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LIHGTS AND BULBS

2018-10-10
  • How many different bulbs are there in the average vehicle?

More than most Christmas trees. For real. And it’s not just fog lights, turn signals and rear, mirror and side bulbs you’ll have to contend with. Bulbs are everywhere, especially on vehicles with fancy LED bulbs: they can feature over 100 bulbs in the rear of the vehicle alone. These bulbs will last varying amounts of time, so inspect your vehicle regularly to make sure no crucial rear or front lights are out.
Bulb out? Let’s get your lights shining again. Schedule an appointment.


  • How long do bulbs typically last?

Bulb life varies, so it’s important to get your vehicle inspected on a regular basis. We can spot burn-outs with our free courtesy check which is available with any service – even a routine oil change. Ask for a free courtesy check next time you’re in and we’ll visually inspect your ride, including all the lights. If a bulb is out or weak, we’ll let you know – and bring back the shine.

Shine on with a new bulb. Schedule an appointment.


  • How many vehicles on the road today have burned out exterior bulbs?

One of every three vehicles has a light that’s burned out. With so many lights on vehicles these days, it’s inevitable. It’s easy to assume that a person not using their turn signal is a reckless driver. However, with a 33% chance that person may have a bulb burned out, they might not even know they have a burnout.

Stay alert. If you notice people honking or blinking their lights at you for what seems like no reason at all, don’t lose your cool. They may be trying to tell you something very important: one of your lights is out. Then again, maybe they’re just not very nice.


  • Beyond the obvious benefit of better lighting, are there any other benefits of bulb replacement?

Sure, light is a boon if you’re afraid of the dark. When you’re talking about headlights, it’s also integral to increasing visibility – for you and others – when traveling down dark stretches of road. Working turn signals and brake lights are of utmost importance, too. They decrease the likelihood of a collision by enabling other drivers to see you and anticipate your intended actions on the road.

Time for new bulbs? Locate your Auto Guyz Shop.


  • What is the biggest factor that leads to bulb burn-outs?

Condensation and moisture buildup are the biggest bulb killers. Let’s face it, water and electrical devices were never meant to coexist.

With a free courtesy check, we can look for condensation buildup inside any bulb casings, especially your headlights. Condensation may mean your tail or headlight assembly is damaged and needs replacement.

Get your bulbs replaced. Schedule an appointment.


  • Why do you have to replace the entire headlight casing when it’s just the bulb that has burned out?

Some auto manufacturers require a brand new headlight kit to be installed rather than just replacing the bulb. And if part of your headlight casing is damaged or missing, many manufacturers don’t supply individual replacement parts for headlight housing.

This is true with popular LED lights. Any lights on a LED fixture will require the entire light assembly to be replaced. While it’s true this usually costs more than just a bulb replacement, you’ll have brand new manufacturer equipment, which is always a plus.

Replacing an entire headlight casing, sometimes, can be the best thing that happened to your headlight. The reason? A broken or missing casing part may lead to future malfunctions and burn-outs.

Time for new headlights? Schedule an appointment.


  • How can you tell if a bulb is about to burn out?

You can’t, unless you have burned-out-bulb ESP. If you have this unique skill, please call us, as we’d like to employ you. All kidding aside, the only true indication that a bulb is about to burn out is if you notice one or both your headlights appear dimmer than normal.


  • How do I detect a burned out turn signal?

A turn signal that blinks faster, or one that is supposed to be on but never blinks, are both indicators. If you notice your turn signal behaving this way, that’s a warning from your car that one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out. Not all cars have these burn-out indication features though, so make be sure to inspect your vehicle periodically.

Although exterior bulb burn-outs are hard to detect while you’re driving, it’s important to check your exterior lights on a semi-regular basis. Some people go months or – gasp – years without noticing a very important bulb is burned out. Bulb replacement is a must to let other drivers know you’re there or what your intentions are when moving on the road.

Ask for a free courtesy check, and we’ll check all your bulbs for you. Schedule a free courtesy check.

Time for new bulbs? Schedule an appointment.


  • Do you offer headlight condensation service?

Yes, we do inherently. This is because condensation and moisture buildup in your headlights can result in burned-out bulbs or reduced output. We get rid of the bulb condensation by changing the bulb and/or casing. What’s worse is when water collects in headlights because it can damage your car’s electrical system. With this service, we’ll make sure condensation is eliminated by replacing the bulb and casing, if necessary.


  • Which bulbs do Auto Guyz carry?

The ones that will brighten up your ride. We’re proud to carry Sylvania, an industry leader and the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive lighting. From design to technology, Sylvania is at the forefront of cutting-edge automotive light solutions. Sylvania has designed and perfected bulbs for over 400 lamp types – from auxiliary and advanced halogen to LED. With so many light options, chances are we’ll have your bulb.

The automotive industry has evolved a lot, that's for sure. Along with it, headlamps have reached another level and turn to another option: LEDs. Especially the last year the output power has increased enormous. The meet or surpass the light intensity of xenon headlights (3000 lumens). 

The working principle of an LED is quite hard to explain, but in short words, they rely on negative electrons moving against positive "holes" across a semiconductor. When a free electron falls into a hole that sits on a lower energy level, it will lose its energy which is released as a photon (the tiniest fraction of light) in a process called electroluminescence. 

Multiply this process thousands of times per second and you have a continuous bright light being emitted from something about 2 mm wide - a light emitting diode (LED). 

The most important aspect when it comes to LED headlights is the fact that they need very low power to work compared to classic halogen bulbs. 

LED headlights provide much focused rays and can also be played with to create different shapes. Also, thanks to their small size, LEDs allow for great manipulation. LEDs are brighter than halogen headlights while still offering a warmer light than HIDs. 

The thermal management is quite different as for halogen or xenon headlights. LEDs do not emit heat as they light up, like halogen headlights for example, they do create a certain amount of heat at the bottom of the emitter (mainly the chip) when the electricity passes through, thus creating a potential risk for adjacent assemblies and connectivity cables. Reason why LED headlamps need cooling systems, like heat sinks or fans to keep them from melting. The latest designs do incorporate an electronic intelligent heat management control system. 

Because of this latest changes in performance of the headlight LEDs, Solid Solutions is shifting its light products towards this latest technology. Please visit the other pages to see the LED products that Solid Solutions offers for the moment.

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