Why Are LEDs Conquering The Auto Industry?

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.


LEDs cast new light on auto design | The Detroit News

“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.

2 thoughts on “Why Are LEDs Conquering The Auto Industry?

  1. Peter says on February 20, 2015 at 4:56 am

    I have to say, there have been tremendous developments in vehicular lighting during the last 100 years of the evolution of the automobile. From candles in 1900 to LED daytime running lamps (DRLs) today, lighting has evolved with the drive to increase road safety while providing vehicle differentiation through signature styling. Rear lighting is a system that has changed relatively little over the past century. The first rear lighting (normally one kerosene lamp) was introduced just before the 1900s to illuminate license plates.

  2. Jim says on February 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Considering their prevalence today, it’s easy to forget that just five years ago we saw our first set of LED headlights on a production vehicle. Even back then car makers were putting LEDs on concept cars to dazzle show-goers and catch the eyes of the media. But today, it has become quite obvious that LED lights are no longer isolated to just one-off concepts or premium luxury vehicles. I like the fact that LED’s can be programmed to be controlled by a computer.

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