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Lippstadt, November 2007. Hella has developed vehicle-specific LED daytime running lights for retrofitting to the Volkswagen Golf V and Ford Focus II. The fit perfectly into the front of the vehicle and look as if there were fitted as standard. Modern lighting technology and elegant design with a clear-glass look are combined to give a safety benefit while going easy on the environment: After all, two LED daytime running lights need just ten watts of power; additional consumption is not measurable.
The round lights are supplied with special covers that are tailor-made for the respective model. They fit exactly into the front apron and enhance the appearance of the vehicle. Three high-performance LEDs per light ensure a high level of recognizability during the day and therefore considerably improved safety in road traffic. They switch on automatically when the engine is started. The rest of the vehicle lighting is then not in operation. This eases the load on the energy balance. In addition, LEDs last for the life of a vehicle; their service life is about 10,000 hours of operation.
The LED daytime running lights consist of a robust, compact diecast aluminium housing. A shock-resistant plastic cover lens protects the light sources and the high-sheen metallized reflector. The lights are designed as a multi-voltage version and are therefore universally suitable for 12-volt and 24-volt vehicle electric systems. A relay integrated into the light saves an additional relay during installation.
The new vehicle-specific LED daytime running lights are type-approved (in accordance with ECE Directive 87) and will be available from specialist automotive aftermarket retailers from January 2008. The scope of supply includes corrosion-proof metal holders, plastic Design covers and a pre-assembled harness with perfectly sealed plug-connections and protectively-covered cable looms.