2011 Nissan LEAF introduces the new Valeo LED low beam headlamps

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 5, 2010

Making its world premiere on the Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle was a new generation of LED front lighting systems that were developed by Valeo and its partner in Japan, Ichikoh. According to their engineers, they designed a cost-effective LED-based headlamp that combines enhanced illumination with a unique style.

Aside from being cost- and energy-efficient, the Nissan Leaf LED headlamp offers a high level of performance. It has a longer life span and it provides a brighter light color on the road. Valeo claims that the optical system offers numerous innovative front lighting solutions.

Since the collector and reflector are combined as a single thermoplastic part with no lens, its look is certainly more distinctive than that of a conventional headlamp.

The system makes a flux on the road that’s over 500 lumens. This wide beam gives a good range and has high homogeneity. Because of its color temperature of 5500K, the headlamp has been rated to be the same level as HID lamps during night test comparisons with various mass production headlamps.

The first to arrive on the market was actually this low beam module that has a power consumption rate as low as 50W per vehicle, with the use of only 2 LED per headlamp. Valeo asserted that 30% energy is saved with the 2 LED-based design when compared to the best 3 LED-based headlamps currently available on the market (70W).

When compared to the Xenon systems (90W), the Valeo-Ichikoh system offers savings of up to 49%. It also reveals 62% savings when compared with Halogen (130W). It offers a large benefit when used on conventional internal combustion engine vehicles with an average CO2 saving of 1g per km.

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