LED vs. Laser Headlights: What’s The Better Choice?

As lighting advances, so too do headlight options used in luxury automobiles. While laser headlights have gotten a lot of attention in 2014 after Audi and BMW have incorporated them in their latest models, Mercedes isn’t about to follow.

Instead, the German automaker has developed the next generation of LED headlights that are said to provide superior illumination compared to the 24 LED headlights currently found on CLS models. This is thanks to the incorporation of additional LED bulbs, which total at 84.  But will these new headlights outshine impressive laser alternatives?    

“LED technology achieves this performance at markedly lower costs and with a manageable degree of complexity.”

Mercedes is continuing to explore the potential of this bulb type with High Range LED high beams which may be available on Mercedes headlamps in the near future.

Do you agree with Mercedes approach to LEDs as the more practical choice for new auto headlights?  

2 thoughts on “LED vs. Laser Headlights: What’s The Better Choice?

  1. Bart says on November 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    That is an impressive and captivating video presentation. It makes me want to spend the money for a Mercedez CLS. I only wish I could afford a Benz. There is no doubt that those who can afford this car will not waste time buying one. This technology seems impressive, but because it is new technology, is it possible that it could fail and wind up blinding, or as they call it, dazzling an oncoming driver which could then cause a head on collision. I guess only time will tell how precise and reliable this headlight tech really is.

  2. John says on November 21, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Imagine knowing enough about a hurricane to get the right people evacuated. Or knowing enough about Earth’s atmosphere to predict climate trends and to stop negative human impacts. Consider a time when advances in medical procedures retire the scalpel to the museum. And think about precision-oriented manufacturing which brings consumer costs down because of its efficiency. One advance in technology can enable these 21st century goals — it is the laser. The laser is already integrated into our daily lives, in supermarket scanners, video and compact disks, as a tool to make dental work, in cosmetic plastic and general surgery, and in industry where it is used to align equipment and even cut out fabric for clothes.

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