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Next step of Xenon: Fully integrated Xenon 25W PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 January 2010
In spite of the arrival of LEDs, Xenon technology has still few nice years ahead, presumably until 2018 as Driving Vision News forecasted in a lecture at Delris 2 years ago.
Xenon could even be considered as illustrating best how a mature technology can induce innovation through continuous developments and conduct to a completely renewed offer:  the fully integrated Xenon 25W.
Developed with the initial target of getting rid of the washing system, Xenon 25W is the best affordable technology for a better light in the near future for most cars: it is the best compromise between better lighting performance and cost. Here are the reasons why:
Fully integrated Xenon 25W comes with 5 advantages and one obstacle.
The first two advantages are presented in this newsletter.
Two other advantages are presented in our next newsletter and the last advantage plus the obstacle to go through will follow.

First advantage: weight reduction
20 years before, a 1989 Xenon system , at that time called D1, had a weight over 2,000 g per side, with an additional 2000 g for the car washing system.
Today’s standard complete Xenon systems weights about 300 to 375 g per side (bulb, igniter, shielded cable, ECU) with an additional 2000 g for the washing system.
With the completely integrated Xenon 25W system under preparation in the European experts working group, the target is a weight of around 125 g per side, and no washing system.
This means a saving of up to 2500 g per car by just step ping to the integrated Xenon 25W version, including the saving of 2000g for the washing system.  
Weight is always a key factor in the current situation. The European average fleet weights are actually about 1250 kg and 2,5 kg saved are meaningful.  This is one argument why we should go for Xenon 25W.
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Monday, 18 January 2010
Many automotive front lighting innovations are currently in development or have already been launched as for instance adaptive lighting (see Mercedes new E-class then S-class), or LEDs (see Audi R8 then A8)
For me the main new technology car makers and lighting suppliers have to be aware of in the next months is the Xenon 25W technology for 3 reasons:
1) This technology is the best compromise between better lighting performance and cost.
2) This technology is affordable for most of the cars.
° Low range of premium car would be equipped with Xenon 25W instead Halogen.
° Middle range cars would mainly be equipped with Xenon 25W instead of Halogen
° Low range cars would have an attractive good light option with Xenon 25W.
3) Xenon 25W brings a great contribution to CO2 saving, with a consumption per car of maximum 50w for low and high beam, instead of today’s Halogen 130W-260W consumption range.

LED technology is the best technology for the far future, with strengths on energy consumption, styling and suitability for all cars (from high range cars with styling and performances to low cost cars with few LEDs and minimum styling) but will not be affordable for most cars in the near future.

Xenon 25W is the best affordable technology for a better light in the near future for most cars, with the threat to be outperformed in all aspects by LEDs after 2015-2018. The opportunity window being so narrow, car makers and lighting suppliers should work together to create a common standard, key to the rapid market introduction of the Xenon 25W technology.

Week after week, DVN will publish “Deep and short technical info” presenting the different advantages of Xenon 25W. Your feedback will be very interesting to succeed together in the introduction of this technology in the market.

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