Automotive Lighting2018-06-02T00:15:20+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:

SaleBestseller No. 1
3M 39008 Headlight Lens Restoration System
7,052 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
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
2,310 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
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
1,363 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. 4
Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit
3,801 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. 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
348 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. 6
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
949 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. 7
Nilight 2PCS 18W 1260lm Spot Driving Fog Light Off Road Led Lights Bar Mounting Bracket for SUV Boat 4' Jeep Lamp,2 years Warranty
4,119 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
Bestseller No. 8
BEAMTECH H11 LED Headlight Bulb, 50W 6500K 8000Lumens Extremely Brigh H8 H9 CSP Chips Conversion Kit
2,365 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.
Bestseller No. 9
Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dome Tent
946 Reviews
Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dome Tent
  • Sleeps 6
  • All main fly and floor seams are factory sealed
  • Heavy duty 1000D polyethylene bathtub floor for extra durability and welded leak proof seams even in the corners
  • Coated polyester fly and wall fabrics (450mm coating) shield the tent from rain
  • 1 Large 'D' style front entry door
SaleBestseller No. 10
MICTUNING MIC-B1002 LED Light Bar Wiring Harness, Fuse 40A Relay On-off Waterproof Switch
1,332 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.

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
CougarMotor LED Headlight Bulbs All-in-One Conversion Kit - H11 (H8, H9) -7,200Lm 6000K Cool White CREE - 3 Year Warranty
3,802 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.
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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
183 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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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
1,717 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

Automotive Lighting Video

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

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