Getting a New Dodge Headlight Bulb
All thanks to your vehicle's headlights, you're able to drive safely even at night or in bad weather. So when the headlight bulb burns out, you should fix your headlights right away. Find the right kind of headlight bulb for your Dodge. To help you make the right decision and scour through tons of options, we've prepared a simple guide:
Questions to ask when shopping for a new bulb
Do you want a brighter/whiter bulb?
Most would probably want a brighter/whiter bulb, which has a higher light output and color temperature. However, this costs a lot more than the standard. If the regular bulb is fine with you, then you can just stick to it. But if you want increased illumination, be ready to pay more for this.
What matters more to you-the longer life of the bulb or better performance?
Better-performing bulbs, in terms of light output, usually have a shorter lifespan. This is because bulbs with a higher light output tend to run hotter as they give out more intense lighting. The standard bulb, meanwhile, can last longer. You can count on more years from this bulb, but this can't provide you with brighter lighting. At the end of the day, the decision will boil down on your preference.
What kind of look are you going for?
In terms of lighting intensity and style, you can't get the same thing from a halogen-based bulb compared to other types of headlamps. But you can use a conversion kit, which is available for the HID style and look. Just make sure that you're getting the lighting output that you need and the color temperature that you want. So before buying any kind of bulb or conversion kit, check the specs.
Other specs and details to consider
- Shop for a headlight bulb that will be compatible with your vehicle's headlight system. It should be able to fit into the assembly. It may also be best to replace headlights by pair. If the bulb on the other side has burned out already, chances are, the other one will be on its way out as well. By changing them by pair, you can get even illumination.
- Use a bulb color temperature guide. Not a lot of people are familiar with this. So before you start shopping for a bulb, consider the color temperature (which is measured in Kelvin) that you need or prefer. Halogen-based bulbs come in warm colors. The color temperature of these bulbs can be anywhere between 2000K and 4000K. The headlight bulb packaging will specify the color temperature.
- Check the wattage. Remember that higher wattage is equal to more lights. As you check this, also take note of the wattage for the low beam and the high beam.
- Browse through the available bulb selections from trusted brands. Trusted brands offer some of the reliable options. Check out what they have for your vehicle. You can always go for OEMs or search for aftermarket options. Just be sure to get the best value out of your money.