Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class to receive new xenon headlamps

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 28, 2010

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.

Press Release

Appearing in the E-Class and S-Class from December: Mercedes-Benz makes xenon light even brighter

Achieving light colour which is as close as possible to daylight is one of the biggest safety benefits in the field of headlamp technology. Mercedes-Benz is now one of the first automotive manufacturers to offer xenon headlamps boasting a significantly brighter light output.

From December, production of the E-Class and S-Class will make use of new xenon burners from the company Osram, featuring a colour temperature which has been increased by some 20 percent.

Achieving a figure of 5000 Kelvin, the new xenon light is even closer to daylight and is therefore even brighter – a clear innovation, in the true sense of the phrase.

This light colour is in keeping with normal human perception patterns, and as such conveys an impression of greater brightness to the eyes, thus reducing the strain on the driver. Studies have shown that the closer the colour of artificial light comes to daylight, the less the strain on the eyes. This is a crucial safety benefit, especially if we take into account that only 20 percent of journeys take place at night – yet it is when 40 percent of fatal accidents occur.

After the E-Class and the S-Class, further Mercedes-Benz model series will be gradually fitted with the new xenon burners in 2011. All previous Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with xenon headlamps can also be fitted with this additional safety feature, as the new xenon burners will be available from branches and dealers as Mercedes-Benz original parts.

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