How to tell if your car needs to upgrade it’s lightbulbs. I am sure that everyone has heard at some point during his driving duties, the expression “eyes on the road!’
Well the lightbulbs are just that -the eyes of the car that keep lighting the way as we travel and help our own eyes to be able to do their task. The car’s lightbulbs do not only light our way in the night but also make us visible by other drivers or people and animals who walk near the city roads or the long highways. So it makes perfect sense not only to take care of the front headlights and thus the light bulbs inside them, but also the rear lights and the bulbs inside the car.
After all nobody wants to search for tiny little things like a hair rubber band, money change etc. or checking out his kids in the back of the car without having the necessary lighting assisting him on his task which is always for him and the passengers inside to reach safely their destination. We cannot ever stress enough the importance of a properly maintained car and the effect this has in our lives and the lives of others. And the lights of the car and their proper use of, is a very important part of our driving safety. The original lights to grace a car were tungsten filament lights but they were replaced with the halogen lighbulbs as we entered the 60’s.
They became a bit primitive though when the BMW company introduced the HID (High-Intensity Discharge Lamp) headlamp in the early 90’s and then -lucky 13- years later, AUDI invented the LED (Light-Emitting Diode) headlight e.g. diodedynamics.com/specialties/led-demon-eye.html. Halogen lights are still around these days but they will be replaced eventually by HID, LED or whatever futuristic light invention such as LASER will be used of next… The question inevitably rises. How can you tell if your car needs to upgrade it’s lightbulbs? We have cited the significance of proper car light function, so… These are the signs that your car’s lights are failing:
1. Dim Headlights. During the night pay attention at the intensity of the lights, as during time the lightbulbs may start to dim. That is a good sign that an immediate change is needed.
2. Hazy Headlights. Father time has its effect here also and so does oxidation from salt, UV rays, humidity and all kinds of stains that may follow him. A fresh polish or an upgraded replacement is required also.
3. Headlight is out. With the passing of time and extreme use the headlight will fail and will require upgrade.
4. Flickering Headlights. When and if headlights begin to fade or go on and off that is also a good sign that an upgrade is underway. Also be aware that a lightbulb upgrade as with every upgrade should be made with care. Most times you get what you pay, so the new bulbs that you choose must be quality built and suited to your country’s laws and to your car’s specifications. If you pick brighter headlights you should be aware that they have shorter lifespans. Cheap upgrades can often project missaligned headlight beams that can blind drivers of the opposite direction. Knowledge after all is power, and every responsible driver should also know as much about his car as possible.