It was light, safety and comfort

Barcelona ( Spain), 27 January 2015

When Philips began with the production of car headlights, drove the vehicles with a maximum speed of 30 km / h and the dominant lighting technology based on carbide ?? just lights with a reflector behind the flame to project the light forward, no more, no electricity. That was in 1914. In the last 100 years, much has happened. This century of pioneering and development work in the field of vehicle lighting celebrates Philips now.


Mid-1920s, Henry Ford and Anton Philips met for talks, which meant that the carbide technology was adopted from the Scheinwerferbau and electric light reached the automotive mass market. Such was the Ford Model T of the first vehicles, equipped with Philips - half watt lamps. In the following decades, Philips was able to keep the pioneer: It asymmetric radiation characteristics and thus non-glare vehicle lamps with halogen technology have been developed. Then held H1, H4 and H7 bulbs entry into the vehicle headlights before the end of the 1980 Philips advanced the Xenon technology.


Currently, the manufacturer is going to bring a new generation of halogen lamps on the market. The " X-treme vision " is to provide up to 130 percent more light than standard halogen bulbs. This scale the detection distance to around 45 meters, which would mean at a speed of 80 km / h of an additional reaction time of two seconds. In addition, the also new "White Vision " lamp produces 40 percent whiter light that closely resembles natural daylight.

Even today, headlights, turn signals and daytime running lights ?? but also the taillights ?? Expression of individual brand language. On the technical side, the LED lighting, Philips in the future play an important role, in which the lamp manufacturer wants to get involved vigorously. The costly and technology-intensive designs could only penetrate into the too costly and intensive technology in the premium segment of the original but so far. Through standardized solutions Philips expects but to equip in the near future, the A-, B-and C-segement with the semiconductor technology.

distant Future

New possibilities could also offer remote laser headlight systems. Audi and BMW are already in use, the new light units should be not only more powerful than all the current systems, they might by their very compact architecture allows completely new headlamp shapes and thus new vehicle front - designs. So, for the next 100 years the light - development. (ml)