courtesy light

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A small light installed inside a car, usually in the center of the vehicle's ceiling, which comes on automatically when the door is opened. In older car models, there was no way to turn this light off other than by closing the door or manually pressing the light's switch, which is located in the door frame. These days, most interior car lights have a switch right next to them that allows for better control over the mechanism.

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"Interior (courtesy) light in a new car, May 18, 2005" by Olaf Gradin is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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