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Headlight & Fog Light Bulb Cross-Reference Guide - LED | HID | Halogen

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Last updated: October 26, 2022

Halogen bulbs, along with LED headlight bulbs and HID conversion bulbs, come in many different shapes and sizes and are identified and referenced using a part number (bulb size or bulb number).

You may already be familiar with popular bulb sizes such as H11, 9005, H7, 9003, and H13. Regardless of the technology (halogen, LED, or HID), an H11 bulb, for example, will always be the same with regard to its locking tabs and plugs.

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This is similar to household battery sizes, for example. AAA batteries will always be the same size, length, etc. regardless of the brand and technology and the same logic applies to headlight and fog light auto light bulbs.

One interesting thing about automotive headlights and fog light bulbs is that many sizes are cross-compatible or equivalent. For example, H11 is equivalent to H8, H9, and the L-Shaped H16 bulb. 9005 is equivalent to HB3, H10, 9040, 9055, 9140, 9145, 9150, and 9155.

This is because there are several different original equipment manufacturers, such as Sylvania (Osram), Philips, and Hella, which use their respective part numbers to reference the same bulb.

Backed by popular demand, we've put together a complete list of all headlight and fog bulbs and their equivalent bulbs. We also dive deeper into some popular bulb sizes and conclude with some frequently asked questions. We regularly update this page and if you see anything missing, please let us know!

Headlights & Fog Light Bulbs Cross Reference Chart

Bulb Equivalent to Lighting Technology
H1 H1ST, H1XV LED, HID and Halogen
H3 64146BC LED, HID and Halogen
H4 (Dual-Beam) HB2, 9003, 9003EB, 9003XV, 9003CB, 9003SU, 9003ST LED, HID and Halogen
H7 64210, H7EB, H7XV, H7ST, H7CB, H7SU LED, HID and Halogen
H8 H11, H9, H16 (L-Shaped) LED, HID and Halogen
H9 H11, H8, H16 (L-Shaped) LED, HID and Halogen
H10 9005, 9040, 9055, 9140, 9145, 9150, 9155, H12 LED, HID and Halogen
H11 H8, H9, H16 (L-Shaped) LED, HID and Halogen
H11B None LED, HID and Halogen
H13 (Dual-Beam) 9008, H13ST, H13XV LED, HID and Halogen
H16 (L-shaped) H11, H8, H9 LED, HID and Halogen
H16 (T-shaped) 5201, 5202, 2504, PSX24W, PS24W, 5201, 9009 LED, HID and Halogen
H27 None LED, HID and Halogen
HB1 9004, 9004SU, 9004EB, 9004XV, 9004ST, 9004CB LED, HID and Halogen
HB2 9003, H4, 9003EB, 9003XV, 9003CB, 9003SU, 9003ST LED, HID and Halogen
HB3 9005, H10, H12, 9040, 9055, 9140, 9145, 9150, 9155 LED, HID and Halogen
HB4 9006, 9012, H1R2 LED, HID and Halogen
HB5 9007, 9007SU, 9007EB, 9007XV, 9007ST, 9007CB LED, HID and Halogen
9003 (Dual-Beam) H4, HB2, 9003EB, 9003XV, 9003CB, 9003SU, 9003ST LED, HID and Halogen
9004 (Dual-Beam) HB1, 9004SU, 9004EB, 9004XV, 9004ST, 9004CB LED, HID and Halogen
9005 HB3, H10, H12, 9040, 9055, 9140, 9145, 9150, 9155 LED, HID and Halogen
9006 (Dual-Beam) HB4, 9012, H1R2 LED, HID and Halogen
9007 (Dual-Beam) HB5, 9007SU, 9007EB, 9007XV, 9007ST, 9007CB LED, HID and Halogen
9008 (Dual-Beam) H13, H13ST, H13XV LED, HID and Halogen
9012 9006, HB4, H1R2 LED, HID and Halogen
9040 9005, H10, H12, 9055, 9140, 9145, 9150, 9155, HB3 LED, HID and Halogen
9045 None LED, HID and Halogen
9055 9005, H10, H12, 9040, 9140, 9145, 9150, 9155, HB3 LED, HID and Halogen
9140 9005, H10, H12, 9040, 9055, 9145, 9150, 9155, HB3 LED, HID and Halogen
9145 9005, H10, H12, 9040, 9055, 9140, 9150, 9155, HB3 LED, HID and Halogen
2504 PSX24W, H16 (T-Shaped), 5201, 5202, PSX24W, PS24W, 9009 LED, HID and Halogen
5201 H16 (T-Shaped), 5202, 2504, PSX24W, PS24W, 9009 LED, HID and Halogen
5202 H16 (T-Shaped), 5201, 2504, PSX24W, PS24W, 9009 LED, HID and Halogen
PS24W H16 (T-Shaped), 5202, 2504, PS24WFF, 5201, 9009 LED, HID and Halogen
PSX24W H16 (T-Shaped), 5202, 2504, PS24WFF, 5201, 9009 LED, HID and Halogen
862 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
880 862, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
880ST 862, 880, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
881 862, 880, 880ST, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
884 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
885 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
886 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
889 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
891 None LED, HID and Halogen
893 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
894 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 896, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
896 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 898, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
898 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 899 LED, HID and Halogen
899 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898 LED, HID and Halogen
D1S D1R, D3S, D3R HID only
D1R D1S, D3S, D3R HID only
D2S D2R, D4S, D4R HID only
D2R D2S, D4S, D4R HID only
D3S D3R, D1S, D1R HID only
D3R D3S, D1S, D1R HID only
D4S D4R, D2S, D2R HID only
D4R D4S, D2S, D2R HID only
D5S D5R HID only
D5R D5S HID only

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Headlight & Fog Light Bulb Equivalency Explained

As explained briefly earlier in this guide, some automotive headlamps and fog light bulbs will have different bulb/part numbers but are actually the same exact bulb. The same auto lamps are produced by different OEM producers and used by many car manufacturers.

How do we determine if bulbs are equivalent? We look at 2 key aspects, the locking mechanism (tabs) of the bulb (this is how the bulb stays secured within the headlight assembly) and the wiring/plugs (this is how the bulbs connect to your factory power harness to draw power in order to light up).

For instance, 9006 bulbs are equivalent to 9012 and HB4. All three of these bulbs are exactly the same - they have the same locking tabs, wiring, and plugs.

H11 and 9005, for example, are not the same. They look the same at first glance but have different locking tabs and plugs. If you try to insert an H11 where a 9005 belongs (or vice versa), it won't fit or lock into the headlight slot and the plug will not match that of the power harness.


Special Cases

Although we would like things to be perfectly simple and standard across the board, they rarely are and automotive headlight bulbs are no exception.

Below, we breakdown a few bulbs that are commonly mistaken as equivalent:

H11 vs. H11B

H11 (sometimes referred to as H11 type A) and H11B are frequently confused as being equivalent but are in fact different due to their plug and the design of their respective headlight assemblies. H11 has the plug pins nested while H11B has the pins bare. As such, an H11 will not work for an H11B headlight and vice versa.

H11 vs H11B Headlights Bulb

H11 is one of the most common bulb sizes and is used for high beam, low beam, and fog lights by nearly every car manufacturer.

H11B, on the other hand, is a lot less common and can be found on Hyundais and KIAs for their low beams.


H16 Type 1 (H11-style) vs. Type 2 (5202-style)

Another interesting case is that of the H16 bulb. This bulb comes in two different "styles" despite bearing the same exact name. Thankfully, due to bulb equivalencies, we are able to distinguish them.

H16 Type 1 is the original design of the bulb and is equivalent to an H11 bulb (pictured in the section above). It is L-shaped with nested plug pins.

H16 Type 2 is the newer version, equivalent to bulb number 5202, 2504, PSX24W, PS24W, 5201, and 9009. H16 Type 2 is T-shape and sometimes referred to as H16

H16 Type A (H11) vs H16 Type B (5202)


PS24W (5202) vs. PSX24W (2504)

These popular fog lights have long been a very particular case. The bulbs look nearly identical yet have very subtle differences that most aftermarket manufacturers never even noticed.

As illustrated in the image below, despite having the same tab-lock mechanism and the same exact plug, it has two sets of pins that are inversed, making them non-compatible.

H16 Type A (H11) vs H16 Type B (5202)

Some manufacturers will simply design the bulbs without the pins in order to make them compatible but you'll need some electrical tape to make sure the connection to the power source sustains.


FAQ

Are H11 the same as H16 (LED/HID/Halogen)?

The L-shaped H16 bulb is the same as an H11 bulb. However, the T-shaped H16 bulb is not.

Are H11 the same as 9005 (LED/HID/Halogen)?

No. Despite having a similar design (same L-shape, same plug design), H11 and 9005 bulbs have different bases and locking tabs, making them incompatible.

Are H11 the same as 9006 (LED/HID/Halogen)?

No. Both have an L-shape design but they have different locking tabs and electrical connections. The H11 pins are closer to each other and wider apart in the 9006.

Can an equivalent bulb damage my headlight assembly?

This depends on which bulb technology you are using. For example, when using halogen bulbs, using bulb equivalencies may damage your car or cause overheating within the headlight/fog light assembly due to different wattage usage and requirements.

When using LED or HID technology, the power is regulated and, therefore, bulb equivalencies cause absolutely no harm (assuming a quality LED or HID conversion kit is used with the proper power regulating accessories).


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Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is provided free of charge to our visitors. It was prepared to the best of our abilities and with all the information available to us at the time of writing. We reserve the right to change, remove or update any information contained on this page at any time and without notice to improve its accuracy. The most reliable method to determine the bulb size is by pulling your actual bulb(s) and reading the part number indicated directly on the bulb. The information compiled on this page comes with no guarantees or warranties.

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