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Nissan Pathfinder Tail Lights

In order for your Nissan Pathfinder to be street legal, you are required to always have working tail lights. If these lights suddenly stop working or you need to replace them for other reasons, you will find these parts readily available. Moreover, choosing a replacement tail light is a relatively easy process.

What functions do tail lights have?

Auto tail lights serve three main functions on a Nissan Pathfinder. These functions are the following:

  • Brake lights: These lights illuminate when the driver hits the brakes. They are designed to warn other drivers that the Nissan Pathfinder is slowing down so that they can safely adjust their speed.
  • Third brake: Some LED tail lamps may have a third brake light that is mounted across the base of the windshield. If your Nissan didn't originally come with this option, it can be added with aftermarket parts. This light can give a vehicle a customized appearance while creating additional visibility at night.
  • Turn signal: These lights flash or blink when a car is planning to make a turn. This warning allows other motorists to adjust their speed to accommodate oncoming traffic. They can also be used as vehicle emergency signals.
What types of tail light bulbs are there?

There are three main types of bulbs used in Pathfinder tail lights, which are the following:

  • Halogen: These are the traditional lights that were used on all Nissan Pathfinders until about 1991 when xenons were introduced. They create a classic yellow and white glow. They can be burned at high temperatures to increase the brightness.
  • Xenon: These lamps create a strong illumination from an electric arc. They reach full intensity within 20 seconds, making them safe to use in tail lamps and other car lights. These bulbs have an average lifespan of 2,000 hours.
  • LEDs: LED stands for light emitting diode. In tail lamps, LEDs are installed in clusters that create a bright glow.
What are the benefits of LED tail lights?

There are three main benefits to installing tail lamps on your Nissan Pathfinder, and they are listed here:

  • Efficiency and lifespan: LED lights are particularly known for their efficiency. While other types of tail lamps may have between 1,000 and 2,000 hours of life, LEDs have an average of 30,000 hours, meaning they last far longer than other types of bulbs. LEDs are so efficient due to the fact that they generate little heat when they are turned on.
  • Durability: LEDs are resistant to shocks, water, and corrosion. This means that when your Pathfinder goes over large bumps or through deep puddles, you do not have to worry about causing damage to your tail lamps.
  • Appearance: Because LEDs are smaller, Nissan uses small clusters of the lights to create the tail lamps. This gives the Pathfinder a unique appearance.