Parking lights may be found on the grill, quarter panels, trunk, or fenders, depending on the design of the vehicle. When parked on the road, they are used so that the vehicle could be identified by motorists quite easily. These lights used to be wired to a different system than headlights. Eventually, though, they've come to share the same wiring system with the headlamps. They're now used along with the headlights for better lighting and added visibility, especially on the side of the vehicle.
For more parking light information, here are the answers to commonly asked questions:
What should be the color of the parking light?
In the US, parking lights usually come in orange, gold, or amber. These colors set them apart from brake lights that come in red and headlights with white color. In other countries or places, however, parking lights can come in bright, clear lighting design.
Do they serve any special purpose other than added visibility?
Parking lights can be used as backups in case of an emergency, like when the headlight suddenly burns out. These lights also make it easier for other motorists to identify the vehicle as an automobile and not a motorcycle, especially from a distance. Basically, the parking light helps ensure safety when driving at night or when parked along the road, preventing collision accidents.
Can you drive at night using just the parking lights?
In many places, it would be against the law if you drive at night using just the parking lights. They're not meant to provide adequate lighting. You still have to use the headlights and other lighting systems to make sure that your vehicle will be spotted by other motorists easily and to avoid vehicle accidents due to poor vehicle lighting.
Is it required to use parking lights when driving at night?
In a lot of states, it's required to use parking lights when driving at night. This is part of the law.
What's the proper way to replace burned out parking light bulbs?
First off, the ground cable must be disconnected from the negative battery terminal. You then have to remove the lens by undoing the screws that hold the lens to the auto body of older vehicles or by disengaging the clips as you pry the lens out of the auto body of newer vehicles. How you remove the old bulb depends on the vehicle design. In some vehicles, all it takes is to press in on the bulb before you rotate it and pull it out of the socket. For other vehicles, unscrewing the bulb from the socket will work. After the old bulb has been finally removed, you have to fit in the new one into the socket. Once fitted properly, put back the lens and restore the connection of the ground cable to the negative battery terminal. Switch on the parking light to see if the bulb replacement is done correctly. If not, then you'll have to check the bulb to see if it's working and if it's fixed into the socket properly. You may have to make some adjustments.