Maybe you were rear ended at the drive-thru. Maybe your incandescent headlight burned out, again, and you’re looking to upgrade to something brighter or more efficient. Maybe you’ve been driving around with a broken blinker or tail light and you didn’t know until you got pulled over. For whatever reason, you’re in the market for some Automotive LED replacement bulbs.
The first step in solving your problem is diagnosing it. Here are a few tips in recognizing you have a burnt out headlight, turn signal, tail light, or brake light.
Diagnosing a Broken Headlight
A burnt out, or even dimming, headlight is relatively easy to notice yourself. You may notice that it’s been more difficult to drive at night recently, that your headlights are flickering, or that the light ahead of your car looks one-sided or uneven. These are all signs that your headlight is either burnt out or reaching the end of its lifespan. Consider upgrading your incandescent or halogen bulbs to LED headlight bulbs, which provide more light output where you need it and a more modern appearance.
Diagnosing a Broken Turn Signal
If there’s an issue with your turn signal, usually your car will tell you. Many vehicles are programmed to double the speed of the blinker’s “click” noise when the light is burning out, also known as hyperblinking or hyperflashing, as a signal to the driver that they need a replacement. Although your car may tell you only one blinker needs to be replaced, it’s always a good idea to replace both blinkers at once. After all, they are typically installed at the same time so if one blinker is out, chances are the other one is close to burning out as well.
Diagnosing a Broken Tail Light or Brake Light
Some newer cars will alert you on the dashboard when a tail or brake light has burnt out, but many cars still rely on the driver noticing the burnt light on their own. If you suspect that your brake or tail lights have gone out, test them by having a friend stand behind your car as you press the brakes. Like the blinkers, it’s a good idea to replace these lights in pairs.
Finding the Right Replacement Bulb
Once you’ve identified the problem, you need to determine what size bulb you need. Often times your owner’s manual will have a bulb specification chart that will list the bulb size or bulb number of all the incandescent or halogen bulbs on your vehicle. Once you determine what size bulb you need, you can shop our Bulbs By Size.
Alternatively, you can search for the automotive LED replacement bulbs you need for your specific vehicle using the By Vehicle tool on our site. Simply enter your car’s year, make, and model in our search tool and you’ll see all the replacement bulbs we offer for your vehicle.
Installing an LED Replacement Bulb
Finally, the fun part: installing your new automotive LED replacement bulbs. Replacing the headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and blinkers is usually a simple task that most people can do at home with no problem. Simply reference your vehicle’s owners manual for instructions on accessing the bulb. Then unplug the factory bulb from the socket and insert your new LED bulbs into the socket. It’s that easy!
We’ve also created hundreds of vehicle specific installation videos that show step-by-step how to install automotive LED replacement bulbs on your vehicle. Check them out on the Diode Dynamics YouTube Channel!