New lightning systems offer better fuel economy and improve designs

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 23, 2011

As you may know already, thanks co companies such as Audi we’ve seen a dramatic evolution of the simple headlights but also an impressive improvement of the design.

Many of you folks know that some of the premium vehicles found on the roads today adopt the high-tech forward lightning, which means that almost all of them are now using full light-emitting diode (LED) headlight modules.

The good news is that this new technology is also coming to less expensive vehicles. Some of the cars found on the market, such as the Lexus LS, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS or the 2012 Audi A6 have full LEDs while vehicles such as the Toyota Prius and the all-electric Nissan Leaf come with partial LED systems.

Still, according to Arne Behlmer who talked with Autonews, IHS Automotive lighting and component analyst based in Frankfurt the LED headlamp penetration on the market is expected to be very small with less than 100,000 units per year in 2013 in a 20 million vehicle market.

For example, the xenon lighting has spread much farther than LEDs and more than 80 percent of large premium vehicles are using it. Moreover, the LED technology also improves fuel consumption, as it needs less energy. What is even more interesting is that the LED lights also offer styling advantages over conventional single-bulb systems.

"You have complete freedom, within the legal requirements, due to the fact that you have a distributed light source [and] you can create more or less a complete new style," said Klaus Mataushek, director of business development for Automotive Lighting.

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