Automotive lighting supplier Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., is introducing a headlamp prototype that will use a white light-emitting diode (LED) system for high beam, low beam, vehicle side markers and daytime running lights (DRLs).
Hella’s LED headlamp prototype matches the light output of a xenon headlamp. The white-light LEDs offer greater flexibility for front-end vehicle design. The system is expected to be in production by 2008.
“The development of white LEDs in particular is creating application possibilities that would have been inconceivable only a few years ago,” said Joe Borruso, president and CEO of Hella North America. “Along with its design advantages, the main reason for the development of this new headlamp technology is the reduced need for maintenance. The aim is to develop a headlamp which functions perfectly for the life of the vehicle.”
Hella first presented a prototype of the LED system at the 2003 International Auto Show in Frankfurt, and predicts that by 2010 LEDs will be widely used in low-beam, main beam and fog lamps because of their increased design flexibility and safety benefits.