Most of us treat headlight bulbs just like the lamp in the front hall – when the bulb burns out, it’s time to replace it.
Automotive lights, however, don’t work like that. Before an actual burnout occurs, headlight bulbs will begin to wear out, which means that they will produce less light and your night-time visibility will be compromised.
Those of us who live in Manitoba know that not every highway has streetlamps, and there’s plenty of wildlife out there after dark. In short, we need to be as safe as possible, and seeing well at night requires that our headlights produce not only enough light to see by, but also the right type of light.
Types of Lights
Most vehicles use a standard halogen light bulb – it’s located in a plastic housing, and is easily replaced from the back side. Newer vehicles might use High Intensity Discharge lights, HID for short. In some cases, you can use HID bulbs as an upgrade, but you need to ensure that your truck’s wiring can handle the increased current draw.
Not All Bulbs are Equal
Like anything, with automotive lighting you tend to get what you pay for. High quality, brand name bulbs will be brighter, produce a more even light, and last longer than bargain brands.
In addition to making sure your bulbs are good, you need to check your lenses (dirty, damaged or “fogged” lenses will reduce the total light output of your headlights). It’s also imperative that you check the aim of your lights – incorrectly aimed lights can reduce visibility and actually create a road hazard by blinding other drivers.
For a full line of pickup truck accessories, including headlights and lenses, visit Carlson Truck Outfitters. Our new location is at 155 Fennell St. in Winnipeg or call us at (204) 669-5249.