Selecting the Right License Plate Light Lens
The only identification your ride has amidst same-color and model of vehicles is its license plate. This unique plated set of letters and numbers at the front and rear of the vehicle allows you to easily spot it. The plate is even lighted to ensure this purpose even at dark areas or at night. But, its location exposes this light to flinging road debris and imperiling collisions. Good thing that it is covered with a durable and inexpensive lens, which you can replace when it breaks or fade. Just remember these factors when getting a replacement for it:
- Plastic. Automotive lenses of all kinds are commonly made of transparent plastic materials. These lenses offer a lightweight alternative to the very classy glass lenses, which are no longer standard on vehicles nowadays. Plastic license plate lenses are also very stylish and fashionable. You can easily mix and match them with your other front and rear lighting lenses to give your ride a better look. This should be your choice if you are not just looking for grandeur but long-lasting and low-priced cover for your license plate light.
- Glass. You can't find as much glass-inspired automotive lenses now as there were before in the industry because of their significantly higher price and vulnerability to road debris. But if you are looking for that classy feel for your license plate light lens, this is the type of lens you really need for your vehicle.
- Flat. The simplest design you can find for your license plate light lens is a flat glass or plastic. This is basically a covering for your lighting equipment, no more, no less. The good thing is that you get the very strength and amount of light wave from your bulb, as it is just a simple transparent covering for your light. If price is your biggest buying factor, choose a lens with this construction because it is the lower-priced alternative for your factory part.
- Convex. Your license plate light may be too small to worry yourself of, but it can help your rear lights provide illumination that will allow drivers behind to notice your presence on the road. And, that function is made better by a convex license plate light lens as it sends off a light wave that grows in area as the light wave moves outward. This is always a better choice for your lens, but expect it to be a little expensive than simple flat lenses.
DIY Installation of a License Plate Light Lens
Collisions and flinging road debris can cause damage to your license plate light lens. When that happens, you need to replace it immediately to ensure that the lighting equipment of your license plate is protected. It is going to be an easy task, especially if you can find the exact replacement for your automobile. And if you want to install it yourself, here is a step-by-step instruction to guide you:
Difficulty level: Easy
Things you'll need:
- 10mm wrench
- Turn your engine off and disconnect the negative battery cable from its terminal to prevent electrocution.
- Wear safety goggles and gloves whenever working on electrical parts of your vehicle.
Step 1: Remove the bolt/s that hold your old license plate light lens in place and use a flat-surfaced hand tool to pry it gently out but not completely.
Step 2: Disconnect the wiring of your bulb from its electrical supply once you have loosen the lens from its mounting place.
Step 3: Take the entire lighting assembly out and start unclipping your factory lens from the housing. NOTE: If you are replacing the entire housing, just unscrew the bulb off and mount it on the new part.
Step 4: Clean the area where your old lens was to remove deep-seated dirt, moisture, or remnants of adhesive. Make sure it is dry before you install your new part.
Step 5: Position your new license plate lens on the area where you took your old part off to check if you have the perfect replacement.
Step 6: Install the new lens and reconnect the wirings to the ground and 12v electrical supply of your ride. NOTE: If you're planning to install a LED light on your license plate, this is the best time to do it.