AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Hella is First With LED Headlamps

February 27th, 2008 at 9:00am

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Hella, the German supplier company, has just announced a breakthrough in headlight technology.

Hella is coming out with the industry’s first full LED headlamp. It debuts on the 2008 Cadillac Escalade Platinum. And these special headlights use clusters of light-emitting diodes instead of traditional bulbs.

Headlamps SmallOn the Escalade the headlights use five LED clusters for the low beams and another two clusters for the high beams. By separating the LEDs into groups, Hella was able to aim each cluster individually, which distributes the light much more evenly than conventional bulbs.

Another benefit of LEDs is that they’re smaller and lighter than standard headlamps. This gives designers much more freedom to use a wider variety of shapes

LED headlights will probably cost a lot more than today’s halogen bulbs, but they’re also expected to last up to 20 times longer!


3 Comments to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Hella is First With LED Headlamps”

  1. Tom Martin Says:

    Do LED headlights use less power than traditional? It is critical that electric cars and plug-in hybrid have efficient headlights. They won’t be adopted if they use more energy.

  2. Parma Says:

    and what do you think about energo problem on Ukraine?

  3. Jim Coppage Says:

    I am going to build a 1967 Austin 1100 into a 100% electric vehicle. I am wondering if LED headlamps would be the way to go due to there efficiently and use of electricity.

    Thanks You