When one of the lights in your car goes out, you automatically assume that you have a bad light bulb. But when you've changed the bulb and you're still left with a busted car light, it's about time you get to the root of the problem-your bulb socket. Here are the things you need to know when buying new sockets for your car:
Light bulb types
Bulb sockets vary according to the types of lights in your car. Is your headlight or tail light busted? Then you should get a Push-and-Turn (PT) socket. This type of bulb socket is lightweight, and its simple design is made to fit rear-combination lights and turn-signal lamps. Bulb sockets of lights that are exposed to harsh environments are fitted with standard wedge-type sockets. Wedged sockets are more durable, and these offer a robust design made for rougher applications. So if your door courtesy lamp or black plate light needs a socket replacement, it's best to go for this kind of bulb socket.
Your bulb socket's voltage will depend on the power requirement of your car light. Generally, smaller light bulbs, such as the ones found on your car's ceiling, require less power. So if you need to replace the bulb sockets of your interior lights, you should get one that is between 6 to 8 volts. On the other hand, bigger and more specialized lamps-such as tail lights and headlights-require bulb sockets with a voltage of 12 to 14 volts.
Out of all the materials used for bulb sockets, porcelain is the most popular. Its ability to insulate electrical current makes it a popular choice among manufacturers and widely used for different kinds of bulbs. However, if you're looking for a bulb socket that is more durable, a ceramic-type bulb socket would be your best bet. It is more resistant to heat, and it prevents your light assembly from melting down.