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
MaxxHaul 70205 12V LED Trailer Light Kit
1,596 Reviews
MaxxHaul 70205 12V LED Trailer Light Kit
  • Kit includes stop, tail and turn signal lights, two amber clearance lights and wiring harness
  • Includes 23 and 4 foot 4-pole color coded wiring harness. Product Type: Lighting and Electrical
  • High visibility LED taillights last longer than standard incandescent lights
  • Complies with DOT standards
  • Includes 23-foot wiring harness with UV coated jackets
SaleBestseller No. 2
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
1,457 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.
Bestseller No. 3
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
3,200 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. 4
Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit
4,323 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
Bestseller No. 5
BEAMTECH H11 LED Headlight Bulb, 50W 6500K 8000Lumens Extremely Brigh H8 H9 CSP Chips Conversion Kit
3,859 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.
SaleBestseller No. 6
Meguiar's G17804 Keep Clear Headlight Coating, 4 oz.
347 Reviews
Meguiar's G17804 Keep Clear Headlight Coating, 4 oz.
  • Maintains clarity on restored headlights
  • Provides durable UV protection
  • Helps keep new headlights looking like-new
  • Proprietary coating that provides headlight clarity for up to a year
  • Easy aerosol spray application
SaleBestseller No. 7
CougarMotor LED Headlight Bulbs All-in-One Conversion Kit - H11 (H8, H9) -7,200Lm 6000K Cool White CREE - 3 Year Warranty
3,734 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.
Bestseller No. 8
Wipe New HDL6PCMTRRT Headlight Restore Kit
1,561 Reviews
Wipe New HDL6PCMTRRT Headlight Restore Kit
  • Headlights guaranteed to pass inspection for the lifetime of your vehicle
  • Easy to apply, lasts through hundreds of car washes
  • Apply once and lasts for years while saving time and money
  • Clear your lens in just seconds
  • Made in the USA
SaleBestseller No. 9
MICTUNING MIC-B1002 LED Light Bar Wiring Harness, Fuse 40A Relay On-off Waterproof Switch
1,631 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. 10
AUXITO 912 921 LED Backup Light Bulbs High Power 2835 15-SMD Chipsets Extremely Bright Error Free T15 906 W16W for Back Up Lights Reverse Lights, 6000K White (Pack of 2)
1,433 Reviews
AUXITO 912 921 LED Backup Light Bulbs High Power 2835 15-SMD Chipsets Extremely Bright Error Free T15 906 W16W for Back Up Lights Reverse Lights, 6000K White (Pack of 2)
  • (Pack of 2) LED replacement bulbs,7.5W each bulb powered by 15 pcs high quality 2835 SMD LED lights
  • Wide voltage:12-30V;Current:600Ma;Bulb size: 9*15*40mm; Net Weight:6g/pc. Brightness:3 times Brighter than original reverse light bulbs.
  • CANBUS error free design easy to use.Built-in intelligent IC driver for better performance.Energy-Saving, Low temperature, Long Lasting.
  • Suit for socket : T15, 912, 921, 906, 904, 902, W16W, just plug and play without modification.ONLY used for backup reverse lights
  • We offer 12 months warranty on item(s) damaged during the shipping or confirmed to be a manufactory defect. Friendly customer service responses within 24 hours during the business days.NOTE:Amazon filter system may not be 100% accurate, The bulb size may vary between trim of your vehicle. Please double check owners manual or original bulb size to confirm before placing an order.

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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RGB LED Rock Lights Bluetooth Control, ZUULLEN 12V 20W Multicolor Neon LED Light Kits, IP68 Waterproof Timing Function Music Mode, for JEEP Off Road Truck Car ATV SUV Motorcycle (4Pcs Packed)
72 Reviews
RGB LED Rock Lights Bluetooth Control, ZUULLEN 12V 20W Multicolor Neon LED Light Kits, IP68 Waterproof Timing Function Music Mode, for JEEP Off Road Truck Car ATV SUV Motorcycle (4Pcs Packed)
  • 【Unlimited Colors Options】The 20W RGB stunning rock lights with 16 million colors and each pod shoots up to 150°Ultra-Wide angle light, flash /strobe /jump /fade /music modes, easily DIY lighting effects to add a unique style to your truck.
  • 【Strong Heat Dissipation】Our led rock lights are made with aviation aluminum, so it features fast heat dissipation, durable, good heat resistance. Aviation aluminum shell with toughed glass, light decay, paint dusting aging, permanent will not fade.
  • 【IP68 Waterproof】IP68 waterproof & rock solid construction, die-cast aluminum housing with toughed glass, shockproof / dust-proof / rust-proof, drive through any wet terrain including mud, rivers, & snow.
  • 【Extremely Easy Installation】Scan the QR code on user manual or control box to download the app for installation, following the instruction and connect the bluetooth device to set your own lighting effect.
  • 【100% Satisfaction Guarantee】We offer you 30-Days money back guarantee, 1-Year warranty! If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be at your service 24 hours a day.
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AUZKIN 7' LED Light Bar Submersible driving lights 240W 24000lm LED Pods Spot Flood Combo Beam Off Road lights fog lights for Truck Trailer Pickup Boat Car SUV ATV RV Jeep,2 Yr Warranty,2Pcs
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AUZKIN 7" LED Light Bar Submersible driving lights 240W 24000lm LED Pods Spot Flood Combo Beam Off Road lights fog lights for Truck Trailer Pickup Boat Car SUV ATV RV Jeep,2 Yr Warranty,2Pcs
  • 【FLOOD SPOT COMBO BEAM】-- We adopt spot flood beam design to maximum your overall field of vision! Middle 170°flood light surrounded by dual row 30°spot light, this improved light distribution structure brings you a super wide view area and further distance, NEVER fear of fogs or rain days.AUZKIN 7 inch light bar can brighten up your offroad adventure and increase your safety.
  • 【SUBMERSIBLE】-- Diving function test: Light strips are tested underwater for 6 hours a day for a total of 5 days - they work great underwater! AUZKIN LED pods have reached the international standard IP68 waterproof standard, never need to worry about waterproof problem.
  • 【UNBREAKABLE】-- AUZKIN driving lights made of a die-cast aluminum housing and shatterproof lenses,have excellent waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and anti-corrosion properties, which can completely resist the harsh environment of off-road driving, whether it is wet, deep water, snow, wind or sand. The service life is up to 50,000 hours!
  • 【INCREDIBLY BRIGHT】-- AUZKIN Light Bars apply a new generation 5050-SMD LED chips,emit 6000k bright cool white light,delivering 240w & 24000lm lumens, can light up your entire forward viewing,turning night into day. Additionally, our product features a 97% light transmission which can maximal reduce of optical loss.minimal waste of light.
  • 【WIDE APPLICATIONS】-- Easy installation & DIY possible. Universal mounting brackets are included, easy set up to any mounting holes and openings with standard base mounts,suitable for all DC 9-30v automotive vehicles such as pickup,jeep,truck,SUV,ATV,boat and motorcycle.AUZKIN provides 2 year warranty and Life time Tech Support. If your product stops working, pls contact auzkin-tec immediately for replacement!! Email reply within 24 hours.
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Interior Car Lights, Govee Car LED Strip Light Upgrade Two-Line Design Waterproof 4pcs 48 LED APP Controller Lighting Kits, Multi DIY Color Music Under Dash Car Lighting with Car Charger, DC 12V
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Interior Car Lights, Govee Car LED Strip Light Upgrade Two-Line Design Waterproof 4pcs 48 LED APP Controller Lighting Kits, Multi DIY Color Music Under Dash Car Lighting with Car Charger, DC 12V
  • Upgraded Two-Line Design - Longer wires, suitable for any model cars. The lights tape's back come with strong 3M adhesive, two lines connect with four strip lights, no need assemble the strip light, more easy to install and hide, keep your car clean and tidy. This cigarette lighter plug has switch and indicator light, built-in fuse, effectively protect the vehicle lights.
  • Two Simple Control Methods - Forget the remote what easy to lose, we provide a more convenient and fashion controller, enjoy to change the color, brightness, music mode. And you can stick the controller on the nearby next you for safety drive. What's more, you can use the "Govee Home" APP to control the light.
  • Music Sensor - Built-in high sensitivity mic, spectrum with light and colors adjusting automatically base on the ambient sound, and then the led lights will change their colors following the music rhythm, increase safety of driving in daytime and nighttime.
  • Muti-Colors - Come with RGB car LED strip, Infinitely DIY colors(over 16 million colors)and different tones for selection, you can customize your own unique color modes to perfect enhancement for upgrading your car.
  • Safe to Use - Car LED light strip has a working voltage of 12V and powered by car charger are equipped with short circuit protection and memory function. Waterproof, extremely low-heat, touchable and safety for children.

Automotive Lighting Video

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

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