As part of our 30 point inspection with every service, we will inspect the operation of all external bulbs. Properly working headlights, taillights, turn signals, and horn ensure your fellow drivers see you and know when you are planning to turn, change lanes or slow down.

There are more choices for automotive lighting than ever before!

In the next couple years, major safety-testing agencies will factor headlight performance into their new vehicle ratings. Every year there are newer, brighter, smarter & cheaper ways to light your way down the road.

Xenon Lighting

You can easily recognize Xenon bulbs due to their bluish-tinted color. Xenon headlamps can illuminate your way with a minimum of wattage required. They are practical and inexpensive and very widely used.

High-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights operate by xenon gas used to create a precise arc of light at a fraction of the wattage required by incandescent bulbs. However, they are much more expensive than incandescent bulbs, so not as widely used as incandescent or halogen bulbs.

LED Headlamps

On the horizon, LED lamps are predicted to be installed in more vehicles in the next several years. They draw the least watts of power of all the bulbs currently in use in vehicles. They come on the quickest of any other type of bulb as well, making them ideal for brake lights. However, high production costs make them not as prevalent as incandescent, halogen or HID lighting.

It goes without saying that proper lighting in and on the outside of your vehicle is a major safety issue. Some municipalities will ticket drivers who have a license plate bulb burned out. Also important is keeping your horn in working order so that you can alert distracted drivers if they have veered into your lane, or you need to get the attention of someone outside the vehicle. As part of every inspection at Apex Autoclinic, we will test to make sure these basic accessories are working properly.


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