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Hi all, my 2011 finally had its first headlamp burn out. Pretty good for over 7 years of use!

I know I need model 9012 and while I'm not sure whether I want HID/LED, not looking for an argument I saw in several posts either, but in addition to recommendations whether there's anything to be aware of?

Friend that's been a mechanic for over 20 years is doing it for me and estimated about 45 minutes to install?

Saw several good models on both Amazon and Rockauto.

Whatever model I choose, would prefer long lasting and good visibility. Don't expect them to be blinding but live in NJ and work nights so between winter weather approaching and sun setting earlier I know what I'll need.

Apologies if this is better suited for the Care, Maintenance & Service forum.

Thank you!
 

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I also have a 2011 and replaced the bulb for the 2nd time on the drivers side. If yours is on the drivers side and you are just doing a bulb replacement, you are looking at LESS than 5 minutes.
Never done the passenger side, I know the air box is in the way but is supposed to be fairly easy to remove.
 

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I had a headlight burn out this spring, so I replaced them with LEDs. I used the bulbs in this thread:
https://gm-volt.com/forum/showthrea...no-fans-no-flickering&highlight=led+headlight

I'm happy with them. They give as much, if not a little more light than the stock bulbs. They also match the color temp of the DRLs.

It's a pretty easy job. The drivers side is all of 5 minutes. The passenger side requires you to pull the air filter box which I think was only 2 screws. 45 minutes is more than enough time to do both.
 

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I also have a 2011 and replaced the bulb for the 2nd time on the drivers side. If yours is on the drivers side and you are just doing a bulb replacement, you are looking at LESS than 5 minutes.
Never done the passenger side, I know the air box is in the way but is supposed to be fairly easy to remove.
Ok that's great to know. Unfortunately, on the passenger side but would've needed to replace both eventually.

Will probably end up just getting a pair off RockAuto.
 

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I had a headlight burn out this spring, so I replaced them with LEDs. I used the bulbs in this thread:
https://gm-volt.com/forum/showthrea...no-fans-no-flickering&highlight=led+headlight

I'm happy with them. They give as much, if not a little more light than the stock bulbs. They also match the color temp of the DRLs.

It's a pretty easy job. The drivers side is all of 5 minutes. The passenger side requires you to pull the air filter box which I think was only 2 screws. 45 minutes is more than enough time to do both.
Looked it up and none fit my 2011, at least according to Amazon. They'd ship faster but I question their accuracy on what does and doesn't fit. Looked at OEM but don't seem to be too bright
 

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Not sure how much longer I'll have the car anyway. Front bumper is damaged so I can't even change the front turn signals and it has close to 95k.

Living in NJ at this time of year the EV range isn't awesome.
 

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If you are happy with how the lights were, the easiest is to replace with similar. You can get more light with LED or HID, but then it is more expensive and more time to research options and install, etc.

The only warning I would give is that some options require installing a relay, and adding a ground wire for the relay. Some people have caused serious electrical problems by using the ground point under the hood near the brake master cylinder. If you need to ground something, the safest thing is to create a new ground point by drilling and threading a new hole.
 

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Looked it up and none fit my 2011, at least according to Amazon. They'd ship faster but I question their accuracy on what does and doesn't fit. Looked at OEM but don't seem to be too bright
Oh that's interesting. It appears they don't have the 9012 model in that version anymore.
 

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Oh that's interesting. It appears they don't have the 9012 model in that version anymore.
It seems like 9012 bulbs of any type are getting harder and harder to find. At Wal-Mart the other day, they had only one 9012 to choose from and they were about $25 each. These LED's were highly recommended to me so I bought a pair for $29, but haven't installed them yet:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MU0X4X4
 
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