How to choose the perfect headlight bulbs for Honda Odyssey?

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Fog Light Bulb Front
Headlight Bulb High Beam
Headlight Bulb Low Beam
Brake Light Bulb
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front
Parking Light Bulb
Daytime Running Light Bulb
Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear
Side Marker Light Bulb Front
Back Up Light Bulb
Glove Box Light Bulb
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
Dome Light Bulb
Map Light Bulb
Interior Door Light Bulb
Courtesy Light Bulb

The Honda Odyssey is one of the most popular minivans out there. People love the practicality and space it offers, as well as the proven mechanics, great performance and comfortable ride. All of this makes the Odyssey one of the perfect vehicles for long road trips – a hauler for the whole family.

That said, older Odyssey minivans don’t have the best possible lighting. Did we say the best possible? Yes, you can improve the headlights of your Odyssey greatly. The road sessions will be much easier thanks to that, and your family will be safer. In this guide, we will tell you how to replace the broken bulbs in your headlights in order to keep them in great shape, but we will also tell you about different ways to improve the headlights on your Odyssey.

Honda Odyssey headlight bulb size chart

How to find the right headlight bulbs for Honda Odyssey?

Finding the right headlight bulbs for your Odyssey may prove to be difficult, especially if you have no idea what kind of bulbs to look for. That said, you can always check in the owner’s manual, where you will find the most accurate information. You can also ask your Honda dealer, or you can follow the guide below. While this guide is accurate, be careful with model years that overlap.

  • 1995 through 2004 model year – H4/9003 for the low beam, H/L for the high beam
  • 2005 through 2008 model year – 9005/HB4 for the low beam, 9005/HB3 for the high beam
  • 2009 and 2010 model year – 9005/HB4 for the low beam, 9005/HB3 for the high beam
  • 2011 through 2017 model year – H11 for the low beam, 9005/HB3 for the high beam
  • 2011 through 2017 model year with HID – D2S for the low beam, 9005/HB3 for the high beam

How to upgrade the headlights on the Honda Odyssey?

First, let’s talk about how to keep them in the best shape, shall we? To do that, we recommend replacing the broken bulbs only with high-quality bulbs from reputable manufacturers. Sure, you’ll pay more, but these bulbs last longer, which means that they are cheaper in the long run.

An even better alternative is HID bulbs, the same that you would put in Xenon headlights. These bulbs produce brighter light and last even longer, which makes that a great substitute of halogen bulbs. However, they are not cheap, especially when purchased together with a conversion kit, which is a must if you want them to work in the first place.

In the past few years, LED headlight bulbs are all the craze. They claim that they produce an even brighter light than HID bulbs, while also spending less energy. While this is definitely true, in reality, they don’t work great with the existing headlight housing. The light will be brighter, but it won’t reach as far.

In order to really upgrade your headlights, why not replace them with aftermarket headlights? There are high-quality options for the Odyssey available, especially for the last generation. These aftermarket headlights come with projection housing that works great with HID and LED bulbs.

Light bulbs replacement guide

As with almost any other Honda vehicle, replacing the headlight bulbs on the Odyssey is very easy and can be done on the go. Just follow these steps:

  • Press the release tab on the electrical connector and remove it from the base of the bulb
  • Rotate the bulb counterclockwise around ¼ and then pull it out of the housing
  • Insert the new bulb in the housing and turn clockwise until it “clicks”
  • Reconnect the electrical connector to the base of the bulb

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2 thoughts on “How to choose the perfect headlight bulbs for Honda Odyssey?”

    • Could you please specify your vehicle’s year of manufacture and the bulb placement?
      Headlights are usually equipped with 55W bulbs while fog lights are 35W. Never heard about 65W.


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