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This DRL from Ningbo Yinzhou Masahiro uses 1W Bridgelux LEDs.

Advancements in technology are encouraging wider adoption of SSL in various lines.

China manufacturers of vehicle lighting assemblies are adopting newer technologies as they align selections with the latest styling trends, environmental requirements and safety regulations. In doing so, companies hope to boost sales, in both traditional and emerging markets.

China manufacturers of vehicle lighting assemblies are adopting newer technologies as they align selections with the latest styling trends, environmental requirements and safety regulations. In doing so, companies hope to boost sales, in both traditional and emerging markets.

Under this effort, many are expanding their range of LED units, which provide more energy savings than those employing other light sources. Adoption is growing amid advancements in solid state lighting, especially in the domestic industry.

In taillights and auxiliary lamps, for example, diode-fitted designs are projected to account for more than 50 percent of output. SSL technology has taken a solid foothold in the two categories, since these require only low-power diodes, which are already available from several domestic suppliers.

Makers of vehicle interior lighting are also taking advantage of the components’ availability in a wide range of hues to offer designs emitting customized colors. The current selection includes units generating blue and purple light exceeding 6,000K and 10,000K, respectively.

Solid-state devices are also gaining ground in front lighting, specifically in daytime running lamps. DRLs are considered a high-growth category, with the products now mandatory in all new cars and small delivery vans in the EU. A similar legislation will be implemented for trucks and buses in August next year.

LEDs are the preferred light source in the line because these are more energy effi cient than halogen counterparts. As a result, the additional fuel required to keep DRLs operating is minimized.

Looking to boost sales in the EU, Ningbo Yinzhou Masahiro Electron & Arts Inc. has developed models suitable for BMW cars. The products have fi ve 2 or 3W LEDs and E4 certification.

The trend for diode-based designs is also evident in headlight assemblies with angel eyes. Although CFL-fitted units dominate basic selections, those for the upscale segment combine halogen with xenon or LED bulbs.

Ningbo Yinzhou Masahiro is among the companies offering kits using SSL. Popular in the EU, especially in Germany, the maker’s selection includes models that give off a cold white beam with a color temperature of 8,000K. LED bulbs reaching 10W are employed, in contrast to Taiwan- and Japan-made variants that come with 3 or 4W light sources.

Guangdong Kingwood Electronic Co. Ltd offers headlight assemblies equipped with LED DRLs and angel eyes. For the high- and low-beam lamps, the models use halogen and xenon bulbs, respectively. The products meet CE and E-Mark specifications.

A few are working on all-LED headlights. Applications remain limited to luxury vehicles, however, since the lamps require bulbs of higher power than those in DRLs and signal lights. Existing high- and low-beam lamps use two or three 15W bulbs.

Besides expanding their diode-based selections, makers of light bars are releasing assemblies fitted with a 3G security camera. The device can provide a 360-degree view of an area from a distance of 200 to 300m.

Target destinations of new designs include Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa.

Products & prices

Automotive lighting assemblies from China include headlights, taillights and auxiliary lamps. Models come in kits consisting of the housing, lens, reflector and electrical components. Screws and other mounting hardware are often bundled as well. Units may come with the bulb or not.

Quotes depend on the raw materials and components adopted. Adherence to certain international regulations is also a consideration. Upscale models are typically certified compliant with CE and E-Mark requirements. In addition, many have IP65 rating.

Another price determinant is the target application. Kits for popular vehicle models are typically less expensive than designs for limited editions or luxury cars.

In taillights and auxiliary lamps, low-end and midrange designs are fitted with halogen or xenon bulbs. Upscale versions employ LEDs. Diode-based taillights and fog lamps are at least $2 per unit and about $3.80 a pair.

For headlights, prices can exceed $180. Halogen-fitted models dominate the selection, accounting for at least 50 percent of output. The rest have HID or LED light sources and aim at the midlevel to high-end sector.

Housings for headlights, as well as taillights and auxiliary lamps, use PC, PP, PBT and ABS.

China hosts more than 1,000 suppliers of vehicle lighting assemblies. Makers are clustered in Jiangsu province and Shanghai, which are close to areas with strong vehicle production industries.

Product gallery

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Guangdong Kingwood Electronic Co. Ltd

Model: KWRAV4
MOQ: 3 sets
Delivery: 15 days
Description: LED headlight; 35W; 4,300K color temperature; CE, E-Mark

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Guangdong Kingwood Electronic Co. Ltd

Model: KWAUDIA6L
MOQ: 3 sets
Delivery: 15 days
Description: LED headlight; 35W; 4,300K color temperature; CE, E-Mark

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Guangdong Kingwood Electronic Co. Ltd
Model: KWCRUZE
MOQ: 3 sets
Delivery: 15 days
Description: LED headlight; 35W; 4,300K color temperature; CE, E-Mark

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Ningbo Yinzhou Masahiro Electron & Arts Inc.

Model: DRL-UNA
MOQ: 50 sets
Delivery: 5 days
Description: DRL; five 1W Bridgelux LEDs; 5.4W; 350 to 450 lumens; 6,000 to 6,500K color temperature; 0.4A at 13.5VDC working current; 3 to 30VDC working voltage; IP56 rating

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Ningbo Yinzhou Masahiro Electron & Arts Inc.

Model: DRL-BM15W
MOQ: 10 sets
Delivery: 3 days
Description: LED DRL; 7W day, 0.5W night output power; 0.44A at 13.5VDC working current; -25 to 85 C working, -40 to 125 C storage temperature; reverse battery and surge protection; UV-resistant ABS and PC lens; IP56 rating

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Wenzhou Start Co. Ltd
Model: LTDG1855
MOQ: 10 units
Delivery: 7 days
Description: Strobe light; 0.5 or 1W GENII LED; 15 or 30W; 0.5 or 1A; 12/24VDC; 470x205x460mm; 5.5kg

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Wenzhou Start Co. Ltd

Model: LTF8900G
MOQ: 10 units
Delivery: 7 days
Description: Lightbar; red, blue, amber, white or green LEDs; 170W; 12A; 12VDC; 1,230x415x275mm; 10kg

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Zhejiang NAC Group (Zhejiang NAC Auto Parts Dept)

Model: ZAN10-3
MOQ: 20 pairs
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Bixenon headlight; 1,000x660x500mm

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Zhejiang NAC Group (Zhejiang NAC Auto Parts Dept)

Model: ZNM09-04
MOQ: 20 pairs
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Taillight; red, chrome and smoke-colored PMMA lens; ABS and PC housing; 530x450x230mm; 4.8kg; for Hyundai Tucson

Note: All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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