Before you start working on replacing your car's high-beam light bulbs, follow these safety tips. First, disconnect your car's battery. Next, inspect the housing of the light bulb for cracks or oil staining. Third, make sure you're using LEDheadlights instead of halogens. Lastly, don't forget to follow these safety precautions whenever you work on your car's headlight bulbs.
Disconnecting the battery before changing a blown headlight bulb
If you're doing this yourself, the first thing you need to do is unplug the battery. You can either pull the fuse or loosen the nut on the battery negative terminal. Be sure to label the bulb that has blown out. If you're working with electronics, disconnect the battery before making any changes. Then, take your socket wrench and loosen the nut on the negative terminal.
First, you need to check for corrosion or loose wires on the connector. You should also check the wiring harness for any corrosion or looseness. If this is the case, replace it as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may end up with a power surge and a damaged bulb. To do this properly, you will also need a car repair manual and a flashlight. If you don't have a spare set, you can consult a vehicle repair manual.
Inspecting the bulb housing
Checking the bulb housing is essential when replacing a broken or blown-out bulb. The bulbs can become damaged if the connectors are loose or the ring is cracked. Use pliers to remove broken bulbs. Avoid touching the broken bulb with your hands. Inspect the bulb with a digital voltmeter. The lowest setting on the resistance scale should be used. Touch the digital voltmeter probes to the contacts of the bulb. The digital voltmeter should beep. If continuity is present, the bulbs are safe to replace. Otherwise, the resistance is infinite or the circuit is overloading.
Hold the bulb by its plastic base. Use a tissue or cloth to protect your hands from the glass. Carefully push the new bulb into the socket. Make sure to align the tabs. Test the light bulb before putting it back into the housing. Turn on the headlights and check for illumination. If the light bulb does not illuminate, there may be a problem with the wiring. If you're unsure about wiring, visit a NAPA AutoCare Center. Make sure to lock the bulb and socket into the housing before putting it back in. Failure to do so may cause fogging and corrosion within the lens.
Checking for oil staining
Replace a burnt-out high beam light bulb as soon as possible. Oil staining on your vehicle's lights can cause an accident. This is especially true of high-beam bulbs, which are very sensitive to oil. You can use a rag or cloth to wipe off the stain, but if you can't do this yourself, visit a Jiffy Lube near you for assistance.
To avoid staining your car's headlight bulbs, wipe off the area with a tissue or rag to clean the area. Oils on the skin can damage glass bulbs, which could cause your headlights to burn out. Afterward, check the new bulb for oil staining by visually checking that it is fully in place. The metal cover should not show and the gasket should be lined up evenly.
LED headlights are superior to halogens
Compared to halogen high-beam lights, LED headlights generate more light. But a disadvantage of LED headlights is their angle of illumination, which is often a problem for incoming traffic. With HID cases or aftermarket kits, you can improve your headlight's angle of illumination. LED headlights produce up to 15000 lumens, whereas halogen headlights only produce about 1400 lumens.
LED headlights provide superior light output to halogen headlights, and are a popular choice for many vehicles. They last longer and are more energy-efficient than traditional halogen bulbs, and emit up to 30% lighter than their predecessors. They also have a higher initial price but are cheaper to buy, install, and repair than halogen bulbs.