💡 Kia Forte Bulb Size

Kia Forte Bulb Size Chart

2019 Kia Forte Chart Bulb Number

Fog Light Bulb Front


Fog Light Bulb Front



Fog Light Bulb Front


Headlight Bulb Low Beam


Headlight Bulb High Beam(with LED headlights)


Headlight Bulb High Beam(with halogen headlights)


Turn Signal Light Bulb Front


License Plate Light Bulb


License Plate Light Bulb


Daytime Running Light Bulb


Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear


Back Up Reverse Light Bulb


Parking Light Bulb(with LED headlights)


Parking Light Bulb(with halogen headlights)


Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb(with LED headlights)


Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb(with halogen headlights)

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Brake Light Bulb(with LED headlights)


Brake Light Bulb(with halogen headlights)


Tail Light Bulb Outer


Tail Light Bulb Inner(with LED headlights)


Tail Light Bulb Inner(with halogen headlights)


Tail Light Bulb Inner(with halogen headlights)


Vanity Mirror Light Bulb


Glove Box Light Bulb


Trunk or Cargo Area Light


Dome Light Bulb


Map Light Bulb


Map Light Bulb


The Kia Forte uses a variety of bulb types for its headlights and fog lights. This depends on the model year chosen by buyers. The latest models use a D5S bulb type for the low beam headlight, a 9005 bulb type for the high beam headlight, and an H8 bulb for the front fog light. 

Earlier modes use either the H11, H7, H11B, or D5S for the low beam headlight and a 9005, or H1 for the high beam headlight. The fog lights utilize either an H8 or 881 bulb type. 

The Kia Forte uses halogen bulbs for its lighting functions, rather than more expensive xenon or LED lighting options. A common problem with halogen bulbs is that they burn out over time due to constant use and changing conditions such as weather.

This requires you to buy replacement bulbs. Changing a burnt-out bulb is extremely easy, whether it is the front fog light, the low beam headlights or high beam headlights.

Upgrading from factory bulbs to aftermarket LED/HID

When upgrading to LED headlights, there are two ways to do it. One involves the use of an LED conversion kit and the other the use of retrofit-LED headlights. The former involves switching your existing headlights for a new set.

The process could last at least one hour for each side, including disassembly. It’s highly important to do the fitment correctly to ensure rainwater does not penetrate into the headlight. 

The second method is the retrofit-LED headlights or simply LED headlight bulbs. It’s a DIY job and takes about half an hour for each side. They are also waterproof and do not require any fitment approach with regard to water leakage.

However, it’s important to note that some cars may come with optional high beam LED lights from the factory.

In this instance, you don’t need to change your existing headlight configuration because these lights will work perfectly well on your vehicle if they were built into it from the factory.

In more recent years, many automakers have been installing LED headlights as a standard feature of their vehicles which include Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW among others. This means even if you own an older model, chances are that the headlights could be swapped for LED headlight bulbs.

To begin with, whether you go for LED or halogen headlights, it’s important to note that these bulbs function using specific voltage requirements.

Simply put, the power required by one bulb is different from another type of bulb because each uses a different technology and emits light at varying levels of intensity.

This difference may be small but should not be overlooked. It’s advisable to confirm your car’s specifications prior to buying any bulbs to ensure they fit well into your car’s electrical system.

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Further, if there is an accessory fuse box in your vehicle, then installing high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps might require a separate relay harness to work seamlessly.

This relay harness isn’t usually included in the LED conversion kit you purchase so it would be advisable to take this into consideration along with other stuff like water sealing before embarking on any exterior lighting upgrade project.

You also have to consider the fact that LED headlight bulbs are sensitive to heat and will lose brightness over time if they’re not designed for high temperatures.

It’s important therefore to know whether your vehicle is known to accumulate plenty of heat, especially under the bonnet or near other engine parts or even hot components like exhaust tips.

You can determine this by checking out your car’s maintenance information provided by the manufacturer, forums related to your make of car, websites dedicated to providing detailed performance data about specific makes of cars, and the experience of other motorists.

Advantages of upgrading to LED/HID technology

  1. Improved night vision
  2. Energy efficiency
  3. Better aesthetics
  4. Improved road safety
  5. Longer lifespan

How to choose the correct bulb size for LED/HID lamps

  1. Contact your vehicle manufacturer

You can give your car manufacturer a call to inquire about your bulb sizes. Ensure you have your Vehicle Identification Number nearby to make the process of retrieving the information easier. 

  1. Vehicle manual

Consult your vehicle manual any time you need to replace your car headlight bulbs. The manual will provide part/size numbers that show the correct bulb sizes for your Kia Forte. 

  1. Check your factory bulbs

Alternatively, you can safely remove the old factory bulbs from your headlights to determine what size they are. Their part/size number should be indicated on the casing. 

  1. Online search

Our Kia Forte light bulb replacement chart provides a comprehensive list of all the bulb sizes needed on a Kia Forte. All you need to do is key in your car’s model year to generate the results. 

The Kia Forte’s headlights are exposed to the same wear and tear that any other car has. Over time, they might develop condensation inside. This can be a problem because it obscures your view while driving at night.

But with a few simple tools and about an hour of spare time, you can fix your car’s headlights without taking them to a mechanic or having to buy expensive replacement parts.

If done correctly, you should not notice any difference between this newly opened headlight and ones that cost hundreds of dollars more for replacement parts. You can save time and money by doing this yourself rather than taking them into the shop.

Installing new bulbs

  1. Open the hood of your Kia Forte. 
  2. Locate the caps that protect the bulbs from the back of the headlight assembly. You may have to remove the battery on the driver’s side for easy access. 
  3. Rotate the cap counter-clockwise to remove it. 
  4. Remove the power connector by pushing on its side button. 
  5. Push the retaining clip that holds the bulb in place. 
  6. Remove the old bulb and replace it with a new one. 
  7. Clip it back into place and re-install the power connector. 
  8. Test your headlights to see if they work. 
  9. Return the caps and tighten them in place. 

Additional equipment

  1. Latex gloves
  2. 10-12mm screwdriver 

Q&A Section 

  1. What is headlight cutoff? 

Cutoff helps to focus and direct your light beam to the side of the road you’re driving. This helps to point out street signs and other objects that are important to the driver. 

Knowing the right Kia Forte bulb size is a must for a successful replacement of the dimmed or fused lamp. Did you know Kia Forte exterior and interior lighting system accommodates more than 30 lamp types?

Bulb types and specs can differ between different generations so simply choose the year of production of your Kia Forte to find out the lamp type for your vehicle.

Kia Forte Generations

2009 – 2021    

  • Third generation (2019–present)
  • Second generation (2014–2018)
  • First generation (2009–2013)

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