Hella Headlight Bulbs

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Hella H7 High Performance BulbsHella lighting options produce a brighter light that increases visibility and less eye fatigue for drivers in all conditions. Whether you are looking to run on the road, the track or the trail, Hella has developed leading-edge technology for your vehicle’s lighting appearance and performance.

H7 High Performance Bulbs are designed to replace 55w head light bulbs. Additional wattages are also available. Take a look at how these aftermarket bulbs were able to help two of our customers:

“These lights provide crisp and clear light. They have eliminated the uneasy feeling I used to get driving at night in the mountains. And for the money, it was hard to justify spending double on the competitor’s bulbs. I highly recommend these [bulbs] for the daily driver seeking better lighting. – Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Mini Cooper

“Better lighting than the OEM bulbs and very noticeable at night…for the price, it’s a good deal!” – Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 MAZDA3

Tire Rack Helps Replace Headlights

Monday, April 11, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
PIAA 9005 Intense White BulbsIf you are looking to replace headlights, shop by vehicle to see which lights work best for your vehicle.

For example, the Intense White Bulbs from PIAA produce a more radiant white beam without any hint of blue. The bulbs have larger glass tubes that increase output while allowing the bulbs to burn at much cooler temperatures. Here is what one of our customers had to say about these particular aftermarket bulbs:

“These make a huge difference. I can’t believe all the things that I didn’t see before…My [previous] lights were not bad, but I thought I would try these to see if they were worth it. The difference is that the white light gives things the same color that they have during the day instead of a shadowy yellow tint…I will only use these in the future.” – Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1997 Buick Park Avenue

Looking to replace headlights?

Thursday, April 7, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Hella PromotionWhen looking for aftermarket lighting options, Tire Rack gives you the option of choosing between three different product categories: headlight bulbs, accessory bulbs and lighting kits.

With over 30 options from Hella and PIAA available in our head light bulbs category, we make it easy to select and replace headlights when you shop by vehicle. New bulbs can provide that brighter, more distinctive look in lighting you’ve seen on other vehicles.

And when you buy Hella accessory lights or performance bulbs you may be eligible to receive up to a $75 gift card by mail. Offer valid on Hella products purchased from in-stock inventory between August 1, 2011 and November 30, 2011. See details here.

Kelvin Helps Pick Replacement Bulbs

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Lighting OptionsThe Kelvin scale describes the hue of a specific light source and can be helpful in determining what type of light works best for your needs.

Aftermarket lighting options can improve the amount of light reflecting back to the driver, increasing visibility at night. Also, the lower the value on the Kelvin scale, the better a light will work in fog, snow or rain conditions.

Replacement lighting options can help you see even more details in low light, or no light situations. Whether you are looking to replace headlights or purchase new fog lights, Tire Rack offers a wide variety of replacement bulbs for your vehicle.

For more information on the Kelvin scale, read:

“What is the Kelvin Scale and Which Bulb Value Should I Choose?”

Benefits of Aftermarket Lights

Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Lighting 101 Tech ArticleUnfortunately, our need to see doesn’t end when the sun goes down.  With the risk of having an accident about twice as high at night as during the day, lights can play an important factor to your vehicle’s safety.

Even though the lights of modern vehicles are typically sufficient to fulfill legal requirements, they can be added to or improved with an aftermarket lighting system. Many of today’s aftermarket lights are small and emit a very bright and accurate light. 

Tire Rack offers a wide variety of PIAA bulbs and Hella bulbs to help improve the lighting system of your vehicle.

To learn more about lighting systems, read “Lighting 101.”

Ready to Upgrade Your Lighting System?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 by Tire Rack Team

Enhance your Original Equipment lighting system with aftermarket bulbs. The decision to replace headlights not only upgrades the style of your current lighting system, but also increases your visibility while driving.

An aftermarket lighting system can increase your margin of safety by outputting a brighter light than O.E. bulbs, reducing the amount of glare in extreme fog and improving visibility in inclement weather.

Shop by vehicle to see which replacement bulbs work best for your vehicle.

A bright idea.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Gavin Carpenter
Did you know we carry replacement bulbs?

If you enter your vehicle’s year, make and model in our Upgrade Garage, we may have the means to illuminate your future, or at least a couple dozen feet in front of you.

I have used a couple bulbs in the past.PIAA The PIAA Xtreme White Plus is by far my favorite, and the best bulb we carry.  Not only did my visibility increase, but I also got a few good comments from my friends on how clean they looked without making my car look like I had tinted or cheezy-looking aftermarket lighting.

The other bulb that I used is the Hella HB3/9005 High Performance bulb. HellaIt works well as a standard replacement bulb and lasts a long time. I got a couple of years of use out of my Hellas.

Depending on your vehicle, both of these manufacturers have headlight bulbs, tail light bulbs, accessory bulbs and even full lighting kits. It's vehicle dependent, but PIAA also offers different tinted bulbs.

How much do you know about the reflectors in your headlights?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
When you think about aftermarket lighting, you think bulb. And while it seems to be that simple, replacement bulbs are actually fairly complicated. One thing often overlooked: the reflector, which directs any light emitted by the bulb through the lens. But, as with most aftermarket components, there are a variety of different reflectors out there. Take a look:


This is a parabolic reflector. It's highly reflective and can be found in a variety of head light bulbs on the market. They are, you might say, the original reflector. Light rays are projected in a parallel line to each other, which helps to create a very tight beam of light. And that means these reflectors aren't typically used when low-beam light patterns are required.



DE light technology reflectors mirror what common slide projectors do with light. The light beam is reflected to a focusing lens that projects it onto the road. Hella is responsible for this innovative approach to replacement bulbs. Unlike the parabolic reflector, they're great for low-beam and fog lamp use.


The last type of reflector uses FF (free-form/free-surface) light technology. High-performance computers optimize the position of the reflector surface in relation to the bulb's position, which produces a higher light output. The entire surface of the reflector is used, in combination with a pattern-free lens, to produce a light beam.



At Tire Rack, we offer a number of replacement bulbs in each of the three categories. To find one for your vehicle, simply search our inventory according to your vehicle.


Can't see? Might need to replace headlights.

Monday, April 12, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
It's unfortunate that head light bulbs can't last forever, Nothing seems to be more annoying than a bulb that burned out. It weakens your view, and has this weird way of making you feel silly as you drive.

Make sure the front end of your car is always in perfect condition with a set of aftermarket lights that at least diminish the frequency at which you'll need to replace headlights. Tire Rack offers Hella lighting and PIAA lighting products, both of which do just that.

Search by vehicle for a list of replacement lighting products, or click here to see a complete list of head light bulbs.

Aftermarket Lighting and the Kelvin Scale

Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Aftermarket lighting is about bulbs. But you have to know what bulbs you need in order to make an effective aftermarket lighting purchase. 

Scientifically speaking, a Kelvin is the unit of measurement used to describe the particular hue (color) of a light source. In this case, your headlight. Isn't all light white, you ask. Surprisingly, no. The higher the Kelvin value, the closer the color will be to sunlight which is actually a bluish tint. If you go lower on the Kelvin scale, you'll get more of an amber tint. Stay in the middle, and that's where you'll see the white.

Why does it matter? Different Kelvin values work better in different conditions. Higher values increase visibility at night, while lower values combat fog, snow or rain.

Read more, then search our inventory of aftermarket lighting products.


Come play in the Upgrade Garage.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As an online wheel shop, Tire Rack understands the importance of "try before you buy." We do everything we can to make sure that what you see on your computer screen is, in fact, exactly what you'll get. And we've created a virtual playground so you can literally try on wheels before you buy them.

The Upgrade Garage takes your vehicle's make, model and year and creates a representation of it. In addition, we'll show you a list of wheels that fit. Pick the wheels you like and we'll virtually install them to create an accurate representation of the real thing. It's easy...

And it's informative, because the Upgrade Garage doesn't stop at wheels. You're well aware of the fact that we're an online tire retailer, so of course we'll show you tires that fit your vehicle. In fact, the Upgrade Garage introduces you to a wide variety of aftermarket products like brakes, suspension, bulbs and batteries for your vehicle, too. You just can't virtually install them on your vehicle like you can wheels.

It's one-stop shopping. And it's fun, too. Come play.

Did you put aftermarket bulbs on your Ford F150?

Friday, February 5, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Aftermarket bulbs increase your margin of safety and enhance the appearance of your vehicle; so if you haven't put them on your F150 yet, you might want to consider the LED Tail Light/Third Brake Light Kit from Hella (shown). The kit includes two tail lights, a cab-mounted stop lamp and a complete set of installation instructions—and installation, of course, is really easy.

In addition, you can add to the kit above with a Grille Kit featuring Halogen or Xenon driving lamps. You can also choose a Blackout Head Lamp Kit.

Search all aftermarket bulbs.



Aftermarket Lighting 101

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
They're aftermarket bulbs. They light the road ahead of you. What's more to know?

A lot, actually:

• A headlight contains the bulb(s), reflector, lens and housing. Newer vehicles feature headlights with replaceable bulbs, however earlier vehicles have sealed-beam headlights where the filament, reflector and lens are combined in a single unit.

• Replaceable bulbs are typically twin-filament with a built-in shield that keeps your low and high beams aimed in the right direction. Low=forward and down. High=straight ahead.

• The bulbs should be as small as possible and accurately fitted, otherwise you'll get a random scattering of light. In other words, reduced performance.

• The headlamp lens actually distributes the light. Grooves in the glass function as prisms, deflecting light while reducing brightness.

Interesting facts, although not the end of our aftermarket lighting story.

Read more, or check out other articles in our Lighting Tech library. Then, search by vehicle to see what aftermarket lighting products could enhance your current lighting system.

Shine on with aftermarket bulbs.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Improve or enhance your Original Equipment lighting system with aftermarket bulbs. You'll increase visibility while driving, that's for sure, and update the style of your current lighting system. It makes your bulbs look good so you can, well...look down the road pretty good, too.

Tire Rack
offers a variety of aftermarket lighting products. Shop by vehicle to find out which aftermarket bulbs would work for you.


PIAA Xtreme White Plus Headlight Bulbs and Super Silicone Wiper Blades Improve Visiblity

Thursday, August 13, 2009 by Chad Hocker
PIAAI have been using the PIAA Xtreme White Plus Headlight Bulbs and also Super Silicone Wiper Blades on my vehicle for some time now. I found it difficult to see PIAA Extreme White Plus Light Bulbsat night, especially in rainy conditions. The PIAA Xtreme White Plus head light bulbs offered me clearer visibility over my OE headlights and the PIAA Super Silicone Aftermarket Wiper Blades kept my windshield much cleaner than my OE wiper blades. 

I have most of the family using the the PIAA wiper blades. Today as I was installing the latest set of PIAA Super Silicone Replacement Blades on my grandparents' car, we were discussing how visibility has improved for them using these two PIAA products. The PIAA headlight bulbs will not be any brighter or show light further down the road. They will, however, allow you PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Bladeto recognize road hazards easier as they project a clearer light down the road. The PIAA lighting and replacement wiper blades are available for most vehicles.