How to Change Golf Cart Headlights

by Dakota Wright
Replace headlights on your golf cart to increase safety.

Replace headlights on your golf cart to increase safety.

Driving a golf cart to run errands or visit with close neighbors is an economical solution to higher gas prices. To drive a golf cart on a city street, many locations require your cart to be “street legal,” according to their ordinances. For your safety, your golf cart should have operable headlights and taillights at all times. Instead of sending your golf cart to a shop for service, change the the headlamps or bulbs yourself.

Replace Headlamp

  1. Park your golf cart where you can sit comfortably in front of it. Golf cart headlight assemblies are smaller than those on traditional vehicles; being at eye level will improve your chances of successful maintenance.

  2. Remove the screws that hold the headlight lens in place. Pull the headlamp assembly out of the golf cart frame.

  3. Detach the wiring clips from the back of the headlamp. Grasp the clips and not the wires to prevent damage to the wiring harness. Attach the wiring clips to the back of the new headlight.

  4. Reinstall the light and the headlight lens. Check your work by operating the headlights.

Replace Headlight Bulb

  1. Remove the lens cover from the headlight. Depending on the make and model of your golf cart, the lens cover may unscrew or be secured with clips or other hardware.

  2. Grasp the bulb and pull it from the socket. Some bulbs require a slight turn counterclockwise to loosen it before removal. You will hear an audible “click” when these type of pronged bulbs are free.

  3. Take the new bulb out of the package, holding it with gloves or a soft cloth. Oil from your fingers can cause a new bulb to malfunction.

  4. Insert the bulb and screw it in place. Turn the bulb clockwise; you will hear a “click” if the bulb has a pronged back. Turn on the key and use the headlights. Replace the lens cover.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver


  • Some golf carts aren't sold with factory lighting kits and may have an after-market kit installed.


  • Purchase new bulbs to ensure you're getting a bulb that has been properly handled.

About the Author

Dakota Wright is a freelance journalist who enjoys sharing her knowledge with online readers. She has written for a variety of niche sites across the Internet including “Info Barrel and Down Home Basics.” Her recent work can be seen in “Backwoods Home Magazine.”

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