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
3,603 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.
Bestseller No. 2
BEAMTECH H11 LED Headlight Bulb, 50W 6500K 8000Lumens Extremely Brigh H8 H9 CSP Chips Conversion Kit
2,421 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. 3
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
780 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,
SaleBestseller No. 4
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
214 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. 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
1,485 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
Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit
4,840 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. 7
MaxxHaul 70205 12V LED Trailer Light Kit
1,883 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. 8
Nilight 2PCS 18W 1260lm Spot Driving Fog Light Off Road Led Lights Bar Mounting Bracket for SUV Boat 4' Jeep Lamp,2 years Warranty
4,626 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. 9
Car LED Strip Light, Wsiiroon 4pcs 48 LED Multicolor Music Car Interior Lights Under Dash Lighting Waterproof Kit with Sound Active Function and Wireless Remote Control, Car Charger Included, DC 12V
1,193 Reviews
Car LED Strip Light, Wsiiroon 4pcs 48 LED Multicolor Music Car Interior Lights Under Dash Lighting Waterproof Kit with Sound Active Function and Wireless Remote Control, Car Charger Included, DC 12V
  • MUL-FUNCTIONAL - 4pcs 48 LEDs, 12 LED/ Light, Voltage: DC 12V. Wattage: 10W. Most buyers perhaps will not use the remote control correctly, pls notice that: 1. The remote control should point directly to the black receiver box and there is no obstacle between them. 2. The remote should be put near to the receiver box, not too far.
  • RGB & MUSIC SENSOR - 8 colors RGB LED car interior lighting Kit, you can change the LED color and adjust the brightness as you wish with the wireless music remote control, also 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 lights for cars interior, fits all Cars SUV vans trucks boats with DC 12V power.
  • Easy To Install - 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. 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.
SaleBestseller No. 10
Mothers 07251 NuLens Headlight Renewal Kit
881 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

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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Govee Car Interior Lights with Remote and Control Box, Upgraded 2-in-1 Design Interior Car LED Lights with 32 Colors, 48 LEDs Lighting Kit Sync to Music with Super Length Wires for Various Car, DC 12V
  • Tidier 2-in-1 Design: Unlike traditional 4 lines, this car light boasts 2 lines with 5.9ft+2.78ft super long wires connecting 4 strip lights . Easier for you to set up and hide lines. Always keep your cool car clean, tidy.
  • Music Activated: With a built-in high sensitive mic, it adjusts colors and speed following the ambient music as well as sound. Enjoy the fun of light changing with car stereo music and your voice.
  • Hassle-free Control: Simply tap a button to change light colors and brightness with the control box. Able to stick it on an easy-to-reach place for your safe driving. Remote control is also a simple way to adjust the light.
  • Protect What Matters: The rubber tubing outside offers sturdy protection. It effectively protects lights from water spills. And low temperature resistance ensures your lights work well even in cold winter.
  • Decorate Your Car: Personalize the car interior space with 32 vivid colors and 10 scenes modes equipped. Create diverse ambience to match different moods. Start to spice up your colorful driving!
SaleNew
C-Easy Scratch Swirl Remover Hardness Headlight Polish Liquid- 1 Set 9H High Density Headlight Polish Liquid Cars Restoration Fluid Durable Car Repair - Ultimate Car Scratch Remover
  • Type: Car liquid ceramic coat.
  • Anti-corrosion: PH tolerance: PH2-12.
  • Consumption: 30ML/10ML - Coating Thickness: 30um.
  • Hydrophobic glass coating, acting as a sacrifical barrier coating over the surface of your car's coat, protecting your car from aging, fading, weather and sunlight erosion, acid rain, industry powder, etc, avoiding car scratches, shining the car as new.
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee.If there are any problems, please do not hesitate to email us, we will solve it for you within 24 hours.
New
AMBOTHER Car Interior Lights, LED Strip RGB APP IR Controller Two-Line Design 4PCS 48 LED DIY Multicolor Music Under Dash Waterproof Lighting Kits, Car Charger Included, DC 12V
21 Reviews
AMBOTHER Car Interior Lights, LED Strip RGB APP IR Controller Two-Line Design 4PCS 48 LED DIY Multicolor Music Under Dash Waterproof Lighting Kits, Car Charger Included, DC 12V
  • Upgraded Two-Line Design: The car interior lights has two lines connect with four strip lights, so that it can easy to install and hide in car. Interior car lights has strong adhesive and flexible. It is suitable for all kinds of cars. The car interior lights built-in fuse, effectively protect the vehicle lights. Working voltage: DC 12V.
  • APP/ IR /3 Key Control: You can download the app named 'Lotus Lantern' from QR code to control the car strip lights, perfectly compatible with iPhone and Android. To drive safely, we also provide a more convenient and fashion controller 23 key and 3 key controller, so that you can control the lighting effect easily. Turn on the cigarette lighter switch to enjoy the colorful light.
  • Muti-colors: 16 million static colors, 2 jumping change, 2 fade, 7 gradual change, 3 cross fade, 8 strobe flash. Drive into colorful world! The different colors together will make your car become colorful and charming.
  • Music Sensor: The car interior lights built-in high-sensitivity microphone, which can automatically adjust the spectrum and color according to the sound of the surrounding environment. The led lights will change color according to the rhythm, increasing the safety and fun of day and night driving.
  • Safe to Use & Warranty: Interior car lights is powered by car charger are equipped with short circuit protection and memory function. Rubber tubing protect your lights work well, even in cold winter. Any problem about the car interior lights, welcome to contact us.

Automotive Lighting Video

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

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