Mercedes-Benz announced that it is one of the first car manufacturers to offer new xenon headlamps boasting a significantly brighter light output. As a result, the the E-Class and S-Class will receive the new xenon burners from the company Osram featuring a colour temperature increased by 20 percent.
The new headlights achieve a figure of 5000 Kelvin, which means that the xenon light is now closer to the daylight and is therefore even brighter.
This means that the German manufacturer will improve safety, without making use of annoying headlights, the so-called aftermarket xenons. Studies already showed that the closer the colour of artificial light comes to daylight, the less the strain on the eyes.
In an effort to improve driver safety in night-time driving, Mercedes-Benz introduced the new xenon headlamps in 2011. The headlamps became standard for the E-Class and S-Class, and other vehicles that were released afterwards.
The xenon headlamps were also designed to be fitted into older Mercedes vehicles as well. The xenon headlamps were designed in response to studies that showed that 40% of deadly car accidents occurred at night.
The headlamps illuminated in colors that are lighter and cooler than the headlights of older vehicles. The light color was picked specifically to make the headlights less painful to oncoming drivers’ eyes.
This way, drivers’ eyes can adjust quickly to darker light after an oncoming vehicle passes by, helping reduce the risk of accidents.