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1999-2004 Mustang Headlight Options

Written By: Stanley Sadowski

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Your Mustang's headlights can be both a statement of style and a safety feature, so why not have the best of both worlds? Choose from a ton of premium lighting options for your Mustang.

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If you're searching for new headlights for your 1999-2004 Mustang, but don't know where to start, this buyer's guide will walk you through your options.

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Mustang Headlight Quick Facts

  • Smoked lenses: create an aggressive front end. Doesn’t allow for maximum light exposure
  • Clear lenses: allows for maximum light exposure
  • Housings come in black, chrome, and clear reflective corners
  • Two projector style headlights are available which are offered with smoked or clear lenses

How to Prep Your Mustang for New Headlights

Headlights are one of the easier parts to change on your 1999-2004 Mustang, and picking the right style will give your car the look you desire. Both headlights can be swapped out in under 30 minutes and require no tools at all. More details can be found in the installation section. All headlights are sealed from the factory but it is recommended to seal them again yourself with silicone to prevent any moisture problems you may endure in the future. It also helps to keep wax on the lens to prevent dirt from settling, and it also protects the clear coat that covers them. 

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How do Headlights Change a Mustang's Overall Appearance?

Something as simple as headlights can really change the appearance of your front end. Another reason to pick up a new set of headlights is wear and tear. Aged headlights can develop cloudy lenses, or cracks that let in moisture which will make the lens constantly look wet. In either case, both of these situations only allow a fraction of light through. Even if you have high powered bulbs installed, a worn our housing will make night driving that much more challenging.

1999-2004 Mustang with Smoked Projector Headlights
Smoked Projector Headlights

Lens Options and Preferences

When selecting the right headlight, determine what you really want to get out of them first. Do you want the best lighting possible? If so, I’d suggest staying away from anything with a smoked lens because it doesn’t allow as much light to escape as a clear lens would. But, if you are looking for something to add to an aggressive front end, a smoked lens may be exactly what you want. Or, if you’re going for more of a more radical or euro appearance there are headlights out there for you as well. In addition to the headlights, tailights can be tinted to suit you needs and complete the package. One of the greatest advantages to owning a Mustang revolves around the aftermarket support for all generations of the vehicle. There are plenty of options to suit your needs.

1999-2004 Mustang with a Chrome Set of Projector Headlights
Chrome Projector Headlights

Different Housing Styles & Options

There are a couple of styles of headlights for the 99-04 body style with a couple variations of each. There are standard replacements which offers the option of black housings, chrome housings, clear reflective corners, and a smoked or clear lens. The chrome housing headlights were offered in the early years of this body style until the black housing replaced it. Black housings also come standard on all cobra models. There is a headlight offered with clear reflective corners for someone looking to get rid of the amber color reflectors. With clear corners your turn signals will still light up orange because the color is ultimately determined by the bulb which itself is orange in color.

1999-2004 Mustang on the Road with Smoked Headlights

Mustang Projector Headlights

There are also two different styles of projector headlights which achieve a unique look for the front of your mustang. Each of these styles is offered with a smoked lens or a clear lens version. Projector headlights are used in most new cars today. Projectors differ from regular headlights in a couple different ways which are actually quite simple. Regular style headlights use lens refractors to reflect the light from the headlight housing to the road ahead whereas projector headlights use what looks like a small concave circle that projects a beam onto the road. The Raxiom projector headlights feature halo and LED accents. Halo accents are rings around the actual projector that light up, and they are accompanied by 3 small LED lights. To keep a more uniform look it is best to go with the same style tail lights as your headlights. All headlights, regardless of style, still use the standard 9007 headlight bulb and the 3157A turn signal bulb.

1999-2004 Mustang Chrome Projector LED Halo Headlight
Chrome Projector, LED Halo Headlight

Other Headlight Types - HID & LED

HID headlights (also known as xenon) produce a brighter light as compared to older technology halogen headlights. At the same time, they also produce less heat than comparable halogen headlights. LED lighting is somewhat new; it has not been around for a long time. They are generally easier to fit into a vehicle than rival HIDs and do not require a ballast to power them (unlike HIDs). The main drawback is they do not emit as much light as an HID and can sometimes require a resistor to prevent the ECU from thinking there is a light out.

Fitment includes: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, GT, V6, Cobra, Mach1, Bullitt