Halogen Headlight and Fog Light Variations

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Headlights and fog lights are an extremely important part of automotive safety, but many road users have little or no knowledge of what type of globe their car uses, or which type to purchase when they need to be replaced. While this knowledge is not a necessity, you can save time, money, and frustration by having a sound insight into the different variations of automotive light globes.
Did you know it can cost over $100 to get a set of headlight bulbs replaced? And that’s just the labour cost, so it can pay to have a little knowledge on the subject.
In future guides we will outline the general procedure on how to change your headlight bulbs, as well as a guide to which bulbs are used in Australia’s most popular car models.
The most common bulb type in modern cars is the Halogen bulb, which simply means the globe is filled with Halogen gas to increase its lifespan, energy efficiency and performance. Xenon gas, while typically used for HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlights, is now being used in some halogen bulbs to increase performance, efficiency and longevity.
There are a number of different automotive bulb types with different purposes for each, and depending on your vehicle, one of them will be right for you. Here is a list of the different types of halogen globes, which may help you to identify the bulb you are looking for:

H1, H3, H7, H8, H9, H11, H11B & H16: These are single filament bulbs, and can be used for low beam, high beam, or fog lights in some vehicles.
H4: Also referred to as 9003 or HB2, are dual filament globes and are used for both low and high beam in the same bulb.
H10: or 9145, variations include 9140 and 9155 depending on the Wattage. These have single filaments and are used as fog light bulbs, with a PY20D base.
H12: or 9055, variations include 9040 and 9045 depending on the Wattage. These have single filaments and are used as fog light bulbs, with a PZ20D base.
H13: or 9008, is a dual filament bulb and is used for both low beam and high beam.
880: Also referred to as H27W, have single filaments and are used as fog light bulbs, with a PG13 base.
881: Also referred to as H27, have single filaments and are used as fog light bulbs, with a PGJ13 base.
5202: or 9009 have a single filament and are used as fog light bulbs.
HB1: or 9004 have dual filaments and are used for both low and high beam.
HB3: or 9005 have a single filament and are most commonly used for high beam, but also for low beam in some vehicles.
HB4: or 9006 have a single filament and are used as low beam or as fog lights
HB5: or 9007 have dual filaments and are used for both low and high beam.
HIR1: or 9011 have a single filament and are used for high beam
HIR2: or 9012 have a single filament and are used for both low and high beam
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Here at Illuminauto, we stock an ever growing range of halogen headlight and fog light bulbs. We have in our store the majority of bulbs listed above. If you are unsure of which globe is most suitable for your needs, please contact us and we will gladly assist you.

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Disclaimer: This automotive bulb guide is used for general information only. We are not responsible for any mistake that might be made by the user of this guide. The actual bulb types/applications for your vehicle might be varied. Please consult your vehicle owner's manual or your local car dealerships for the corrected bulb types if you are unsure. 

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