Automotive lighting is undergoing a profound change. These last few years have seen the arrival of increasingly intelligent systems as well as the development of new light sources. Conventional halogen bulbs have now been supplemented with LED, Xenon and laser technologies. These new technologies are more powerful and more precise, but also less accessible for individuals, as these kinds of lighting often need to be installed by a mechanic. However, this is more due to the layout of parts in certain models than to the type of lighting. A further complication is that the lights are designed for very specific bulb types because the quality of the lighting is dependent on specific settings. Once again, it is the mechanic who must assume responsibility for the reliability of the lighting. Four in five drivers say that they regularly pass vehicles with poorly adjusted or faulty lights, and 40% of these drivers have already experienced a dangerous situation related to such circumstances. Improper handling may also reduce the service life and light intensity of the bulb, particularly if it is handled directly with bare hands. And this applies even to the most high-performing bulbs.
Finding the right bulb
Philips Automotive offers a quick and straightforward selection tool to find the right light for a particular vehicle. Simply select the type of lighting, as well as the make, model and series of the car, and the tool will provide the name of the product along with access to the catalogue. The tool is available at this link (www.philips.co.uk/c-m-li/car-lights/product-selector).
As a reminder, a bulb that has blown must be replaced immediately. Aside from the safety implications—in particular for full beam, dipped headlights, indicators and brake lights—driving with faulty lights is punishable by a fine of 68 euro (equivalent to £58) under French legislation. It is also advisable to replace bulbs in pairs in order to retain the same light intensity on the road.
There are nearly 45 lamps on modern cars that may need to be replaced.