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 2PCS 18W 1260lm Spot Driving Fog Light Off Road Led Lights Bar Mounting Bracket for SUV Boat 4' Jeep Lamp,2 years Warranty
4,514 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
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
1,241 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
3,386 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
MaxxHaul 70205 12V LED Trailer Light Kit
1,713 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. 5
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)
1,601 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.
SaleBestseller No. 6
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
69 Reviews
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.
SaleBestseller No. 7
Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit
4,534 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. 8
Nilight LED Light Bar Wiring Harness Kit 12V On Off Switch Power Relay Blade Fuse for Off Road Lights LED Work Light,2 years Warranty
670 Reviews
Nilight LED Light Bar Wiring Harness Kit 12V On Off Switch Power Relay Blade Fuse for Off Road Lights LED Work Light,2 years Warranty
  • Universal fit: compatible with all automobiles, boats and devices equipped with a 12V power source
  • CIRCUIT PROTECTION: Power relay-safety protection and conversion circuit. Blade fuse protects the circuit when overcurrent or short circuit occurs.
  • ILLUMINATED SWITCH: 3 pin on/off rocker switch with red indicator light when truing on, easy to turn on or off, has been passed test of 5, 000 times pressing.
  • TWO AVAILABLE LEADS: With 2 sets of light output connectors for dual lighting fixtures less than 180W, the connection is more stable.
  • PACKAGE INCLUDE:1 x Wiring Harness Kit ,1 x Instructions,
Bestseller No. 9
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
2,065 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
SaleBestseller No. 10
AMBOTHER 4” LED Light Bar Pod Lights Triple ROW Driving Light Off Road Lights Waterproof Spot Flood Combo Beam LED Cubes Lights For Pickup Trucks Jeep ATV UTV SUV Boat,1 Year Warranty, 60W, 2 Pack
208 Reviews
AMBOTHER 4” LED Light Bar Pod Lights Triple ROW Driving Light Off Road Lights Waterproof Spot Flood Combo Beam LED Cubes Lights For Pickup Trucks Jeep ATV UTV SUV Boat,1 Year Warranty, 60W, 2 Pack
  • INCREDIBLE BRIGHTNESS: With triple row light bar design and new generation 5050-SMD LED, our light pods can provide 6000k super cool white light,12800lm, effectively lighting up the forward dark road, turning night into day.
  • SPOT FOOD COMBO BEAM: Subversive spot & flood optic system, high transmittance len make our small 4 inch pod lights become incredible bright. The middle 170° flood light together with the dual row 15° spot light design, you can get extremes distance and wide view area lighting. It's really a good off road light.
  • MASTER DESIGN: As an off road light bar, it holds die casting aluminum shell, shockproof and waterproof and anti-corrosion function: it can be used in heavy rain or harsh snow weather. It meets the IP67 international standard. Certified by CE & RoHs & FCC & DOT & SAE
  • RAPID COOLING SYSTEM: The thin radiator fin help the LED light bar cool down quikly, which leads to incredibly long life span over 100,000 hours.
  • UNIVERSAL: As our light bar's working voltage is between DC 9-30V, the light bar can be widely used to most of vehicle styles (Off-Road, SUV, ATV, UTV, Trucks, Marine, Boat etc.) We provide 1 year warranty and lifetime support.We will always be here for you.

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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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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Car LED Strip Lights, 4pcs 48 USB LED Interior Lights, MultiColor Music Car Strip Light Under Dash Lighting Kit with Sound Active Function and Remote Controller, DC 5V
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Car LED Strip Lights, 4pcs 48 USB LED Interior Lights, MultiColor Music Car Strip Light Under Dash Lighting Kit with Sound Active Function and Remote Controller, DC 5V
  • LED Strip with USB cable for Car TV: The led strip lights come with USB cable, powered by DC 5V, not only suitable for car decoration, but also tv bias lighting, home, KTV, party decortaion. Voltage: DC 5V; Wattage: 10W; Bulb Quantity: 4pcs 48 LEDs, 12 LED/ Light
  • 8 Color RGB LED Car Interior Atmosphere Lights, Wireless Music Remote Control enable you to change the color and adjust the brightness as you wish, also Sound-activated Function allow you to enjoy the fun with the color changing following your car stereo music rhythm as well as your voice
  • Flexible & Water Resistant, Ultra Thin, High quality Music USB LED Strip Light, can be easily installed in the gap and virtually invisible; Fits all Cars with DC 5V usb port and home decoration, tv bias lighting,flat screen tv LCD background decoration
  • Double-sided adhesive straps, directly inserted in usb port, without modification. Simple design for you to decorate your car or home a beautiful, exotic and romantic interior
  • One Year Warranty: 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Free replacement or money back. An honest and reliable customer-service is always happy to help you.
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AMBOTHER 12Pcs Motorcycle LED Light Kit Strips APP/IR/RF Wireless Underglow Neon Lights Atmosphere Lamp with Remote Controller for Harley Davidson Kawasaki Suzuki, 2 Years Warranty
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AMBOTHER 12Pcs Motorcycle LED Light Kit Strips APP/IR/RF Wireless Underglow Neon Lights Atmosphere Lamp with Remote Controller for Harley Davidson Kawasaki Suzuki, 2 Years Warranty
  • Attention: Only be applied to DC 12V; Red Wire (Positive) with In-Line Fuse, Black Wire (Negative). 【MOBILE PHONE CONTROL】Download APP, phone control direct, get rid of traditional remote control. And There are IR/RF dual wireless remote control. You have three choice to control your motorcycle Car ATV SUV. Enjoy cool neon light effect.
  • 【18 RGB MULTI-COLOR 】18 RGB colors, 16 kinds of static color, 2 color cycle modes, 3 flashing modes and 1 fading mode with adjustable brightness. Our flexible motorcycle strip lights kit feature 18 colors choices as well as a mult. (Package: including 4 x 4.5" 6LED strip + 4 x 8.5" 12LED strip + 4 x 12.5" 18LED strip). Our neon lamp come with an extra wire to help you reach any part of the motorcycle or bicycle you want.
  • 【WATERPROOF & DURABLE】12 Volt DC System with waterproof (prevent battery from water), AMBOTHER's motorcycle led light kit completely reachs the IP68 international standard that means it can be even used on havy rainy days. And new generation RGB 5050-SMD LED extends its lifespan to more than 30,000 hours.
  • 【EASY TO MOUNT & CUSTOMIZE】With super sticky tape on the back of the motorcycle strip lights and flexible design, it's easily to be bent or curved to desired position. Wiring distribution: Red wire--positive. Black wire--negative.Bend and curve each strip to any mounting location & cut the motorcycle led any size you want!
  • 【UNIVERSAL】Motorcycle light is a universal product and therefore has unlimited uses and mounting possibilities. Motorcycle LED Light Kit fits all Motorcycle, Bike and etc. AMBOTHER offers 24 months 100% FREE manufacturer warranty.

Automotive Lighting Video

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

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