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The headlights are a critically important party of your car and something that should always be in perfect working condition. Unless you’re good at driving by feel alone, your headlights are what allows you to drive safely at night.
The world of headlights has changed dramatically over the last few decades. Historically, “classic” filament bulbs were the norm, however, newer cars nowadays have stepped up into LED and even “High Intensity Discharge” (HID) lights. While they perform significantly better, improving the safety and visibility of your vehicle on the road, these new bulbs are often more difficult and expensive to replace.
Note, some vehicles have up to four bulbs (2x high beam and 2x low beam, left and right).
Much like indicator bulbs and brake lights, they show other motorists where you are and what you’re doing. They also have the added benefit of showing you the road ahead when in poor lighting conditions.
If the headlight isn’t already out, you may notice it flickering or not shining as brightly as before. The headlight bulbs may falter at different times, making it easier to see one starting to fail. In NZ, headlights are checked for their LUX output during your WOF, and this is a common failure point to consider.
While headlight replacements are not that complicated, in some cases the front bumper may need to be removed to gain access. The mechanic or auto electrician will first check that a fuse hasn’t blown, before replacing the bulb(s) and checking its operating properly.
The cost of replacement can vary greatly depending on the type of bulb. On top of this, there are often multiple bulbs requiring replacement. The cost for this ranges, and starts from around $75.
Absolutely. Without working headlights you will be unable to see or be seen in the dark, and lights with diminished performance are dangerous as well. On top of this, it is illegal in NZ to drive with broken headlights.
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