LED lights, or Light Emitting Diodes, aren’t new. They were first invented in 1962, originally available only in the color red. Since then, its development and the widening of its range of use have been witnessed not only in the technological field, but also in the commercial field. It all started with a faintly glowing red light that was not bright enough to be useful for anything more than just as a power indicator. After about a decade, in the ‘70s, more colors became available, and it was “The New Thing”. It became sought-after and immediately saw its application in the calculators and digital watches of consumers. In the ‘80s, several experiments with new and different materials resulted in making LEDs brighter, cost-efficient, and stable.
Because of these, the industry of LEDs grew even bigger. Being almost 10 times as bright as the LEDs before, it surpassed the incandescent light bulbs in terms of brightness and efficiency. It even greatly affected the advertisement industry by surpassing the classic neon light. Today, the range of its uses never ceases to grow. Even in the latest cars, LED lights are present, not only internally, but as part of its headlights too. So in this article, we’ll look into the aspect of LEDs in and on automobiles. Is it the way of lighting the future, or is it something to be disregarded?
So what’s it used for?
LEDs can be applied for usage in cars in a wide, extreme variety. It could be as an indicator light at the driver’s panel where the speedometers are. It could be an internal cabin light for reading and other purposes. LEDs are even used externally to illuminate the wheel rims, replace the underbody neon lamp, or the most common use – as a brake or signal light.
What’s the big deal?
The thing is, LEDs look really, really cool. The way they are placed around the headlights of some cars, most notably those of Audi, is actually pretty neat. It’s like eyeliner for the “eyes” of the car – headlights. LEDs also look amazing as red brake lights, and they are ever-reliable if used as a signal light. It simply looks cool. Another good thing is that LEDs have great advantages. They are extremely long-lasting. Since it does not have a filament, it won’t burn out. It will last much, much, much longer than the conventional incandescent. LEDs don’t heat up very much too. Its other advantage, (which I personally think is its best) is efficiency. A very big percentage of the power put into it actually goes into creating light, and not just creating heat. As a result, little power is needed to put out the amount of light compared to an incandescent light bulb putting out the same amount of light.
In the context of a car, it’s not bad at all. It looks good, it lasts a long time, it’s efficient, it’s energy saving, and it’s a good product overall. Well maybe the only distracting part of it comes in when it’s used for advertisements along the road. Every now and then, you’d see a modern electronic billboard that shows advertisements by looping videos again and again, by showing slideshows of brands and products, or by giving announcements and on-the-road reminders. These CAN be distractions. If you’re on the road and see giant LED screens with these, you’re bound to take your eyes off the road. They totally are good advertisement techniques, but it’s a potential for hazardous situations.
The thing is, LED lights ARE the lights of the future. I mean, with the quality and efficiency that it offers, why settle for anything less? However, they are quite a distraction sometimes on the road. So it’s up to you. You can always pimp your ride with LED lights (since you know it’s cool), but it’s also your choice whether or not LED ads will distract you or not. It’s all up to you.