How To Change The Headlight Bulbs In Your Toyota Camry

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2007 Camry Headlight CC Image courtesy of Stefano A on Flickr

2007 Camry Headlight CC Image courtesy of Stefano A on Flickr

If you’re a little lucky, upkeep costs on your Toyota Camry should be pretty modest. That’s why it’s the best-selling car in North America. Maintenance such as oil changes, new air filters, and replacing worn brake pads are all fairly easy. Another way to save money on car repair costs is to replace your own headlight bulbs.

It’s fairly simple — virtually no tools required.

The first thing you need to get are some new headlight bulbs. Consult your owner’s manual for the specific bulb(s) required. There are low-beam and high-beam bulbs (a total of four bulbs for your car). You could probably choose from a variety of aftermarket bulbs with different filaments, colors, and intensities. Just make sure you get the right kind. You’ll also need a pair of clean cotton gloves. Many bulbs (particularly halogen) overheat when handled by bare hands because the natural oils on your skin can coat the bulbs, preventing them from releasing heat efficiently.

Once you’ve got your new bulbs, you’re ready to go.

Make sure the car is off, the transmission in park, and the keys are out of the ignition. Open the hood, and find the headlight assembly (on either side). If you’re only replacing the low- or high-beams, then make sure you’re working on the correct one.

The bulbs simply screw into the headlight assembly. Remove the bulb and connector from the rear of the headlight assembly by turning it (carefully) counterclockwise. Unplug the bulb from the electrical connector. If you discard the bulb, be careful because it might shatter and release harmful materials. It’s best to recycle used bulbs in your local recycling center than carelessly tossing them into the trash.

Now re-attach the new headlight bulb to the electrical wire. Make sure to wear the clean cotton gloves when handling and installing the new bulb. Then, screw the new bulb clockwise into the headlight assembly. Be sure to replace both sides, driver and passenger. And if you’re replacing the high- and low-beams, make sure not to get them confused.

Test your headlight bulb replacement job by turning the ignition on and, on a level surface, aiming the headlights at a flat wall or garage door to ensure they’re working and pointing in the correct positions.

That’s it! If you have any questions about how Toyota Camry headlights work, leave them in the comments below. You can subscribe to ChiltonDIY for your Toyota Camry’s specific model and year to find instructions, images, and specific tips from our certified expert technicians on Camry maintenance and repair.  Find out everything Toyota with our DIY Repair Manual!

12 responses to “How To Change The Headlight Bulbs In Your Toyota Camry”

  1. Tom says:

    Hard to remove the rubber seal in back of headlamp to access bulb. 2000 camry solara.

  2. Patty says:

    Is there a trick to disconnecting the bulb assembly from the electrical wire. A release tab or something?

    • ChiltonDIY says:

      Hi Patty.
      Sometimes there is a retaining tab, or sometimes you have to depress while twisting the bulb. If you can tell us the year of the Camry we can tell you exactly.

  3. Georgema says:

    Howdy! good site.

  4. Barabara says:

    Are these instructions good for
    Camry hybrids?

  5. James Mcreynolds says:

    How do you get to the amber light on the front of a 2007 Toyota Camry??

    • ChiltonDIY says:

      Hi there. It looks like it is all one unit, accessible from behind the headlight assembly through the engine compartment.
      Refer to your ChiltonDIY subscription as depending on your submodel, you may also need to remove the cool air intake duct seal and the front bumper assembly. Chilton covers those procedures as well.
      PATH: Chassis Electrical > Lighting > Headlight Assembly (applies to both electric (HV) and non-electric Camrys)
      The bulb replacement procedure is here: PATH: Chassis Electrical > Lighting > Headlight Assembly > Disassembly (applies to both electric (HV) and non-electric Camrys)

  6. Rowan says:

    The Camry hybrid (2013 Australia) has no room on the fusebox side where all the additional hybrid harness connectors are (passenger side for RHD, driver side for LHD). I just managed to get the old one out, but couldn’t get the new one in (H7 globe). You’d need some special tool, or remove the whole fusebox/light assembly. It’s a case of poor design, it’s same design as the non-hybrid version where there is tons of room (standard has the 12V battery there, hybrid moves it to the boot (trunk) and takes up all that space).

  7. Barbara Cloninger says:

    My headlight turns on at highbeam but not low bean why?

    • ChiltonDIY says:

      Check the fuses, relays, and bulbs. Most bulbs have double filaments, for high and low beams.
      Subscribe at for repair procedures, specifications, technical service bulletins and recalls, maintenance intervals, and more. You can view, print, and save from the online information and there’s also an option to have the information read out loud.

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