Here’s a fun fact: Your vehicle has more light bulbs in it than most Christmas trees. That being said, you probably don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about the light bulbs in your car. You’re certainly not going to brag to your friends about buying the latest and greatest bulb brand for your headlights or turn signals. But that doesn’t mean your car’s bulbs don’t play a crucial role. After all, you couldn’t drive without them! To learn a little more about the bulbs that light up your car’s life, read through our Q&A below.
What are car bulbs used for?
A lot of different things! There are all kinds of different light bulbs in your vehicle, used for things like headlamps, brake lamps, fog lamps, spotlights, daytime running lamps, hazard flashers, turn signals, interior dome lighting, track lighting, illuminated entry, and the list goes on. You get the picture — your car uses a lot of bulbs! If your vehicle uses LED lights, they can feature more than 100 bulbs on the back of your car alone.
How long do bulbs last?
That’s a good question, and there’s no good answer to it. Bulb life varies across the board, so it’s important to get your vehicle checked out regularly. A Steve Landers technician will be able to spot a burn-out when you take your car in for any kind of service, even if it’s just an oil change. Next time to take your car in, ask them to do a quick bulb check just to be sure.
Are there any real benefits to getting bulbs replaced?
Of course! The benefit of better lighting is a given, but it goes way beyond that. The lights on the outside of your vehicle are crucial to your visibility on the road. It doesn’t just affect you, either. If you have headlamps, brake lights or turn signals out — just to name a few — it puts other drivers (and pedestrians) in danger. When all your lights are working properly, your chances of getting into a collision are significantly reduced.
Is it common to drive with burned-out bulbs?
Unfortunately, it is. In fact, one out of every three cars on the road has a burned-out bulb. Much of the time, they don’t even realize it yet. That’s why it’s important to stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you when you drive. If you notice people flashing their lights, honking or waving at you out of nowhere, you could have a burned-out bulb. Before you let the road rage take over, give your vehicle a once-over and make sure you’re good to go. If you don’t get certain bulbs replaced quickly, you could be breaking the law.
What causes bulbs to burn out?
There are many different factors that can cause your bulbs to burn out. It could be the result of a collision, frequent shaking due to driving on rough roads, bad connections at the socket, voltage problems, or condensation and moisture buildup. With regular check-ups, you should be able to detect at least some of these things before they cause a problem.
If you have been involved in a wreck and need repairs, let us know! At Steve Landers Collision Center in Little Rock, we want to help you get back on the road and back to your life in no time. Let our front office work with your insurance, while our factory-trained technicians return your vehicle to manufacturer specifications. Stop by the shop, call us at (501) 703-0276, or fill out our online form to get started today. Experience the Steve Landers Collision Center today!
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