Automotive lights are not simply for work but also for play. They're not all about traffic rules or maximum visibility on the road. Lighting up the vehicle can also be for your convenience, for your ultimate sense of style, and for sheer fun.
Automotive lighting is no longer just confined to the headlight assembly, side markers, or tail lights. Nowadays, you can add accent lighting to every imaginable space, even underneath the vehicle. Modern automotive lighting solutions come in a wide variety. These include daytime running lights, footwell or glove box lights, undercar lighting kits, light bars, and even strobe lights. All you need to accommodate these is a high-quality light mount.
Most lighting kits can simply be wired up, with their cables routed and neatly tucked. A dependable light mount will ensure that the lights are properly held in place. Here are some things you ought to know about this mount:
- The mount should be able to hold the light in the right angle or position, so the light will be focused on the right direction and illuminate the right amount of space. The mounting hardware should accommodate the size, shape, and design of the lamp, bulb, or LED light.
- It should easily line up with the existing holes in your car so you won't have to drill new ones. If you have to drill mounting holes for aftermarket lighting kits, the mount's design should make this fairly easy for you to do. You should at least have the necessary instructions and other needed hardware.
- Your options for a light mount include universal mounts, custom-fit mounts, and mounting kits. Universal mounts can be used on various vehicles, but may need some drilling or modifications for some models. There are also mounts that are custom fitted, specifically designed for direct installation to the vehicle. If you want the complete package, with screws, bolts, nuts, and other fasteners that come with it, consider buying a mounting kit.
- Light mounts come in different sizes and designs. Some of them are made for light bars; others are used for existing automotive lights. There are also mounts for aftermarket lighting on Jeep, 4x4, SUVs, and other types of vehicle. These mounts may be tubular in shape and design and may be crafted as angle mounts. These can be fitted to the roll cage or to brush guards, push guards, or bull bars. To find the right light mount for your automotive lights, be more specific with what you're looking for. Consider the year, make, and model of your vehicle, especially for stock replacements, and other specifications such as the size and material.
Construction and finish
- Automotive lighting mounts can be manufactured from automotive steel, plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel. Billet aluminum is typically used in mounting tubes. If light mounts will be used on off-road vehicles, look for a sturdier mount that can withstand the harshest conditions on the road. For simple OE replacements, look into more practical options that will best fit your needs and budget.
- For the finish, you have semi-polished anodized silver or semi-gloss black finish for tubular mounts. Other mounting hardware may be chrome-plated, powder coated, or finished with a mirror-like shine. They're also available in various colors like black and silver. The finish shouldn't only make the light mount look great on your vehicle but should also provide protection against weather elements and corrosion.