Although the poet Dylan Thomas likely had something else in mind when he wrote that famous poem, the dying of your vehicle's dome light really is something to rage about. Your dome light makes it much easier for you to read, fasten your seatbelt, find anything you may have dropped, and check the back seat for sneaky intruders. It also tells you whenever any of your doors aren't closed properly. Fortunately, replacing a dome light is a simple matter, and feeling good about your purchase can be just as easy—if you have the right information.
LED takes the lead
If your original dome light was not an LED bulb, then it is high time that you made the switch to using LED bulbs. They consume less energy, require minimal maintenance, are much less fragile, and shine much brighter than any of the alternatives. Also, with a useful life expectancy of up to 50,000 hours (that's almost six years), you won't have to worry about replacing them any time soon.
Here are other points to consider when buying dome lights:
- Measure your dome light casing so that your replacement bulb will be an exact fit.
- Since you're already out buying dome lights, we recommend getting more than just one. See if you can fit dome lights in other parts of your vehicle such as at the bottom edge of your dashboard, your door pillars and panels, and underneath the front seats. That way, your vehicle's interior is well lit, especially the floor. However, avoid going overboard. Too much glare on your windshield can limit your visibility. A soft lighting effect would be ideal.
- A common problem with dome lights is when they stay on undetected throughout the day, draining your vehicle's battery in the process. Look into getting dome lights that have timers on their circuits. These timers switch off your dome lights if they've been on for too long.
- You can also look into creating the desired lighting effect with colored dome lights.
With your new dome lights, you can relax and go gently into that good night. Happy shopping!