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Improved LEDs bring increased applications for auxiliary lighting

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 09:00
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Fuel-efficient and longer-lasting LED lamps have become ever more mobile through the miniaturization of their solid-state electronic control systems, making light emitting diodes among the more prevalent illuminating innovations being introduced into the auxiliary lighting segment.

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Forecasters at TechNavio, a global research and advisory company, anticipate that the overall worldwide automotive LED marketplace – which combines OEM factory fitments with aftermarket installations – will annually expand by nearly 28 percent through 2018.

“LED lights consume lower power, have a longer lifespan and greater shock resistance,” according to a report prepared by the company. “The global automotive LED lighting market is currently undergoing a radical change, fueled by falling prices of raw materials, exponential vehicle production and a drive toward greater energy efficiency.”

Vehicle owners and industry new-product developers alike are going with the glow as more auxiliary offerings are added to the category.

Aimed at both interior and exterior applications, the Vision line from Royal Philips includes LED bulbs for dome lights, glove box lights, brake lights and taillights, back-up lights, license plate lights and fog lights.

Designed to last at least 12 years, “you will likely never have to replace them again,” says divisional CEO Eric Rondolat.

The company’s Xtreme Ultinon Fog bulb provides a whiter, warmer and higher-lumen output, yet the pattern matches that of a regular filament bulb, he notes, adding that it emits 45 percent more light than standard halogen bulbs. “The patented SafeBeam design brings maximum visibility with a beam pattern that does not glare other road users,” he says.

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