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It's hard to believe but at one time automotive lighting was a strictly utilitarian function, with small, mostly round lights that barely allowed you to see and be seen in the darkness. In contrast, today's car lights are at the convergence of high-tech illumination and cutting edge automotive design. Both factory and aftermarket headlights and tail lights contain the latest in brilliant lighting technology like projector beams, LEDs, and fiber optics, and these lights are integrated into the body shape in ways so distinctive that in many cases lights have become a part of a vehicle's identity. Meanwhile, the color and brightness of interior and dash lighting in modern vehicles can be varied in ways that truly create a custom ambiance in the cockpit.

Take a moment to peruse the array of automotive lighting products we have on offer and you'll quickly see that we're abreast of all the latest advancements in illumination. Whether you just want replacement auto light bulbs or replacement tail lights, or want to upgrade to bright LED bulbs and custom light fixtures, we have what you're looking for. In addition we offer many ways in which you can augment your vehicle's lighting to increase illumination and add custom style, including Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), fog lights, "angel eyes" halo lights, off-road lights and light bars, LED light grilles, and custom LED car lights for tailgates, wheel wells, hood scoops, mirrors, and under the car.

Bright headlights and tail lights are necessary for driving safety, but age, abrasion from airborne debris, impacts and UV rays can take their toll, leaving them dim and damaged. Our replacement headlights and tail lights meet all DOT and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and are identical to original equipment in every respect except for price. But instead of just replacing those lights, why not use the opportunity to upgrade your vehicle's illumination and appearance. We have projector beam, Euro, Halo, U-Bar and LED headlights in styles never imagined by the factory and fiber optic, Euro, black and LED tail lights and 3rd brake lights that will make your car or truck more conspicuous.

Installing additional lights is another way to make your vehicle more visible and be able to see better in darkness and inclement weather. DRLs have been proven to make vehicles more conspicuous, reducing collisions, and fog lights reduce glare and help you see the road ahead when driving in dense fog. But there may be no other place where increased illumination and visibility is more important than out on the trail. Our halogen, xenon and LED off-road lights come in a range of beam patterns including driving beams, spot beams, and flood beams so you put light exactly where it's needed and avoid tree stumps, boulders, and other obstacles.

But you don't have to buy an entire light fixture to upgrade your lighting. In addition to our stock of standard replacement car light bulbs for every type of light including HID, or xenon headlights, we also offer bulbs that can improve your existing lighting. We have halogen bulbs that are 50% brighter and allow you to see up to 40% further than OE bulbs, and LED bulbs for every application. LED auto lights are more efficient and last much longer than incandescent lights and provide better visibility. Our selection includes auto interior lights in a range of colors; signal, parking, and tail light bulbs, and LED headlight bulbs conversion kits.

LED lights can also be the ultimate styling accessory. Arranged on easy to install strips, they can be used for practical purposes like DRLs, turn signals and stop lights, but they really shine when used to accentuate your vehicle's interior and exterior, delivering a custom effect as distinctive as any spoiler or chrome trim. Choose from lights that scan back and forth for a "Night Rider" effect, underbody kits that can change color, strobe, and pulse with music, and much more.

Guides & Articles

  • Automotive Lighting
    One of the more eye-catching tricks automobile manufacturers have used to differentiate higher-priced luxury versions of a car model from value-priced versions of it has been to vary the amount of chrome trim on the vehicle. Base model cars and trucks (also known as "strippers" or "entry level") have little if any chrome while luxury and top-of-the-line ones have the most chrome. In years past, plain Jane cars were simply painted in all areas instead of being chromed. In more recent decades, the low-cost replacement of choice has become black plastic. This makes base models easier than ever to spot because the eye catches hard on black plastic. Completely missing is the pleasing chrome finish on grilles, door trim, mirror assemblies, light bezels, and other areas. Base models end up looking more like fleet vehicles or work trucks than anything prestigious, especially to people who aren't automotive enthusiasts.
  • Automotive Lighting
    While we love the idea of customizing every corner of our vehicles, we also know that we sometimes face constraints, whether they be logistical, practical, or financial. Custom tail lamps? Sure, there are plenty of choices out there - the reality is that your particular situation may force you to consider a factory-style tail lamp. And in doing so, you may be thinking "dealer" or "salvage yard".
  • Automotive Lighting
    When you’re doing any kind of performance or off-road driving at night, the right lights can brighten your path, make the adventure more enjoyable, and literally save your life if the going gets rough. Because the staff at CARiD is comprised of many individuals that enjoy 4-wheeling activities not limited to daylight hours, we seek to offer fellow enthusiasts powerful, efficient lights that produce a variety of light patterns – each one being extremely well-suited to a specific task and mounting location. In this article, we’ll take a look at the different types of fog lights, spot lights, flood lights, and driving lights available in our Off-Road Lights section, and we’ll compare the light patterns they cast – each differing, thanks to variations in size and shape of their internal reflective mirrors and lenses.
  • Automotive Lighting
    To define a "Euro tail light", it's important to first define a modern "Euro" headlight assembly. Dating back to the 1950s, headlights on European cars were distinctive for their flush, aerodynamic glass surfaces, a design not permitted in the U.S. until 1984. At first, these Euro style headlamp assemblies did not feature a great deal of distinctive styling other than a smooth, one-piece glass outer surface. By the end of the last century, as high-tech xenon headlight assemblies grew in popularity on luxury vehicles, OEM Euro style headlights began to imitate their technical projector-beam look. Frosted glass lens covers were replaced with clear plastic ones, allowing a look at multi-faceted mirror pieces shaped in a variety of patterns. Today, Euro headlights have become associated with those complex shapes as well as circular cutouts that look the part of projector beam lenses. Euro tail lights (sometimes called "Altezza lights" or "clear tail lights") pay tribute to this look with designs modeled after modern Euro headlights.
  • Automotive Lighting
    One look through the Custom & Factory Tail lights section of our website will convince you there’s no question that tail lights equipped with LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights boost the look of any car, pickup, SUV, or van. Once you consider that more time is spent looking at the rear of vehicles compared to the front, purchasing LED tail lights to create a memorable and unique look for its backside is simply money well spent.
  • Automotive Lighting
    If the front of your vehicle is its “face”, then the headlamps have long been considered the vehicle’s “eyes”. Everyone notices them. One of the most distinctive changes you can make to the face of your car or truck is to replace the factory headlamp assemblies with a custom set. Your ride will take on a personality all its own, and will gain a distinctive appearance that will set it apart from all the other look-alike vehicles on the road.
  • Automotive Lighting
    We at CARiD know that there are times when you need to replace factory headlight assemblies with units that match the quality and function of your originals. While it's more "fun" to customize your ride, sometimes the repair takes priority. One headlamp lens may be cracked. You may have been in a minor fender-bender (lamp bender?) and the mounting tabs may have broken. Note that "factory" style headlight assemblies we sell are designed to replicate the original lamps, so you will not be considering features such as LEDs, halo rings, or projector beams. We've created this article to help ensure what you purchase is exactly right for your needs and wants.
  • Automotive Lighting
    Custom headlamp assemblies on the market today tend to be grouped into four main designations: "Projector" style, "Halo" style, "LED" style, and "Euro" style. This can lead to confusion, because "Halo" style headlamp assemblies may also be equipped with projector lights and LED bulbs. Or, "Euro" style headlight assemblies may be equipped with halo rings, projector lights, and LEDs… or they may not be. You may be asking yourself which style is the best choice for me? See our Custom and Factory Headlight Glossary for definitions and more details about each style.
  • Automotive Lighting
    Those of you born after 1990 or so have grown up in an automotive world where “all cars” have composite headlamp assemblies, uniquely designed to be make- and model-specific. If a light within the assembly burns out, you replace “just” the bulb. If the unit cracks, you must purchase a replacement that fits your car and your car only.
  • Automotive Lighting
    When searching for a new set of headlamp assemblies for your ride, you may come across any number of terms which require explanation. Like many other accessory categories, headlamps use their own terminology. For your convenience, we provide you with this list, presented in alphabetical order, and with photos to help you identify these features.
  • Automotive Lighting
    Fog lights are aptly named because they can save responsible drivers a ton of grief in low visibility conditions such as fog, snow, rain, or pitch black darkness. To be most effective, fog lights should be mounted in a location on the vehicle as low to the ground as possible. Once they're turned on, the light they produce travels further and covers the surface of the road more clearly - allowing pot holes to be detected sooner and so blown tires can be avoided.
  • Automotive Lighting
    Ever since BMW introduced "halo" headlights to serve as daytime running lights on their 2001 5-series, rings of light encircling round headlamp bulb openings have caught on around the world as THE dramatic way to add visual Wow and stance to a vehicle's front profile. While composite headlamp assemblies became mainstream in the 1980s, it wasn't until the turn of the millennium that automakers began to style multi-faceted projector beam style bulbs within the housings.
  • Automotive Lighting
    When you decide to install LED bulbs into you car, you need to know the right size and select the desired color. Next thing to know is that most vehicles use a Thermal Flasher unit to control their Turn Signals. Most Thermal Flasher units are generally not compatible with LED lights without a resistor installed with them. Why you Ask?
  • Automotive Lighting
    There is an ever increasing range of taillights available, thanks to the rapid development of modern lighting technology and to changes in the legal requirements for automotive lighting. There have never been these many options for taillights, and it has never been easier to create a completely unique lighting signature for a custom vehicle.
  • Automotive Lighting
    There is now LED lighting technology available for every conventional automotive lighting purpose. The incandescent bulbs haven’t really developed that much in the 140 years they have existed, while the development rate of LEDs is very rapid, with LED performance being doubled every 36 months, a development rate that is similar to the fast pace of computer development.
  • Automotive Lighting
    Today, halogen bulbs are most often used for headlights and fog lights, and their increased light output increases driver visibility in darkness and inclement weather. Halogen bulbs are a variant of the traditional incandescent bulbs that have been used since the early days of the electric light. The bulb is either evacuated (has a vacuum) or filled with an inert gas to keep the filament from oxidizing.

Automotive Lighting Reviews

Average rating:  4.5  4.6 - 11889 reviews
4.8 of 5
1993 Dodge Dakota / Posted by Donald B (Ijamsville, MD) /

This is the second time I have purchased this tail lamp unit from CARiD. I have been pleased with the quality and appearance of these and would (I hope I don't need to) buy them again (for another car if needed). The last pair had only been in the vehicle for about 2 months when I was hit from the rear and, of course, the tail lamp was smashed. Value, appearance and price make these a good choice. I have used the TYC tail lamps in 2 other cars in the past and have always been pleased with "fit and finish" of the products.

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