beams, which are generally modular plug in components, are accessible once the hood is raised.
  • The replacement procedure for LED and HID bulbs will depend on whether the light source itself is faulty or if it’s a component in the circuit. Removal procedures for sophisticated HID and LED systems vary by car model and mechanics follow the repair procedures in the factory service manual for your model.
  • For all bulb types, wiring and bulb sockets must be carefully inspected when replacing bulbs to ensure that the electrical connections are complete and secure.
  • Finally, the installed newly bulbs are turned on to ensure normal operation.

Is it safe to drive with a headlight problem?

Headlights must always be fully functional after dusk to drive safely. Should your car have a failed headlight and is driven only when there is adequate daylight, you can put off the repair until it is convenient. Working headlights are required by law in throughout the U.S. whenever the car is used on public roads from sunset to sunrise and in many other specified conditions as well, such as when it is raining or when visibility is reduced due to smoke, fog, or other factors.

When replacing headlights keep in mind:

  • If a bulb does not have a visible filament that can inspected and tested, a mechanic might first test to see if there is power to the bulb. This is most applicable if your car has LED or HID lighting, which can fail if electronics in the circuit is faulty.
  • Halogen lamps and sealed beams should be replaced in pairs so that illumination levels are equal on both sides of the car.
  • Plastic lenses on many headlights degrade over time. Should there not be any issues with the bulbs, these can be replaced to restore your vehicle’s lighting system to a like new condition.
  • The condition of bulb sockets, the ground connection, fuses, and all components of the headlight circuit are important to proper and reliable functioning of the headlights and a mechanic should consider those aspects.

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Travis

8 years of experience
2 reviews
Travis
8 years of experience
Travis was Awesome! On time, very knowledgeable and he found out one major leak that I have and two trip to the shop went undetected! I will give Travis name to whoever need a mechanic to come you their home at half the price of my dealer!’ I am very very satisfied.
2007 LEXUS LS460 - HEADLIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT (PASSENGER SIDE LOW BEAM) - WINTER GARDEN, FLORIDA

John

24 years of experience
199 reviews
John
24 years of experience
Super cool guy who arrives prompt and quickly completes the job. I can’t imagi ever using something else for my car repair needs. Hooked for life!
2012 CADILLAC SRX - HEADLIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT (PASSENGER SIDE LOW BEAM) - DICKINSON, TEXAS

Kenneth

17 years of experience
335 reviews
Kenneth
17 years of experience
Kenneth did an amazing job! He was friendly and performed the work very quickly. He also did an awesome job explaining an electrical problem that existed within the car.
2006 VOLVO S60 - HEADLIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT (PASSENGER SIDE LOW BEAM) - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

David

13 years of experience
274 reviews
David
13 years of experience
David was extremely nice and accommodating and I felt that I could trust him to do what needed to be done and not recommend things that weren't necessary. I also felt that he knew what he was doing and would do a great job, which he did.
2009 TOYOTA AVALON - HEADLIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE LOW BEAM) - PLEASANT HILL, CALIFORNIA

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