Altezza lights

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The origin of true Altezza lights, the Toyota Altezza.

Altezza lights (also known as Lexus lights, Euro lights, crystal lights, ricer lights or clear lights) are vehicle tail lamp clusters consisting of one or more internal lamp units, covered with a clear (or tinted) acrylic cover made popular by Lexus. Some Altezza lights also include LED lighting.

Origin[edit]

The style was first used on the rear light clusters on the Toyota Altezza, which was sold elsewhere in the world months later as the Lexus IS. Prior to the release of the Altezza, the Toyota Supra Mark IV used an encased tail lamp assembly in gun-metal grey that essentially started the trend. The Mark I Altezza housing was finished in chrome.

Altezza lights are common aftermarket automotive customization products for modified cars but are also standard equipment on many vehicles. These include the Toyota Prius C, third and fourth generation Nissan Altima, second and third generation Subaru Impreza hatchback, and 2007-present Mitsubishi Lancer. This style of lamp is also associated with the racist term "Rice burner."