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How to choose the correct Side Marker Lights for your car or truck

How to choose the correct Side Marker Lights for your car or truck

If you're a little more 'hands on' than most and want to tackle some do-it-yourself jobs on your car or truck, choosing the correct Side Marker Lights for your car or truck is a great place to start.

IMPORTANT: Before we go any further it's vital that you never attempt any mechanical work on your car or truck unless you know what you're doing. Make sure you have an experienced assistant nearby, and if in doubt, leave it to the professionals!

What are Side Marker Lights?

Your car’s headlamps play a crucial role in your vehicle’s lighting system- the headlamps illuminate the road up ahead.

But, on the other hand, the importance of Side Marker Lights may not be readily apparent because they do allow other drivers on the road to identify the dimensions of your vehicle especially at night. By doing so, you can thus avoid collisions and other dangerous circumstances.

Unfortunately, just like any other light systems, Side Marker Lights are prone to breaking, burning out, cracking or vibrating loose so it wise to periodically check your Side Marker Lights condition.


Heavy-duty lenses are important to prevent premature cracking and wearing out. The recommendation for Side Marker Lenses is high-impact, high-grade and translucent plastic.

You can also use opaque lenses and smoked and acrylic plastic may also be used, as long as the material is tough and strong. The use of heavy-duty lenses is important in preventing premature breaking.

How to choose the correct Side Marker Lights for your car or truck


Those with red and clear lenses are the safest options to choose from because they intensify the bulb’s light output better than amber ones. Clear lenses do not distort and filter out the projection of Side Market Lights, and you’ll get a sharper illumination.

Clear Side Marker Lenses will give your vehicle a classic look and will look good on virtually all types of vehicles. Or you can go for a combination of clear and amber lenses for a more unique look.

The lens color should match the bulb’s color and follow the U.S. legal requirements for Side Marker Lights- amber for the front, and red for the rear.

Types of Side Marker Lights

There are plenty to choose from. Some of the Side Marker Lights that are available are Mini Truck and Trailer Lights, Round Marker Lamps, Oval Marker Lamps, Rectangular Market Lamps and Cab Top Marker Lamps.

How much do Side Marker Lights cost?

Luckily, Side Marker Lenses are fairly cheap but the price can go to $150 or more, depending on the type of material used. Some lenses include bulbs for a cost-efficient purchase.

If the installation price is done by a mechanic for you, make sure to add the cost for labor. And if you are planning to install the lenses yourself, it is wise to check your owner’s manual.