While there are a number of different bulb options when it comes to building autos, LEDs are currently leading a headlight and taillight revolution. While some automakers have been faster to transition into LEDs than others, this lighting option is leading a revolution in advanced lighting. Cooler burning, energy savings are a clear benefit, but that’s not the only reason why LEDs have changed the form and function of lights on all types of cars and trucks.
“LED lights are smaller, the strips are bendable and they use less energy than traditional halogen bulbs. For example, two LEDs can be formed and fitted to project a smooth line for daytime running lights or in groups to illuminate large areas such as taillights. Styling, according to David Hulick, marketing director of lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania, is the main reason driving the LED revolution, followed by functionality and durability. “
There are other lighting options that may keep LEDs from completely taking over the U.S. auto industry, including HIDs, and perhaps even laser lights in the future, but for now LEDs are becoming an increasingly dominant force in automotive light engineering and design.