Mercedes-Benz presents next-gen LED headlights
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Mercedes-Benz presents next-gen LED headlights

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Mercedes-Benz needed to make a quick move about the technology behind their models’ headlights – since Audi and BMW already swapped for laser headlights – and the change is finally here.

After using around 500 LEDs to attend all the lightning functions on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps on the CLS-Class facelift, Mercedes-Benz will soon start producing headlights which feature 84 LEDs.

Whether you are happy or not about that, Mercedes-Benz explaines that while the CLS has 24 LEDs, the additional LEDs will provide a better illumination.

To support that, Mercedes also confirmed its intention to incorporate High Range LED high beams into their models’ headlamps in the near future.

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“This additional high beam employs state-of-the-art high-performance LEDs to provide high-beam ranges of over 600 m in driving situations, without any oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead.”

According to Mercedes-Benz, when it comes to the number of pixels, the same is true of LED headlamps as of a digital camera: the more the better. In other words, the higher the number of individually controllable pixels, the more finely the light can be controlled and adapted to different conditions.

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Although Mercedes-Benz introduced the innovative MULTIBEAM LED headlamps in 2014 in the CLS-Class, the German manufacturer reached a coupe of important milestones in lighting technologies in the past 20 years:

1991: Premiere of xenon headlamps with gas discharge lamps in the Mercedes F 100 research vehicle

1995: Xenon headlamps with dynamic headlamp range control in the E-Class

1999: Premiere of bi-xenon technology in the CL-Class

2003: World premiere of the active light function in the E-Class

2004: World premiere of bi-xenon headlamps with active light function and cornering light function in the CLS-Class

2005: Premiere of Active Night View Assist in the S-Class

2006: World premiere of the Intelligent Light System in the E-Class

2009: World premiere of the Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist in the E-Class

2009: Premiere of Active Night View Assist Plus in the S- and E-Class

2010: World premiere of LED High Performance headlamps incorporating all the light functions of the Intelligent Light System in the CLS-Class
2010: New xenon burner with 20 percent higher colour temperature, and thus even closer to daylight, in the S- and E-Class

2011: Start of series production of the spotlight function (world premiere)

2013: New E-Class fitted as standard with energy-efficient LED low-beam headlamps (34 watts/vehicle)

2013: New S-Class becomes first car to be fitted exclusively with LED headlamps as standard

2014: World premiere of MULTIBEAM LED headlamps in the new CLS-Class

 

Read our full review of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 BlueTEC with the MULTIBEAM headlights here.

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