Elta Automotive Ltd. has produced a 24-part guide under its VisionPro and Lucas brands that features the up and coming bulbs, based on the UK vehicle parc, to ensure workshops are equipped with the correct bulbs to reflect the parts pareto.
Elta has seen a notable rise in demand for globe type signalling bulbs such as the HPC16WY, the wing mirror mounted indicator lamp for the ultra-popular Mercedes Sprinter. Not only are these bulbs positioned in a somewhat vulnerable area, the vehicles they are fitted to are now at an age where they are more commonly serviced in the aftermarket.
Many of the references are unusual in terms of their base and connectors, which are increasingly different to traditional standards. The series highlights the H18 and H19 next generation halogen headlight bulbs that fit the Ford Ecosport and KIA Forte (the new Cee’d) for example, are brand new. Early adopters will want to stay ahead of the game by introducing these to their range now.
There have also been developments in the world of HID (high intensity discharge) Xenon lamps. 25w Xenons were first fitted to cars in 2013 and so these models are now entering the aftermarket for service and repair. Designed specifically for smaller cars, the unusual shaped 12v 35w D5S (Citroën C4 Picasso, Skoda Rapid), which integrates both a ballast and starter, and the new 40v 35w D8S (Audi A1) are sure to see a rise in demand throughout the aftermarket this year.