Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mazda Is Showcasing Its Next-Generation Adaptive LED Headlights

Car headlights can both be an assistive and dangerous on the road. While you cannot drive without putting them on, the traditional system also leads to blinding other drivers coming from the opposite direction. Many drivers have wished they could have done more with low beams and be more responsible and safe. A perfect solution has been provided by Mazda’s next generation adaptive LED headlight system.

Over time several auto manufacturers have researched and come out with headlight technology, that present you both high beams to see the road clearly and low beams that will not blind the vehicle coming in your direction. However, this would also mean that until and unless the car ahead crosses you, you are stuck with low beam and lower road visibility. As such, Mazda has come up with a technology that would selectively dim the portion of light beam that could be concerning the driver ahead, while allowing you to drive in full beam and a clear road.


What is adaptive LED headlight technology?

Most adaptive headlight technology is aimed towards improving distant sight at night. They are also programmed to respond automatically to presence of another vehicle, weather condition and similar factors. All throughout the automobile history, there have been various types of adaptive technologies. However, each adaptive headlight technology comes with its unique capability and is different from each other. As an example, the modern directional headlights are assisted by sensor inputs that determine vehicles taking a curve or changing direction. In such cases, the headlight rotates with the vehicle and illuminates the side of the road when cornering. Traditional designs don’t have this system and can be quite dangerous.

Other adaptive systems have sensors that can determine the intensity of the beam and adjust it to facilitate a safe driving. This system doesn’t require the driver to switch to manual adjustment of the beam and thus concentrate on the road. These systems can determine how far an incoming vehicle is and creates enough light to illuminate the road but without creating any glare.

Mazda’s current adaptive LED headlight system is integrated with a camera that can read images itself and identify vehicles coming from the opposite direction. Now, the system uses an array of high beams, wherein each of them can be dimmed and brightened individually. The area of beam that falls on the car coming from the opposite side will turn low while the rest remains the same presenting a consistent view of the road ahead.


Importance of adaptive LED headlight systems

Adaptive headlights have been conceived with the only aim to reduce accidents on the road, especially during the night. According to statics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, technology such as Mazda’s have been resulted in 10% less insurance claims and it can be directly linked to a safer driving standards. The institute has also found out that 7% of nighttime accidents reported by highway police are due to reasons related to headlights. Even real world data shows that adaptive LED headlight technology can have a significant positive impact on the safety of the car and fellow travelers. As they have been designed to work automatically, it helps the driver to focus better on the road and not get distracted. With many automobile manufacturers researching on better head lighting, it is really the time that car owners switch to a safer technology.



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Inventors of Blue LED’s Wins Nobel Prize

Two Japanese and one American recently won physics Nobel Prize for inventing blue light emitting diode. Before this invention, scientists had already invented green and red LEDs, but blue LED was needed and researchers were working for almost 30 year for creating the same. But the question arises here is why this invention was awarded a physics Nobel Prize? What is the importance of LEDs in our day to day life? Well the answer is clear; LED’s are energy efficient, durable and produces more light. Soon they will replace all the traditional light bulbs.   

LED’s have been in use since the time of their invention. There was a time when these advanced lighting options were only installed in high end cars. But now the picture is different. LED’s have become an essential part of households too due to their various advantages. 

Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura created the first blue LEDs in the early 1990s. Although this was not the beginning (as discussed earlier red and green LED’s were already there in the markets) but this invention was necessary as white LED’s were really needed. 

Big companies were trying to make the same but they failed but this trio tried again and again and eventually succeeded. 

Today blue LEDs are everywhere. With 20% of world’s electricity is used for lighting, it is estimated that optimal use of LED lights could reduce the same to 4%.

Have a look at this LED Infographic:


For buying energy efficient LED lights, visit Auto LED Shop today!


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UK Automobile Industry Facts and Statistics [Infographic]

On average, the UK produces 1.5 million cars and commercial vehicles and over 2.5 million engines. Of these, around 80% of vehicles and 70% of engines are sold overseas. 

Buying patterns are shifting towards smaller, more fuel-efficient models, with "supermini" vehicles taking the largest market share of 35.9%.

With this infographic, created by Auto LED Shop, we are sharing some of the interesting facts and statistics about UK automobile industry. Don’t forget to hit the share buttons.




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Thursday, November 6, 2014

How To Restore Yellow HID Headlights?

Have your HID headlight giving off cloudy, hazy and a yellowish light lately? Well, it’s about the time that you restore them. HID headlights can get damaged due to constant exposure to environmental pollutants. Further, the constant heat produced when they are powered on can result in discoloration and degradation of plastic headlight lenses. HID or High Intensity Discharge beam units always operate on a very high temperature and this intensity can easily result in degradation of the interior coating. Additionally, road debris, harmful UV rays from the sun, acid rains and toxic pollutants in the air can enhance the problem. In many cases, HID headlights can become unsafe for the road wherein you encounter an extremely low visibility condition.

While the way out will be to take proper care of the HID headlights after they have been installed, sometimes, you also need to go for a restoration. Following very simple steps, anyone can do a HID restoration within minutes.

It is important to note that HID headlights are very expensive and unless you happen to be a millionaire, restoration sounds easier compared to complete replacement. The plastic casing itself costs a couple thousand dollars. Restoration on the other hand can save you as much as $1000, depending on the severity of damage, the make of the HID headlight and the car model. 

Just follow these easy steps:

HID headlight restoration can get your lights to normal functioning conditions. The restoration process is meant to fix all the surface damages and increase the visibility through the plastic. Even with serious hazing and abrasion of the plastic, restoration can be of good use.

In case the damage is minimal, the problem can be fixed by polishing the headlight plastic casing. This should wipe out all the pollutants that have been deposited all this time. To start off, test a part of the plastic with plastic polish. To do so, dab a soft cloth in tartar control toothpaste (readily available in some households) and apply on the plastic. Note that regular toothpaste will be more abrasive. If you find that the process is actually working, go on to the other areas on the plastic casing. You may also use other polishing materials like the Meguiar’s PlastX.

(Never use products/cleaning solutions that are meant to use for glass windows. They will enhance the damage and the plastic will turn more yellow)

In case, toothpaste doesn’t work, you might want to try with a sand-paper polish and subsequent re-polish for a clean smooth surface.

Step 1: Always wear latex gloves before taking out the HID headlight carefully from the case/socket and clean it gently by rubbing alcohol. Always make sure that the bulb is cold before you apply any alcohol (the car should have been powered of for sometime).

Step 2: Clean the headlight case using soft cloth dipped in soap water.

Step 3: Cover the headlight lens with painter’s masking tape to ensure that no damage comes to the car’s paint.

Step 4: Apply soap water to your headlight lens and depending upon the intensity of the damage, clean them with ‘2000 grit sand-paper’. If the damage is excessive, you might have to use ‘600 grit sandpaper’. It is important that every HID headlight owner keeps a range of sand paper in the garage. These products are cheap and come in quite handy.

Step 5: Re-glaze the surface with plastic polish using foam or wool.

Step 6: Apply seal wax to finish off the process.



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

How To Choose And Install HID Conversion Kits

Headlights are among the most important elements of a car modification project. This is an area where car owners can conceptualize, customize, upgrade and go for components that give a whole new look to the car. Traditionally, car manufacturers and owners have always entertained halogen headlights but today we have an alternative that will make the driver feel more comfortable in challenging situations. Apart from giving an optimum amount of beam in low visibility conditions, HID conversion kits present several other advantages. As such, many car owners are upgrading to HID kits. If you have been planning equally, here are certain things that you need to know about choosing and installing the same.

Things to consider before buying HID

Technological innovation has played a huge role in the bringing out newer varieties of HID equipment. With several brands available in the market, the options to choose from are really huge, the only differences being in the performance and capabilities. Here are some basics to understand.

1. Cost

As compared to traditional halogen bulbs, HID headlights are a bit pricier. If you are not planning to spend huge, it is advisable to drop the idea of HID installations.

2. Quality

The only advantage with HID headlights is the quality of the output. They not only help the driver with a better vision but also enhance the looks of a car. The Xenon gas used in HID products generates much pronounced light beams and a sharper view, presenting a better view ahead.

In case you are looking to buy a new car, pre installation request for HID headlights cab save both money and time spent. On the other hand, if you are looking to upgrade from traditional light bulbs to HID alternatives, a HID conversion kit is a sensible investment. HID conversion kits have several manufacturers and you can chose form a wide range of products and prices.

Installing headlights using HID conversion kit

Every new purchase of HID headlights also comes with an instruction manual that can act as your guide to installation. Offered by most manufacturers, this guide will have step by step instructions that are simple enough to understand by any regular car owner. Make sure, you don't have reservation against getting your hands a bit dirty!

The most important aspect of HID headlight installation is the ballasts. These include some essential clogs that will help your headlight to convert electricity into beam more efficiently. An average HID headlight needs over 20,000 volts to start and it may take a while to get an effective beam after immediate installation. On the other hand, traditional halogen headlights only require about 20 volts of electricity. Further, the ballasts need to be put into the right places. Ensure this and the rest will take care of itself. The complete installation process using an HID conversion kit shouldn't take more than an hour, a couple of hours at maximum and once done, you have some spectacular light to brighten up your travel. Another advantage of HID headlights is their high durability. This alternatively last longer and generally comes with a 3,000 hours of work life.

HID headlights provide the best alternative to vehicular lighting in the present days. A bit pricey but they are fast becoming a popular choice among car owners of all categories.



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Monday, October 6, 2014

What Are The Differences Between LED And HID Conversion Kits? Read Here



HID conversion kits has been the only decent option for about 10 years when it comes to replacing your car headlights with something brighter and stylish but since the introduction  of LED technology or we will better say LED conversion kits, the choice of customers has changed a lot. Now most of the automobile owners are opting for LED headlights. 


Have a look at these major differences between these two technologies being used widely:


HID bulbs have different power levels and slow warm-up time while LED bulbs have fast warm-up time.


LED bulbs last 15 times longer than HID’s which make them durable alternative.


The selection largely depends on your requirements as both (HID and LED) have their own pros and cons. LED’s are available in limited colors and if you are looking for more colors, HID bulbs should be your priority. 


HID bulbs take 4 to 15 seconds to fully warm-up while LED bulbs require no warm-up time.


Single beam LED and HID kits are equally plug_and_play while dual beam LED kits are way easier to install. Just like its single beam counterpart, LED dual beam kit is “instant on”.


A lot of people complain about the heat generated by HID’s while with LED’s the generated heat is just half of that generated by HID.


LED bulbs are way more durable than HID bulbs. It might be possible that in near future we will see LED lights which generate far more lumens than HID lights.


HID conversion kits are brighter and are available in more colors but LED lights have their own advantages. So at the end the decision totally revolves around your budget and requirements. 


Replacing your car headlight from these modern options is a wise decision as it will offer you more safety, more visibility and amazing driving experience.


Check out the full range here: HID Conversion Kits




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