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LED lighting gaining ground in auto industry

Due to the long life, notable energy efficiency and strong light output of LED bulbs, the lighting method has become more and more prevalent in residential, commercial and industrial settings during recent years. Within the commercial sphere, various industries are adopting it with positive results. According to a recent report from MarketResearch, the automobile manufacturing sector is one of the latest to incorporate LED lighting systems into the designs of various cars. While it has not surpassed competing types of lighting – namely halogen and xenon lights – the study predicts that it may gain more ground in the near future.

The report states that LEDs have, of late, been most frequently seen in the lighting designs of passenger cars, specifically in the tail lamps, front head lamps, interior lights and front daylight running lights (DRLs). Reasons cited for the uptick in LED lighting implementation are longer lifespan, greater efficiency, high vibration resistance and increased visibility. 

Halogen does continue to dominate the worldwide market for automobile lighting, which will be worth approximately $25.36 billion by 2018, according to the research. The primary reason for LED not going farther than it has in the auto industry is its costs, which exceed those of its competitors. That said, LED-based efficient commercial lighting technology is only likely to improve in the coming years, and better, more efficient designs may be less expensive to produce. The lifespan and energy savings experienced with LEDs – 25 times greater than that of incandescent bulbs and 75 percent more efficient, according to the U.S Department of Energy – will also most likely become too worthwhile, in a long-term sense, to ignore.

Additionally, LEDs are key components in DRLs and advanced front lighting systems (AFLSs), which the report identifies as being in higher demand among certain consumers.

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