Auto Body Shop – Headlight Service
Come visit us when you need headlight replacement or restoration in Plano, Richardson, Allen, McKinney, Frisco, Texas or surrounding areas. Linear Automotive can restore your headlight’s clarity by removing the haze and making them clear once again. Our I-Car certified body shop technicians can replace OEM Headlights. Give us a call or stop by our state of the art facility for an estimate.
Headlights were originally made of glass but with the advent of polycarbonate plastics, the auto manufacturers began using the polycarbonate headlight lens rather than glass. Over time these can become hazy with scratches and sun oxidation and the cloudy lenses actually becomes a hazard by degrading the headlights ability to project light onto the road.
Restoration of the front headlights is a process of removing the old UV resistant coating that initially comes on the lights as well as removing the oxidation. By restoring the UV coating it restores the headlight projection and safety while improving the look of the vehicle.
When considering a headlight bulb replacement, it’s best to know about the different types. There are three basic headlight types and they are halogen, xenon, and LED. A headlight is comprised of a bulb, a reflector and a lens and it should not produce a strong glare or temporarily blindness to other drivers approaching from the opposite side of the road.
The Halogen headlamp uses a thin tungsten filament, and a glass capsule filled with halogen gas. Each time it is turned on, it regenerates a new filament and produces a very white light and this process extends the filament life. Xenon is a colorless and odorless un-reactive gas. For commercial use the Xenon is extracted from liquid air and used in headlights. It is used in auto lighting and HID (high intensity discharge) lighting, which does not use a filament but a xenon gas charged arc between two electrodes. It produces a clean white light. The LED or light emitting diode is a semiconductor diode that emits a light when voltage is supplied. It can be produced in a small versatile size as compared with the other headlights. It produces a super bright cool blue-white light and also comes in a warm white light version.
In the light assembly there is a reflector that is to match the OEM headlight bulb type installed. When a high intensity bulb is installed in a stock reflector not matching the bulb output, the road glare can be blinding with loss of visibility. A wrong focal point reflector with a high intensity bulb makes the glare intolerable for those vehicles approaching. The recommended OEM bulb should be used for proper lighting with the reflector on your vehicle. Linear Automotive provides OEM bulb replacements. We can also repair or replace any broken headlight enclosures, smog lights, tail lights and your blinkers. When the bulb goes out, or you need your headlight plastic lens restored or replaced, just ask the I-Car® pros at Linear Automotive for dependable and reliable body shop repairs.