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Grishbear

Backlight is the industry correct term for the rear window, that's what it's called. I work in the US auto industry at a German company that does roof enclosures, backlight is the word we (and our suppliers/customers) use for the rear window. Windshield is used to exclusively refer to the front glass, side windows for the front side glass, and rear window refers to the rear side glass. Backlight is exclusively the rear facing glass.


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Thank you for the explanation!


xuan420

Why is it so hard to find any mention of this term's use on the internet if it's an industry-correct term? I managed to find one SAE standard about the "Passenger Car Backlight Defogging System", so clearly it *is* used and understood. Just rarely used colloquially maybe? I mean, it would make sense to have a distinct word for it so it can't be confused with other components, I guess. Not sure. I'm not (yet) an automotive engineer so I don't have a good eye into the industry like you might.


Grishbear

>Just rarely used colloquially maybe? Yeah, the only people who know/use the term "backlight" work on that area of the car. If you dont already know it, then you arent in a position where using the incorrect term can be an issue. Just like how I dont know the correct names for all the parts on the underbody, but it doesnt matter because I'm never in a position where just saying "the plastic brake line cover" wont be good enough. Beam is the only place I've seen "backlight" outside of the industry.


belvedere58

I’ve worked for car companies. Backlight is the correct term.


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Is there an origin meaning for the word "backlight"? Was it used as a term to describe light entering the back of the vehicle/carriage?


DkP_Reverend

I was today years old when I learned…


PretzelsThirst

TIL


towncar08

Unrelated question, but is there an industry term for the interior side mirror cap panel, the plastic piece separate from the door panel that usually has a tweeter speaker built in? Been searching and I seen only a handful but I don’t know the proper term


drft_noob

Been wondering the same for a while now


hwf0712

I just assumed it was the translated German word, and I don't speak German so I don't know the word


jelflfkdnbeldkdn

backlight would literally translate to rücklicht in german. like the tail and brake lights are the back lights. so it doesnt make anymore sense. as a german myself im still unsure why its called like that. maybe its because in the rear glass there is often the third brakelight? i dont know


hwf0712

Username definitely checks out for a German So now I'm more confused. Maybe because it's on the back and let's light in? Idk


jelflfkdnbeldkdn

this is an interesting idea, actually makes more sense than my brakelight suggestion btw. my username was created by me hammering my keyboard cause i didnt know what to enter


hwf0712

To me it just looks like the average german word lol


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I feel like horse drawn carriages would have called the rear window "backlight" for this reason. Very interesting. Closest thing to making sense so far.


xuan420

I’d just call it the “rear glass” or “rear window” or something. Not really a windshield if it’s on the back. Edit: (but yeah backlight is not helpful)


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Rear Window sounds best :) I just had one of those moments where I read what beamng calls it and went blank as to what it should be called lol!


olliegw

Seems like an archaic term for rear windscreen


reeeeeeeeeeeee1472

My dad calls it the backlight sometimes (United states)


Pumppurpboxingmatch

What?


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The "backlight", when removed, removes the rear windshield.


jelflfkdnbeldkdn

it bugged me too for a long time


tatumdaniels

I’ve always wondered and never thought to ask


Automatic_Forever_45

wh what?


Jope0_0

I have exactly the same question last night.


Fatdiamond2

Wtf I was playing around and tuning and I asked myself the same question yesterday too


Baxter_Pro

Idk either. It bugs me and I demand an answer


funkecho

Translation issue, maybe.


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Crazy-dot-2003

Because its called a backlight and not a rear windshield lol.


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would you like a medal?


Crazy-dot-2003

Yes


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🥇


Crazy-dot-2003

My life is complete


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