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Automotive Lighting Buyer’s Guide

Use our buyer’s guide to find the automotive lighting that fits your needs.

Automotive lighting is important. We need headlights to see the road at night. We also need them (and tail lights) so other drivers can see us. We not only use lights to increase visibility, but to also signal, brake and let other drivers know what we’re doing with our vehicle. With so many uses, and so many choices for automotive lighting, finding the right lights can get overwhelming. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can find the right automotive lighting for your car, truck, trailer and more.

Headlights and Tail lights

Automotive Lighting Buying Guide
With so many types of automotive lighting, your options seem endless and maybe overwhelming. With Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll be able to find the right headlights, tail lights and more.

Halogen Headlights & Tail Lights

You’ll find halogen lights on most vehicles. They’re cost-effective and have a lifespan between 500 and 1,000 hours. Replacement halogen bulbs are also less expensive than the other kinds of bulbs. They’re easy to replace and can be used on a variety of car or truck models. However, halogen bulbs create a lot of heat in order to radiate light, which wastes energy. The bulbs are also sensitive to some substances, such as the natural oils on your hands. The oils cause the bulb to heat up unevenly, cutting its lifespan.

LED Headlights & Tail Lights

LED bulbs are used for their small size and low energy consumption. They’re also brighter than halogen lights, but not as bright as xenon bulbs. They have their disadvantages, though. High production costs and complex designs make them more expensive. They also produce high temperatures and need a cooling system that sits in the engine bay, which is already at a high temperature.

Xenon/HID Headlights & Tail Lights

Xenon bulbs, also known as high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, are another option. They are longer-lasting, more energy efficient and brighter than halogen lights. They also provide better visibility for the driver. Xenon bulbs tend to cost more and are more complex than a halogen light. They can also produce too much glare, possibly making them hazardous for oncoming traffic.

Fog Lamps

Fog lamps are used to give you and other drivers better visibility in poor conditions, such as rain, fog or snow. The low beams shine directly on the ground in front of your car. If you use your regular high-beam lights, the light will reflect off the fog. This makes it harder to see the road and other vehicles.

Signal Lights

Your signal lights are not only important for your safety, but other drivers on the road. They let other drivers know which way you’re turning or if you’re changing lanes. You’ll find signal lights in LED and incandescent models.

Warning Lights

All street-legal vehicles use warning or emergency lights. Utility vehicles use amber lights to indicate frequent stops or slow movement through traffic. They can be strobe lights or LED bar lights. The lights can be mounted on the roof with a magnet, or permanently installed. For more information on warning lights and road safety, check out our article about making your vehicle safe and visible.

Interior Lighting

The automotive lighting inside your car is just as important as the lighting on the outside. Dome lights allow you to safely put on your seat belt when it’s dark out. They also allow you to get in and out of your car easily in the dark.

If you’re handy, you can install your lights yourself. Otherwise, you can visit your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet automotive service center for some help. We offer headlight & tail light installation, along with other great auto services.

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