No one can discount the importance of the Lights every vehicle is equipped with. They may be small and their light may be faint, but they play an important role for the safety of the vehicle that no other vehicle light can perform. That is the reason why every Chevrolet vehicle is equipped with a pair of Lights. And these are not just ordinary Lights that Chevrolet vehicles have but high quality and high performance taillights.
The Lights, or tail lamps, are the tiny vehicle lamps, usually red in color, mounted on the rear corners of every vehicle, be it a car, van, truck, or SUV. Although the light they illuminate is faint, such faint light is often enough to serve their purpose. The main function of the Lights is to make the rear end of your vehicle visible for other drivers behind you, especially when you are driving on a poorly lit street or highway. By warning other people of your vehicle's presence, you avoid any untoward rear end accidents or collisions.
But there is more to Lights than just plain safety equipments for your car. Among the many components installed at the rear end of your vehicle, the Lights are known to attract the most attention. This is probably the reason why a lot of auto styling aficionados are opting for fancier and custom auto Lights, and among the more popular are the Altezza Lights.
Altezza Lights are Euro styled Lights that features a clear or smoked lens over a red or amber tail light bulb. It is also often housed in a stylish housing or frame, usually made of chrome. The tail light design first appeared on the Lights of the Toyota Altezza (thus the name), which was later adopted by many custom and aftermarket tail light manufacturers for their products. Today, Altezza Lights are no longer used just for Toyota vehicles but also on other vehicles like Chevrolet.
Stock Chevrolet Lights already look good and stylish on your car. But if you want unique, distinctive and more luxurious look for the tail end of your Chevy, why not install Chevrolet Altezza Lights in it. Chevrolet Altezza tail lamps can be easily found on various auto parts and accessories dealers on or off the Internet.
Chevrolet Tail Light Buyer’s Guide
- The factory-issued Chevrolet tail light assembly is designed to last for a long time, but constant use and exposure to the elements can still wear them out. To ensure your safety on the road, it’s important to replace bad tail lights as soon as possible
- OEM Chevy tail lights are manufactured by GM or any of their manufacturing partners. Aftermarket tail lights are produced by third-party manufacturers, but they are designed to perform the same way or better than OEM parts.
- Tail light replacement parts come with a wide range of price ranging from less than $20 for a single side halogen tail light replacement to over $600 for a pair of LED tail light assemblies.
The factory-issued Chevrolet tail light assembly is designed to last for a long time. But despite Chevrolet’s century-old reputation for producing reliable vehicles and vehicle components, constant use and exposure to the elements can still wear out your Chevy’s original tail lights.
To ensure your safety on the road, it’s important to replace bad tail lights as soon as possible. Here’s what you need to know about buying replacement tail lights for your Chevrolet vehicle.
OEM vs Aftermarket Chevy Tail Lights
While searching for Chevrolet parts online, you might have come across the terms OEM, which stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, and aftermarket parts. What’s the difference? OEM Chevy parts are any component or accessory that was manufactured by GM or any of their manufacturing partners. This means that they’re designed to the exact same specifications as the stock part. For instance, a Chevrolet Tahoe tail light that’s OEM, will install easily into your SUV and work the same way as the original part.
On the other hand, aftermarket Chevy parts are components and accessories that came from third-party manufacturers. The main differences between the two are branding and variety. Aftermarket parts don’t carry the official Chevrolet name, but they are designed to perform the same way or better than OEM parts.
For aftermarket tail lights in particular, there’s a much wider range of choices in terms of light source and appearance. If you want a custom look for your Chevy, you can replace your faulty OEM tail lights with performance aftermarket ones.
Chevy Tail Light Options
If you’re opting for an OEM tail light replacement for your Chevy, you don’t have to think about the different tail light options. But if you’re going with aftermarket tail lights, it’s important to know what options you have in terms of light sources and tail light housing designs.
For several decades, tail light assemblies only came with halogen filament bulbs and red tail light housing. Today, more and more vehicles, including many Chevy vehicles, are using LED tail lights. LEDs are excellent light sources for tail lights because they are incredibly long lasting and energy efficient. You can also combine LEDs with fiber optic lights or Xenon lights to give your Chevy a unique sporty look.
Another factor to consider when choosing new tail lights is the color of the lenses. With more states relaxing their tail light rules, new lens colors such as clear lenses, smoked lenses, or smoked red lenses are becoming more widely available. When choosing a custom look for your tail lights, it’s important to consider automotive lighting laws in your state. Some states allow tinted lenses or clear lenses with red or amber LEDs while others strictly enforce red or amber lenses and white lights.
How Much Does Tail Light Replacement Cost?
The cost of your tail light replacement will depend on the exact components that you need to replace. This means that tail light replacement parts come with a wide range of price ranging from less than $20 for a single side halogen tail light replacement to over $600 for a pair of LED tail light assemblies.
Closer Look at Chevrolet Tail Light
Your Chevy tail light set-up is one of the more important parts of your lighting system, and should be periodically checked, along with the other lights, for function as a regular part of your vehicle maintenance routine. Fortunately, keeping your Chevy tail light set in fine working order is not difficult to do and it is not an expensive sort of repair either. Certainly, repairing a Chevy tail light is less expensive that paying the ticket you may receive if you drive with them not working properly, and you know how that goes ' leave law enforcement an opportunity to begin the ticket writing process with a broken tail light and by the time they get through with you, you may have a whole fist full of tickets to contend with. However, with the degree of safety that your lighting system provides -- especially each Chevy tail light, your headlights and your turn signal lights ' and as easy and inexpensive, especially when you choose your replacement parts from our extensive inventory, as it is to keep your lights in good repair, it is understandable why law enforcement officers get so annoyed when they see a vehicle driving without working lights. Your Chevy tail light can make a difference between accident and injury happening or not. You'll find a broad assortment of Chevy tail light parts and replacements in the lighting section of our online catalog. In addition to the standard, stock style Chevy tail light replacement units that we carry, we also have a variety of custom look tail light replacements, which are just as easy to install, mounting to the same points as the originals. You can place your Chevy tail light parts order online or with a toll-free phone call to one of our helpful customer service specialists.
How to Maintain Your Chevrolet Tail Light
The integrity and function of your Chevy's tail light (or tail light) is quite important. Even if your model of Chevrolet vehicle is immaculately spotless, it will still look dirty or something that belongs to the junkyard if you have filthy, cracked, or otherwise busted taillights. What's more, these tail lights are essential when you're making turns, changing lanes, braking, or parking. It's your means of nonverbally informing other vehicles in regards to what you're about to do, allowing them to react in advance and keeping traffic congestion of your roads to a minimum. Without a taillight, your safety will be in jeopardy and you'll make motorists second-guess on what you're going to do next.
Clean up your Chevy tail light regularly.
Tail light cleanup might seem easy. Just get soap, water, sponges, a hose or pail of water, and microfiber cloth to clean, scrub, rinse, and buff your tail light (or rather, its cover). However, when dirt and grime end up inside the taillights (or at least within the housing), they're more difficult to clean. When this happens, you'll need to remove the lights themselves. This will afford you the ability to do a thorough cleansing inside and out. You'll need to use a degreaser in order to get rid of the caked-on grime completely, cleaning them out from all sides (as well as the inside and outside of the cover). You'll have to wipe the taillights dry with a paper towel or microfiber cloth to avoid condensation to settle into your bulbs
Drive carefully to avoid breaking or damaging your Chevrolet tail light and its cover.
Learn to have full control of your vehicle at all times so that you won't end up accidentally busting your tail lights or doing damage to your property (never underestimate the power of a modern car's motor in ripping apart itself and the surrounding objects in front of it even when going at low speeds). You should drive defensively so that you can readily react to the motorist in front of you and steer clear of trouble, especially when you're before a driver suffering from road rage. Finally, when parking or going through narrow spaces, protect your tail light from getting broken by having someone outside guide your car through tight spots.
Regularly check your Chevy tail light bulbs if they're working properly.
Any number of things might happen to your tail light bulbs, switch, or plug that could cause it to stop working. Regular checkups on your taillights will assist you in preventing or fixing such troubles as they happen. See if the fuses of your bulb aren't busted (when excess electricity flows to the fuse, it blows up as a safety measure against fire hazards, causing your lights to stop working). Perhaps the connectors to your tail lights aren't connected properly. There's also the possibility
Have a certified mechanic take a look at your Chevrolet taillights.
In order to cover all bases, you should have your Chevy taillights looked at by your dealership mechanic for good measure. Let him see whether or not the bulbs are dim or about to go out with multiple flickers, if the fuses or their filaments are compromised, if there's loose or faulty wiring, or if it's the plug or switch that's broken. These components, when damaged, will usually lead to taillight issues. He might even use a voltmeter to check if the plug is receiving electricity that allows the lights to work in the first place. Your auto technician will know what to do and what to recommend.