Car Light Bulb Fitting Guide

Car Light Bulb Fitting

It is important to choose the correct bulb for your specific vehicle. If unsure, it’s best to consult the vehicle’s handbook or speak to a local dealer and get the full information in terms of wattage and size.

If you are replacing just the bulbs in a vehicle’s lights, the most important tip is to not touch the glass lens with your fingers. Grease from fingertips can affect the glass and reduce the life of the bulb. Whilst installing the new bulbs, always hold them by the metal base or whilst wearing clean gloves. It is also advisable to replace both sides at the same time, so the vehicle’s lights will have a consistent level of light.

The basic steps to replacing a car’s bulbs will be as follows:

  1. Make sure the ignition is turned off.
  2. Locate the bulb holder and remove any wires connected to it. There is usually a clasp or metal pin holding them in place.
  3. Carefully remove the bulb from its housing; in some cases the bulb needs to be rotated slightly to remove it fully.
  4. Without touching the glass of the new bulb, carefully place it into the housing – make sure the bulb is securely held in place.
  5. Plug the wires and bulb holder back into position, then turn the ignition back on and test the light to ensure it works fully.