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Euro vs LED Car Tail Lights

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Euro vs LED Car Tail Lights - The Differences.

In order to first understand what a Euro tail light is, we need to go back to a time in history where European cars could easily be distinguished from their aerodynamically designed headlights. This was back in the 1950s. In the US, however, such a design was never permitted up to only the mid-80s.

Honda Civic - Euro Car Tail Lights

The Euro headlights design started off as a simple one-piece glass. Over time, and as xenon headlights came into being and began being incorporated into luxury vehicles, Euro-style headlights began seeing a new uptrend, especially with the projector beam design.

At this point, the glass covers on headlights that were frosted started being replaced with clear glasses. Modern-day Euro headlights still come with some of these characteristics of circular cutouts, some quite complex shapes and looking very much like projector beam lenses. The Euro tail lights also have these designs and are similar to the Euro headlights, a tribute to their European origins.

On the other end of the spectrum are LED car tail lights. Unlike their Euro counterparts that derive their name from their origin, LEDs are named after the type of light source i.e. Light Emitting Diodes. Euro tail lights mainly have incandescent bulbs. They are also different from the Euro headlights by having fewer features such as a lack of halo rings. This makes them less expensive and a good choice for people who are looking for a stylish design at a low cost.

Honda Civic Hatchback - LED Car Tail Lights

On the other hand, LED tail lights have many advantages over the incandescent Euro tail lights. For one, they use far less charge and are highly durable. You will not have to change them every so often. When you are driving on uneven terrain, they are able to take the vibrations much better.

But one area where they excel with flying colors is the time it takes for them to light up. They are incredibly fast only requiring a few milliseconds to turn on. This provides other motorists time to see you and make the appropriate decision.

And when it comes to the designs, the compact nature of the LEDs means that they can be styled up to a multitude of shapes making them the superior choice for someone who wants their car to stand out from the crowd.

When you are reading through information on Euro tail lights, you will likely come across the terms black, smoke or clear. What does this mean? This simply refers to the assembly of the tail lights. In other words, the color of the lens cover and the color of the benzel background. It is completely normal for a Euro tail lights to have either one or both.

Feeling a bit confused? When a Euro tail light is referred to as ‘black’, this means that it has a black benzel background color. Its lens color is clear and has no tint. Likewise, a ‘chrome’ Euro tail light has a chrome benzel background.

Similarly, when it comes to the cover of the lens, you will also come across terms clear, dark smoke or smoke. By now things should be a bit straightforward. ‘Clear’ means that there is no tint on the cover. ‘Smoke’ means there is a bit of tint while ‘dark smoke’ refers to even more tint on the cover.

We may have spent a considerable amount of our time explaining the Euro tail lights. There’s nothing wrong with this and some drivers are big fans of the look. However, while their best strong point is their stylish design, they do come with all the pitfalls that characterize incandescent bulbs. Now you know!

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