You can select enhanced performance options, improved security, better lighting, memorable designs and more when you’re considering all of the lighting options and trends for your rig. However, there are some important considerations that you may wish to explore.
You’ll want service reliability as well as reduced fuel consumption. With aerodynamic designs and more compact styling, you’re sure to find something that will meet your requirements while still staying on trend. From halogen lamps to those that are gas discharge on the market, there are more spectral energy distribution options on the market today than ever before. Many are seeking a balance between better lighting and more trendsetting means in which to light their vehicles. They want style and value for their efforts.
The more advanced the styling the more highly developed the system is. With materials that can satisfy the lighter and more modern designs, this helps to open up the applications for the plastics as well as lights that can run at higher temperatures.
Of course, with all of the new trends, there are stricter requirements on the materials that can be used to design and create the lighting. They must meet strict standards and requirements with more versatility as they process the newer trendier designs.
Other materials that are being used today are heat deflection temperatures and more mechanical strength. This improves the surface quality of the lighting and optimizes the efficiency of the free-form headlights. This ensures that the glass can be easily designed without any ribs and thus, crystal clear PC or glass is now available on the market.
Whenever possible, the older models are now being replaced. Where metal, thermosets, and glass were once used, they’re now choosing more modern and lightweight thermoplastic that is easier than ever before to process and allow for lighter weights as well as fewer geometrical issues when fitting the pieces in.
Materials will vary accordingly. Selection of the individual components will be dependent on the requirements functionally. Lighting units are subject to extreme temperatures and the reflectors are made of sheet metal or other products that work to allow for this heat.
Typically, that means an amorphous high temp thermoplastic or a painted thermoset that will meet the required narrow tolerances as well as show the surface quality that is required. Thermosets are far less expensive. They also offer many great advantages for the design as well as the manufacturer.
Accordingly, the fact that higher temperatures are being used and the thermoplastics are in direct competition with each other, there are larger reflectors and the temperatures are able to run higher with such improvements.
One added benefit is that the higher developed Diode Dynamics – light bars offers up an increasingly better vision and it’s meeting the modern design requirements that meet and exceed customer satisfaction.
Thanks to the introduction of the clear glass lenses, there are now more models that the bezels work well on. The more modern bezels are typically metalized and other than their basic functionality, they adapt well to the wing or the engine geometries. The principal requirements are that they fit into the styling and the proper housing.
Additionally, the other functions like the reflectors, the indicator lamps, and others are all fully integrated into the bezel. This meets and exceeds the catalog of requirements offering up a wide array of thermoplastics including engineering polymers as well as the polymer blends.
Polyolefins are also sometimes used; however, they only have a limited suitability due to the inadequate resistance of the metal layer and the fact that they have a lower resistance to the heat cycles.
Another trend that has recently been seen in BMW and Audi, is laser lights. These were launched nearly simultaneously. They enable the driver to see more clearly utilizing the laser technology. The lighting trend has far surpassed many other trends and is on the new horizon for the advancement and design enhancement for many consumers. There are a few different options that are available on the market and many are turning to these as the trend has set a high standard of lighting.
Another creative and unusual trend is that of the LED lights. These offer a high-resolution headlight that is designed and created that will analyze the driving and weather conditions and monitor them continually. The result: Better driving lights that will cut through the fog and offer a smarter resolution for different and varying driving conditions. Higher-Resolution offers more and improved visibility.
Bend lighting offers a new trend as well with newer technology that up until now was only used in moving the parts or as a complete unit. Thanks to the modern technology of LED, these have fast advanced to the new Advanced Forward Lighting Systems that are also referred to as AFS. They’re very easy to implement and utilize.
Another fun trend is the Flexible OLED lighting. This opens up new design options as well as the involvement from OSRAM that can then generate a huge interest in a variety of automotive customers in the industry.
With so many innovations in the market today, many are turning to these options to see how they like them. With fiber optics ever changing and improving, more innovative means of vehicle lighting are anticipated in the near future. Guidelines and legal specifications are ever changing in the field of automotive lighting and as a part of the process, there are going to be even more new trends hitting the market in the near future.
It’s not yet clear on the newer trends that are up can coming, but one thing is for sure, with “intelligent lighting” more vehicles are going to have automatic running lights that automatically adjust to the needs and requirements of the road hazards that they encounter and the needs of the driver.