Category: Custom Lighting

October 26, 2018 9:23 pm


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If you are looking to ditch your truck’s OEM factory headlights, you may be overwhelmed by the number of different custom accessories for trucks and headlight options to choose from.

Generally, custom headlights are grouped into 3 main groups: Halo-style, Euro-style, and Projector-style. Unfortunately, there can be confusion between what a custom headlight is referred to as. For example, just because a headlight is one kind does not necessarily mean it doesn’t have the features of another. A Halo styled headlight can also have LED bulbs or projector lights. So which custom headlight is right for you?

Ultimately, your choice in headlight comes down to your own personal preferences in custom accessories for trucks. What you may find stylish may not be what others find stylish, and with so many custom options it can be overwhelming. You can always come into TSA Custom Truck Accessories or contact us and our staff will help you narrow down the list of custom lighting or other custom accessories for trucks. 

To help you understand the variety of custom headlights, we’ve explained the basics of the 4 main groups below. Remember that features can crossover from headlight groups, so if you like aspects of 2 or more groups then there is a custom headlight out there that fits the bill.

Euro Headlights

A “Euro” style headlight refers to a style of housing of headlights. Euro headlights have been around since the 50’s, but they entered the U.S. in 80’s, where they grew to become fairly common. In their original inception, Euro-style headlights were nothing more than a basic flush covering of glass over the bulbs. Now, Euro headlights have become more complex. Many feature high-tech compositions and have ditched the 90’s frosted glass look with clear glass.

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Traditional European-style Chevy Silverado headlights. Notice how the entire headlight is encased in a glass material

Unlike typical factory headlight housing, which is bland and simple, Euro headlights can feature stylish arrangements of lights, reflectors, and multi-faceted mirrors, all inside a black or chrome base. Some custom Euro headlights can also have a “smoked” lenses, which creates a more tinted (but also potential illegal) headlight.

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Modern Euro-style headlights have gotten more complex and stylish. These crystal Spyder headlights use mirrors to add a sleek design.

Euro style headlights can also feature any number of bulbs, such as LED, Halogen, or HID bulbs. Some can even have halo lights.

Halo Headlights

Over the last several years “halo” headlights have risen in popularity. And why wouldn’t they? These stylish and sleek custom lights add a certain modern sharpness to the entire vehicle.

To break it down, halo lights feature rings of light circled around a headlamp bulb. The halo ring bulbs can use simple incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs, or even CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lighting tubes), though incandescent bulbs usually lead to inconsistent illumination from the entire ring.

With multiple halo lights and a little wiring, you can customize how and when your halo lights illuminate. Single or multiple lights can turn on for headlights, running lights, turn signals, or even parking lights.

It’s important to note that most halo light assemblies also feature projector headlights as well, but will almost always be referred to as halo headlights when together.

Unique Halo Lights

Halo lights don’t only come in a perfectly circular pattern. Some halo lights feature unique designs such as:

U-Bar headlights feature a rounded U-shaped halo light. Some variations have the U-bar rotated at different angles.


Many modern halo lights contor the halo light along the edge or bezel of the headlight frame. These can be more expensive with less options depending on the vehicle.


Certain halo lights let the driver change the color of the lights, allowing for a more customized experience. Unfortunately, this may lead to some street legality issues.


Projector Headlights

Around the same time Euro headlights started receiving some visual tweaks, many manufacturers were experimenting with multi-faceted projector beam bulbs. Projector bulbs use an elliptical reflector to focus the light towards a single focal point rather than scattering light in all directions. Furthermore, they are built to aim light more rightward and away from oncoming drivers. Essentially, projector lights offer a more focused beam of light than OEM lights.

With the upgrade in technology comes a decrease in the overall size of the bulb itself. This means that the actual bulb takes up less space in the overall headlight assembly, freeing up room for more artistic headlight designs.


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Finding the perfect custom headlight or custom accessories for trucks doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little bit of research and time, you can find the perfect set of headlights for your vehicle. For more questions about custom truck headlights or other Reno custom truck accessories we have to offer, contact TSA Custom Car and Truck.


April 23, 2013 6:53 pm

auxiliary lightingKC HiLITES Lamps, PIAA Lights & Hella, Inc.

TSA Custom Car & Truck is constantly pushing the boundaries for designing custom vehicles that out perform and outshine everything else on the road. One of the features that are commonly requested by our customers are options for auxiliary lighting. Whether you prefer the traditional KC HiLITES Lamps, the sharpness of PIAA Lights or the technologically advanced Hella, Inc., we’ve got you covered.

When our customers come to us looking for custom car and custom accessories for trucks in Reno and Carson City, they don’t want limitations. This is why we chose to carry all of the three top brands for auxiliary lighting in the nation. If these guys don’t make it, you probably don’t want it. Each have their signature styles and between them they are certain to have designed an auxiliary light scheme that will blow your mind.

Choose the Auxiliary Lighting that’s right for you

We still remember the 70s and 80s when those KC lights on the top of your truck were a must. That classic style is still popular. Whether you are looking for a traditional or a more modern look, KC HiLITES are king. They provide exceptional clarity and strength in every product they offer. With the KC logo on it, there is no such thing as a low quality light.

Recognized for their commitment to manufacturing world-class products, PIAA Lights (lamps) have gained a strong reputation in the industry. Their lights provide increased style and safety for night, inclement weather and off-road driving conditions, plus they look good doing it. Always using the latest in market research, PIAA Lights (lamps) are constantly coming up with incredible lighting products.

Hella, Inc., is known for their constant commitment towards producing the most technologically advanced automotive lighting in the industry. Nobody pushes the envelope further than these guys. Strapping a set of Hella lamps to the roof or grill of your truck is guaranteed to turn some heads.

TSA Custom Car & Truck has diverse automotive auxiliary light options in Reno that are certain to fit anyone’s taste. No matter what you have in mind, we will have car and truck accessories in Reno that will meet or exceed your expectations. Plus, our technicians have the experience to guarantee a professional installation that will maximize the look and performance of these products. Don’t risk do-it-yourself wiring jobs and find your headlights coming on the next time you turn on your heater. Instead, let us handle it. At TSA Custom Car & Truck we always build it the way you want it.

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