The first full-LED headlamps revolutionized vehicle lighting by offering many advantages over regular light bulbs including virtually daylight-white brightness, faster reaction time, low energy consumption and a long operating life.
More so, the use of LED technology have given designers the opportunity to create an iconic look that is unmistakable and a unique style that is visible day or night, in fair weather or harsh conditions.
Fast and bright
LED Lighting Technology produces the closest re-creation of daylight yet, surprising when one considers that a single LED or Light Emitting Diode is only one square millimetre in size. A remarkable amount of white light is generated by each diode which, when working in combinations of several other LEDs, are capable of producing a colour temperature of 5,500 on the Kelvin scale.
This means that the light shining on the road ahead approximates the colour temperature of daylight. Important when one considers that the increased contrast perceived by the human eye allows it to relax, bringing more comfort to the driver.
Further benefits can be seen in LED taillight technology. Reacting ten times faster than conventional bulbs, a trailing driver can notice the brake lights of the leading car sooner. This quickens reaction time and creates a potentially shorter stopping distance.
Whatever the daytime light conditions, the use of LED daytime running lights ensures that a vehicle is seen quickly by other road users.
In fog, wind and all weather conditions, experts recommend switching on the dipped-beam headlights during the day or the use of any additional daytime running lights as a reliable solution to this problem.
If desired, automatic activation or deactivation is available so that when the light and rain sensor of a modern luxury vehicle activates the dipped-beam headlights, the daytime running lights are switched off.
As an added benefit to being seen quickly by other road users regardless of daytime light conditions, these special daytime running lights consume less energy than normal dipped-beam headlights. This also reduces fuel consumption while extending the dipped headlights’ working life.
LEDs are four times as efficient as halogen bulbs requiring less energy from the vehicle’s alternator to replenish. Not only does this save fuel, but significantly cuts down on carbon emissions. What’s more is that LED headlight technology requires zero maintenance and designed for the life of the vehicle.
This incorporation of daytime running lights with LED light sources has now become standard for many luxury car models including sedans, coupes and sportback vehicles. The increased safety and efficiency which are the hallmarks of a luxury vehicle, have benefited greatly from LED lighting technology.