At the Detroit auto show, the bright lights of Cobo Center helped accent the sharp creases of sheet metal and slick rooflines that made the industry's newest vehicles showpieces of industrial design.
But some of the industry's best design work was housed in the headlights and taillights of the cars on display. Auto designers increasingly are looking at lighting as a way to project their brands (even in the dark), pairing fashion with function to create unique arrangements of bulbs, mirrors and lenses, with creases and curves of their own.
New technologies, specifically the flexibility afforded by LEDs, are helping to fuel designers' creativity. Detailed metal work and intricate housings are also giving today's headlights and taillights more design depth than ever.
Click through the gallery above for just a few of the bright ideas in lighting from the 2014 Detroit auto show.