No matter how good the light bulbs are, they are not built to last forever. Some lamp types get dimmer over time and lose their efficiency. And the first step after you decide to replace them is finding the correct size that fits the socket. Usually, the fitting surrounding the casing will be stated on the bulb. You may also refer to your car's handbook. All the fittings your vehicle requires for each sort of light should be listed in there.
If it seems like too much work, you could simply use this Toyota bulb guide compiled and doublechecked by the experts. It includes information on different types of bulbs and their compatibility. You can also find out which ones give off more light and use less power.
What tools do you need to replace car bulbs?
While it is possible to remove most headlight bulbs without the need of tools, some, however, require the use of a flathead or a screwdriver. You might need something to remove any power connections from the back of the bulb. It is also possible that you will have to remove a dust cover on the rear of the headlamp before replacing your lamp.
The process itself is easy and fast, and should take no more than 15 minutes. Toyota car bulbs are designed to be user-friendly, and the process should not give you any trouble.
What bulbs to choose for Toyota
Car bulbs vary a lot in both sizes and performance. To make the right choice you should keep inmind two major factors - would it fit the socket and what do you intend to use it for. It is easy to divide bulbs into two broad categories like interior and exterior lighting. And whlile for interior you are mostly free to pick any bulbs by brightness and color temperature to your liking, things get much more strict with exterior light.
Toyota headlights, for example, have to meet very specific requirements. The light they produce has to be of the right color and intensity so it does not dazzle other drivers, but at the same time bright enough to illuminate the road ahead without any issues. Toyota recommends HIR (High-Intensity-Discharge) and LED bulbs as they provide the best possible visibility on the road. The light they produce is close to natural sunlight, which makes it easier on the eyes.
Toyota DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) are in a category of their own. The models have unique DRLs that are not just there to look good. They actually perform a safety function by making your car more visible on the road. Toyota DRLs are usually LED lights, and as such they are much more durable and energy efficient than regular bulbs.
Toyota fog lights are designed to do one thing - help you see in bad weather conditions. The light shoulb be bright enough to pass the water drops without being reflected off the surface too hard. So be careful about specefication in your manual about brightness.
What brand of headlight bulbs does Toyota use?
The majority of Toyota vehicles are equipped with SYLVANIA XtraVision 9006 Halogen Headlight Bulbs. They are thought to give more illumination while using less energy. If you want to switch to a different brand, be sure the new bulbs are suitable for your vehicle's socket. You can do so by consulting your car's handbook.
You might also be familiar with a term OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and aftermarket parts, that includes car lights as well. Toyota OEM headlights are commonly produced by Denso Co, which creates OEM components for them and other automobile companies. The difference is usually in lifespan and price. OEM bulbs are pricier and they also serve for a longer period of time. And the aftermarket headlights, on the other hand, are usually cheaper but have a shorter lifespan.
There are should be no problems with replacing OEM bulbs with aftermarket ones as long as they meet the requirements such as size, wattage and other technical characteristics.
Which light bulb type is the best?
The most energy-efficient form of lighting are LED bulbs, which fit standard light sockets. LEDs have a lower wattage than incandescent bulbs, but they produce the same amount of light. This allows them to create the same amount of light while using less energy than incandescent bulbs. They can last up to 20 years and don't contain any harmful materials, such as mercury. One of the main reasons drivers choose LEDs is because of their superior light quality.
If you're looking for the best possible visibility on the road, HID (High-Intensity-Discharge) bulbs are also a good choice for Toyota headlights. They also last longer than halogen bulbs and are more energy-efficient. The only downside is that they can be more expensive.