February 12, 2003
Light Bulb Replacements To Make Driving Safer

Diode lights will reduce energy costs and provide greater control over lighting color and lighting locations. Aside from the obvious expected benefits their ability to light up faster will reduce car accidents.

Buses, trucks and autos have diodes in brake lights and interior lighting. Styling and maintenance benefits are driving the trend, but there are safety benefits, too. Because the diodes light up fractions of a second faster than do incandescent lights when a driver hits the brakes, anyone trailing a vehicle at 65 miles an hour is able to stop about 19 feet sooner, according to a study at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

For more on the future of light bulb replacement technologies see this and this previous post.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2003 February 12 04:12 PM  Materials Advances


Comments
eric said at April 29, 2004 4:18 AM:

New York Times article link is useless. They have an overly enhanced view of the value of their content.

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