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Bright lights, big decisions! Headlights are considered “normal wear” items, which means they are used so much and so often that they are expected to wear out and be replaced. This presents you with a challenge: When the time comes to replace your headlights, which will you choose?
Manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve headlights — not only in how well they illuminate the road ahead but also in how good they look. The result is new innovations and more options for drivers. Let’s take a closer look at your options.
Eventually, your headlights will need replacement. When your headlights are dim, flickering on and off, or do not come on at all, decision time has come: do you replace your existing halogen lights with more of the same, or do you upgrade?
You should always replace your existing bulbs with new ones that comply with manufacturer recommendations. You can find this information in your vehicle owner’s manual. Can’t locate your manual? No problem! A Jiffy Lube® technician can easily access this information for you.
Sometimes drivers who stick with halogen headlights handle the replacement themselves. The bulbs are affordable and going from old to new is a common Do It Yourself (DIY) project. Just remember not to get any fingerprints on the bulbs, because oil from your skin can cause the lights to burn out prematurely. Always refer to your vehicle owner’s manual before you start doing this yourself. If DIY simply isn’t your thing, feel free to bring your car to Jiffy Lube® and have a trained professional take care of replacing your headlights for you.
Typically you can’t just unscrew a halogen bulb and replace it with an LED or HID. In many cases they physically won’t fit. LED and HID bulbs are smaller than halogen bulbs, and each converts electricity into light differently. A conversion kit may need to be purchased and installed along with the bulbs. All this means is that there’s additional time and effort involved in upgrading your headlights.
LEDs have their benefits:
So do HIDs:
LEDs have drawbacks, though:
And so do HIDs:
HID headlights vs. LED vs. halogen: it can be a tough decision. Considering coming in to discuss. Did you know exterior lights service is included with every Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change? A trained Jiffy Lube® technician will check all your external lights, including:
If one of these bulbs is burned out, the technician will suggest new bulbs that meet or exceed Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) requirements.
And, of course, your headlights will receive focused attention. If they appear yellow or cloudy, the problem could be dirty lens covers. A Jiffy Lube® technician will use a specially-formulated process to carefully remove grime and stains.
You can see why your next Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change is the ideal time to discuss HID headlights vs. LED vs. halogen. The technician will be familiar with your vehicle and your headlights. As you and the technician talk, expect a question or two about your driving style. This could be a deciding factor in whether or not to upgrade. For example, if you do a good deal more night driving than day driving, the switch from halogen to brighter HID or LED headlights might be worth the initial time and expense. No highlight service will begin until you approve the timeline and cost estimate.
You can also always request headlight care as a standalone service. Just visit one of the more than 2,000 Jiffy Lube® locations across the U.S and Canada.
Jiffy Lube® experts regularly share their pro tips right here. Whether you have truck, SUV, minivan, or car care questions, you can turn to jiffylube.com for answers.
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