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

Nissan Sentra B17 (2013–present)

ApplicationBulb SizeBulb Size
Back Up LightStandard Model: 921Long Life Model: 912LED
Dome LightStandard Model: DE3175Long Life Model: DE3175LED
Fog Front LightStandard Model: H11
Headlight HighStandard Model: H9
Headlight LowStandard Model: H11
License Plate LightStandard Model: 168Long Life Model: 194LED
Parking LightStandard Model: 7444NA
Side Marker Front LightStandard Model: 194Long Life Model: 194LED
Side Marker Rear LightStandard Model: 7440ALong Life Model:  7440ALED
Trunk Cargo LightStandard Model: 158Long Life Model: 194LED
Turn Signal Front LightStandard Model: 7444NA

Nissan Sentra B16 (2007–2012)

ApplicationBulb SizeBulb Size
Back Up LightStandard Model: 921Long Life Model: 912LED
Back Up LightStandard Model: 921B
Dome LightStandard Model: DE3175Long Life Model: DE3175LED
Fog Front LightStandard Model: H11
Headlight HighStandard Model: H9
Headlight LowStandard Model: H11
License Plate LightStandard Model: 168Long Life Model: 194LED
Parking LightStandard Model: 7444NA
Side Marker Front LightStandard Model: 194Long Life Model: 194LED
Trunk Cargo LightStandard Model: 158Long Life Model: 194LED
Turn Signal Front LightStandard Model: 7444NA
Turn Signal Rear LightStandard Model: 7440ALong Life Model:  7440ALED

Nissan Sentra B15 (2000–2006)

ApplicationBulb SizeBulb Size
Back Up LightStandard Model: 921Long Life Model: 912LED
Brake LightStandard Model: 3057K
Dome LightStandard Model: DE3175
Fog LightStandard Model: H1155Long Life Model: H1155LL
Front Side Marker LightStandard Model: 194Long Life Model: 194LL
Front Turn Signal LightStandard Model: 3457NAK
Glove Compartment LightStandard Model: 158Long Life Model: 194LED
HeadlightStandard Model: 9008
High Mount Brake LightStandard Model: 921Long Life Model: 912LED
License Plate LightStandard Model: 168
Map LightStandard Model: 168
Parking LightStandard Model: 194Long Life Model: 194LL
Parking LightStandard Model: 3457NAK
Rear Side Marker LightStandard Model: 194Long Life Model: 194LL
Rear Turn Signal LightStandard Model: 3057K
Tail LightStandard Model: 3057K
Trunk LightStandard Model: 158Long Life Model: 194LED

Nissan Sentra B14 (1995–1999)

ApplicationBulb SizeBulb Size
Back Up LightStandard Model: 921Long Life Model: 912LED
Brake LightStandard Model: 1157Long Life Model: 1157LL
Dome LightStandard Model: DE3175
Fog LightStandard Model: 01007
Front Side Marker LightStandard Model: 3157NAK
Front Turn Signal LightStandard Model: 3157NAK
HeadlightStandard Model: 9007Long Life Model:  9007SWTX
High Mount Brake LightStandard Model: 921Long Life Model: 912LED
License Plate LightStandard Model: 194Long Life Model: 194LL
Map LightStandard Model: DE3175
Parking LightStandard Model: 3157NAK
Rear Side Marker LightStandard Model: 1157Long Life Model: 1157LL
Rear Turn Signal LightStandard Model: 1156A
Tail LightStandard Model: 1157Long Life Model: 1157LL
Trunk LightStandard Model: 158Long Life Model: 194LED

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.

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 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.