Valeo: three headlamp solutions
Valeo company Cibié first developed Halogen technology in the 1950s. Since then, Valeo has continued to improve the technology and now provides over 1000 references for the aftermarket.
Valeo launched the first Xenon headlamps in 1996. Xenon bulbs are High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps that offer increased visibility compared to halogen headlights, at a longer range.
Light Emitting Diodes (L.E.D.s) provide an efficient light with less power consumption than halogen and xenon bulbs, and extended design possibilities thanks to their compact size. First used in tail lights, L.E.D.s are now also used in headlamps.
Valeo headlight innovations
As a major Original Equipment (O.E.) supplier, Valeo is at the forefront of headlight technology, constantly driven by the desire for better car lighting. These innovations include:
- AFS - Valeo has developed different technologies in response to the Adaptative Front Lighting System (AFS) regulations set in the early 2000s.
- FBL / Cornering / DBL - Fixed Bending Light (FBL) and Cornering systems aid corner visibility.
- Full AFS: Intelligent Adaptive Lighting Systems – the headlight beam adjusts according to vehicle speed and weather conditions.
- ADB / Beamatic - The Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) system detects other vehicles and adjusts accordingly. The Beamatic system also takes the road’s gradient into consideration.