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Video: Do More Lumens Mean More Light? Understanding Some Common Automotive Lighting Terms

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Lumens, lux, candela—automotive lighting has a vocabulary all its own. Yet it’s important to understand the nuances between each term, as they directly relate to the characteristics of a vehicle’s light output.

While it can be confusing, don’t fret too much, because KC HiLiTES has an easy-to-follow video tutorial that’ll give you an excellent overview of some of the common terms you’ll come across when shopping for lights for your car, truck, or SUV.

Oh, and spoiler alert: selecting the best light for a specific application isn’t as easy as just finding the “brightest” or “strongest” one available.

The video goes into detail about what each lighting term means and what you should look for when selecting the best auxiliary or off-road light to fit your needs. It’s just about six minutes long and packed with powerful visuals that’ll help demystify a lot of lighting terminology.

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  1. You did not talk about Kelvins, 5200 degrees is close to daylite 6000 + is white and 3000 is yellowish

  2. I just want a good set of rectangular fog lights with steel housings and glass lenses!

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