Replacing an Interior Light

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 28, 2010)

One of the more important safety features that many people overlook is the interior lights of their car. These helpful little devices light up whenever we open our doors, allowing us to see what is inside the car. When they go out, consider trying your own hand at replacing an interior light instead of paying an arm and a leg to have someone else do it.

Materials:

  • Screwdrivers, straight and Philips
  • Soft cloths
  • Latex gloves
  • Ammonia-free window cleaner
  • Replacement bulbs

Protect the life of the new light bulb by wearing the latex gloves. The oily residue that we usually have on our hands can shorten the service life of these light bulbs.

Steps:

  1. Remove cover. The plastic cover of the dome light is usually held in place by a few screws. Remove them and place them where they won't get lost.
  2. Remove light bulb. Remove the light bulb by pushing in slightly while twisting. Be gentle, these bulbs are little and fragile.
  3. Clean. Take a soft cloth and ammonia free cleaner and wipe off the cover. Don't use anything that is too harsh or abrasive as it could end up damaging the plastic by leaving scratches or a "hazing" film. Additionally, clean out the metallic backing of the light fixture. If it is clean and free from tarnish it is going to help produce a significantly brighter light.
  4. Reassemble. Gently insert the new light bulb. Replace the cover using the same screws you removed during step 1.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

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