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LEDs Now Dominant Light Source In Automotive Lighting

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Value demand for LEDs alone in automotive lighting will nearly triple from $1.4 billion in 2020 to $3.9 billion by 2024, says Strategy Analytics

In its new report 'Automotive Lighting: Who Can Challenge LED's Dominance?' Strategy Analytics says that LEDs are now the dominant light source in cars and that the value demand for LEDs in automotive lighting will nearly triple from $1.4 billion in 2020 to $3.9 billion by 2024.

LED has seen further developments in efficiency and Tier 1 vendors have developed cost effective solutions for LED headlight modules. With the urgency to improve efficiency to support emissions and fuel economy mandates, the transition from halogen and xenon to LED has increased.

But automakers are also increasingly looking at styling with LED-based systems to win customers over their rivals. LED is also being used to raise functionality in lighting systems, particularly Digital Light Projection (DLP) and matrix LED headlights to form a precise Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) and increase the use of glare-free high beam illumination, as well as new welcome lighting and even projecting messages and virtual lane markings.

“While the emerging market regions, low cost and heavy duty sectors seek component integration to lower the size, weight and cost of the lighting system, the increasing requirement for styling and functionality in the mass market will raise the profile of semiconductor vendors in system development,” says Kevin Mak, principal analyst in the Global Automotive Practice (GAP). “As more complicated systems are developed, OEMs will increasingly demand flexibility from their semiconductor suppliers.”

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