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Headlight bulb replacement Olathe KS

Headlight bulb replacement service in Olathe KS L&D Auto Specialists

Headlight bulbs improve driver visibility and alert pedestrians and other motorists to the presence of a vehicle. Glass, a low-pressure inert gas, a filament and wires are the main components of the bulbs. The bulbs produce a strong, constant light using electricity provided by the vehicle's charging system. The driver can adjust the brightness of the bulb to low or high beams. Motorists often use low beams at night or during inclement weather. Conversely, drivers often use high beams at night, when it is especially dark and no other light sources are available. When bulbs produce light at high beam settings, they can also cause glare, so drivers should be careful when using high beams near other people. Some high-quality bulbs perform optimally for several years. All headlight bulbs will eventually need to be replaced as their filaments deteriorate with use.

Why should you have L&D Auto Specialists perform headlight bulb replacement services?

When your lights no longer illuminate the road as brightly as they once did, it's time to pay us a visit so our service technicians can replace your headlight bulbs. Let us help you if one or more of your bulbs blow. We'll work with you to find the right replacement bulb for your vehicle's make and model. Our expert staff will ensure that your new headlights provide adequate visibility while causing little or no interference to other drivers. We understand how important it is for you to have reliable and functional headlight bulbs in your vehicle, and we would welcome the opportunity to help you locate and install the right replacements. Simply give us a call the next time your headlights start to dim.

How to replace a headlight bulb in 4 easy steps

It doesn't matter if you have the most expensive wheels if your headlights aren't working (and as we know from numerous movies and cop shows, a burned out light will result in an unwanted stop by a highway patrol). Fortunately, changing a headlight bulb is a simple procedure.

You will need the following tools:

  • Invest in a new bulb or bulbs - Be sure to purchase the correct type of bulb for your vehicle (your local auto parts store should be able to match a bulb to your make and model)
  • Alcohol wipes (for cleaning and holding the new bulb)
  • Phillips head screwdriver

Step 1: Identify the headlight bracket.

You will be accessing the headlight bulb from the engine compartment and not from the front of the vehicle. Open the hood and look for the headlight near the front of the car. It will be housed in a bulb holder, with a power connector (usually three wires) connecting it to the bulb.

Step 2: Disconnect the power wires.

Depending on your vehicle, the power wires connect to a socket at the base of the headlight and are held in place by a plastic latch, metal clip, or screw cap. Push down on the small lever at the top of the plastic latch while pulling the plug. If it is a metal clip, pull it up and away while holding it. If it is a screw cap, turn it counterclockwise to unscrew it.

Step 3: Remove the old bulb.

Once you have disconnected the wires, you should be able to remove the back of the headlight bracket and remove the old bulb by holding it by the base. In some cases, you may need to twist the bulb slightly to free it.

Step 4: Clean and replace the bulb.

Use tissues or gloves to handle the new bulb; you don't want oils from your skin to come in contact with it. You should also clean it thoroughly with an alcohol wipe before installing it. When the bulb is finished, insert it into the socket base. If it is properly installed, no part of the bulb's rubber gasket will be visible. Once the bulb is installed, replace the headlight bracket and reconnect the power wires. Be sure to test the bulb by turning on the headlights.

Step 5: Replacing the tail light bulbs

The procedure for replacing the taillights (including the brake lights) differs slightly from that for replacing the headlights. On some models, the housing containing the bulb is unscrewed from the outside, while on others, it must be unscrewed from the inside of the trunk. After unscrewing the housing, you may encounter tabs, screws or small knobs so that you can open the taillight cover and access the bulb (be sure not to lose the screws if you have to remove them). You won't need to remove the electrical wiring, but be careful not to pull the housing out too far and tear the wires.

To unscrew the bulb, you should be able to pull it straight out (as is the case on most modern vehicles) or push it in and unscrew it at the same time. Replace the housing and refit once the new bulb is installed (screws, tabs, knobs, etc.). Again, be sure to test the bulb by turning the key and applying the brakes.

What causes a car's headlights to fail?

Old age

The most common cause of a burned out light is age. You could be driving along and not notice that one of your headlights is out, and then because the other one is the same age, it could just go bad in a matter of weeks. Suddenly, the problem becomes frighteningly obvious.

Extreme cold and heat

In addition to age, extreme cold or heat can cause headlights to melt. Temperature fluctuations can affect the bulb's delicate filament.

The oxidation process

Another cause of dimming of the lights in newer halogen bulbs is oxidation of the plastic housing, which causes it to appear white or yellowish. This reduces the beam of light that helps drivers see the dark road ahead. In that case, the entire headlamp assembly would have to be replaced.

Cracks in the bulb housing.

Also, since halogen bulbs can't withstand moisture, any cracks in the housing can cause them to burn out. So you could put in a new bulb and it would melt in a day or two due to moisture. Also, these bulbs can't be touched with your fingers. If you install them, you have to wear rubber gloves because the salt from your sweat will burn the bulb.

Have a backup plan in case your headlight burns out while driving. When you're on the road, be sure to drive safely.

We understand how important it is for you to have reliable, functional headlight bulbs in your vehicle, and we would welcome the opportunity to help you locate and install the right replacements. Simply contact L&D Auto Specialists online or by phone the next time your headlight bulbs begin to dim.

How to install new headlight bulbs?

It doesn't matter if you have the most expensive wheels if your headlights aren't working (and as we know from numerous movies and cop shows, a burned out light will result in an unwanted stop by a highway patrol car). Fortunately, changing a headlight bulb is a simple procedure.

  • Invest in a new bulb or bulbs: be sure to purchase the correct type of bulb for your vehicle (your local auto parts store should be able to match a bulb to your make and model)
  • Alcohol wipes (for cleaning and holding the new bulb)
  • Phillips head screwdriver

Find the headlight bracket

You will be accessing the headlight bulb from the engine compartment and not from the front of the vehicle. Open the hood and find the headlight near the front of the car. It will be housed in a bulb holder, with a power connector (usually three wires) connecting it to the bulb.

Disconnect the power wires

Depending on your vehicle, the power wires connect to a socket at the base of the headlight and are held in place by a plastic latch, metal clip, or screw cap. Push down on the small lever at the top of the plastic latch while pulling the plug. If it is a metal clip, pull it up and away while holding it. If it is a screw cap, turn it counterclockwise to unscrew it.

Remove the old bulb

Once you have disconnected the wires, you should be able to remove the back of the headlight bracket and remove the old bulb by holding it by the base. In some cases, you may have to twist the bulb slightly to free it.

Clean the old bulb and replace it

Use tissues or gloves to handle the new bulb; you don't want grease from your skin to come in contact with it. You should also clean it thoroughly with an alcohol wipe before installing it. When the bulb is finished, insert it into the socket base. If it is properly installed, no part of the bulb's rubber gasket will be visible. Once the bulb is installed, replace the headlight bracket and reconnect the power wires. Be sure to test the bulb by turning on the headlights.

Cost to replace headlight bulbs in your car in Olathe KS by L&D Auto Specialists

If your headlight problem is caused by a faulty bulb, replacing it will not be expensive. However, the cost of headlight bulbs varies greatly depending on the type of bulb used. The cost of headlight bulb replacement is determined by whether your car's headlights use halogen, HID or LED bulbs.

Halogen bulbs are by far the most affordable replacement bulbs. Replacement halogen bulbs can be purchased for as little as $10. If you want to avoid changing bulbs again soon, you should consider upgrading to an eco-friendly or long-life bulb. These are a few pounds more expensive, but will last much longer.

The cost of replacing HID bulbs is higher. The price of a standard HID bulb can range from $30 to $100, depending on the fixture and brand of bulb. HID bulbs, on the other hand, last much longer than halogen bulbs, so you'll save money in the long run.

LED bulbs are the most expensive of the three types of headlight bulbs. LED bulbs typically range in price from $65 to $155 for replacement. However, just as HID bulbs last longer than halogen bulbs, LED bulbs have a significantly longer life than their less expensive counterparts. LED bulbs may only need to be replaced once or twice during the life of your vehicle.

How much does it cost to replace a headlight?

The cost to replace a bulb and headlight varies greatly depending on the make and model of your car, as well as whether you do the work yourself or have it done by a dealer or mechanic.

The average price for a halogen bulb is $15 to $20. For installation, labor charges can be $50 per headlight.

A halogen bulb costs $15 to $20 on average, according to aftermarket retailer AutoZone, while HID bulbs typically cost $100 or more.

Headlight bulb replacement frequently asked questions

What is the service life of headlamps?

Halogen headlamps have an average life of 4 to 6 years. It depends on how much night driving you do and how long the headlights are used (day or night). HID headlight bulbs have no filament and therefore last much longer (10 years or more), while LED headlights have no filament or glass bulb and last tens of thousands of hours, which is usually the life of the vehicle.

What are the causes of headlight failures?

The incandescent or halogen bulb filament is the weak link. It is fragile and operates at extremely high temperatures. The filament thins and eventually breaks over time. Excessive vibrations (such as driving on exceptionally rough roads) can also cause the filament to fail prematurely. Stones kicked up by traffic can also cause the headlamp to fail if they penetrate the outer casing and strike the bulb inside.

Electrical faults in the headlamp wiring, connectors, relays or lighting control module can also cause a headlamp to stop working.

Do headlamps dim over time?

Yes, but the amount of dimming is only about 10% over the life of the bulb. Tungsten particles that evaporate from the hot filament over time form a dull gray or blackened coating on the inside of the bulb, which reduces light transmission through the glass and reduces light output.

How much should a headlight replacement cost?

Most auto parts stores sell standard halogen bulbs for $12 to $17 each (less if you buy a two-pack). High-performance halogen bulbs that produce more light can range from $15 to $23 per bulb (less if you buy a two-pack). HID bulbs are much more expensive, costing $100 to $150 per bulb. Depending on the application, a sealed beam headlight for an older vehicle can cost between $15 and $25.

Do both headlights have to be replaced if one of them has blown?

That's right. Since both headlights have the same number of hours of use, if one burns out, the other is probably reaching the end of its useful life as well.

How do you replace a headlight?

Halogen and HID bulbs are usually inserted from the engine compartment at the rear of the headlight housing. Many bulbs have a twist-lock mechanism. The bulb is unlocked by turning the bulb connector counterclockwise, then pulling the connector out and replacing the bulb.

Some bulbs are held in place by metal clips on the back of the headlight, which must be carefully removed to change the bulb.

On some vehicles, access to the rear of the headlight housing may be restricted or blocked by other components, so you may have to remove some covers, moldings or the headlight housing itself to change the bulb.

DO NOT touch the glass with bare fingers when installing a new bulb because oils from your skin can contaminate the glass and cause it to break when the bulb heats up. Handle the bulb by the plastic base only.

Are headlight bulbs worth upgrading?

It all depends on what you want. If you drive a lot at night and are tired of changing bulbs, buy a pair of long-life bulbs that provide 2 to 3 times the life of a standard bulb.

There are bulbs that provide brighter, whiter light output for better nighttime visibility. However, the trade-off for longer bulb life is usually a shorter bulb life. Check the product packaging to see what the manufacturer says about bulb life and light output.

What exactly are fog lights?

When it is raining and humid, fog lights are yellow-colored lights that cut through fog and haze better than white lights. When there is a lot of moisture in the air, yellow light produces less glare and glare than white or bluish light.

What exactly are daytime running lights?

Daytime running lights are lights that stay on whether the vehicle is being driven at night or during the day. Daytime running lights can be adjusted to 50% of their normal brightness to extend the life of the bulbs. The purpose of daytime running lights is to increase the visibility of your vehicle to other drivers and pedestrians.

What distinguishes LED headlamps from HID or halogen headlamps?

LEDs are solid-state light-emitting diodes used in headlights, taillights and trim lights. They do not have a filament or a glass bulb. When the LED is turned on, the surface of the LED glows brightly, producing visible light. Various coatings are used to change the color of the light. LED lights consume much less energy than incandescent or halogen headlights and typically last the life of the vehicle.

Do LED headlamps generate more or less heat than halogen headlamps?

It all depends on where the temperature reading is taken. The tungsten filament inside a halogen headlight is about 4,600 degrees Fahrenheit, while the surface of the bulb itself can be 160 degrees Fahrenheit or more. That's certainly hot enough to burn your fingers. By comparison, the front surface temperature of an LED headlight can be half that, between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the back of the LED, where the electronics and heat sink are located, can reach temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can LED headlights be used in place of standard halogen headlights?

Yes, aftermarket conversion kits are available that allow standard halogen headlight bulbs to be replaced with LED bulbs. The main advantage is that the new LED lights should last for the life of your vehicle, eliminating the need to replace bulbs every few years. Custom LED lights can also provide different colored (whiter/brighter) illumination for improved visibility at night. Replacement LED lights are also available for halogen taillights and brake lights.

How is headlamp brightness measured?

The amount of light produced can be measured in either lumens or candelas. Both units of measurement are measured differently, but both express the intensity or brightness of the light at a given distance from the source. The brighter the light source, the higher the rating in lumens or candelas. The brightness of a light has nothing to do with its color, only its intensity.

How is the color of headlamps determined?

Visible light has a wide range of wavelengths. The color of light emitted by headlamps is measured in degrees Kelvin. Lights can have a color temperature ranging from 3000 K (yellow) to off-white (4300 K), pure white (5000 K) and bluish white (6000 K). The color temperature of most standard halogen headlamps is about 4300 K. The color temperature of daylight is about 5800 K.

Vehicles serviced

Because of our strong partnerships with local parts suppliers, we can deliver top-quality parts for any make or model very fast. In many cases, we can complete auto and body repairs the same day! All of our technicians/mechanics are experienced on both domestic and imported vehicles, including:

Foreign cars:

Import european cars:

  • BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Fiat, VolksWagen (VW), Volvo, Mini Cooper, Saab, SmartCar, Porsche, Masterati, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Range Rover, Lotus

Japanese and asian cars:

  • Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Hyundai, Suzuki, Subaru, and Kia.

Domestic cars:

  • Ford: Lincoln, Mercury, Continental.
  • General Motors: Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer.
  • Chrysler: Jeep, Dodge, Plymouth, and Ram Trucks.

About Olathe KS

Olathe KS

Olathe is the county seat of Johnson County, Kansas, United States. It is the fourth-most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area and Kansas, with a 2010 population of 125,872. By 2019, the Census Bureau estimated Olathe's population had grown to 140,545.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 60.42 square miles (156.49 km2) of which 59.66 square miles (154.52 km2) are land and 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2) is covered by water. Olathe has two public lakes: Lake Olathe with 172 acres (0.70 km2) of water surface and Cedar Lake with 45 acres (0.18 km2).

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Jose was extremely helpful and fixed above and beyond what was needed. Only fixed what was needed very honest

Took my BMW 325ci here after a previous mechanic botched a no start job. Jose was extremely helpful and fixed above and beyond what was needed. Only fixed what was needed very honest. Highly recommend.

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I have referred my two god daughter to them for service on their vehicles, and they were both satisfied.

L&D HAS WORKED ON MY BMW, Caddy,.Chevy, and my Plymouth truck. A great job each time. I have referred my two god daughter to them for service on their vehicles, and they were both satisfied.I always checked other repair shop for estimates on the same job before going to L&D. L&D has always been fair and reasonable. I recommend them.

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