How to choose the perfect headlight bulbs for Nissan Sentra?

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Fog Light Bulb Front
H11 LED
Fog Light Bulb Front
H16 LED
Headlight Bulb High Beam
H9
Headlight Bulb Low Beam(with LED headlights)
LED
Headlight Bulb Low Beam(with halogen headlights)
H11
Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb
LED
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front
3157A
License Plate Light Bulb
2825
License Plate Light Bulb
98
Parking Light Bulb
3157A
Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear
7440A
Back Up Reverse Light Bulb
921
Side Marker Light Bulb Front
2825
Side Marker Light Bulb Front
98
Daytime Running Light Bulb(with LED headlights)
LED
Brake Light Bulb(with LED headlights)
LED
Brake Light Bulb(with halogen headlights)
7443R
Tail Light Bulb(with LED headlights)
LED
Tail Light Bulb(with halogen headlights)
7443R
Daytime Running Light Bulb(with HID headlights)
H11 LED
Daytime Running Light Bulb(with HID headlights)
H16 LED
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
158
Dome Light Bulb
DE3175
Map Light Bulb
LED

The Nissan Sentra may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but not a lot of them are, to be honest. Exciting or not, the Sentra is the perfect car for a lot of drivers and families, due to low running costs and a comfortable interior.

One of the areas where the Sentra doesn’t really excel are the front headlights. Sure, they are fine for urban driving scenarios, but they prove to be a bit dim for driving on the open road in the middle of the night. Don’t worry though – we have a solution for you! In this article, you can read about several ways to improve the lighting of your Sentra. We will also throw a bulb replacement guide down there so you can do all the improvements yourself.

Nissan Sentra Headlight Bulb Size Chart

How to find the right headlight bulbs for the Nissan Sentra?

The latest generation of the Nissan Sentra uses H11 bulbs for the low beam and H9 bulbs for the high beam. That said, it is best to check in the owner’s manual first before you shell out the cash. For the older generations, we also recommend checking in the owner’s manual, as the bulb part numbers are changed from generation to generation. You can also ask your nearest Nissan dealer for this information.

The H11 and the H9 are halogen bulbs. There’s not much to say about these types of bulbs, except that they produce light by sending heat through a wire filament. When you switch on your headlights at night or in bad weather, they will use more power than usual because they have to produce more light in order be brighter. They also tend to lose their brightness over time because the filaments can burn out.

Some people argue that both the H11 and the H9 are inferior to LEDs in terms of brightness, but this is simply not true when it comes to driving lights or fog lights. Some high-quality LED driving lights are capable of producing up 8000 Lumens while consuming little power – far superior to what can be expected from an H11 or H9 bulb.

You may have heard about the 880 Halogen Projector , which is a light manufactured by Nokya that has been designed after the popular 880 XenonHID projector . They feature color-matched lenses, intense output with increased visibility, and are easy to install directly into your existing headlight housing.

Moreover, if you want to improve the look of your car even further, it is possible to get custom LED halos for the low beam lights. These will definitely make you stand out in traffic because they are brighter than any other kind of lighting accessory on the market today.

Now here’s another important question: will upgrading to HIDs or LED lights make it legal to drive on the road? If you live in a place where there are laws that require certain kinds of light, then no, you cannot use these kinds of headlights as they don’t meet those laws. Installing them without adapters can be dangerous not just for you but for other drivers as well.

So what is recommended by us and many others is opting for some aftermarket fog lamps . You can go for Halos and LEDs so they match the color and type of bulb with your low beam setup. Fog lights give off a lot more sideways light than regular headlights do, so having them is especially useful if you spend a lot of time driving on forest roads or mountain areas.

How to upgrade the headlights on the Sentra?

If you want the best possible illumination out of the OEM headlights and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, we recommend installing only high-quality halogen bulbs from reputable manufacturers. There are cheaper bulbs on the market that promise even better performance, but that’s often a lie. Add to that a lower quality control and you’ll have a dimmer bulb that will burn out in no time.

If you want to improve the illumination a bit and make your headlights appear cooler and more modern, you can replace your halogen bulbs with HID bulbs. These come together with a conversion kit and improve on the brightness provided by halogen bulbs. They are also longer-lasting than halogen bulbs. Sure, they are more expensive, but we think the investment is worth in the long run.

In the past few years LED bulbs have emerged as an alternative and you may be tempted to install those in your Sentra. While there is nothing wrong with LED bulbs – they produce brighter light and have lower power consumption, in reality, they don’t produce better results than halogen bulbs. The problem with LED bulbs is the headlight housing itself, which is designed to work with halogen bulbs. The LED bulb may look like it fits the housing, but the beam is not aimed in the right direction and you’ll be forced to install a headlight aiming kit. You can read more about headlight aiming here .

Yes, we know that some tuners recommend installing HID bulbs. And when you compare them with cheap halogen bulbs (or worse), they do appear brighter because of the blue tint. But this is not what your car’s headlights are designed to work with and for this reason alone, we don’t recommend them.

Headlights should always be treated as an important safety feature on any vehicle regardless of its age or price tag. If there are cracks or moisture around the itself or if it is aimed incorrectly, you’ll be depending on your high-beams most of the time. Be safe and don’t let a cheap upgrade ruin that. You can always install an aftermarket projector retrofit kit like Morimoto . It will pay off in the long run and improve road safety at the same time.

The best way to improve the headlights of your Sentra is to replace them with aftermarket headlights. There are a lot of options to choose from here, all designed specifically with HID bulbs in mind. The result is a much brighter light output and the farthest reach of any other combination. The difference will be literally night and day. These headlights are also more striking to look at and come with LED daytime running lights. If some vehicle needs this kind of headlights, it’s the Sentra.

Light bulbs replacement guide

Replacing the bulbs on the Nissan Sentra is no easy task – you need to remove the whole black plastic panel that covers the front of the engine bay. That’s why we recommend doing this at a mechanic, or the closest Nissan dealer. If you still insist on doing it yourself, you’ll need a 10mm socket and a ¼” drive ratcheting wrench for complete removal of the plastic panel that covers the radiator and the front of the engine bay (14 pop rivets and 2 bolts). Then, just follow the next steps:

  • Rotate the black plastic cover by ¼ counterclockwise and remove it
  • Slide off the clip at the bottom of the bulb
  • Rotate the bulb by ¼ counterclockwise
  • Replace the bulb with the new one and repeat the steps in reverse order

Both the H11 and H9 bulbs are removed with the same steps.

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