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:

SaleBestseller No. 1
Nilight Led Light Bar 2PCS 18w 4' Flood Driving Fog Light Led Pods Off Road Lighting for SUV UTE ATV Truck 4x4 Boat,2 years Warranty
1,485 Reviews
Nilight Led Light Bar 2PCS 18w 4" Flood Driving Fog Light Led Pods Off Road Lighting for SUV UTE ATV Truck 4x4 Boat,2 years Warranty
  • SUPER BRIGHT AND WIDE ILLUMINATION RANGE: Advanced LED chips give out bright and white ray for clear visibility. Special designed lamp cup leads to wider illumination range, allowing you to see the left and right clearly.
  • BETTER HEAT DISSIPATION: Quick cooling aluminum alloy heat sinks and high-quality heat conduction silicone gel can effectively extend the lifespan of the light bar to over 30,000 hours.
  • HIGH PROTECTIVE PERFORMANCE: IP67 Waterproof Rate, waterproof up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and effectively dustproof. The stainless mounting brackets are rustproof and anticorrosive.
  • ADJUSTABLE MOUNTING BRACKET: With adjustable mounting bracket, the work light can adjust to about 45 degrees, which makes changing direction easier..WIDESPREAD USES: The light bar can be compatible with almost all Jeeps, 4x4, Trucks, Motorcycles, SUVs, ATVs, Cars, Boats, etc. Many indoor and outdoor uses: Garden Lighting, Backyard Lighting, Back-up Light, Off Road Lighting, Construction Lighting and so on.
  • Working Temperature: -40~85 degrees Celsius
Bestseller No. 2
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
2,440 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.
SaleBestseller No. 3
CougarMotor LED Headlight Bulbs All-in-One Conversion Kit - H11 (H8, H9) -7,200Lm 6000K Cool White CREE - 3 Year Warranty
3,769 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. 4
Philips H11 X-tremeVision Upgrade Bulb, 2 Pack
2,279 Reviews
Philips H11 X-tremeVision Upgrade Bulb, 2 Pack
  • Get up to 100% more vision on the road compared to a standard minimum legal requirements in low beam headlamp test results
  • Choose Philips X-tremeVision headlights for maximum light output and ultimate performance
  • Excellent for nighttime drivers and when often driving in rural areas or dimly lit streets
  • Original equipment quality seal for the most reliable performance.Application: Low beam, Front fog
  • All Philips upgrade headlights are DOT compliant
Bestseller No. 5
Philips H11 Standard Halogen Replacement Headlight Bulb, 2 Pack
217 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. 6
LASFIT H11/H8/H9/H16 LED Headlight Kits-Flip COB Chips-60W 7600LM 6000K-Hi/Lo Beam/Fog Light Bulbs (Pack of 2)
571 Reviews
LASFIT H11/H8/H9/H16 LED Headlight Kits-Flip COB Chips-60W 7600LM 6000K-Hi/Lo Beam/Fog Light Bulbs (Pack of 2)
  • LASFIT ONLY: U.S. local customer support and installation service (reasonable charge) within CA. Our warranty: Your satisfaction or your money back. LASFIT Product are only sold and shipped by LASFIT, which is the only Authorized seller of LASFIT products and never authorized others to sell LASFIT products. If you buy a bulb from other seller, no warranty, please request refund as it is a counterfeit LASFIT headlight bulb.
  • Better Visibility: 60W, 7600lm/pair (30W, 3800lm/bulb). High focus and max light output with a wider and farther lighting area, Safer Night Driving! Cool white 6000K crystal white. No dark spot, No foggy light. True watts and lumens make the headlight bulbs more endurable but seldom become dim.
  • Smallest Bulb Size: Just Plug and Play, you will find that installation as easy as pie. Built-in ballast can save more space.
  • Warranty Promise: No hassle 45 days refund and free return shipping label can be provided if needed (contact LASFIT) and 1 Year replacement.
  • Kindly Note: Amazon fitment system may not be 100% accurate or updated. If you are not sure about which bulb you need, please contact us with your vehicle's Make/model/year. Notice: Some vehicle with a reverse polarity, plz reverse the plug and connect again, if can't work. If meeting the flicker issue, contact us to buy a decoder.
SaleBestseller No. 7
MICTUNING MIC-B1002 LED Light Bar Wiring Harness, Fuse 40A Relay On-off Waterproof Switch
1,564 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
7,235 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
Bestseller No. 9
Nilight LED Light Bar 12 Inch 72W Spot Flood Combo LED Off Road Lights Driving Lights Fog Lights Jeep Lights LED Work Light, 2 Years Warranty
725 Reviews
Nilight LED Light Bar 12 Inch 72W Spot Flood Combo LED Off Road Lights Driving Lights Fog Lights Jeep Lights LED Work Light, 2 Years Warranty
  • SUPER BRIGHT: Spot beam for long irradiation distance,flood beam for broad view area, combo beam provides excellent visual effect
  • BETTER HEAT DISSIPATION: Die-cast aluminum alloy heat sinks effectively dissipate heat, better cooling effect and longer lifespan
  • ADJUSTABLE BRACKET: The mounting bracket can be adjusted and slid, offering convenience to adjust position flexibly when needed
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE: IP67 rate, protective housing and sturdy brackets, great performance of waterproof, dustproof and quakeproof
  • PACKAGE INCLUDE: 1PC 72W LED light bar and mounting brackets;Lumens:4790lm
Bestseller No. 10
BEAMTECH H11 LED Headlight Bulb, 50W 6500K 8000Lumens Extremely Brigh H8 H9 CSP Chips Conversion Kit
2,494 Reviews
BEAMTECH H11 LED Headlight Bulb, 50W 6500K 8000Lumens Extremely Brigh H8 H9 CSP Chips Conversion Kit
  • H11 led headlight bulb, Newest Korean CSP LED chips (Double-sided) Producing 8000 lumens output, Super bright with output 4000lm per light for safety driving at night, 6500K xenon white color, far more than the halogen lamp and HID lamp.
  • Super long lifespan: > 30,000hrs, The power of each lamp only 25W, Waterproof driver and connectors level IP65.
  • Lamp low heat: far less than halogen lamp and HID lights, greatly prolongs the service life of lamps and lanterns.
  • Health and safety: no high voltage and large current startup, no circuit interference and electromagnetic radiation, No fan, driver smaller, installation easier, plug and play.
  • Good light beam pattern: with a narrow strip light of light emitting surface, close to the halogen design, rather than other products circular surface emitting.

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

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Nilight LED Light Bar 20 Inch 126w LED Work Light Spot Flood Combo Led Bar Off Road Lights Driving Lights Led Fog Light Jeep Lights Boat Lighting,2 Years Warranty
1,793 Reviews
Nilight LED Light Bar 20 Inch 126w LED Work Light Spot Flood Combo Led Bar Off Road Lights Driving Lights Led Fog Light Jeep Lights Boat Lighting,2 Years Warranty
  • BRIGHT RAY FOR CLEAR VISIBILITY: The appropriate mix and match of spot beams and flood beams provides a long irradiation distance and broad view.
  • BETTER HEAT DISSIPATION: High-quality heat conduction silicone gel together with redesigned aluminum alloy housing, providing superior cooling effect for long working lifespan.
  • HIGH PROTECTION PERFORMANCE: IP67 Waterproof Rate, 100% dustproof and waterproof up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. The stainless mounting brackets are rustproof and anticorrosive.
  • ADJUSTABLE MOUNTING BRACKET: With adjustable mounting bracket, the work light can adjust to about 45 degrees, which makes changing direction of light beam easier. The lamp can be slid after install the accessory..WIDE APPLICATION: The work light can be compatible with almost all Jeeps, 4x4, Trucks, Motorcycles, SUVs, ATVs, Cars, Boats, etc. Many indoor and outdoor uses: Garden Lighting, Backyard Lighting, Back-up Light, Off Road Lighting, Construction Lighting and so on.
  • Voltage: 9-30V DC ; Bottom Mounted with slidable block, easy to mount on the existing holes of the bar
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HIKARI LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit-H11(H8,H9),9600lm 6K Cool White,2 Yr Warranty
98 Reviews
HIKARI LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit-H11(H8,H9),9600lm 6K Cool White,2 Yr Warranty
  • Your top pick, the best led kit you can buy under $50. 【$28.99 Sale price from Sept 15 to Oct 15.】
  • Max light output: 9600lm. +220% brighter than standard bulbs. Flawless beam pattern.
  • Incredible reliability. Passed 300℉-7 days high-temperature test. [Normal operating temperature:150℉]
  • Adjustable Beam. Special design required by Dodge Ram, Ford, Chevy, GMC, Honda etc. Mini fans. Compatible with most OEM headlight dustcover.
  • Amazon filter system may not be 100% accurate or up to date.If you are not sure which bulb size that your vehicle requires,please google "Philips automotive bulb look-up."
SaleNew
H13/9008 LED Headlight Bulbs, Marsauto 12000LM M2 Series Led Hi/Lo Beam Headlamp Conversion Kit with Fan, CSP Chip CANbus-Ready IP67 6000K Xenon White 2-Pack
210 Reviews
H13/9008 LED Headlight Bulbs, Marsauto 12000LM M2 Series Led Hi/Lo Beam Headlamp Conversion Kit with Fan, CSP Chip CANbus-Ready IP67 6000K Xenon White 2-Pack
  • SUPER BRIGHT & PERFECT BEAM PATTERN: CANbus-ready (for 95% Vehicle) 12000LM Headlight Enhances your visibility at night. Perfect beam pattern focus light (Redesigned low beam cutoff, Do not blind oncoming traffic, no glare to other drivers.) Stable output, no flicking, no dark spots or shadowed areas.
  • EFFICIENTLY COOLING SYSTEM & THE NEWEST CSP: With special aluminum alloy shell, high efficient silent fans, high quality controlled Newest CSP bulbs, make the bright headlight work in a much lower temperature and longer lifespan. Ideal halogen replacement
  • PLUG AND PLAY: All in one conversion kit can be installed easily. Upgraded LED bulb have same base length as your stock bulb, it will not bust up the reflector cap in the assembly.
  • BULB POSITION: High beam and low beam in one H13/9008 as Head light bulb. AMAZON GUIDE may not be 100% accurate or up to date. If you are not sure which headlight size will fit for your vehicle. Please search on google with"philips automotive bulb look-up" or refer to your original headlight part number or ask for seller directly.
  • WARRANTY & SERVICE: Marsauto offer returns and exchanges for no reason within 30 days. 12-month warranty, promising best quality product and professional after-sales service.

Automotive Lighting Video

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

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