Can I put high beam bulbs in low beam sockets?

When driving at night it seems like my low beam lights aren’t bright enough. What would happen if I put high beam bulbs where my low beams are supposed to go?

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Answer provided by
Katherine Duffy
Answered on Apr 29, 2022
Thanks for asking this question before installing those high beams!
Installing high beam bulbs in your low beam sockets can lead to dangerous problems, especially for other drivers approaching your vehicle. You should never use this method to improve your visibility while driving at night.
If you can impair another driver’s sight by forgetting to turn off your high beams, just imagine what might happen if you replaced your regular low beam lights with high beams!
You can even damage your low beam socket. The heat from a high beam bulb could melt your low beam socket and ruin your wiring, which is a fire hazard.
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