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Replacement Headlight Bulbs, Lenses & Parts

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Shop Car Headlights and Headlight Parts

Car headlights, also known as headlamps, come in a wide variety of types from classic sealed beams to modern halogen lights, xenon and even LED bulbs. Finding replacement headlight bulbs is crucial to a safe car ride and heightened visibility.

Good headlights will help you out in inclement weather with a wide but focused beam of light that can save your life from nocturnal road hazards or an oncoming driver with limited visibility on a stormy night.

You don't have to stop at the typical choices. At NAPA AUTO PARTS, you can express your custom style by picking the perfect aftermarket headlights from our extensive range of quality materials for your car's headlight assembly, headlight conversion kit and bolt-on-headlight assemblies.

Browse our advanced lighting technology and make insufficient light a thing of the past. Improved visibility is one of the most important things you can do for your driving safety, and we have some of the brightest headlight bulbs on the market.

Come into a NAPA AUTO PARTS location near you to speak with an automotive expert or shop online for first-class light solution for your car, truck, or SUV.

What Are The Different Types Of Headlights?

Headlight technology has come a long way over the past few decades.

Where we once had to settle for dull and discolored car headlamps, now we can choose from the brightest white light or a 7-color RGB DRL Bar headlight that mounts on the top of your Ford F150 or Jeep Wrangler, virtually banishing darkness. Clear, bright light output is key to nighttime visibility and safety.

But not just any light goes into your car or truck. It's important to know what kind of parts you need. Do you need a whole replacement headlight assembly or do you have an H4 conversion and only need to find a headlight compatible with your housing.

Reflector Headlights

These are the oldest of the bunch and were often considered dull stock headlights. If one of the lights burned out, you were forced to replace the entire headlight housing. The sealed beam style reflector headlights were phased out of use due to this inability for customization.

Today reflector headlights use mirrors instead of lenses to guide the low or high beam of light they put out. Replacing a reflector headlight today is incredibly easy as the housings are no longer sealed.

Projector Headlights

Projector headlights were once only found in European performance cars, but today they are common, and most new cars use this style of headlight.

The only real difference between projector headlights and reflector headlights is that a projector uses a lens to magnify the beam's output, which gives improved night visibility and a more homogenous light.

H4 Conversions

This is the most accessible aftermarket upgrade the average driver can make to their driving lights. An H4 headlight assembly kit is compatible with multiple bulb types and is an easy switch from the factory headlight assemblies.

So ditch the genuine headlights for brilliant LED light or any number of our high-quality replacement headlights in a choice of styles at NAPA AUTO PARTS.

Custom Headlights and Aftermarket Options

If your factory lights aren't making the grade for your needs, we have all kinds of options for custom and aftermarket headlights. If your factory fog lights aren't giving you enough illumination, put on a brilliant LED bar.

Or if you need a daytime headlight or running lights (for the hour before sunrise or the hour after sunset), we have some truly astonishing headlights that can act as additional lights to your basic operating light.

What Are The Different Types Of Headlight Bulbs?

There are pros and cons to each type of popular car headlight bulb. We will break down the traditional halogen and the cutting-edge light design of LEDs and HIDs.

Halogen Headlights

Halogen bulbs combine two gasses to create a more efficient lighting environment than old-school filament bulbs. These bulbs are by far the most common bulb seen on the street today.

They are small, easy to replace, and are incredibly affordable. They project a soft light that won't blind oncoming traffic but isn't as strong as the other options.

HID Headlights (Xenon Headlights)

These high-intensity headlights give the most visibility to the driver. They work a little differently than traditional lightbulbs. After filling a glass tube with Xenon gas, an arc of electric current is run through the bulb to produce incredibly hot plasma-filled white-blue lights. The big downside to HID headlights is that they have the effect of blinding oncoming traffic, which has given rise to more accidents when these incandescent lights are equipped.

LED Headlights

LED lights activate with a speed that almost makes them almost automatic headlights. It's no wonder that all the headlights in Formula1 are LED.

They are small and compact, but unfortunately get very hot and need expensive components to make them fully efficient. For bright, incandescent light, choosing an LED headlight is hard to beat.

When Should I Change My Car Headlights?

Buying the right bulbs for headlights in your vehicle is key to getting the best night-time visibility. A good habit is to replace bulbs in pairs. When a single bulb blows, its partner is usually not far behind from doing so as well.

It is also wise to take a few minutes to clean and polish the car headlight lens if it has become foggy or yellowed.

NAPA AUTO PARTS stocks a full line of headlight bulbs from the most popular brands. Shop for compatible headlight parts for your car, truck or SUV using our search by vehicle feature. Simply choose your vehicle, ex. 'Toyota Tundra', 'Ford Ranger' or 'Honda Accord'.

Prefer to shop in person? Don't get left out in the dark, swing into your local NAPA AUTO PARTS location today.