Helpful Tech Tips and Tricks
The Civic is a line of cars manufactured by Honda. Initially a subcompact, it has gone through several generational changes and became larger and more upscale nowadays.
The first generation Civic was introduced in July 1972 as a two-door model, followed by a three-door hatchback that September. With an 1169 cc transverse engine and front-wheel drive like the British Mini, the car provided good interior space despite overall small dimensions. Initially gaining a reputation for being fuel-efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly, later iterations have become known for performance and sportiness, especially the Civic Type R, Civic VTi, Civic GTi and Civic SiR/Si.
- 2016-2018 Civic models are using the same bulb size for the front lights: H11 for the Low Beams, 9005 for the High Beam and H8 for the Fog Lights.
- The 2015 Honda Civicuses two different bulbs for the Low beams: the sedan uses a 9006 Low Beam headlight bulb, whereas the coupe uses an H11 lights for the Low Beams. Historically, there was no difference between the Civic headlight bulbs, regardless of whether you had a sedan or coupe.
If you've got a 2015 Civic Sedan and Coupe with all their respective sub-models: DX, EX, EX-L, HF, LX, LX-S, SE, Touring and SI use a 9005 bulb for the High beam and H11 for the Fog Lights. But as for the Low Beams, sedans use 9006 size, while coupes H11 lights.
2004-2014 Honda Civic got different makeovers and changes. Honda has chosen to use the same bulbs for the Low Beams, High Beams, and Fog Lights. It is using 2 separate bulbs for headlights:
- High beams: 9005,
- Low beams: 9006,
- Fog lights: H11.
- 1992-2003 Civic takes a single dual-filament halogen bulb as the Low Beam and High Beam. The bulb is known as a 9003, or H4, bulb.
- 1988-1991 Honda Civic used a 9006 bulb for the Low Beams and a 9005 headlight bulb for the High Beams.
Notice! The Honda Civic typically uses the High Beam bulb as the Daytime Running Lights – commonly referred to as DRL. Daytime running lights usually operate on reduced power, and HID ballasts require a stable 12V - which DRL cannot provide. As a result, if you install a 9005 HID conversion kit without taking this into consideration, you’ll end up with flickering High Beam HID lights in your Civic, which will burn out sooner rather than later. The remedy for this may be disabling of DRL in the car or installation of the relay wiring harness.
Assuming you’ve figured out a way to get an HID kit to work as your Daytime Running Lights, or you’ve simply deactivate your Daytime Running Lights altogether, another issue with installing an HID kit for this application is warmup period. HID lights take approximately 25 seconds to warm up when first turned on, so if you’re driving your Honda Civic and need a quick burst of light from your HID High Beams, you’re not going to be happy with the delay in getting light output! As a way out, we offer LED headlights for this vehicle. These lights are instantly on and do not require any addition al time to light up fully.