Philips X-tremeVision, offering up to 130 per cent brighter light compared to the minimum legal standard, and developed by Lumileds, has been hailed as the ‘best performer for high beam reach’ by What Car? magazine.
The independent test, with results also published in CAT magazine, was identical to the one used to determine type-approval of ‘E’ marked headlight bulbs. Ten pairs of H4 bulbs were examined for brightness and that the spread and pattern of light complied with ‘E’ regulations.
Halogen headlight bulbs are manufactured and approved in accordance with regulatory requirements (ECE R37). The specifications include the permitted luminous flux in lumen, electrical power consumption and all the dimensions from the glass bulb itself to the base.
These specifications aim to ensure that every approved H4 bulb, for example, fits into every headlight intended to be used with a H4 bulb and that the combination provides the correct light beam.
In this report, Philips X-tremeVision was the best performer for high beam reach in the most ‘important areas’: 50-75m to the right and 50 metres in the front of the car; therefore, it met both angle and brightness standards.
Lumileds Business Development Manager Automotive – UK and Ireland, Richard Armstrong, said: “These are important tests, as they emphasise the confidence and trust that motor factors, technicians and end-users have in our products. These results also back-up our claim that Philips X-tremeVision headlight bulbs are engineered for the ultimate in visibility and performance.
“Because headlight bulbs are a safety-critical product, we are continuing our mission to improve our offering further and ensure motorists are as safe as possible. We hope all motor factors and technicians supply bulbs that meet regulations.”
This latest endearment adds to Lumileds’ roster of commendations, with Philips RacingVision recently named Auto Express Headlight Bulb of the Year 2019.