How to choose the perfect headlight bulbs for Nissan Sentra?

2019 Nissan Sentra ChartBulb Number
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.

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.

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