About licence / number plate lights:

In New Zealand, it is a legal requirement that your car’s licence plates (also known as registration plates or number plate) remain visible at all times. The number plates must be fixed securely, with all numbers/letter visible.

Most cars will have at least two number plate lights. These lights usually sit above the number / licence plate and point light downwards. These lights will activate when you turn your headlights on at night. Traditionally, licence / number plates have been incandescent, however, newer cars use LED lights because they are much more efficient and last longer. 

Along with the tail lights, number plate lights improve the visibility of your vehicle when driving at night. They serve to illuminate the number plate on your car, making it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle’s registration information. This is especially important at night or in poor visibility conditions. If your number plate lights are not working, it can be difficult for other drivers to see your car, which can increase the risk of an accident.

A malfunctioning number plate light may also draw unwanted attention from police when driving at night or cause you to fail your next Warrant of Fitness.

Registration plate light WOF requirements >


Causes of faulty number plate lights:

Blown bulbs – If a bulb blows, the licence plate light will stop working until it is replaced. LED bulbs are far less prone to blowing, and will last up to five times as long as incandescent bulbs.

Blown fuse – If a fuse blows, electricity will not be able to reach the licence plate light bulbs. This will prevent them from functioning until the fuse is replaced.
Replacing fuses >

Loose or corroded connections – If the connections to the number plate lights are loose or corroded, it can cause the lights to malfunction.

Faulty wiring – If the wiring in your car’s electrical system is damaged, it can cause issues with the number plate lights.


New Number Plate Lights & Replacement in Hamilton

Is your car in need of new licence / number plate lights? If so, we can help!

At Grimmer Motors, our team of experienced mechanics can quickly determine whether your problem is caused by a blown bulb, blown fuse or wiring problems. From there we can provide high-quality repairs and replacements for your car’s lighting system. If a bulb is blown, can install a new one, meaning you won’t have to worry about the bulbs needing replacement any time soon.

For licence / number plate light replacement in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!


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