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LED Headlights Get the Green Light for Electric Cars at the Paris Auto Show

The Paris Auto Show is one the world’s largest venues for major automobile manufacturers to display their latest and most radical car designs. As one might imagine, one of the dominant themes for this year’s auto show was high performance, environmentally friendly automobiles. An integral part of many the energy efficient automobiles on display were their innovative and efficient lighting systems. European manufacturers Renault and SEAT demonstrated the potential of LED headlights with their ZB10 and IBE electric cars. LEDs are the ideal light source for all cars, but especially electric cars because LED headlamps require little electricity to be lit, therefore leaving as much electricity as possible for the prolonged performance of the car. Furthermore, because LEDs are so compact little room needs to be made for them at the front or rear of the car, thus reducing the car’s profile and weight, and thus increasing the distances these cars can travel between charges. As LED optics are further perfected, headlamps are able to render light closer to daylight color temperatures, rather than those icy color temperature that we associate with LED headlights. This means that the light produced will be more effective at illuminating the road and will make the driving experience all the more safe.

LED automobile headlamps have been around for a while and are a familiar sight in higher end makes such as certain models by Audi and Mercedes Benz. The difference is that now LEDs are being integrated into radically efficient electric and hybrid cars by many more manufacturers, thus better balancing the lights with the rest of the cars’ technology and giving consumers more options, and increasingly efficient options for automobiles.

In addition to our wide variety of LED light bulbs and products, we have recently launched our automotive light bulb website so you can find the light bulb for your car at an unbeatable price. We are updating our catalog on our automotive website everyday, so be sure to check it daily for the light bulbs you need for your car. As usual, leave a comment on our blog or Facebook or give us a call at 1-877-622-0897 with any remaining questions you have.

By Victor Lopez | | automotive, bulbs, cars, lamps, led, lights | 0 comments | Read more

Xenon Bulbs: A Powerful Lighting Option

With a patient’s life on the line, a surgeon needs a light source he or she can count on. Xenon bulbs are a popular choice among doctors, surgeons, and others in the scientific field due to their excellent color rendering and brightness. The HID xenon light bulbs come in a wide range of wattages (51W-500W) and an equally wide range of lumen output (1,000lm to 13,000lm). Xenon high intensity discharge bulbs work like all other HID bulbs, by sending electrical current through the gas filled enveloped and thus forming an arc of light. In a xenon bulb, the glass envelope is filled with xenon gas. Though xenon bulbs are not the most efficient, they are one of the few bulbs capable of high lumen output while maintaining cool color temperature. Due to their small arc, xenon bulbs offer superior beam control. Using xenon bulbs you can focus the Xenon bulb effectively, making it ideal for microscope use and surgical lighting. Ushio’s VAC line of HID ceramic xenon lamps is particularly exciting. The VAC lamps’ rated life of 1,200 hours coupled with its 6,000lm output make it powerful and a step forward in xenon lighting technology. In addition to surgical and medical applications, ceramic xenon lights can be used in video/data projection and fiber-optic illumination. Xenon light bulbs were, in fact, were first used for film projection and are today still the most popular choice for projector lighting in theaters and movie houses.

The applications of xenon lighting continue to expand. Xenon bulbs are quickly becoming the bulb of choice for automobile headlights and home/office task lighting. Xenon lighting technology is still in its developmental phase but promises to be an even more powerful lighting option in the future.
By Victor Lopez | | automotive, bulbs, hid, lights | 0 comments | Read more