Worldwide, we see a very large penetration of xenon lights, with Japan leading and Europe following, not only in high end but also mid segment of automotive.
In India, there is an increasing trend of market moving from single to double lighting systems that improves the beam significantly. We see a gradual increase in interest of the xenon lighting systems in India, which offers 2-3 times the light of the conventional lights.
The remarkable figures reflect the specific attributes of Xenon: a powerful light beam, which shines wider and longer than conventional headlights. Xenon lights give 200 percent more light than standard halogen lamps which helps improve night-time visibility for drivers while also improving ability to concentrate. As a result, the whitish-blue light of a Xenon headlight 'extends' the stopping distance by 30 - 50 meter due to the fact that the extra light allows dangerous situations to be detected sooner from the same distance.
OSRAM SYLVANIA, the world leader in automotive lighting, is providing D3R mercury-free XENON (high intensity discharge) lighting that will be offered as an option on the 2008 Ford Mustang.
Innovative XENON lighting technology provides the brightest illumination available for automotive headlamps and the best visibility for night time drivers. XENON lighting is considered the benchmark against which other forward lighting technologies are measured.
The High Intensity Discharge, or HID, is the latest in lighting technology that changed how everybody viewed car headlamps. Car headlamps have gone from so-so to uber cool. High-end cars have been showing off headlights that emit a greenish white, bluish white, or a purple haze light.
It's not just the colors that are catching on. The Bi-Xenon HID lamps are brighter and covers more ground area sideways and long distance views when the high beam is on. For the regular guys, this simply means they can see road signs farther ahead. This convenience adds to their night driving confidence.
More and more purchasers of new cars are opting for xenon headlights and more and more owners of older cars are upgrading their vehicles with xenon light. Experts in the car and automotive supply industries reckon that as many as 44 percent of all newly licensed cars in Europe will be equipped with this extra safety feature by 2005.