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Jeep Wrangler Taillights

The Jeep Wrangler is Jeep's most prominent off- and on-roading vehicle, featuring a finely-tuned suspension and a powerful engine that works on nearly any surface. An important feature of the Wrangler is its taillights, which are especially useful and necessary at night on major roads. Jeep Wrangler taillights, also known as brake lights, are essential for the drivers behind your Jeep Wrangler to know when you are braking, and sometimes turning, depending on the design of the taillight.

What types of Wrangler taillights are available?

Jeep cars and trucks, including the Jeep Wrangler, tend to use one type of taillight, the mini bulb, but there are many different styles of taillights available for the Wrangler. Here are just a few of the more common types you can choose from for your Jeep.

  • LED taillights: This is a small bundle of electrodes and assorted parts that emit light of specific frequencies, such as red for LED taillights or full-spectrum for headlights. The LED bundle emits these frequencies that are then reflected and amplified by the surrounding cup. If full-spectrum LEDs are used, a smoked glass cover is generally used to filter the LED spectrum to just red frequencies.
  • HID taillight: A rarer option for Wrangler taillights is the HID or xenon choice. HID, which is short for high-intensity discharge, is a technology that uses electrodes to heat up xenon gas. This results in a cooler glow from the lamps. You're more likely to see these in headlights, but they can be found in some Jeep Wrangler taillights.
  • Fiber optic taillights: A variant of the LED taillight is the fiber optic taillight. These are made from long wires of bundled LEDs and are arranged into intricate patterns. Both fiber optic and LED taillights seldom fail. If they do fail, it is usually an electrical connection problem rather than the actual part failing. Fiber optic LED options are available for the Jeep Wrangler.
  • Mini bulb taillights: The most common option available for Jeep Wrangler taillights is the mini or halogen bulb. These taillights use halogen gas that is heated up via a tungsten filament to emit a full frequency spectrum. In brake lights, this full-spectrum light is then filtered to only emit red frequencies via a smoked glass cover.
When should you replace taillights?

Replacing your Jeep's taillights depends on a few factors. You should keep these in mind to determine when the correct time is to replace your Jeep Wrangler's lights.

  • Type of taillight: Each type of Jeep Wrangler bulb will have a different lifespan. Traditional incandescent and halogen parts will have a life expectancy of five or six years while LEDs can last up to 12 years. As you get closer to the determined lifespan of the LEDs or other bulbs in your Jeep Wrangler, you should start checking whether your bulbs or LED taillights are working properly.
  • Off-roading: Another factor that can alter the life expectancy of your lamp's parts is the amount of off-roading you do in your Jeep Wrangler. Off-roading has the chance of flinging debris into your lights, potentially cracking and damaging them. After each adventure, you should briefly look at your Jeep's lamps to make sure they aren't damaged.