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Old 11-19-2011, 09:20 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Headlight Bulb Question

Sorry for the Maxima newbie question, but this is the first time I had a headlight burn out since I got the car.

Sometime in the past week both the low beam and high beam went out on the passenger side of my 2005 Maxima.

The owner's manual says that the low beam bulb is a Philips 9012 and the high beam bulb is a Philips 9012 bulb. That implies there are TWO bulbs in the headlight assembly on each side!

That makes no sense to me since the high beam and low beam use the SAME headlight lens. How can they possibly mount two bulbs behind the same lens in the headlight assembly?

So my question is: Is there one or two Philips 9012 bulbs in the headlight assembly on ONE side of the car?

And, yes, I've already found the instructions on replacing the bulb(s) without removing the entire front bumber facia.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Headlight Bulb Question

or it could be just one 9012 hi/lo beam bulb. the manual may have made a mistake and listed them separately by function.
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or it could be just one 9012 hi/lo beam bulb. the manual may have made a mistake and listed them separately by function.
I thought of that possibility too, but according to the magnified view of a 9012 bulb on Amazon, there is only one filament inside the bulb. If it was a hi/lo bulb it would need two. You can see that here:

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-HIR2-S.../dp/B00480N18G

So... I'm still confused!
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It is just one bulb. Single filiment.
There is a shutter in the projector to give Hi/lo
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It is just one bulb. Single filiment.
There is a shutter in the projector to give Hi/lo
Thanks Max,

That makes sense. The shutter must also be the way that they get such a sharp level horizontal line across the top of the low beam light pattern.

Think I'll order two bulbs from Amazon and save the second one for when the driver's side bulb goes.
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Thanks Max,

That makes sense. The shutter must also be the way that they get such a sharp level horizontal line across the top of the low beam light pattern.

Think I'll order two bulbs from Amazon and save the second one for when the driver's side bulb goes.
It's smart to get a 2nd bulb. The other one will probably wear out in the next month or 2
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