Automotive Lighting 2018-06-02T00:15:20+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
2,182 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. 2
Anker [Rechargeable] Bolder LC40 Flashlight, LED Torch, Super Bright 400 Lumens CREE LED, IP65 Water Resistant, 5 Modes High/Medium/Low/Strobe/SOS, Indoor/Outdoor (Camping, Hiking and Emergency Use)
267 Reviews
Anker [Rechargeable] Bolder LC40 Flashlight, LED Torch, Super Bright 400 Lumens CREE LED, IP65 Water Resistant, 5 Modes High/Medium/Low/Strobe/SOS, Indoor/Outdoor (Camping, Hiking and Emergency Use)
  • SUPER-BRIGHT: 400-lumen Cree LED (50000-hour lifespan). A compact, yet radiant flashlight to illuminate any dark spot, space, or place. Features High / Medium / Low / Strobe / SOS modes.
  • LONG-LASTING: Up to 20 hours (Medium-beam mode) of powerful, non-diminishing brightness from the included premium rechargeable 3350mAh battery. LEDs boast an extended 50000-hour lifespan. Recharge in 6 hours with a 5V 1A adapter (not included) and the included Micro USB cable.
  • TOUGH AND RELIABLE: IP65-rated. Designed for almost any conditions, from heavy rain to dry and dusty environments. Its durable aluminum body and shock-resistance endure rough handling.
  • EASY TO GRIP: Lightweight and easy to carry around, the anti-slip finish holds fast in your hand during extreme conditions.
  • WHAT YOU GET: Anker Bolder LC40 Rechargeable Flashlight (with built-in 3350mAh rechargeable battery), welcome guide, Micro USB cable, and our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.
SaleBestseller No. 3
3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System
6,859 Reviews
3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System
  • 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. 4
Mothers 07251 NuLens Headlight Renewal Kit
524 Reviews
Mothers 07251 NuLens Headlight Renewal Kit
  • Designed to quickly and safely restore, maintain and protect all types of smooth, shiny plastic and acrylic headlights to crystal clarity
  • It easily cleans away yellowing and stains, and even buffs out unsightly hairline scratches, smudges, and flaws in a single step
  • The included PowerPlastic 4Lights polish restores crystal clarity, leaving a tough protective, oxidation-inhibiting polymer layer to guard against future degradation from the elements
  • Includes: 3-inch Backing Plate, PowerBall 4Lights Polishing Tool, Restoration Discs, 8 oz. Polish
SaleBestseller No. 5
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
153 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.
SaleBestseller No. 6
CougarMotor LED Headlight Bulbs All-in-One Conversion Kit - H11 (H8, H9) -7,200Lm 6000K Cool White CREE - 3 Year Warranty
3,654 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. 7
LAMPHUS Cruizer LED Off-Road Light Horizontal Bar Clamp Mounting Kit 1'/1.5'/1.75'/2' [2 Clamps] [Includes Allen Hex Key] [User-friendly] - For Light Bar Bull Bar Tube Clamp Roof Roll Cage Holder
871 Reviews
LAMPHUS Cruizer LED Off-Road Light Horizontal Bar Clamp Mounting Kit 1"/1.5"/1.75"/2" [2 Clamps] [Includes Allen Hex Key] [User-friendly] - For Light Bar Bull Bar Tube Clamp Roof Roll Cage Holder
  • ADD MORE LIGHTS, LESS HASSLE- Simplify the installation of LED light bars & work lights without drilling any holes in the bodywork; quickly and securely mount LAMPHUS Cruizer Series Light Bars or any other light bar with 10mm mounting screws to your roof rack, bull bar, roll cage, or headache rack.
  • ALMOST ENDLESS APPLICATIONS- Can be used on tubes measuring 1", 1.5", 1.75" & 2" in diameter; perfect for off-road vehicles, ATVs, UTVs, trucks, Jeeps, boats, farm vehicles & more.
  • CAST ALUMINUM CONSTRUCTION- Precision-welded from cast aluminum, our clamps are strong & built to last.
  • COMES FULLY-LOADED- Includes everything you need to start mounting your favorite LED light bars to your ride, including an Allen Hex Key.
  • RUBBER INSERTS DAMPEN & PROTECT- Rubber inserts for snugger fitment with a wider range of sizes; help dampen vibrations during off-roading and protect your bull bar from being scraped.
SaleBestseller No. 8
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
1,328 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
SaleBestseller No. 9
Turtle Wax T-240KT Headlight Lens Restorer Kit
2,394 Reviews
Turtle Wax T-240KT Headlight Lens Restorer Kit
  • Kit includes: 3 restoration pads of various grits from 2400 to 8000 grit, Spray Lubricant (4 oz.), Lens Clarifying Compound (4 oz.) and Lens Sealing Wipe (4"x4")
  • Can be used on all lenses, plexiglass and plastic surfaces
  • Restores dull, yellowed headlights to like new condition in less than 5 minutes per lens
  • Lens Clarifying Compound quickly removes surface discoloration and may be all that is needed to restore clarity
  • 3 multi-stage wet restoration pads focus on deeper discoloration and scratches to restore the lens to like new condition
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)
514 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

SaleNew
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)
514 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.
New
Cargo LED 20 Pcs Extremely Super Bright 1156 1141 1003 1073 BA15S 7506 50 SMD 3014 LED Replacement Light Bulbs for RV Indoor Lights 6000K Xenon White
121 Reviews
Cargo LED 20 Pcs Extremely Super Bright 1156 1141 1003 1073 BA15S 7506 50 SMD 3014 LED Replacement Light Bulbs for RV Indoor Lights 6000K Xenon White
  • Size:1.7''X0.7'', 50 SMD 3014 high Brightness chips per bulb, Output current:300ma(DC12V),Flux:600LM,Voltage:12V.
  • Fits for 1156 1156A 1156NA BA15S 87 93 97 97A 97NA 199 631 1003 1073 1093 1095 1129 1141 1159 1195 1259 1295 1295NA 1459 1619 1651 1680 2396 3496 3497 7506 7527 5007 5008 12088 Led Light Bulbs.
  • LED replacement bulbs use for RV Tail Lights, Brake Lights, Reverse Lights, Side Marker Lights, Rear Light, Stop Lamp, Backup Lights and Interior Camper Bulbs
  • One YEAR Warranty,We offer "ONE YEAR" warranty on item(s) damaged during delivery or have a confirmed manufacturer defect
  • WARNING:Any issue or problem please feel free to contact with us before write a product review or feedback,we provde best service for u at first time.
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WSIIROON Car LED Strip Light, Upgraded Remote and APP Two-in-one Control Multicoloured Music Car Interior Lights, 4pcs 48 LED, Sound Active Function, Waterproof, Multi-Mode Change(DC 12V)
537 Reviews
WSIIROON Car LED Strip Light, Upgraded Remote and APP Two-in-one Control Multicoloured Music Car Interior Lights, 4pcs 48 LED, Sound Active Function, Waterproof, Multi-Mode Change(DC 12V)
  • BUY ONE LIGHT, GET TWO LIGHTS - Our upgraded Remote & APP Two-in-one Control Multicoloured Music Car Interior Lights have all the functions of remote control light and APP control light, you buy one lights means you will have two different types of lights, more choices, very worthwhile. Please Note: Our lights are only used for the DC 12V cars, so don't use it in the DC 24V cars.
  • RGB & MUSIC SENSOR - Our lights have 8 static colors & infinite DIY colors(over 16 million colors), you can change the colors or adjust the brightness according to your own idea by your smart phone or the remote. And the sound-activated function allows you to enjoy the fun with the color changing following your car stereo music rhythm as well as your voice.
  • Flexible & Waterproof - ABS material made, Ultra Thin, High quality Music LED Strip Light, can be easily installed in the gap and virtually invisible. Waterproof IP68, anti-collision, anti-corrosion, ABS material made, the best led cars interior lights for dating, traveling, camping, etc. Best gift for children, friends, lovers and families.
  • EASY INSTALLATION & USE : Plug and play without wiring. First plugged into car cigarette lighter, then peel the back 3M double-sided tape, paste the light strips on the car floor. Finally press on the red cigarette lighter switch, then you can start to use. This cigarette lighter plug has switch and indicator light, built-in fuse, effectively protect the vehicle lights. Simple design for you to decorate your car a beautiful, exotic and romantic interior.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: WSIIROON Car LED Lights comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. All our products are only sold in "Wsiiroon Official" store, and Fulfilled by Amazon. It is kindly warned that any products from other stores are not genuine for which we will take no responsibility if there is any quality problem.Please feel free to contact us for any pre-sale or after-sale services.

Automotive Lighting Video

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

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