Ensuring your vehicle's lights are working correctly is critical for your own safety and also other road users as it allows you to be able to see and help others to see you.
A blown bulb will also result in an MOT failure, so make sure you check your lights before taking your vehicle in for its annual MOT test.
Replacing blown car bulbs can be a fiddly business, particular on some vehicle models where the bulb housing is located in close proximity to other engine components. At Kwik Fit, our experienced fitters can supply replacement bulbs suitable for your vehicle and fit these for you, saving you the trouble.
Better bulbs - higher performance
At Kwik Fit we recommend and stock bulbs from Ring Automotive. Ring is a leading European lighting brand, producing high-quality vehicle lighting solutions for over 40 years. We stock a wide range of Ring Automotive bulbs including those suitable for headlights, brake lights, indicators and fog lights.
We stock both standard bulb replacements plus a range of performance bulb upgrades to aid night time driving.
More light on dark nights
If you have trouble seeing the road and other hazards on dark nights, upgrading your bulbs can make a big difference. The Xenon Ultima from Ring Automotive utilises the latest advancements in filament technology which puts up to 120% more light on the road compared to a standard halogen bulb. Xenon Ultima produces a beam pattern that is 60m longer allowing other road users to be seen more clearly and giving you more time to react to potential hazards. The light output provides better reflections from road signs and markings for more comfortable and safe night driving.
Xenon Ultima bulbs are available at all Kwik Fit centres.
Checking your bulbs
Checking that your vehicle's lights are in good operational condition should form part of your regular vehicle maintenance check. Here are some of our simple checks to help you:
- Headlamps should be cleaned to remove dirt to provide optimum light output, as dirt on the headlamp unit can cause refraction of the light that can lead to glare for other road users. Similarly in wintry conditions, you should clean any snow off your lights before starting your journey so that other drivers can see you clearly.
- Ask a friend or partner to help you check brake lights and indicator lights by observing the lights while you apply the brake pedal and indicators respectively.
- Itís not always immediately obvious when a car bulb blows. If visibility seems poor or other road users flash their lights at you, check your bulbs are operating correctly as they may be trying to warn you about bulb failure.
- If you can hear one of your indicators blinking faster than usual, it means there is a fault or the indicator bulb has blown. You should try to rectify this as soon as possible as other road users wonít be able to see you turning.
- You should try to replace your bulbs in pairs. If a bulb has blown and it is one of a pair of lights replacing both will give consistent light output.
Remember, if you are in any doubt, or find that you have a blown or faulty bulb, pop into your nearest Kwik Fit centre where our trained staff can supply, fit and align replacement bulbs for you. Donít chance it, check your bulbs today.