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Honda Civic Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in the sun visor of a 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019 Honda Civic sedan.

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2016 Civic Sun Visor
Open Mirror Cover
Pry Off Lens Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the tenth generation 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Honda Civic in changing a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in the sun visor or upgrading them to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Accord, Insight, Clarity, Fit, HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Passport, Odyssey, Ridgeline, ILX, MDX, RDX, NSX, RLX and TLX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement sub miniature wedge base light bulb is part number 74.

If you would like to have brighter vanity mirror lights, install some 74 LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulbs is a small plastic pry bar tool or a flat head screwdriver.

You may also need a pair of needle nose pliers with a micro fiber cloth to pull out the old light bulb.

The first step is to flip open the mirror cover to access the light housing.


Lens Cover Removed
Plastic Retaining Clips
Old Light Bulb Exposed
Insert the blade of your plastic pry bar tool in between the outer edge of the lens cover and the light housing.

Gently pry out the lens cover to release the retaining clips.

Try to avoid using excessive force.

The lens cover should pop out relatively easily.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

Sub Miniature Light Bulb
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Push In New Light Bulb
Be careful when you remove the old light bulb. If it was recently turned on, the bulb might still be hot enough to burn your figners.

Grasp the old light bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

If you have trouble getting a grip on the old bulb to pull it out, you can use a pair of needle nose pliers with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Wrap the jaws of the needle nose pliers with the micro fiber cloth in order to keep the bulb from breaking or containing the pieces if it does break.

Very gently pull the old bulb straight out of the socket with the needle nose pliers.

Avoid using excessive force so that you don't crack the bulb.

New Light Bulb Installed
Line Up Plastic Tabs
Pop In Retaining Clips
Push the new number 74 sub-miniature wedge base light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have brighter vanity mirror lights that will also last a lot longer before burning out, install some compatible replacement 74 LED bulbs.

The new light bulb should turn on as soon as you install it into the socket.

If you installed an LED bulb and it doesn't work, try pulling it out of the socket, rotating it 180 degrees and pushing it back into the socket.

Some LED bulbs are polarized and will only work when the "+" positive and "-" negative electrical contacts are in the correct orientation.

Lens Cover Secured
Test New Light Bulb
Close Mirror Cover
Line up the lens cover with the light housing.

First, re-insert the two tabs on the right edge (closer to the mirror) into their slots.

Then gently snap in the two retaining clips on the other side of the lens cover into place.

Double check that the lens cover is securely in place and flush with the light housing.

To test the "On/Off" switch, partially close the mirror cover to turn off the light and then flip it open again.

Be sure to write down the bulb change in your car's service records.

Please check out all of my 2016-2019 Honda Civic DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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