Custom headlights, fog lights, and tail lights are a perfect way to add style and personality to your vehicle as well as upgrade its illumination. But don’t neglect your 3rd brake light that is another great way to customize your car, truck, or SUV and, what is more important, improve your personal safety and security while on the road. So, if your factory 3rd brake light is cracked, cloudy, or totally damaged, the is a price competitive, highly effective solution to go with. This part ensures efficient lighting and one-of-a-kind appearance, as well as leaves more bucks in your pocket.
3rd Brake Lights, also known as the Center High Mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL) are positioned high on the vehicle to attract attention, alerting drivers behind you when you’re braking. But if your 3rd brake has incandescent bulbs your CHMSL can be improved. LEDs are particularly suited to 3rd brake light applications. Their small compact size makes them easy to group together, and when assembled in this manner, are more luminous than comparable incandescent bulbs; the brighter the light the more visible your vehicle becomes. And they rise to full intensity approximately 200 milliseconds (0.2 seconds) faster than incandescent bulbs, or about 10 times faster. This may not sound like a lot, but it may be all the time that’s needed for the driver behind you to see your brake lights and react to avoid a potential accident.
Independent studies conducted many years ago proved that the addition of a Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL) helped reduce rear end collisions by 50%, so the NHTSA mandated that all new cars be so equipped effective with the 1986 model year. While you should keep all your lights in good working order for safety, with such percentages it’s particularly important to make sure your CHMSL, more commonly known as the 3rd brake light, is in good repair.