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Lighting
Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important and under looked components in a vehicle. Modern vehicles use lights not only to see in front of the vehicle at night, but also to see components such as the gauges, dashboard, seat belts, and other small buttons which are all located inside the vehicle. These lights will usually turn off and on by themselves with the use of sensors or other small components that can detect when things like the door or trunk are open. Since lighting plays such a crucial role in almost all modern vehicles, it is important to maintenance them and replace any bulbs that have burnt out or have the possibility of burning out in the nearby future. Many of the lights that are located inside the buttons and gauges are designed to last the life span of the vehicle without burning out or dimming over time.

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Back-Up Lights

Back-up lights are used on the rear of a vehicle to warn people behind the vehicle that it is backing up. There are normally two back-up lights on ever vehicle and they are located in both of the tail lights. This is a great place to house them because the reflection of the white back-up light against the red taillights will help the white light stand out better. Back-up lights are triggered when the vehicle is put into reverse since that is technically the only way the vehicle should be rolling backwards. Some vehicles will also have other back-up lights which can be located throughout the rear of the vehicle. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Back-Up Lights
Back-Up Lights

Bulbs

Bulbs are used on a vehicle in many different places because of their ability to create extreme amounts of light and last a long time without needing to be replaced. There are four main types of bulbs used in most automobiles today. The bulbs used in these different locations with vary in color, size, and brightness because the purpose of all of these different bulbs is significantly different. Continue Reading -->

Bulbs
Bulbs

Clear & Replacement Light Assemblies

A replacement light assembly is an aftermarket accessory that can be added to a vehicle to enhance the look of the lights. These light assemblies are commonly used on vehicles that are looking for a sportier or sharper appearance. There are many different kinds of replacement light assemblies that come in a variety of different shapes and sizes to fit any kind of vehicle. The most common type of replacement light assemblies are designed to replace the taillight, headlight, and third brake light. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Clear & Replacement Light Assemblies
Clear & Replacement Light Assemblies

Driving Lights

Driving lights are additional lights that can be equipped to a vehicle so that more of the road ahead is revealed by the added light. These lights are typically mounted to on the hood, roof, bumper, or doors of the vehicle. Some cars will come with additional driving lights as an added option to the car when it is first purchased. This is most commonly seen on sporty vehicles and large trucks because those two types of vehicles will benefit the most from adding driving lights. Vehicles that have added driving lights directly attached from the manufacture will definitely have an advantage in some ways because they are usually better concealed inside the vehicle panels or bumper. Continue Reading -->

 Vehicle Driving Lights
Driving Lights

Driving/Fog Combo lights

Driving/Fog combo lights are used on a vehicle to help increase the driver’s visibility while driving in bad conditions. These lights typically don’t come standard on every new vehicle but they are commonly added as an option or installed later on as an aftermarket accessory. Driving and fog combo lights are found underneath the factory head lamp beams. There is usually one installed on either side of the vehicle to make up a total of two of these lights on the front end, but more aftermarket fog and driving combo lights may be added down the road if the vehicle encounters conditions that warrant them allot. Since these types of lights are mounted so low, some cars and trucks that don’t have certain body styling may have a hard time fitting them in the front body panels. Many aftermarket fog and driving lights are designed to be mounted to components like the bumper or other aftermarket accessories that may have mounting spots for lights and other accessories. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Driving/Fog Combo lights
Driving/Fog Combo lights

Fog Lights

Fog lights are used on a vehicle to help increase the driver’s visibility while driving in foggy conditions. These lights typically don’t come standard on every new vehicle but they are commonly added as an option or installed later on as an aftermarket accessory. Fog lights are found underneath the factory head lamp beams. There is usually one installed on either side of the vehicle to make up a total of two fog lights on the front end of the vehicle, but more aftermarket fog lights may be added down the road if the vehicle encounters conditions that warrant them allot. Since these types of lights are mounted so low, some cars and trucks that don’t have certain body styling may have a hard time fitting them in the front body panels. Many aftermarket fog lights are designed to be mounted to components like the bumper or other aftermarket accessories that may have mounting spots for lights and other accessories. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Fog Lights
Fog Lights

Hand Held Lights

Hand held lights are a common component inside a vehicle because it can be a helpful tool in many different situations. The most common situation in which a handheld light is extremely helpful is when a component on the vehicle breaks down. Since it can be hard to get into all the nook and crannies on a vehicle to fix specific parts, a hand held flashlight will often be used to make things easier. This light can be used to just locate certain locations that need attention or it can be held in place by another occupant in the vehicle to provide a constant source of light in a specified location while the object is being fixed or replaced. Another situation were a hand held light can be useful in a vehicle is to get other motorists attention so that they will stop and help you if you get stranded on the side of the road. Continue Reading -->

Hand Held Lights
Hand Held Lights

Headlights

Headlights are used on the front a vehicle to create better visibility for the driver at night or when going through inclement weather. The performance of these headlights has dramatically increased over the years which have led to less traffic fatalities at night and in bad weather. Because of the added safety features that a headlight has, it is illegal in many countries not to have them installed on the vehicle or to keep them in faulty non-working condition. Other regulations may also be imposed such as how bright the light can be and how many lights can be used. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Headlights
Headlights

Interior Lights

Interior vehicle lights have seen widespread use over the years due to more and more people driving at night. These lights make it easier to see components such as the dashboard, gauges, and the seat belt. There are many different types of interior lights used in vehicle today. The main interior lights are those which are used to light the gauges and all of the buttons on the dashboard. These particular lights are so important because they allow the driver to monitor things such as the speed and rpm level while making adjustments with any of the lit up buttons. Interior lights that are inside the gauges and buttons will most likely be set-up to turn on whenever the front headlights are being used. Having these lights setup like this will ensure that they don’t dim over time due to excessive use. Most of the lights which are used in these internal components will be LED’s but some older style vehicles may use mini bulbs instead. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Interior Lights
Interior Lights

Lamp Miscellaneous

Lamps are used on a vehicle in many different places because of their ability to create extreme amounts of light and last a long time without needing to be replaced. There are four main types of lamps used on today’s automobiles. The lamps used in these different locations will vary in color, size, and brightness because the purpose of all of these different lamps is significantly different. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Lamp Miscellaneous
Lamp Miscellaneous

Light Bars

Light bars are used on the top of a vehicle to project high amounts of light outward in a specific direction. These bars are most commonly used on emergency vehicles so that surrounding cars are aware of their presence, but they are also commonly found on off-road vehicles which need high amounts of light in front of the vehicle so that obstacles can be seen. Light bars can be designed to project light outwards in one direction or they can be set up to project light in all directions which is what you commonly see on emergency vehicles. The color of the light inside a light bar will vary depending on what the light will be used for. Older light bars commonly used a bulb style design while many modern bars have drifted towards LED’s because of the added brightness and reliability of the light over time. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Light Bars
Light Bars

Off Road Lights

Off road lights are available in many different shapes and sizes to fit any off road application. Most of these lights are circular in shape with a caged shell to protect the glass and bulb from cracking when going through rough conditions or thick brush. These lights are typically mounted on the roof or front bumper but they are also commonly added on other aftermarket accessories such as a grille guard. Off road lights are an essential accessory when going out on the trail because they will help illuminate hard to see obstacles which could cause damage to the vehicle if they are not properly maneuvered around. It is also important to have extra lights when driving off road because most trails will be much darker at night than normal city streets. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Off Road Lights
Off Road Lights

Running Lights

Running lights are installed in pairs on a vehicle and they are activated whenever the vehicle is moving forward. These lights emit a white, yellow, or amber light to increase the conspicuity of the vehicle during daylight conditions. The main purpose of these lights isn’t to help the driver see the road but to instead help other drivers in the opposite direction see the opposing vehicles better. There have been many studies over the years which have shown that vehicles with running lights have a 6% less chance of being involved in a two car accident. Because of the added safety features, running lights are now a popular addition to some vehicles and some countries have even made them a requirement on every vehicle on the road. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Running Lights
Running Lights


Spot Lights

Spot lights are used on a vehicle so that a concentrated beam of light can be directed on an area of interest. These spot lights can be mounted to the vehicle or it can be completely handheld and used like a powerful flashlight. You will often see spot lights on police cars near the window because they use them to locate suspects at night. Most vehicle mounted spot lights can be controlled with a small handle that protrudes into the vehicle or hangs near the window, but some newer spotlights that are located in different parts of the vehicle may be controlled electrically from inside the vehicle. Continue Reading -->

Spot Lights
Spot Lights


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Third Brake Lights

Third brake lights are used in the back of a vehicle as an additional light to better grab the attention of following motorists. This light is most commonly found at the top of the trunk or in the rear window on smaller vehicles. The third brake light works in conjunction with the taillights to display a brightly illuminated light whenever the brake is pressed. To be able to do this, the third brake light is connected to the vehicles wiring so that it is getting all the same signals as the taillights. Since third brake light brings added safety to the vehicle, they are being used on just about every modern vehicle produced. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Third Brake Lights
Third Brake Lights

Under Car Lights

Under car lights are used on the undercarriage to create an enhanced look on the vehicle while driving at night. These lights come in many shapes and sizes as well as different types of light bulbs. The most popular of these lights are neon and LED because they are long lasting, durable, and extremely bright. These lights are securely mounted to the underside of the car with brackets or zip ties so that they can be removed or replaced down the road. These lights come in a variety of different lengths so that a uniform pattern can be created underneath the vehicle. This is important because if too many are put on one side, the light expelled can be uneven which would look hideous. For this reason, most under car lights will come in kits that provide the exact amount of lights needed to completely cover the ground under and around the vehicle. Some under car lights will come in large strands that can bend and change shape which makes installing them much easier. Once the lights are all set up, they are wired together into the vehicles electrical system so that the driver of the vehicle can control whether to turn them on or off. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Under Car Lights
Under Car Lights

Work Area Lights

Work area lights are commonly used when working on vehicles because they help illuminate all the small spaces so that work can be done easier. These lights come in many shapes and sizes depending on what they are made to light up. Most work area lights that are designed for vehicles will be long and have a hook at the end of it. This hook allows the light to be hung over the work surface so that a second person isn’t needed to hold the light while the part is being worked on. Since work lights are often thrown around and handled roughly, they will usually have an outer shell that is extra thick or a cage which surrounds the light to protect it from damage. Continue Reading -->

 Work Area Lights
Work Area Lights

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