Peugeot 206 – Change front bulbs (Dipped/Full beam/Side)

Having needed to change the side light and dipped beam light on my Peugeot 206 today, I looked on the Internet and couldn’t find any simple diagram on how to change the side light (having only changed full and dipped beam bulbs before)… so I thought it would be good to create a simple guide on changing bulbs on a Peugeot 206… though I suspect this maybe pretty similar for other Peugeot’s.

This guide is based on the change I’ve just done, which was on the front right bulbs. I’ll try and add fog lights or rear lights as and when I next replace them.

Pricing for Peugeot 206 bulbs

I’ve bought mine from GSF and EuroCarParts in the past, but recently started buying mine online, as the price, particularly for higher intensity ones (for better visibility) seems to be better.

Generic steps required for Full beam / Dipped deam and Side lights

Full beam / Dipped beam

Side light


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55 thoughts on “Peugeot 206 – Change front bulbs (Dipped/Full beam/Side)

  • 12th March 2010 at 8:14 pm

    you are a god send. cheers, fella.

  • 23rd August 2010 at 11:01 am

    Brilliant !!, thanks for your help.

  • 24th October 2010 at 3:40 pm

    This was epic! Thank you very much!

  • 4th November 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Awesome! Love your work mate, thank you 🙂

  • 24th November 2010 at 9:02 am

    Impossible to do if it’s cold out like today, lost skin and bleeding everywhere. Why do they make it so damn difficult just to change a simple bulb.

  • 24th November 2010 at 9:32 pm

    @Brian, I know that feeling exactly… the 206 has been around for so long now, that they’ve found ways to fill every gap it seems in the engine compartment, making bulb changing sometimes a painful (literally at times) experience.

    That said, once used to it, it can become quite easy… I changed one the other day in evening darkness… took no more than 30 secs from opening the bonnet. That said, I’m bound to have one over winter that will be a painful cold task.

  • 24th November 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Anybody know an easy way to change the front nearside sidelamp bulb on a Peugeot Partner. It’s surrounded by air cleaner, wiring and Fuse Box. Thanks.

  • 26th January 2011 at 10:15 am

    thanks mate messed about for 20 min then after loads of swearing came up found your site done side lights in 2 min so thanks again

  • 7th February 2011 at 11:15 am

    thanks saved me a whole lot of bother

  • 18th February 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Hello all,
    Both my front lights have gone dead, i changed the bulbs no joy, i then changed the fuse, still no joy ?
    Any ideas what else i need to do

    • 19th February 2011 at 3:16 pm

      I believe there is a resistor somewhere on that circuit, that could be the cause of the issue. This said, you might want to get it to a garage who can diagnose the cause quicker, and might be able to find the reason any resistor etc.. might have blown.

      Best of luck.

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  • 17th October 2011 at 4:56 pm

    VERY helpful thanx.

  • 14th November 2011 at 3:41 pm

    im in spain with a spanish book
    that was u/s thanks alot well done
    just beware you do not break the screen washer when you carefully clip it off

  • 27th November 2011 at 1:45 pm

    That was great help, thanks. I was just about to unscrew the front covers…could’ve been a big mistake!

  • 27th November 2011 at 5:28 pm

    wish id looked earlier!
    very help full

  • 30th November 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks fella. It was quite helpful. I bought the same replacements for my headlight bulbs, H7 OSRAM Night Breaker Plus. Let’s hope it lasts long!

  • 3rd December 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you so much for your help, I am pretty sure I couldn’t have done it without you 🙂

  • 8th December 2011 at 4:10 pm

    My 2001 model has a rubber seal backing which comes off after rocking out the electric connector.
    The hard part is the wire clip.
    I pushed outwards at the top of the clip on one side and it loosened enough to get the other side off and hinge it downwards.
    Thanks for your pictures and description.

  • 11th December 2011 at 10:44 am

    thank you thank you thank you. The world is a happier place due to people like you!!!

  • 14th December 2011 at 11:42 am

    Excellent. Was dreading changing the bulb with all the things I had read. Then I found this site. Made it very easy. Thanks.

    • 18th December 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Glad to hear the post was useful to you Ray!

  • 24th December 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Took me 10 minutes following your instructions, – bulb cost £3.50. Dealership wants £50 for the job inc VAT – thanks! PS Far easier than the wifes’ 2001 Polo – nightmare job!!

  • 26th January 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Great guide – but we managed to break the tab of the bulb cover! Does anyone know where we might find replacements and is there another name for the part? Can’t seem to find it anywhere online.

  • 28th January 2012 at 9:06 am

    @Jon: Those tabs are really tough, I’m amazed you’ve managed that! 😉

    If you literally mean the 6″ x 4″ cover that covers all the bulbs, I’d suggest going to a scrapyard. Doesn’t seem something that’s worth buying new in my mind.

    If you want new, you’ll need a shop like EuroCarParts or GSF (both UK shops, not sure what country you live in!)

    Hope that helps.


  • 7th February 2012 at 3:53 pm

    So thank you it was to easy after saw your graphics and explanation, you help me to save money and time..again THANK YOU

  • 11th February 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Many thanks for this guide. Just replaced one of my side light bulbs using your instructions. Don’t understand why the handbook you get with the car is so rubbish in terms of instructions!

    Thanks again!

  • 11th February 2012 at 5:18 pm

    thanks for showing how to remove washer filler tube, I had no idea it came off and it made the job of changing both bulbs ao easy!! you’re a star!!! got a front fog bulb gone now…….any ideas how to tackle that easily? regards Jono 🙂

    • 18th February 2012 at 11:53 am

      @Jono: I’ve not had to change a fog light as yet. I believe you have to jack the car up and access through a panel behind the bumper (after removing 2 screws that hold the panel in-place). I’ll try having a go sometime and add a post on it.

  • 12th February 2012 at 10:00 am

    cheers m8 been doing my head in.followed your instructions done in 2 minutes

  • 25th February 2012 at 1:32 pm
    Permalink side bulb is fallen inside of headlight can i remove the headlight from the structure to reverse it and remove the new bulb?thanks a lot

  • 26th February 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Well done and thanks for posting instructions – not so well done Peugeot for making a simple task as b****y awkward as possible.

  • 8th April 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you soo much, been trying to work out how to get the water screenwash filler out of the way!!

  • 30th August 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Can you explain how to chnage dome light in peugeot 206.

  • 15th September 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Really nice work. Thank you a lot! You’ve saved my day

  • 22nd September 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Good work James – take a House Point. did it much quicker with your help 🙂

  • 25th September 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Hey what size are the headlight bulbs
    H3 or H7

  • 23rd October 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you very much for this! The annotated pictures are fantastic. Kindly offered correction: no need to take the plastic cover off when changing a side light it seems 🙂

  • 8th November 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks man, you beat the arse out of the manual, that’s for sure

  • 16th November 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Very interesting, but after reading it I went to Halfords. Guy changed it while I paid for it.I am rather hopeless though.

  • 17th November 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for this. Really helpful and seems to be teh only guide with useful photo’s on the internet

    Replaced both dipped beam bulbs (they are H7)

    The left hand side (from inside the car) is much easier to replace and takes about 30 seconds.

    The right side is a little more dificult but once the washer filler pipe is removed then easy enough.To get that off I found just working my hand down the pipe untill I could wiggle it at the bottom worked. Once loose it comes away easily. As you say you need to turn the cover 90 degrees to get it out.

    Thanks again

  • 24th November 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks – I just had to change my front right bulb and this was really clear.

    In case it helps anyone else, my bonnet release was stuck (I pulled the lever and nothing happened) but I managed to free it by bouncing the bonnet up and down while a helper pulled the lever. Worked a treat and saved a trip to the garage.

  • 29th November 2012 at 7:56 am

    Thaks, you are the best !

  • 28th December 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Great, 10 minute job thanks to you, did cut my hand but hey it was worth it.

  • 7th January 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I got so frustrated at other tutorials online as I couldn’t figure out how to open the cover and change the bulbs. Not only did I change my bulbs for the first time by myself but I did it all in the dark as well! Thank you!

  • 24th January 2013 at 8:17 am

    This looks great, I will try it later.Thanks

  • 24th January 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for the helpful pics and easy explanations. Nice one!

  • 17th February 2013 at 8:27 pm

    fantastic – thanks a million!!!

  • 18th February 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Hi All. I need to change the nearside side bulb on my 52 plate 206cc and, while reading through this sectiom have taken all advice onboard, I cannot get my hand enough to the rear of the holder to turn 90 deg. There is a metal cross strut making this task harder. Any ideas ?

  • 18th February 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Oh, forget my last … did it eventually. Thanks.

  • 2nd March 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for the info…it made the difference changing side light and maybe breaking the bulb unit,
    Regard’s Alan 🙂

  • 5th April 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Hi James,

    Thanks a lot for that. I’ll be doing mine tomorrow. Have you got any steps for doing the indicator lights and also the rear brake lights?

    Thanks again 🙂

  • 21st April 2013 at 9:27 am

    Changed passenger side main bulb on a 53 reg 206 using your guide. Ten minutes, and I’m the least practical person I know. Thanks so much for the guide

  • 26th April 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks so much after 2 hrs struggling
    to follow the handbook i came on here
    took me 2 minutes,but i did lose the
    nasty spring clip somewhere under the
    headlight will have to look in the
    breakers wired it together for now.

  • 9th July 2013 at 5:43 pm

    The first site I checked said I had to remove the complete light housing along with part of the grill..WTH!? Thank god I found your site. It took me 10 minutes to do it. Thank you so much!

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