Important things to know about tail lights

Jun 17, 2017 | Same topic: Let's drive smart!
For those who still make no sense of the car’s tail lights.
Tail lights are an important part of your vehicle having function of keeping the car lit up in the dark. Not only do tail lights assist other drivers see you on the road, but also help alert them when you do an emergency stop.

Despite tail lights’ importance, some drivers are still unaware of and don’t pay much attention to them. That’s why Philkotse wants to impart background information of tails lights to further your safe driving.
 

1. Location
 

Mazda RX-8's tail lights

Tail lights are the two red lights on the back of a car

Tail lights are the two red lights on the back of a car. Some tail lights are made of reflective materials in order to amplify the light, make them to appear brighter and larger accordingly. Interestingly, most tail lights are red.
 

2. Operation

Tail lights work on a relay, which means they remain on while the headlights in front of the car are on. Therefore, drivers don’t need to turn on the tail lights.

Tail lights and headlights are linked to the same switch to help them function effectively. In case your car comes with automatic headlights, tail lights will operate when your vehicle starts. Besides, tail lights are likewise wired right to the battery.

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3. Types of tail lights

Normally, there are three basic types of lights used in car tail lights.

The light emitting diode (LED) is mainly used in car made after 2000. LEDs are now a popular choice for tail lights as they are economical, long-lasting and using little energy.
LED tail lights
The light emitting diode (LED) is mainly used in car made after 2000

Halogen lights are the smallest, oldest, but most common type of tail lights. They’re equipped as standard on most cars because they can be burnt at higher temperature to produce brighter light.
Halogen lights
Halogen lights

Xenon lights have been used in tail lights, headlights and even blinkers since 1991. These lights are bright, strong and higher intensity than other lights that make them optimal for driving. Particularly, xenon lights use an electric arc instead of a filament.
 
Xenon lights on the Nissan GT-R

Xenon lights

4. Safety aspect

Tail lights play an important role in safe driving. They show the rear edge of your car, so that other drivers can estimate the size and shape of your car as well as the right distance to avoid crashes. Thanks to tail lights, other drivers can even see your car in dreadful weather like heavy rain or snow.
 
drawing of Traffic in the heavy rain

Thanks to tail lights, other drivers can even see your car in dreadful weather like heavy rain or snow

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If the tail lights breaks or goes out, you must replace them immediately. Remember to purchase lights that work for their particular vehicles. We highly recommend you to drive your car to the nearest service center; car mechanics will know your car better.

Last but not least, keep tail lights working at all times to ensure the safety for both you and other drivers.

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