How much does it cost to replace a headlight bulb?

According to our research, the headlight bulb replacement cost (UK) usually ranges between £35 and £125.

The average headlight bulb replacement cost works out at approximately £85, including parts and labour.

What are the headlight bulb replacement costs at dealerships compared to Fixter garages?

On average, when replacing a headlight bulb with Fixterwe save our customers around 30% against dealership prices. Not only do you save money, but you also benefit from our superb collection and delivery service if we can’t pop a new one in on your driveway or wherever it’s parked.

It’s the most convenient way to carry out car repairs, upgrades, services, and MOTs you’ll find. Who else collects your car and delivers it back to you when the work is complete?

What additional factors could affect a headlight bulb replacement?

The main factor in headlight bulb replacement is the type of bulb you choose. There are three types of headlight bulbs:

1. Halogen bulbs 

Halogen bulbs are the traditional lights motorists have been using for years. Each halogen bulb contains a tungsten filament that emits bright light when it gets hot and halogen gas, which prevents them from discolouring.

2. Xenon bulbs

Xenon bulbs are far brighter than traditional halogen bulbs. These bulbs create an electric arc between two electrons inside a bulb filled with xenon gas. However, Xenon bulbs are more expensive than halogen or LED bulbs, as they’re 300–450% brighter and are available in more colour temperatures.

Sadly, there is a but. Xenon bulbs are only legal if the vehicle was fitted with them during the manufacturing process. So you can’t legally run xenon bulbs you’ve had installed in a car that wasn’t designed for them, and they won’t pass an MOT.

3. LED bulbs

Just like xenon bulbs, LED bulbs will often require additional fittings to work in a car that they weren’t designed for—they’re also illegal and fail an MOT.

Cars designed and built to run LED bulbs provide brighter and far longer-lasting options than traditional halogen bulbs. They’re packed full of light-emitting diodes, and as electrons pass through their semi-conductors, they transform that power into light. LED light provides a warm temperature beam and is typically 150–300% brighter than their halogen counterparts.