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

12 years of experience
365 reviews
Alfred
12 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.

Richard

16 years of experience
89 reviews
Richard
16 years of experience
Ford Escape - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Passenger Side) - Oakland, California
Rich was on time and professional! Had to clean up some work from another tech and did a great job was easy and fast! I definitely recommend Rich for your car needs! Do not hesitate to work with him!!!

Jason

21 years of experience
20 reviews
Jason
21 years of experience
Honda Accord - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side) - Tampa, Florida
Easy going and and very knowledgeable, going beyond his duties to get the problem solved. Very pleased and Highly recommend.

Nickolas

5 years of experience
41 reviews
Nickolas
5 years of experience
Volkswagen Beetle - Tail Lamp Bulb Replacement (Driver Side, Passenger Side) - Olathe, Kansas
Nickolas arrived on time with all parts needed to make repairs that other repair shops always refer me to the dealership for. Very courteous and polite.

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