The Bright Idea: Premium Mustang Lighting Improves Safety & Style

Few things on your Mustang impact both style and safety more than your headlights and tail lights. Stock Mustang lights look good and are powerful enough for easy sundown drives. But when it comes to easy and affordable upgrades, a quality set of Mustang headlights and tail lights will make your ride turn heads by day and cut through the darkness at night.

Black halo projector headlight with LED on car

History Lesson

When it comes to the evolution of the automobile, lighting technology has been behind the times, at least until the last few years. An interesting example… For 17 long years, from 1940 to 1957, federal regulations mandated that every car in America be equipped with the exact same headlights. Ford, Chevy or Plymouth, your car had the same headlights as your neighbor’s.

Breaking free from standardized lighting was a big step forward. But traditional incandescents were the only lights used for decades, until halogen lights emerged in the mid-1980s. This was a big improvement, but remained your only choice until just a few years ago, when automakers were finally pushed to investigate better lighting options due to consumer demand for brighter lights that used less energy – and of course, new opportunities for styling.

Black halo projector headlight with LED cut out

Improve Your Style

Today, lighting provides drivers with better visibility and style than ever before. Car designers weave headlights into the natural flow of a vehicle, instead of working around them. The Ford Mustang is a great example of how lighting can add safety and style to an already awesome automobile. But Mustang owners still hunger for better style and performance from their headlights and tail lights!

When it comes to style there are plenty of great options, so making your Mustang stand out in the stampede is easier than ever.

  • Black Mustang Headlights: This very popular style uses black housing or a smoked glass lens for a sleek, stealthy appearance.
  • Chrome Mustang Headlights: You can never go wrong with the classic look of chrome.
  • Mustang Projector Headlights: A style found on some of the most expensive cars in the world. Projector headlights enclose a concentrated halogen bulb behind a technically advanced lens that maximizes beam distance and width, while looking way cool at the same time.
  • Mustang Halo Headlights: Halo-equipped lights feature a cold-cathode halogen(CCFL) or LED illuminated ring around the enclosed halogen bulb. The result is a dramatic display that catches the eye by day or night.
  • Mustang LED Headlights: As lighting designs get better all around, some styles use small internal LED lights to help them further stand out in the crowd – a lot of bang for a low energy cost.

Most of these styles can be obtained at a minimal cost, but provide a dramatic appearance upgrade over stock Mustang headlights.

Type ‘o Light

If you’ve never thought of your Mustang’s headlights as a safety feature, consider that traffic fatalities are 3 times more likely at night, even though road traffic during the dark hours before dawn dwindles to just 25% relative to daytime use. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 2,300 pedestrians are killed every year in auto-related accidents due to poor driver visibility. Better lighting means safer driving.

HID bulb

HID (High Intensity Discharge) lights are the current state of the art in automotive lighting technology. Also called gas discharge, or Xenon, these lights produce the most light (lumens) while using less energy. Simply put, HID lights project a brighter beam that travels nearly twice as far as halogen lights. This means you see farther down the road and with improved clarity during nighttime driving. This translates to more time when reacting to changes in the road.

Officially called tungsten-halogen or quartz-halogen; this is the current standard in automotive lighting. Though the general description of this technology remains the same, several advancements have been made including high-output bulbs, reflector lamps and improved optics. Brighter and whiter halogen replacement bulbs from companies like Sylvania and Luminics are an affordable way to step up nighttime visibility.

Care and Feeding

Personalizing your ride and making it look distinctly your own should come second only to safety on the road for you and those around you. Fortunately, there are many affordable Mustang headlights and tail lights that offer both. Here are a few tips for keeping your lights looking and running right:

  • Headlights dim over time. Check your halogen lights every year and always replace both at the same time. LED and HID lights can be checked every other year.
  • Clean your headlight covers regularly. Having high-output lights yields zero benefit if the light can’t get out.
  • If you don’t already have them, consider adding fog lights. Mounted lower on the car, they project a wider beam to improve visibility in adverse conditions. They look cool too.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. Good day, I have a 2008 Mustang, 6 cyl and I would like to know how to shut off the running lights that are on all the time. I see some Mustangs that are not burning. I liike to drive with my amber lights on in the early evening but always seems to have the bright headlights on. Is there a way to shut them off for good?



  2. Hi Lonnie-

    Can you tell me a little bit more? Are these stock running lights, or did you buy a running light kit from us? If so, do you remember the part number? Will whatever we can to help, but will need a little more info first. Thanks!


  3. I’ve always wanted to get HIDs for my 95 Mustang because I do a lot of night driving. I almost hopped at the opportunity thinking I could get 15% off them with this deal too. Will you ever have any ciscounts on the 9007 dual beam HID kit? Also, what ever happened to the contests AM Nick used to throw up in here?


  4. I got the one piece angel eye projector headlights for my 1998 Cobra and they do not fit. The curve of the assembly does not match the curve of the front end/fender, and they can’t be pushed in far enough due to contact with the front end of the fender under the hood. Any ideas?


  5. I ordered the dual angle eye headlights for my 2002 GT and they will be delivered Thursday. My concern is how will they work with exesiting wiring since I will go from a single lamp combimnation high / low beam to a dual light set up. I also ordered the liminics bulbs for the new lights. Any help is appreciated. Doug.


  6. Hi Chris-

    For starters, AMNick is alive and well, and still very much on the forums. I’m helping with the blog and will be putting up some new contests very soon.

    In the meantime, keep watching and reading the newsletter. Your HID lights may go on sale sooner than you think.


  7. Thanks Jeff that’s good to hear. I’m hoping thats a truthful hint because as soon as they go on sale I’ll buy them. When I saw the lighting sale I added them to my cart immediately only to realize I was jumping the gun and the promo code didn’t work for the HIDs.

    Good to hear about the contests!

    Thanks Jeff!


  8. Hi Kevin-

    Can you send us a picture of the install as you describe it? Does your ‘Stang have a stock hood? It may be necessary to trim the weatherstripping a bit to get a good, tight fit.

    Our records show you bought these way back in April. Are you just now installing them for the first time. We would be happy to help, but a little more info would great.


  9. Hi Doug-

    Your headlights should be pretty much plug and play. There’s a dual filament bulb that will give you high/low beams. You’ll just need to splice in the LED angel eye into your parking lights as there is no stock wiring for this. Overall, should be a very easy install.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.


  10. I just purchased the “angel eye” halo headlights and the “angel eye” portion does not light up at all. All other lights work except the “angel eye”. Has anyone else encountered this problem? I placed my order on Sept 20th and received my lights on Sept 22nd and attempted install on Sept 26th, at which point I found the “angel eye” not working and subsequently repackaged the headlights back in the box and submitted a request for help to the AM support email address, but have as of yet to receive a reply. Unfortunately, I already followed the sealing and wiring instructions, so I doubt they will replace them, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks.


    1. Al-

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble getting the halo to light up. You mentioned you followed the instructions. Do you know what wire you spliced the halo into? Is it possible it’s not receiving power? If you have an order number I can look into this for you and see what can be done.


      1. Thanks Jeff. My order number is: Order #324338. I followed the video directions that are linked to the AM web site. So, per the instructions, I sliced all of the white wires for the LED’s, including the halos, together into one single connector and made the final connection into the lead that was “hot” when the parking lights are on (brown wire) and did the same for the black wires from the LEDs to the black wire in the wiring harness, which is the ground. I was thinking maybe I need to try it again and poke through the white wire to the halos, but the “assumption” would be that since all the white wires were spliced together and all the other LED lights are working that the halos should be working as well. What are your thoughts? And thanks again.


  11. last week i bought the dual beam hid conversion kit for my 2004 mustang pretty much the easiest thing i have done on the car really simple plug and play the hardest part was getting the old bulbs to come out do to years of gunk! super bright and its fun to drive my car again at night!


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