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2016 stock headlight bulb

I just purchased a 2016 the other day and wanted to switch out the headlight bulbs to LED. My question is how many other owners have 9005 bulbs in their car? My manual says 9005 but every part store lists 9012 for the bulb. I called the dealer and asked them and they couldn't give me a straight answer because they didn't have any in stock.

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What model?
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It 2 I believe or just a lt
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Sites list 9012, unless they changed it mid model which I cannot imagine why, I would order from a location that takes returns.

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I recently ordered a 9012 LED kit for my LT2 and the bulbs will fit but they are not cut exactly like the stock bulbs. I had to kind of put them in at an angle and turn to get them flush into the housing. Also, I would definitely recommend HID's over the LED's. The lighting was more blue than white and honestly to me didn't put out too much more light than the stocks, especially on the sides where the impala lacks.
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I haven't tried putting the 9012 in the housing but the socket for the headlight will not do a 9012 bulb. It works with a 9005 bulb. Which is weird cause I believe a 9005 bulb is a high beam bulb.
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I looked a a 15, 16, and 17 and they all list 9012 bulb so they couldn't of changed it mid year. So I'm wondering why mine says 9005.
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Someone else mentioned their car having a 9005 bulb on here before as well.

It was Thomcat on his 2017 Impala. Here is the thread http://www.impalaforums.com/chevy-im...-impala-9.html

Page 275 of the 2016 Impala owners manual does show a 9005 bulb listed https://www.chevrolet.com/content/da...ers-manual.pdf

Page 277 in the 2017 Impala owners manual does show a 9005 bulb listed https://www.chevrolet.com/content/da...ers-Manual.pdf

From what I've read an 9012 HIR bulb has little higher lumen spec than a 9005 bulb. I wonder why they switched to a 9005 bulb and I also wonder if the newer Impalas put out better or worse light with the bulb change than the 2014 and 2015 Impalas.


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I have h11 leds and a h11 hid kit from my 13 impala. Anyone know if I could use those bulbs in place of the stock 9005 bulbs?
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Yea the dealer couldn't even give me a straight answer
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Also how do I know what LT version I have? I was told a LT 2 but not surw
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Also how do I know what LT version I have? I was told a LT 2 but not surw
Is it a 6cyl or 4cyl?

6 is 2LT, 4 is 1LT

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Also how do I know what LT version I have? I was told a LT 2 but not surw
Try punching your vin # into a decoder.

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They return varying degrees of detail, but most should indicate the trim levels.

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I looked at my Amazon order to confirm my bulb size through KenSun and mine were a 9006 (HB4) for HID's. I still think your best suggestion is to order through a retailer that takes returns if they suggest the wrong item.

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I haven't tried putting the 9012 in the housing but the socket for the headlight will not do a 9012 bulb. It works with a 9005 bulb. Which is weird cause I believe a 9005 bulb is a high beam bulb.
Do you still have the stock bulb? Does it say what it is on the bulb base?

Can you post a photo as well.

9011/9012 HIR bulbs are suitable replacements for 9005/9006. All it requires is a little modification at the base of the bulb. HIR's produce more lighting.

Here is a link on how to trim the tabs.

How to Modify HIR bulb bases

I did check the manual and it lists the 9012 as the replacement bulb. Do you have a 9006 to try?
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