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.

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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.

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