How to Troubleshoot Issues with Your Vehicle’s Headlights

April 23rd, 2020 by

Common Reasons Why A Car’s Headlights are Dim

Drivers rely on headlights to help them in low visibility conditions. Unfortunately, all sorts of issues can result in headlights that are too dim or fail to work at all. Trying to figure out why your headlights aren’t working? We’ve created a complete list of common reasons why a car’s headlights are dim to help drivers troubleshoot the issue and find a solution.

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The first thing drivers should do when troubleshooting dim headlight issues is checking the bulbs. A loose connection can result in a lack of power being sent to the bulb. Alternatively, the bulb may be at the end of its life, in which case it should be replaced. A bad alternator, ageing headlight lenses and a corroded ground wire could also be the cause of dim headlights. Dim headlights may also point to a bigger issue with the vehicle’s electrical system or battery. In addition to headlights being dim, drivers should look out for power issues like headlight flickering, problems with interior lights and trouble starting.

How Long Do Different Types of Headlights Last?

Not all headlight bulbs share the same longevity. The average lifespan for each type of headlight bulb is as follows:

  • Tungsten-Halogen: 1,000 hours
  • Xenon: 10,000 hours
  • HID: 2,000 hours
  • LED: 30,000 hours

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