Automotive Lighting2018-10-28T14:47:10+00:00

What Is Automotive Lighting?


Automotive lighting is, in simple terms, lighting used in and during the upkeep of cars. This includes lighting used within the car itself, as well as rechargeable hand lights and optional lighting features that can be used to help shed some light on the interior of your vehicle. Automotive lighting runs the gambit from fluorescent lights to LED and halogen lights depending on what the fixtures themselves are used for. In newer cars, LED is the most common form of lighting for safety and longevity reasons, but many cars on the market use halogen or xenon lights for their headlights, as they provide a clear, steady light source.

Finding the right lights for your car depends on the manufacturer and the unique needs of your vehicle. Most cars list the wattage and style of replacement bulbs in their manual, and if you no longer have access to the owner’s guide for your vehicle most of them can be found online. Making sure you are purchasing the right style and wattage for your car is crucial to making sure that you don’t accidentally buy a bulb that doesn’t fit, or worse, burns out the minute you start your car for the first time.

Here are some of the most common styles of automotive lighting and why they’re used.

Best Automotive Lighting For The Money

Here are some of the better examples of automotive lighting available to buy:

Bestseller No. 1
SiriusLED Extremely Bright 3030 Chipset LED Bulbs for Car Interior Dome Map Door Courtesy License Plate Lights Compact Wedge T10 168 194 2825 Xenon White Pack of 10
2,673 Reviews
SiriusLED Extremely Bright 3030 Chipset LED Bulbs for Car Interior Dome Map Door Courtesy License Plate Lights Compact Wedge T10 168 194 2825 Xenon White Pack of 10
  • ATTENTION!!! Please double check owner's manual before making purchase, This Bulb size can fit many different position: Map Light, or Dome Light, or License Plate Light, or Trunk Light, or Courtesy Light, etc... (Depending on the model of your car, some fit more than 1 position.)
  • Fit bulb sizes: T10, 147, 152, 158, 159, 161, 168, 175, 184, 192, 193, 194 2825 W5W Size
  • Pack of 10 Bulbs!! each bulb has three 3030 SMD on it Super Bright. Highest quality led bulbs available on the market with 1 year warranty.
  • Easy installation, Plug and play for most vehicle.(Some Newer vehicle like Mercedes Benz might pop up error message)
  • 1 year Sirius LED warranty, no hassle on return or exchange.
Bestseller No. 2
Philips H11 Standard Halogen Replacement Headlight Bulb, 2 Pack
261 Reviews
Philips H11 Standard Halogen Replacement Headlight Bulb, 2 Pack
  • Original equipment quality seal for the most reliable performance
  • Always replace in pairs to ensure a symmetric light beam from both bulbs on the road. Headlights dim over time.
  • Headlight bulbs by Philips, for over 100 years we have been continuously innovating automotive lighting
  • When installing a new bulb, never touch the glass. Either use gloves or paper towel when handling.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Nilight 2PCS 18W 1260lm Spot Driving Fog Light Off Road Led Lights Bar Mounting Bracket for SUV Boat 4' Jeep Lamp,2 years Warranty
4,193 Reviews
Nilight 2PCS 18W 1260lm Spot Driving Fog Light Off Road Led Lights Bar Mounting Bracket for SUV Boat 4" Jeep Lamp,2 years Warranty
  • SUPER BRIGHT SPOT BEAM: High-quality LED chips emits bright white light; Concentrated spot beam illuminates to further distance and lumen is 1260LM
  • ADJUSTABLE MOUNTING BRACKET: The pod can be adjusted to about 45 degrees, which makes changing direction of light beam easier.
  • BETTER HEAT DISSIPATION: Special designed die-cast aluminum alloy cooling fins effectively extend the lifespan to over 30,000 hours.
  • WATERPROOF RATE: IP67; waterproof up to 3.3 feet of water for 30 minutes and effectively dustproof.
  • PACKAGE INCLUD: 2PCS 18W LED Light Bars and Mounting Brackets
SaleBestseller No. 4
CougarMotor LED Headlight Bulbs All-in-One Conversion Kit - H11 (H8, H9) -7,200Lm 6000K Cool White CREE - 3 Year Warranty
3,631 Reviews
CougarMotor LED Headlight Bulbs All-in-One Conversion Kit - H11 (H8, H9) -7,200Lm 6000K Cool White CREE - 3 Year Warranty
  • HIGH POWER: Top CREE LED chips with 60W per pair. Cool White 6000K. High luminous efficacy Flux Up to 7200LM per pair. 200% brighter than your stock Halogen headlights.The latest technology to ensure a perfect beam pattern without any dark spots or foggy light.
  • HEAT KILLS: Whole aluminum housing 10,000 RPM Powerful TurboCool fan to ensures your LED Headlight bulbs Over 50,000 hrs of brilliant continuous light.
  • EASY INSTALLATION: Can be installed in 20 mins. plug and play. These bulbs are CanBUS-Ready and will work with most vehicle's computer system without error. If you are not sure whether the right, please contact us before purchase.
  • LONGER LIFE: Last more than 50,000 Hours. Works underwater! Rainproof driver, housing, and fan works even in extreme situations.
  • WARRANTY: Buy with confidence.We offer 3 year warranty and lifetime support.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit
3,963 Reviews
Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit
  • Fully removes haze and corrosion from headlight lenses
  • Lifetime warranty--performance is guaranteed for as long as you own your car
  • 3 easy steps that provide long lasting UV protection
  • Light output and beam pattern restored
  • New packaging but still the same great product
SaleBestseller No. 6
Yorkim 194 LED Bulbs White 6000k Super Bright Newest 5th Generation Universal Fit Pack of 10, T10 LED Bulbs, 168 LED Bulb White T10, 2825 LED Bulb, W5W LED Bulb, 194 LED Interior Lights for Car
2,007 Reviews
Yorkim 194 LED Bulbs White 6000k Super Bright Newest 5th Generation Universal Fit Pack of 10, T10 LED Bulbs, 168 LED Bulb White T10, 2825 LED Bulb, W5W LED Bulb, 194 LED Interior Lights for Car
  • HIGH QUALITY ULTRA BRIGHT LIGHTS - Yorkim T10 194 LED Light Bulbs comes with 10 pcs of high quality super bright LED interior bulbs each designed with 5 LEDs (5050 SMD) radially mounted around the bulb to create a wide 360° viewing angle for better, brighter, allover light emission with reduced hot spots. No flickering, No UV light emission, & No IR radiation. Color Options: 194 bulb white, 194 bulb amber, 194 bulb blue, 194 bulb red, 194 canbus error free bulb white
  • FITMENT - Color Temperature 6500K(White), Flux 100LM/bulb, Voltage 12V-DC, Current-Output 55MA, Wattage 0.7W/Bulb. Yorkim 194 Led Bulbs can fit numerous applications with T10, 921, 194 wedge base, designed to replace W5W, 147, 152, 158, 159, 161, 168, 184, 192, 193, 194 2825, etc. NOTE: The 194 LED Light is polarity sensitive, switch 180º to get the right polarity if it doesn't light up. Some vehicles (especially German cars) might pop up error message, choose canbus bulbs for error free
  • EASY PLUG-AND-PLAY INSTALLATION - Yorkim LED T10 194 Interior Light Bulbs are designed with short tower-style miniature wedge retrofit base for easy plug-and-play installation. Application: can be used as Led Interior Lights Bulbs For Car, LED Dome Light Bulb,194 Led Interior Bulbs, T10 License Plate Led Lights, Led Plate Light Bulbs, etc. See product detail page for further applications.
  • ENERGY-EFFICIENT - Yorkim T10 LED White Interior Lights are designed with low temperature, low power consumption, & long-lasting life up to 50,000 hours on your car -50 times longer than the original incandescent bulbs, 12V.
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED -1 year Yorkim LED warranty, no hassle on return or exchange. Package includes: 1 pack of Yorkim 194 T10 Led White Interior Lights Pack of 10. **NOTE** Yorkim is the only authorized seller for Yorkim products, please verify sellername before purchase to ensure getting high quality authentic Yorkim products. Yorkim only ships from Amazon FBA or our US warehouse, we do not ship from China or anywhere else.
SaleBestseller No. 7
MICTUNING MIC-B1002 LED Light Bar Wiring Harness, Fuse 40A Relay On-off Waterproof Switch
1,588 Reviews
MICTUNING MIC-B1002 LED Light Bar Wiring Harness, Fuse 40A Relay On-off Waterproof Switch
  • MICTUNING MIC-B1002 wiring harness kit with Waterproof Red on/off toggle switch and easy to install.
  • Details Makes Perfect:adopt flexible strand copper wire,up to 180 watt load capacity.It is universal fit for any 7" 10" 12" 20" 30" 40" light bars that is within 180w.
  • Great Construction:40A Power Relay and Inline Blade Fuse for multiple safety protection.With 2 lights output connections,it can hook with 2 led work light or 2 small watt led light bar and any else off road LEDs.
  • 10FT Extendable Wiring Harness:up to 10ft of wiring that is plenty of length to put it where you want.
  • CAUTIONs:We recommend professional installation,pls let professinal installer to wire the harness kit; If let the wire short circuit,the harness would melt and even caught a fire,We suggest that wrap all exposed wire with electrical tape to avoid a short circuit; Pls make sure your light within power 180W, or it would got melt as well.
SaleBestseller No. 8
3M 39084 Headlight Restoration Kit
7,300 Reviews
3M 39084 Headlight Restoration Kit
  • For use on headlights, taillights, fog, and directional lights
  • Kit contains sanding discs and polishing pad with compound
  • Saves 100s versus purchasing a new headlight
  • Improves the appearance of a car - with "like new" headlights
  • Restores cloudy and dull lenses
SaleBestseller No. 9
Philips H11 CrystalVision Ultra Upgrade Headlight/Foglight bulb, 2 Pack
6,249 Reviews
Philips H11 CrystalVision Ultra Upgrade Headlight/Foglight bulb, 2 Pack
  • Get the bright white light look
  • Choose Philips CrystalVision ultra headlight bulbs for the look of HID and get bright white light on the road
  • A unique blue cap on the bulb creates a cool blue effect in the headlamp's reflector in daytime
  • Original equipment quality seal for the most reliable performance
  • All Philips upgrade headlights are DOT compliant
SaleBestseller No. 10
H11/H8/H9 LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit, DOT Approved, SEALIGHT S1 Series 12x CSP Chips Low Beam/Fog Light Bulb- 6000LM 6000K Xenon White
684 Reviews
H11/H8/H9 LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit, DOT Approved, SEALIGHT S1 Series 12x CSP Chips Low Beam/Fog Light Bulb- 6000LM 6000K Xenon White
  • 【ATTENTION 】For some vehicles,POLARITY SENSITIVE in the plug,after install if not working,please reverse bulb's plug 180 degree and retry again,maybe need to tape bulb's plug to keep connected tightly.
  • 【SMALLEST HEADLIGHT KIT ,PERFECT LIGHT PATTEN 】No more modification on headlight housing or cover. Perfect choice if you want to upgrade your headlights to LED type. 
  • 【LONGER LIFE】Plug and Play ,Last more than 50,000 Hours.Do not blind oncoming traffic, no glare to other drivers. There are no dark spots or shadowed areas,Perfect performance in bad weather,like fog/rain/overcast ect.
  • 【BULB POSITION】H11/H16/H9/H8 as headlight low beam or as fog light bulb. All bulbs are without CANBUS-Ready.For Some cars, such as the 2007+ Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, GMC,BMW, Mercedes-Bens requires the decoder (warning canceller)to be installed together to avoid the flicker or warning.
  • 【12 MONTHS WARRANTY 】 Buy with confidence, no hassle on return or exchange. If any questions, please contact us directly,we will solve for you within 24hours Amazon filter system may not be 100% accurate or up to date. please contact with us to confirm which bulb size fit with your vehicle.

Types of Automotive Lighting

Automotive Lighting Items

An Example Of Automotive Lighting

The most commonly known form of automotive lighting is the extern lights of the car itself, including headlights, license lights, and taillights. Per industry standards, every car is required to have these forms of illumination included and functional to increase visibility and to ensure that the driver can control the vehicle safely in adverse weather conditions. Headlights are typically either halogen or LED but can also be made using xenon gas to produce a high-intensity light. The kind of light bulb used in your headlights depends on the vehicle and the year the vehicle was produced, but it is important to match these lights correctly to avoid problems. Tail lights and license lights are also dependent on the vehicle type, but for the most part, are easily (and inexpensively) replaced.

The secondary form of automotive lighting is internal lighting, including overhead lights and additional side and backlighting, are usually LED-based and are made to allow passengers and drivers to see clearly around the inside of the vehicle. Most cars come with some form of overhead lighting that depends on the make and model of the vehicle, but owners have the option of installing things like strip lighting and battery powered accent lights to help provide visibility around the inside of the car. Most strip lights are battery powered or can be converted to work with the power sources found in modern vehicles, allowing you to provide lighting to those hard to reach areas of your car without distracting the driver.

When replacing any lights inside or outside of your vehicle, make sure to check your owner’s manual and mechanic to make sure you don’t unintentionally cause damage to your vehicle.

The Latest In Automotive Lighting

SaleNew
AMBOTHER 4” LED Light Bar Pod Lights Triple ROW Driving Light Off Road Lights Waterproof Spot Flood Combo Beam LED Cubes Lights For Pickup Trucks Jeep ATV UTV SUV Boat,1 Year Warranty, 60W, 2 Pack
20 Reviews
AMBOTHER 4” LED Light Bar Pod Lights Triple ROW Driving Light Off Road Lights Waterproof Spot Flood Combo Beam LED Cubes Lights For Pickup Trucks Jeep ATV UTV SUV Boat,1 Year Warranty, 60W, 2 Pack
  • INCREDIBLE BRIGHTNESS: With triple row light bar design and new generation 5050-SMD LED, our light pods can provide 6000k super cool white light,12800lm, effectively lighting up the forward dark road, turning night into day.
  • SPOT FOOD COMBO BEAM: Subversive spot & flood optic system, high transmittance len make our small 4 inch pod lights become incredible bright. The middle 170° flood light together with the dual row 15° spot light design, you can get extremes distance and wide view area lighting. It's really a good off road light.
  • MASTER DESIGN: As an off road light bar, it holds die casting aluminum shell, shockproof and waterproof and anti-corrosion function: it can be used in heavy rain or harsh snow weather. It meets the IP67 international standard. Certified by CE & RoHs & FCC & DOT & SAE
  • RAPID COOLING SYSTEM: The thin radiator fin help the LED light bar cool down quikly, which leads to incredibly long life span over 100,000 hours.
  • UNIVERSAL: As our light bar's working voltage is between DC 9-30V, the light bar can be widely used to most of vehicle styles (Off-Road, SUV, ATV, UTV, Trucks, Marine, Boat etc.) We provide 1 year warranty and lifetime support.We will always be here for you.
New
H11/H8/H9 LED Headlight Bulbs Low Beam/Fog Light with Fan, SEALIGHT S2 Series Mini Design Upgraded CSP Chips 6000K Xenon white IP67-2 Year Warranty (2 Pack)
271 Reviews
H11/H8/H9 LED Headlight Bulbs Low Beam/Fog Light with Fan, SEALIGHT S2 Series Mini Design Upgraded CSP Chips 6000K Xenon white IP67-2 Year Warranty (2 Pack)
  • 【1:1 DESIGN】Upgraded 1:1 smallest design same as your halogen bulbs, can match for 100% vehicles. Polarity free, JUST PLUG N PLAY, Super easy to install and it will not bust up the reflector cap in the assembly.
  • 【EFFICIENTLY COOLING SYSTEM】High quality heatsink aluminum and 6,000 RPM powerful turbo cool fan to ensures your LED Headlight bulbs Over 30,000 hrs of brilliant continuous light.
  • 【PERFECT LIGHT OUTPUT】 Brightness increased by 3 times. High focus and max light output with a wider and farther area, creates a professional light pattern.
  • 【FITMENT】 H11/H8/H9 as headlight or fog light bulb.For some vehicles, like BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper, Audi, Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Volvo etc maybe need additional resistor to decode. Amazon guide may not be 100% accurate or up to date. If you are not sure which bulb size will fit for your vehicle. Please check your ONWER MANUAL or refer to your original headlight part number or contact us directly.
  • 【SEALIGHT PROMISE】 Buy with confidence, no hassle on return or exchange.We offer "24 MONTHS" warranty, friendly customer service and U.S. local customer support.
New
SEALIGHT 9005/HB3 High beam 9006/HB4 Low Beam LED Headlight Bulbs Combo Package CSP Chips 6000LM 6000K (4 Pack, 2 Sets)
114 Reviews
SEALIGHT 9005/HB3 High beam 9006/HB4 Low Beam LED Headlight Bulbs Combo Package CSP Chips 6000LM 6000K (4 Pack, 2 Sets)
  • 【BETTER VISIBILITY】SEALIGHT H11/H9 LED headlight bulbs have the better visibility, high beam have brighter output, low beam have the better beam pattern, replace your yellow and dim halogen bulb.
  • 【BETTER BEAM PATTERN】Maintain the safety of the driving is the top priority, SEALIGHT H11/H9 LED headlight bulb do not blind oncoming traffic, no glaring thanks to an optimized light distribution.
  • 【UNIQUE DESIGN】The LED chips equivalent halogen lamp filament design, patented beam pattern design, the H11 led beam design eliminates "Drak Spots". No fan no noise, non-polarity. [For some vehicles, like BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper, Audi, Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Volvo etc maybe need additional resistor to decode.]
  • 【MINI DESIGN】The H11 led headlight bulb's heat sink profile is only 0.72'' apply to 95% vehicles. All-in-one design, no more modification on headlight housing or cover. SEALIGHT LED's install easily into the compartment. Lower profile of SEALIGHT LED's allow for heat dissipation for longer life of these bulbs.
  • 【100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE】Please buy with confidence, we offer "ONE YEAR " warranty and professional customer service. Feel free to email or call us directly if any questions. [Amazon filter system may not be 100% accurate or up to date, if you are not sure which bulb model fit your vehicle, please contact with us.]

Automotive Lighting Video

Here is a YouTube video discussing various types of automotive lighting:

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