4 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Tail Lights

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Tail lights are red lights on the back of a vehicle. They are turned on whenever the head lights are on. When stopping, the tail lights have a bright red appearance compared to a dimmer red appearance when the vehicle is in motion.

Location of Tail Lights

Tail lights are on the rear end of the vehicle, facing rearward. Some tail lights have reflective material inside of them to help amplify the light, allowing them to appear brighter and larger. Most states in America restrict the colors of the tail lights to red.

How Tail Lights Work

Tail lights work on a relay, which means they turn on when the head lights are turned on. This way, the driver does not have to worry about turning on the tail lights. Tail lights are wired to the same switch that turns on the head lights, making them function easily. If you have automatic lights, the tail lights will turn on when your vehicle is on. If you use a switch to turn your vehicle’s lights on, the tail lights will illuminate once your head lights are on. In addition, the tail lights are wired right to the battery.

Types of Tail Lights

LED lights are becoming a more popular choice for tail lights. LED lights use a smaller amount of energy and last longer than traditional tail lights. Halogen lights are the most common type of light and come standard on most vehicles. Xenon lights are a third type of tail light that are strong, bright, and higher intensity than other lights. These lights use an electrical arc compared to a filament.

Safety Aspect of Tail Lights

Tail lights provide a safety aspect of the vehicle. They show the rear edge of the vehicle to allow other drivers to appropriately gauge the size and shape of the car. In addition, they allow other vehicles to see the car in inclement weather such as rain or snow. If a tail light has gone out, replace it right away. You can get pulled over for having a tail light that does not work.

Tail lights are an important safety aspect of your vehicle. They are located in the rear and face rearward to show other cars where you are located on the road. There are different types of tail lights you can purchase depending on your preference.


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Alfred

11 years of experience
329 reviews
Alfred
11 years of experience
Volkswagen Beetle - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side, Passenger Side) - San Francisco, California
Was incredibly helpful, really good service, solved my problems and then some. I would definitely recommend Alfred and Your Mechanic from this experience.
Toyota Prius - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side, Passenger Side) - San Francisco, California
I spoke with customer service the day before to confirm that Alfred knew about my issue with my taillights. He was nover made aware, so did not have the part. I had to follow him to the store to purchase and have him fix it. Alfred is great, but this is the second time he has been sent to my home with either the wrong part or no part.

Robert

25 years of experience
333 reviews
Robert
25 years of experience
Audi A4 - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side) - Washington, District of Columbia
Fantastic service. Extremely professional. Dedicated to finding the problem and will exhaust all possibilities to do so. You're not going to find a better mechanic.
Lexus SC400 - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Passenger Side) - Washington, District of Columbia
Fast, friendly service, competitive prices, very happy with the experience.

Robert

29 years of experience
567 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience
Toyota Prius - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side, Passenger Side) - Mountain View, California
He called me saying that he could come by an hour early. Very friendly and quickly diagnosed my car's issue as well as a deeper problem with the fuses. Great experience! Love YourMechanic and recommending it to friends!
Toyota Highlander - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Passenger Side) - San Jose, California
Robert was quick. He changed the light bulbs and performed the inspection. He gave tips on car maintenance too.

Hernandes

5 years of experience
10 reviews
Hernandes
5 years of experience
Ford Fiesta - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side) - San Jose, California
First time using this service. Hernandes let me know that he was running 15 minutes late from his last job which was fine because I got a chance to eat dinner before he arrived. I was very impressed with his friendly and professional manner. He answered all my questions and let me watch him work. I highly recommend Hernandes!

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