Headlights

Headlights

Car's lightning device used to light the road ahead is commonly termed as headlights. But do you know it is more correct to call it as headlamps? Here are additional amazing facts about your car's headlights.

  • Acetylene or oil was first used to fuel car's light but soon electric headlights were made available by Hartford Car Company in 1898.
  • The world's first complete set of electric powered auto lights was introduced in 1908. The complete set includes headlights, side lights, and tail lights. Pockley Automobile Electric Lightning of Birmingham sold the first set all powered by an 8 volt battery.
  • The earliest headlights are all round in shape using the corning methods used in glass making. The Corning Canaphore was the first to make use of optic lenses.
  • Dipping headlight was first introduced in 1915 with Cadillac having lever inside the car allowing driver to switch it without leaving the car.
  • Foot-operated headlight dimmer switch was out in the market in 1927, 1991 Ford F-Series was the last car model to have foot-operated headlights.
  • Headlights with cornering function were first out in the market in 1935 with three headlamps in front of the car operated by the steering wheel. It was then in 1940 when the standard 7-inch round sealed beam lights was set as the standard for all vehicles in US, Japan, Australia and Britain. But car companies like Volvo and Saab did not follow and have their own format for their car models.
  • In 1962, car owners were mesmerized with the introduction of halogen headlights. But it was prohibited in US until 1978. In the year 1983, car owners saw the return of replaceable incandescent bulb for sealed beam headlights.
  • Hidden headlights were first use in car models in 1936, it was then for styling rather than for functionally and most volume-produced cars do not use these types of custom headlights.
  • Leveling system for headlights were introduced in France in 1948, the first manually operated. It was then made to be a requirement specification for car companies. It was in 1954; the first automated leveling system was made available. Today, all car companies are being recommended to use automated leveling system, which allows better seeing and fewer glares for drivers.
  • Automated beam switching was featured in General motors' car model in 1952 but it was only in 1953, that it was widely used in GM car models. This automated beam switching gave way to Autronic Eye in 1952 and to GuideMatic in 1958.