Honda Civic Headlights
The headlights on your Civic are one of the most important safety features you have when you drive at night. Your headlights are designed to illuminate the road in front of you, showing anything that might be on the road that could be hazardous. If you need to replace the headlights on your Honda Civic, you will find that you have a wide variety of options to choose from.What components make up a headlight?
There are two main components that make up a headlight for your Honda Civic. These components are:
- The housing: The headlight housing is a mostly sealed unit that holds the bulbs and the electrical wiring that makes them work. Most headlight casings only allow you to remove the bulbs when they need to be replaced. The housing can have additional components depending on the model you get, including daytime running lights and side marker lights.
- The bulbs: The headlight bulb is the component that actually illuminates the road in front of you at night. The bulbs illuminate the interior casing of the headlight. Reflectors in the casing then concentrate the light out into the road so that you can see if the way is clear.
When you are choosing from different types of headlights for your Honda Civic, you may have the option to go with an OEM part or an aftermarket part. There are some differences between the two parts:
- OEM: OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer. This means that this specific headlight was made by the manufacturer that made the original headlights for the Honda Civic. OEM headlights are made to specific vehicle specifications, making replacements of the original part quick and easy.
- Aftermarket: These headlights were designed and made by other manufacturers that had no part in making the original headlights. While some of these headlights may be designed to fit right for a specific vehicle, others will need to be adapted so that they fit your Honda.
When you are looking for headlights, you generally have three options when it comes to the types of bulbs you can use. These options include:
- Halogen: These incandescent bulbs create the traditional white or yellow light that you may be used to. Depending on the lighting itself, these types usually have about 1,000 hours of life before they need to be replaced.
- Xenon: Often used in luxury and sports cars, these bright bulbs create a blue or white light. They have an average life expectancy of up to 2,000 hours, meaning you will need to replace them less often than halogen lights.
- LED: Short for light-emitting diode, LED lights create bright lighting without creating heat. Because the lack of heat saves energy, these bulbs have an average life expectancy of 30,000 hours, meaning you could go years without replacing them depending on your driving habits.