Top 7 car bulb DIY replacement and maintenance tips

Top 7 car bulb DIY replacement and maintenance tips

One of the frequently asked questions we get here at Clear light tech, is between LED and HID bulbs which is better? Although we’ve addressed this question in the past, we’ve also found out that car owners are still having trouble maintaining their choice of bulb for their car. With LEDs bulbs becoming the lighting of choice for car makers and car users who wish to enjoy brighter car lighting, we’ve compiled below a list of 7 car bulbs maintenance tips that car owners can carry out themselves. But first things first! 

DIY tips to keep your car’s lights clean

DIY tips to keep your car's lights clean
  • Know how to clean your headlights.

Keeping your car’s headlights and taillights clean is the easiest and best way to ensure they stay in a perfect working condition. Moisture can accumulate inside the head and tail lights, reducing beam strength and making the lights dirty. When you wash your automobile, you probably clean the headlight and taillight covers. However, the inside of the lamp must be cleaned as well. To learn how to remove the bulb cover and clean the lights, check out our article on how to clean the inside of a sealed headlight

  • Never change a single light bulb.

If your car requires bulb replacement, never do it for only one. Keep in mind that headlights and taillights are sold in pairs. You’ll need to buy new lights in pairs when you replace the component. This will ensure that your light remains consistent and evenly displayed while you drive.

  • Check the beam strength of the headlights

Headlights, like light bulbs in your home, can lose their beam power over time. As a result, if you see any signs of dimming, take your car to a mechanic to have the lights checked. If the lights are dimming, it’s time to replace them. Don’t wait until all of the lamps have gone out. Fix the problem once and for all.

  • Existing bulbs should Be upgraded (if required)

It’s simple to improve the beam strength of your car’s OEM head and tail lamps. This should be a good investment if you drive at night in locations that aren’t well-lit regularly. Some bulb upgrades can improve your car’s current beam strength. Consult a car mechanic to discover if your vehicle’s lights need to be upgraded.

  • Invest in LED bulbs.

LED bulbs are available for your car in the same way that they are for your home. These LED car bulbs, like the house bulbs, are brighter and more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs. As a cost-effective upgrade; talk to your mechanic about installing LED lighting in your car. However, if you prefer to do it yourself, here are some steps to upgrade your stock headlights to LED. 

  • Yellowing and haziness should be addressed.

The brightness of foggy or yellowed headlights is reduced. The yellowing of the headlights is partially caused by sunlight. It can also wear down the headlight’s polycarbonate, causing it to become dull and blurry. The yellowing of the lights might also be caused by chemicals and smog from your vehicle’s engine. Professional headlight restoration treatments can be used as part of car maintenance to restore the shine and brightness of your headlights quickly.

7 DIY steps for replacing burnt-out headlight bulbs

7 DIY steps for replacing burnt-out headlight bulbs


Step 1:

Before you begin, double-check that the headlight bulbs need to be replaced. Dirty headlights and not the bulbs inside may be the reason for a car’s poor lighting. As a result, maintaining the shine and cleanliness of your headlights is necessary for them to emit proper lighting.

Step 2:

The problem must be burnt-out bulbs if the headlights are in fine shape. As previously said, you must first know the type of suitable bulbs for your car before proceeding with the methods below. This information can be found in your car’s manual, or you can obtain it from any auto parts store. Tell the cashier your car’s model and year of manufacture, and they will recommend the best bulb for your car.

Step 3:

Locate the backside of the headlights by opening the car engine bay.

Step 4:

There is a plug attached to electric wires at the headlight base, and you must disconnect those wires before replacing the bulb. Because they are held in place by various materials, you must use a variety of disassembly methods that are compatible with their holders:
• If the holder is a plastic catch, take the plug out by pushing down slightly at the top.
• If the holder is made of metal, pull it up and away.
• If the holder has a screw cap, you’ll need a screwdriver to unscrew it.

Step 5:

Now that the bulb has been disconnected from the power wires, you can replace it with a new one.

Step 6:

Remember to use tissue or gloves to install the new headlight bulb to avoid oil on your skin from damaging it. Then wipe it clean with a tissue, replace it in the plug base, and reconnect the wires.

Step 7:

To test the new bulb’s efficiency, turn on the car headlight.


  • Car owner’s manual
  • Gloves
  • Screwdrivers
  • Correct bulbs for your model

Don’t wait till you get a fine for a broken headlight or you’re in the middle of a road danger because your car lights aren’t working correctly. Make it a habit to put the tips we’ve outlined in this article and incorporate a headlight restoration wipe into your regular maintenance plan to avoid any risk of a car accident. 

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