Light systems Illuminating the road ahead
From automatic headlights that know just how much light you need, to clever lights that can shine round corners, we've made sure you're never left in the dark when driving.
Why good lights are vital
Driving at night requires extra concentration. Your vision is reduced and it can be more difficult to see vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. According to statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of accidents 40% of road accidents occur after dark, so it's clear that good lights are an essential factor in road safety and driving comfort.
Bi-Xenon headlights shine further than conventional halogen headlights to illuminate more of the road ahead. They are brighter and clearer - xenon light is similar to daylight - so you'll find night driving easier and less tiring on your eyes. These lights also use less energy and last longer. Bi-Xenon is a special version of the xenon headlight and allows a single headlight to generate both high and low beam. When you select low beam, a moving shutter partially shields the light. To switch to high beam, an electromagnet moves the shutter out of the light beam's path.
Dynamic cornering lights
Our Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering light give up to 90% better illumination of corners as the headlight beam will swivel to follow the angle of your steering wheel.
How does it work?
The steering movement of the headlight units, which include small servomotors, is controlled by signals from the steering angle sensor, among other things. The maximum swivel angle of the cornering lights is 15 degrees. This gives you early warning of any hazards and some vital extra time to react.
Static cornering lights
Our static cornering lights provide an extra light source behind the headlight reflector. When you turn the steering wheel, or indicate, a small additional reflector with a separate halogen bulb lights the area you're turning into, over several metres at an angle of 35 degrees. As a result, the driver spots potential hazards sooner and more easily. The static cornering light's clear signal effect also alerts other road users.
Automatic headlight range control
Ensures the optimum headlight setting and illumination of the road ahead. It keeps your beam range constant, however heavily your car is loaded, stopping your headlights from shining too high and dazzling oncoming traffic. The control function automatically adjusts the headlights' angle, depending on the load in your car.
It comes in either static or dynamic versions. Static systems adjust to compensate for the extra weight of the passengers and their luggage. The control unit processes information it receives from tilt sensors in addition to signals from the electronic speedometer and the ABS braking control unit. It can then work out whether the car is stationary or travelling at a constant speed.
The dynamic system can also correct the headlight setting when your car is pulling away, speeding up and slowing down by monitoring changes in the speed signals via its powerful control unit. Its actuator motor also adjusts at a higher speed to correct the headlight range within a fraction of a second. Automatic headlight range adjustment is a legal requirement on vehicles fitted with Bi-Xenon headlights.
Our dusk sensors detect light levels and automatically turn on the headlights when the light is low, helping you to drive more safely.
The dusk sensor system is fitted close to the rain sensor, behind your internal mirror. It detects light levels and automatically turns on the dipped headlights when the levels are low - for instance, when you are driving through a tunnel, at night, or when dusk sets in. Your headlights must be switched on to auto setting for the dusk sensors to work. They turn off automatically once you're back in the light.