Why LEDs are the ideal choice for EV lighting

Why LEDs are the ideal choice for EV lighting

Advancements in LED and other lighting technologies allow brighter light to be produced from smaller fixtures.

The category of automotive lighting includes all kinds of components. You’ve got headlights, taillights, turn signals, daytime running lamps, interior lighting, functional and indicator lights, display backlighting… the list goes on. And when it comes to EVs, LEDs are bringing a new level of sophistication and excitement to vehicle design.

With features like wide color range, programmability, and unique shapes and sizes, LEDs have revolutionized automotive lighting, especially in the electric vehicle (EV) industry. The versatility, intelligence, and packaging options of LEDs have elevated EV lighting from traditional and unexciting designs to more sophisticated and functional ones without much effort.

LEDs are known for having high efficiency and low power consumption, which is a major benefit when it comes to the limited driving range in EVs – and when it comes to electric vehicles, the benefits don’t end there. Manufacturers are also using LEDs in these vehicles to enhance the driving experience, improve usability, ensure safety and add aesthetic appeal.

It makes sense, because LEDs are an ideal choice for automotive lighting anyway, and particularly so in EVs, thanks to their high efficiency, light weight, compact size, color-changing abilities, programmability, intelligence, reliability, robustness, and direct current power supply. These features, along with unique form factors, allow lighting designers to create innovative solutions that not only look appealing, but serve a functional purpose.

If you pay attention, you’ll find that electric cars often feature smaller headlights than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, and this is done for several reasons. One reason is the EV designer’s emphasis on aerodynamics; smaller headlights can enhance the vehicle’s overall efficiency and range by improving its aerodynamic performance. Also, advancements in LED and other lighting technologies allow brighter light to be produced from smaller fixtures, and the result is more compact headlight designs. Plus, EVs tend to have a sleek and modern aesthetic, which will also influence the size and shape of their headlights.

Thanks to the combination of advanced form factors and color-changing capabilities, LED lighting is driving innovation in the EV industry while also serving an important purpose, providing ambient lighting, facilitating communication between the vehicle and driver, and enhancing safety.

This video is sponsored by Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper.

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