With light-emitting diodes (LEDs) dropping in price virtually every year, automakers have begun employing them, not only on luxury vehicles, but on entry-level models, as well.
And for good reason. LEDs offer a multitude of advantages. They draw less power than incandescent bulbs, last the life of the vehicle, and illuminate more quickly, providing a safety benefit when used as brake lights. They're also favored by automotive designers, who like their design flexibility.
We've collected photos of LEDs in vehicles, showing their use in applications ranging from daytime running lamps and headlights to taillamps and cupholder lights. Following are just a few of the many autos that employ LEDs for lighting, inside and out.
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The 2013 Ford Mustang uses three LED “ropes” around its iconic three-bar rear lights. (Source: Ford Motor)
Taste in vehicles is definitely evolving – gaudy and distracting often come to mind, but then hubby drives a 1985 Cutlass and I drive a 1997 Lumina so I obviously don't keep up with the latest trends. LEDs do make sense for the many reasons stated, but I think some folks are not able to find that magical balance that enhances a look without overwhelming it. I would like to see LEDs in strategic places that enhance visibility without overwhelming the senses of the driver or the cars around them. Sometimes less really is more...
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