Audi has always said that its R8 sports car would get the Le Mans concept’s unique lighting arrangement, and the option will finally be available from the end of this year. The headlight will use LEDs for low and high beams as well as daytime running lights and indicators. The advantage of using LEDs is the ultra-high 6,000Kelvin temperature rating, which is roughly the same color as ordinary daylight. By comparison, xenon lights only manage a 4,100K rating and the yellowish hue of halogen lamps only rates at 3,200K.
Other benefits of LEDS are its much longer lifespan, smaller overall size and lower power usage. The lights also provide developers with greater freedom for their designs as the diodes can be placed in unconventional arrangements and patterns. Lexus has beaten Audi to the table with its LS600h luxury saloon that uses LED headlights for low-beam use.