Protecting your side marker lights from damage is next to impossible if you don't have durable side marker lenses installed. Busted side marker lights may jeopardize your safety, as they are primarily used to indicate your vehicle's size, position, and travel direction under low-light conditions. Choosing the right side marker lenses is important to give these lights maximum protection and coverage, so we've come up with a few tips to help you find the right pair for your vehicle.
What are the things to consider when buying a side marker lens?
Red, clear, or amber? Shopping for new lenses can be pretty exciting, as there are tons of colors and designs to choose from. Red and clear lenses are the safest options because they intensify the bulbs' light better than amber ones. Clear lenses do not distort and filter out the projection of side marker lights, so you'll get sharper illumination. Plus, clear side marker lenses are a classic and look good on virtually all types of vehicles. You may also go for a combination of clear and amber lens for a more unique look. Replacement offers this type of dual-color lens for the front passenger and driver side. Keep in mind that the lens color should match the bulbs. Also, follow the US legal requirements for side marker lights-amber for the front and red for the rear.
We recommend high-grade, high-impact, and translucent plastic for side marker lenses. Opaque may also be used if you're going for improved aesthetic appeal. Smoked and acrylic plastic may also be used, but make sure the material is sturdy and can withstand all types of driving conditions. Using heavy-duty lenses is important to prevent premature cracking and wearing out.
What is the cost of a side marker lens?
You can purchase a side marker lens for as low as $12. Replacement offers amber ones for the front passenger side at around $11, so you can get more savings. Side marker lenses are generally cheap and are usually sold individually, but the price can also go up to $150, depending on the type of material used. Some lenses even include bulbs for a more cost-efficient purchase. You may also add labor charges to the replacement cost if a mechanic will do the installation for you. If you're planning to install the lenses yourself, make sure to consult your owner's manual first before purchasing a new pair.