Which Headlight Bulb Fitting Does My Vehicle Need?

Which Headlight Bulb Fitting Does My Vehicle Need?

What Bulbs Do I Need for My Car?

  • The type of bulb you need will vary depending on the make, model, and year of manufacture of your vehicle.
  • Using our handy online bulb finder, you can find out which bulbs you need in seconds if you are unsure.
  • Commonly replaced bulbs are those used for night-time driving.
  • Other methods include contacting your vehicle manufacturer or removing the bulbs yourself if you are able to and checking the base for the fitment.
  • At PowerBulbs, we stock a vast range of bulb types and fittings suitable for your vehicle at some fantastic prices.


Finding the Right Headlight Bulb Fitting for Your Car

What bulbs do I need for my car? We’ve all been there, as there inevitably comes a point when you’ll find you need to replace your headlight bulbs.

This can seem like a tricky task, especially if you are not a car enthusiast.

Each car will require a specific type, size, and fitting of bulb for its headlights depending on your vehicle’s make, model, and year of manufacture - meaning there are a lot of factors to consider when looking for a replacement.

Car headlights play an essential role in road safety, therefore if they start to dim, flicker, or wear out, it’s important that you replace them at the earliest opportunity.

Though replacing your vehicle’s headlight bulbs doesn’t have to be a challenge. We’ve created this helpful guide to help you find the right bulbs for your vehicle. So you can wave goodbye to niggling doubts and uncertainties!

Read on for all the information you’ll need on different types of bulbs, how to find which ones you need and where to buy them.

What bulbs does my car need?

Along with all of the different kinds of bulbs, there are also different fittings, depending on your vehicle’s make and model.

Tip: A fitting refers to the shape and size of the base of the bulb.

There are a few different ways that you can find out what fitting your car needs for the particular type of bulb you want to purchase.

The fastest and easiest way to find out what bulbs will fit your car is to use our online bulb finder alongside your vehicle handbook.

Simply enter in your registration, or select the make, model, and year of your vehicle and press ‘GO’ to find out what bulbs your vehicle needs in seconds.

Using the online bulb tool to find the right bulbs for you

To find out what bulb type, size, and fitting you need for your vehicle, take a look at our easy-to-use online bulb finder.

For example, if you were looking to purchase bulbs for a Ford Fiesta 2009 model, you just need to follow these steps:

1. Go to the online bulb finder – you can find it on our homepage.

2. Select 'Ford' as the make, ‘Fiesta’ as the model and ‘2008 – 2012’ as the model year.

3. You'll then be taken to a page similar to our Ford Fiesta Bulb Finder that indicates the fittings you need for each type of light.

If you're unsure what type of bulb you're looking for, the most commonly replaced bulbs are those used for normal night-time driving. These have a few names: dipped beam, low beam, full beam, and high beam.

For reference, dipped beam or low beam is the standard setting that helps light up the road ahead when it’s dim or dark. The bulbs illuminate the road and allow other drivers to see you – without dazzling other road users in the process.

Full beam or high beam is the brightest setting and projects light upwards and outwards, to allow drivers to see much more when driving in very dark conditions. This beam setting should not be used when other road users are in sight as it can cause dazzling.

4. Double-check this information in the vehicle handbook. This will have the most up-to-date guidance for your vehicle.

5. Once you've figured out the fitting, you can then browse by fitting through clicking on the button next to which light you're wanting to replace (check out the image below).

Other ways to check your bulbs

You can contact your vehicle manufacturer for the bulb fitting information, or simply take a look in your vehicle handbook, which should state all the fittings that your vehicle needs for each type of light.

If you are a bit more hands-on and are able to check your headlights yourself, you can remove the headlight and take a look at the bulb. The fitting information will be stated on the bulb casing e.g., 'H7'. Take a look at this example:

Still unsure?

Unfortunately, we don’t always have data for every vehicle, especially as new models are introduced all the time.

If your vehicle isn’t in our database when you try our online bulb finder tool, then check your vehicle’s handbook, contacting the manufacturer for advice or removing the bulb and inspecting the casing for any information.

Where to buy car light bulbs

At PowerBulbs, we stock a comprehensive range of vehicle lighting products from top automotive brands. Once you know what fitting you need, simply search our site, and you will see all the bulbs that we supply in that fitting. Pick your bulbs, place your order and you’re all set! Need more information on the types of headlights available? Check out our complete guide to xenon bulbs to learn more about xenon headlights, how they work and all the pros and cons.

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We hope you enjoyed this article and found some useful information to help you find your next bulbs.

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