Whether you are replacing a license plate light, or adding one to your vehicle to be sure that your license plate is visible in all sorts of weather, buying a good quality license plate light can be simple. Cops love to run your license plate number, so being sure you have the light on helps you stay legal without them needing to pull you over because they aren’t able to read the numbers on your license plate.

The license plate light is a part that is likely to get hit hard by rocks and other road debris, making it more susceptible to damage than many other vehicle parts that are more effectively protected.

Here are some tips to ensure you have the best license plate lights:

  • Lens material: Automotive license plate lights are generally made of transparent plastic materials and offer a lightweight option instead of going with a more expensive (and potentially dangerous) glass lens. While you won’t generally find glass license plate light lenses, some older vehicles may have them. These in particular are vulnerable to road debris, and leave a sharp reminder behind if they are broken or damaged in a collision.

  • Lens color: You can mix and match different colors of license plate lenses to add some style and interest to your ride.

  • Lens shape: License plate lights generally contain a lens that is either flat or convex. The convex lenses allow the light to permeate just a bit more effectively than the flat lens, but both are effective.

YourMechanic supplies top-quality license plate lights to our certified mobile technicians. We can also install a license plate light that you've purchased. Click here to get a quote and more information on license plate light replacement.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality License Plate Light and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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