Sometimes, all it takes is a working tail light assembly to avoid bumper-to-bumper collision. With tail lights on, trailing vehicles can keep a safe distance from your vehicle. Other motorists on the road will know if your car is slowing down, coming to a stop, or going left or right. No need to second-guess. The brake lights, turn signals, and reverse lights in the assembly will tell them all they need to know so they can figure out what their next move will be. Being rear-ended can be avoided. If your tail lights are defective, don’t think twice about replacing them. To help you out, here are some factors to consider when buying a new tail light:
Type of light used
The tail light may use different types of lighting, from LED to halogen and xenon lights.
Halogen. Halogen bulbs are commonly used in vehicle lights. These bulbs use a filament. The addition of halogen gas in incandescent bulbs has helped extend the life of these bulbs. They burn at higher temperatures and can emit a brighter light.
Xenon. These lights are used in HID (high-intensity discharge) lighting kits. They emit strong lights, and the bulbs can reach full intensity in a shorter amount of time. Instead of a filament, electric arcs are used here. The bulbs can withstand pressure and heat since they’re made of fused quartz.
LED. LED lighting is commonly found in newer vehicles. The tail light assembly may be designed with tiny LED bulbs, which emit bright lights. The good thing about LED lights is that they’re energy efficient. They last long and come in interesting tail light designs.
Stock replacement vs. aftermarket tail light assembly
A faulty tail light can be replaced with an exact same unit. You can get a new tail light with the same bulbs, lenses, components, and design. But if you want something different, perhaps a new look or more lighting intensity, you can always switch to an aftermarket assembly. There’s a wide variety of style for you to choose from, from Altezza/Euro tail lights to LED tail light kits. Other than these, you can also get tail lights with carbon fiber interiors, black lenses, or a smoked housing. Others have flames on them; some are slotted. Popular designs also include the bowtie, ram head, circles, cut-outs, and other styles. Instead of traditional bulbs, some lighting kits use LED and other lamps that provide greater lighting intensity or performance.
Choose a tail light assembly that best matches the specs of the vehicle, your style preference, and lighting needs. This should have an OE-comparable quality or something better. Look for a compatible match for your vehicle.