Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are chipping away at the century-old automotive lighting market in ways that no one foresaw even five years ago.
Many of today's vehicles use LED-based center high-mount stop lamps, headlights, and taillights. But the LED penetration has gone beyond such basics. The new Acura TLX prototype, for example, has a row of LED lights on its mirrors. Cadillac places LEDs on the rear decklid of its CTS sedan. Ford has even put them on the door sill plate of its Mustang. And many other manufacturers use LEDs for daytime running lamps, fog lamps, and for eyebrows above the headlights.
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Mercedes-Benz's Concept S-Class Coupe employs LED lighting all around, but nowhere in more striking fashion than in the interior. Mercedes said the blue was chosen to convey a "sporty and modern" look.