Just like the light bulbs in the lamps inside your house, bulbs in your car’s lighting system eventually burn out. The brake light bulb is typically the same as the tail light bulb – when you step on the brakes, a thicker filament in the bulb is activated and causes a brighter glow.

When you are shopping around, here are a few tips to make sure you’re getting a good quality brake light bulb:

  • Getting the right bulb: Use your retailer’s online or in-store interface to determine the correct bulb. The packages are coded, usually with a combination of letters and numbers, which makes it easy to ensure you have the correct part.

  • Reliable brand: Go with a trusted brand name. There’s simply no reason to go cheap or generic on this part because the price difference is literally pennies. Sylvania is a reliable, enduring brand with good quality bulbs.

  • Bulb life: Check the life hours rating. Some bulbs are labeled “long life,” and boast twice the lasting power of other bulbs.

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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Brake Light Bulb and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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