LED-Powered Headlights Are Just Over The Horizon
LEDs, those little light emitting diodes that light digital watches and alarm clocks, are taking over the automobile.
Advancements in technology have seen them move from stop lamps, to
interior, to side marker lighting and onto the rear of the vehicle in
tail light applications. They not only offer flexibility in design, but
a vehicle with full LED lighting offers a potential 80-watt energy
savings over one equipped with conventional bulbs. To engineers
searching for power to run all of those new telematics features, that's
a big energy savings.
LEDs are a perfect lighting source for rear combination tail lamps
because the red and amber lights don't need to be filtered through
colored plastic. A red LED offers a 10 to 15 percent energy saving over
a red-filtered incandescent bulb. And LED manufacturers are developing
ways to make them brighter.
With LED tail lamps becoming more prevalent, how long before we see LED-powered forward lighting?