The adoption of light-emitting diode systems offers great potential for change in the lighting sector.
For example, German supplier Schefenacker, which does not produce front lighting systems, is looking to break in as the changeover to light-emitting diodes for front lights occurs around 2006 to 2008.
Light-emitting diode front lighting systems are expected to integrate with dynamic adaptive front lighting systems.
Smaller and lighter than current headlamps, light-emitting diode systems are easier to motorize and are more flexible as a light source.
In addition to the direct benefits, light-emitting diode systems will be much more closely integrated into the electronic architecture of vehicles.
This integration will allow development of fully dynamic exterior lighting suites.
For example, sources at Hella foresee the replacement of a separate, driver-controlled rear fog light with an intelligent light-emitting diode lighting system that will sense foggy conditions and activate brighter rear lights accordingly.
Major competitors have development programs under way for adaptive rear lighting, with brake force display that reacts not only to pressure on the brake pedal but also to the proximity of the following vehicle.
But among other obstacles, legislation permitting the development of adaptive rear lighting systems is not expected until about 2007.