2357 vS 1157 Bulbs | What’s The Difference?

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the major differences between 2357 and 1157 bulbs.

Both of these bulbs are often used as tail lights, reversing lights, and even turn signals.

While these two bulbs are completely interchangeable. Tere are some noticeable differences that make them better for different use cases.

2357 bulbs offer brighter output, but the lifespan suffers as a result. 1157 bulbs feature better longevity but cost a bit more.

If you’re having trouble choosing one or the other, allow us to use our experience to help you pick the best one.

Keep reading for more information about the differences between 2357 and 1157 bulbs.

Shorter lifespan than 1157 bulbsBetter longevity than 2357 bulbs
High filament is only rated for around 400 hours with regular usageHigh filament is rated for a 1200 hour lifespan with regular usage
25% brighter light output than 1157 bulbsConsiderably dimmer brightness than 2357 bulbs
40 MSCP rating32 MSCP rating
Efficient heat dissipation Halogen version of this bulb runs quite hot and can melt or distort plastic housings and lenses on tail lights
More budget friendly bulbsStill affordable, but not quite as budget friendly as 2357 bulbs
2357 vS 1157 Bulbs

2357 and 1157 Bulbs Compared


Brightness is significantly higher on 2357 bulbs compared to 1157 bulbs. In fact 2357 bulbs have a rating of 40 MSCP compared to 32 of 1157 bulbs.

That makes for a 25% boost in overall brightness on 2357 bulbs, resulting in brighter, more visible, clearer, and more visually appealing light output on the 2357 bulbs.


As a consequence of their higher performance, 2357 bulbs have a shorter lifespan compared to that of 1157 bulbs.

The high filament on 2357 bulbs is rated for around 400 hours with regular usage. That same high filament in 1157 bulbs is rated for a whopping 1200 hours with regular usage.

As for the low filament, both bulbs feature a lifespan of 5000 hours. However, if you are looking for the longer lasting bulb to put on your car, 1157 is a compelling option.

Heat dissipation

2357 bulbs win out in this category. They have efficient heat diffusion features that resist heat damage and allow you to mount these bulbs in a wider range of locations on the car.

On the other hand, 1157 bulbs, specifically the halogen 1157 bulbs, run quite hot. So much so that they melt and distort plastic housings, lenses, and tail lights.

While this won’t be a problem for lights that are only used for short periods, definitely consider this if you are planning on using these bulbs in a location that is requires ‘always-on’ functionality.


Despite being the higher performing of the two, 2357 bulbs are priced more competitively than 1157 bulbs.

2357 bulbs are quite budget friendly, though you might have to look for them, as they are less common than 1157 bulbs.

1157 bulbs are still relatively affordable but not quite as much as 2357 bulbs. That said, they are one of the most common bulbs found on the market so you won’t have to go searching for them.

As always, different manufacturers price their products differently so this isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker.


All said and done, 2357 and 1157 bulbs both have specific pros and cons.

2357 bulbs are brighter, more visible, and more efficient at dissipating heat. 1157 bulbs however, offer better longevity especially for the high filament which features three times better lifespan than 2357 bulbs high filament.

All things considered, both of these are terrific bulbs that can be used for your tail lights, reversing lights, and even turn signals.

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