What is adaptive lighting?

Adaptive Headlights are headlights which have a system attached to them that changes the direction of the light beams according to traffic conditions. When the driver makes a steering movement, the headlights will move accordingly. The difference with normal lighting is that normal lighting continues to shine straight ahead when cornering. Adaptive Lighting will turn with the steering, keeping the field of vision intact and not reducing it. Adaptive Lighting therefore makes it possible to see far into the bend while it is dark. More modern cars nowadays often have adaptive headlights as standard. Older cars do not yet have this feature included in the headlights. The brightness and position of the luminous elements are controlled by a separate electronic unit. In this way, the headlights always give the right light pattern.

Benefits of adaptive headlights

The rotating headlights bring many advantages. For example, the headlights provide optimum visibility and maximum view in all conditions. In addition, the system is linked to cameras in the headlamp. If the cameras detect oncoming traffic, the lights are automatically dimmed. This prevents accidents caused by other road users being blinded and unable to see the road.

Another advantage of adaptive lighting is that they are floodlights. Floodlights are focused on illuminating the largest possible area. When driving on the highway, even the roadside will be illuminated in this case. This allows the driver to anticipate dangerous situations such as crossing wildlife more quickly. In addition, most adaptive headlights come with a highway mode. The lighting will automatically adjust to highway driving. Possible obstacles and traffic signs are better illuminated by adaptive lighting, making it easier for the driver to see them. More and more car manufacturers are equipping their cars with adaptive lighting as standard or optional, making it part of the safety package.