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Headlight & Fog Light Bulb Cross-Reference Guide (LED, HID, Halogen)

Automotive bulb chart and cross-reference guide. Understanding and finding your headlight bulb equivalent.

Last updated: October 31, 2023


Automotive bulbs come in many different shapes and sizes.

They are identified and referenced using a part number (bulb size or bulb number). You may have heard of popular bulb sizes like H11, 9005, or H13.

One interesting thing about automotive headlight bulbs is that many have different part numbers but are in fact the same size.

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For example, H11 is the same as H8 and H9. 9005 is equivalent to HB3, H10, 9040, 9055, 9140, 9145, 9150, and 9155.

Knowing your bulb size is very important because they are vehicle-specific. A Ford F-150, for instance, uses very different bulbs than a Jeep Wrangler.


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Automotive Bulb Chart - Headlights Bulb Cross-Reference

To help you figure out which bulbs are the same, we've put together a comprehensive list of all headlight and fog light bulbs.

How to use: search for your bulb in the first column and then see what it is equivalent to in the second column.

Bulb Same As Type
H1 H1ST, H1XV Halogen
HIR2 9006, 9012, HB4 Halogen
H3 64146BC Halogen
H4 HB2, 9003, 9003EB, 9003XV, 9003CB, 9003SU, 9003ST Halogen
H7 64210, H7EB, H7XV, H7ST, H7CB, H7SU Halogen
H8 H11, H11C, H9, H16 (L-Shaped) Halogen
H9 H11, H11C, H8, H16 (L-Shaped) Halogen
H10 9005, 9040, 9055, 9140, 9145, 9150, 9155, H12 Halogen
H11 H11C, H8, H9, H16 (L-Shaped) Halogen
H11B None Halogen
H13 9008, H13ST, H13XV Halogen
H16 (L-shaped) H11, H8, H9, H11C Halogen
H16 (T-shaped) 5201, 5202, 2504, PSX24W, PS24W, 5201, 9009 Halogen
H27 None Halogen
HB1 9004, 9004SU, 9004EB, 9004XV, 9004ST, 9004CB Halogen
HB2 9003, H4, 9003EB, 9003XV, 9003CB, 9003SU, 9003ST Halogen
HB3 9005, H10, H12, 9040, 9055, 9140, 9145, 9150, 9155 Halogen
HB4 9006, 9012, HIR2 Halogen
HB5 9007, 9007SU, 9007EB, 9007XV, 9007ST, 9007CB Halogen
9003 H4, HB2, 9003EB, 9003XV, 9003CB, 9003SU, 9003ST Halogen
9004 HB1, 9004SU, 9004EB, 9004XV, 9004ST, 9004CB Halogen
9005 HB3, H10, H12, 9040, 9055, 9140, 9145, 9150, 9155 Halogen
9006 HB4, 9012, HIR2 Halogen
9007 HB5, 9007SU, 9007EB, 9007XV, 9007ST, 9007CB Halogen
9008 H13, H13ST, H13XV Halogen
9012 9006, HB4, HIR2 Halogen
9040 9005, H10, H12, 9055, 9140, 9145, 9150, 9155, HB3 Halogen
9045 None Halogen
9055 9005, H10, H12, 9040, 9140, 9145, 9150, 9155, HB3 Halogen
9140 9005, H10, H12, 9040, 9055, 9145, 9150, 9155, HB3 Halogen
9145 9005, H10, H12, 9040, 9055, 9140, 9150, 9155, HB3 Halogen
2504 PSX24W, H16 (T-Shaped), 5201, 5202, PSX24W, PS24W, 9009 Halogen
5201 H16 (T-Shaped), 5202, 2504, PSX24W, PS24W, 9009 Halogen
5202 H16 (T-Shaped), 5201, 2504, PSX24W, PS24W, 9009 Halogen
PS24W H16 (T-Shaped), 5202, 2504, PS24WFF, 5201, 9009 Halogen
PSX24W H16 (T-Shaped), 5202, 2504, PS24WFF, 5201, 9009 Halogen
862 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 Halogen
880 862, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 Halogen
880ST 862, 880, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 Halogen
881 862, 880, 880ST, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 Halogen
884 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 Halogen
885 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 Halogen
886 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 Halogen
889 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 Halogen
891 None Halogen
893 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893ST, 894, 896, 898, 899 Halogen
894 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 896, 898, 899 Halogen
896 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 898, 899 Halogen
898 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 899 Halogen
899 862, 880, 880ST, 881, 884, 885, 886, 889, 890, 892, 893, 893ST, 894, 896, 898 HID*
D1C D1R, D1S, D3C, D3R, D3S HID*
D1S D1C, D1R, D3C, D3R, D3S HID*
D1R D1C, D1S, D3C, D3R, D3S HID*
D2C D2R, D2S, D4C, D4R, D4S HID*
D2S D2C, D2R, D4C, D4R, D4S HID*
D2R D2C, D2S, D4C, D4R, D4S HID*
D3C D3R, D3S, D1C, D1R, D1S HID*
D3S D3C, D3R, D1C, D1R, D1S HID*
D3R D3C, D3S, D1C, D1R, D1S HID*
D4C D4R, D4S, D2C, D2R, D2S HID*
D4S D4C, D4R, D2C, D2R, D2S HID*
D4R D4C, D4S, D2C, D2R, D2S HID*
D5S D5R HID*
D5R D5S  

*HID bulbs only. Cannot be used in a halogen lighting system.


Infographic - Automotive Light Bulb Sizes, Plugs, Locking Tabs & Bases

Curious what your bulb looks like, how the locking tabs are positioned, or what type of plug/connection it has? Check out our infographic:

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Headlight & Fog Light Bulb Equivalency Explained

Some automotive headlamps and fog light bulbs will have different bulb/part numbers but are actually the same exact bulb.

This is because different manufacturers, such as Sylvania (Osram), Philips, and Hella use their own part numbers.

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. The same logic applies to headlight and fog light bulbs.

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How do we determine if bulbs are equivalent? We look at 2 key aspects: the locking tabs and the plug.

For instance, 9006 is the same as 9012 and HB4. All three of these bulbs have the exact same locking tabs, wiring, and plugs.

H11 and 9005, on the other hand, 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 and H11B are not the same, they are two very different bulbs as pictured below.

H11 vs H11B Headlights Bulb

H11 (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 prongs nested in its plug while H11B has the pertruding prongs. As such, an H11 will not work for an H11B headlight and vice versa.

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 Hyundai and KIA cars in the low beams.

For a more detailed comparison between these two bulbs, check out our new guide: H11 vs. H11B - What's the difference?


H16 Type A (H11-style) vs. H16 Type B (5202-style)

The H16 bulb comes in two different styles - Japanese and American.

H16 Type A is the original design of the bulb and is equivalent to an H11 bulb. It is L-shaped with nested prongs. This is the Japanese version of the bulb commonly found in Honda, Toyota, and Subaru vehicles.

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

H16 Type B is the newer version, equivalent to bulb numbers 5202, 2504, PSX24W, PS24W, 5201, and 9009.

It is T-shaped and commonly found on American cars such as Chevy, Dodge, Ford, GMC, and Jeep.

So, if you're ever wondering which H16 you have, check if you have a Japanese or American car. Alternatively, you can pull the original bulb and compare it to the image above.


PS24W (5202) vs. PSX24W (2504)

These popular fog lights have long been a very special 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.

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 secure the connection to the power source.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

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

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. Learn more about the Difference Between H11 and 9005.

No. H7 and H11 bulbs have different bases and locking tabs, making them incompatible. Learn more about the Difference Between H11 and H7.

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. Learn more about the Difference Between H11 and 9006.

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.


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