What Are Projector Shrouds or Bezels

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When it comes to headlights projector lens, we need to mention their shrouds, also called bezels. Projector shrouds are used to decorate projector lens insde headlamps, covering the lens holder and other interior parts such as mounting brackets which fixing the projector. Beisides, halos rings are attached to some bezels, naming angel eyes shrouds, to be DRL (daytime running lights) or with a switchback function to be turn signal lights. So no matter in factory or aftermarket headlamps, projector bezels greatly enhance their exquisite and fashion viewing, enriching people’s car life.

ROYALIN 3.0 inches normal plain shrouds, chrome and black color
ROYALIN 3.0 inches normal plain shrouds, chrome and black color

1. Characteristics of shrouds/bezels

Projector shrouds are made of strong plastic with certain elastic force, making them uneasy to cause deformation. So skilled people can cut shrouds to fit headlamp housings properly with certain custom tools. By applying with heat-resisting materials, bezels perform well when headlights projector working. Good ROYALIN shrouds surfaces are finished with several layers of chrome electroplating in omniseal environment to keep clean look and no color fading or flake off even if with some careless hand touch.

Now in the retrofitting aftermarkets, there are hundreds of shrouds with different sizes and shapes. there are 1.8 inches, 2.0 inches, 2.5 inches and 3.0 inches in round, in oval, in square, in flat sided… Most of them are covered with various carved charming patterns more or less. So it is easy to see their differences though somewhat hard to remember their varying calls. Usually we take TRS (The Retrofit Source, a leading brand in automotive lighting) names as the standard: Mini gatling gun shrouds, IRIS, GTI, Apollo 1.0, E46-R, Bullet, Mini turbine, Panamera, X5-R… But different countries may possess different names. If you are not sure but want to find out certain shrouds, just show us some photos or videos, ROYALIN has most of retrofit projector lens bezels in the market.

ROYALIN 2.0 inches projector shrouds
ROYALIN 2.0 inches projector shrouds

The desire to look attactive is universal. Except common chrome bright color, individuals prefer to own other colors shrouds, such as black, red, blue, or even multicoloured. Some consumers buy oil paints to change original chrome appearance.

For wholesalers who import large quantity shrouds from China, factories will customize needed colors by batch electroplating. ROYALIN welcome wholesalers and will provide customized service to help our customers save cost and grow bigger.

2. Angel eyes or halos rings shrouds

In our blog “What’s Headlight Angel Eyes” (click to read more), we have introduced CCFL, SMD, COB and LED halos. All those angel eyes can be put on the top of or inside projector shrouds with the help of extra accessories, such as PC rings, halo trays and acrylic diffusers, making such bezels different from normal plain shrouds in physical design though they may have similar exteriors.

One bezel with one single ring is popular, there are also one shroud with two halos together, naming double (dual) angel eyes shrouds. As the color of the halo can be changed, from single color to switchback color which white-amber is most used, from RGB to RGBW, it brings multiple combinations in dual halos shrouds, giving customers various choices to decorate their headlights.

Different shapes of shrouds lead to different shapes of halos, especially for LEDs, but most of those LED angel eyes are integrated into shrouds from the start, so whenever and wherever you buy them, you will get finished ones to save your time and energy.

ROYALIN 2.0 inch LED angel eyes shrouds, DRL white color. The last one is double led angel eyes shrouds
ROYALIN 2.0 inch LED angel eyes shrouds, DRL white color. The last one is double led angel eyes shrouds

If you have doubt about how to install angel eyes in headlights lens, please feel free to contact ROYALIN people. We will also try our best to make more such videos and upload to our Youtube.

3. How to install shrouds on projector lenses

There are mainly two ways to fix aftermarket shrouds to headlights projectors according to their body structures. Small bezels like 1.8 inches, 2.0 inches and 2.5 inches are mostly installed by tightening matching screws into 4 built-in shafts on the back. The four shafts in shrouds are corresponding to four holes in matched mini H1 projectors. But almost all 3.0 inches shrouds just use backside circular mounting flanges to fit the holes around lens brackets. Some experienced people also use extra glue to reinforce the connection. If you are confused, please check ROYALIN Auto Lighting videos in Youtube channel.

4 shafts backside of ROYALIN sqaure mini 2.5 inches bezels
4 shafts backside of ROYALIN sqaure mini 2.5 inches bezels
mounting flanges at the back of ROYALIN Apollo shrouds
mounting flanges at the back of ROYALIN Apollo shrouds

4. How to choose the best shrouds

The right is the best. Many factors should be taken into account when buying projector bezels.

1. Size and shape.

Each shrouds must be applied to the same size headlights projector, for example, 1.8 inches shrouds are only suitable for 1.8 inch projectors, and 2.0 inch bezels for 2.0 inch projectors. But there is one exception, 3.0 inch shrouds can suit to 2.5 inch headlights lenses with the help of adapter rings putting on the projector wall to expand the original perimeter.

ROYALIN 2.5 inch mini H1 with 3.0 inch E46-R shrouds. The black ring is the adapter rings
ROYALIN 2.5 inch mini H1 with 3.0 inch E46-R shrouds. The black ring is the adapter rings

The shape and depth of headlamps housings where shrouds and projector are placed also needs to be considered. If the mounting unit is round, it is better to choose a round bezel to cover as if they are meant to be. If the headlights reflector is deep and give a clear view of the interior construction side-on, for sake of overall beauty and harmony, installing a suitable shroud with similar depth is a good choice. Sometimes skilled men may also cut a small part of some shrouds to have further fit.

2. Style and appearance of projector lens bezels

There are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people’s eyes. Buy the one you like most, from simple design to advanced look. DIY your own color shrouds is also easy as we mentioned before.

ROYALIN LED panamera 2.0 shrouds with red demon eyes inside headlights lens
ROYALIN LED panamera 2.0 shrouds with red demon eyes inside headlights lens

3. Your budget and cost

After the in-depth development of the market, hundreds of shrouds with different prices are there for you, from normal plain bezels to angel eyes shrouds with various color modes. Do not be afraid to ask questions, ROYALIN service team will spare no effort to help our customers.

Obviously you are a true fan and eager to know more of auto lights as you read far here. There are lots of useful  knowledge in our ROYALIN website with continuous renewal, enjoy yourself here! Please also feel free to contact us if any questions, we will spare no effort to help you.

Thank you very much for your valuable time here.

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Levi Chou

Levi Chou

Hi, I’m Levi Zhou, the founder of royalincarparts.com, I’ve been engaged in auto parts aftermarket for decades, and the purpose of this article is to share with you the knowledge relating to car lighting retrofit from a Chinese supplier’s perspective.

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