LIGHT­ING MEN­ACE

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Ris­ing num­ber of road ac­ci­dents ow­ing to poor vis­i­bil­ity, es­pe­cially at night and in bad weather, is a ma­jor con­cern in In­dia. There­fore, the de­mand for en­hanced road safety through high­per­for­mance au­to­mo­tive light­ing has in­creased. The global au­to­mo­tive light­ing mar­ket has been largely ben­e­fit­ing from the chang­ing par­a­digms in gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions and con­sumer fo­cus on road safety and ve­hi­cle aes­thet­ics. The va­ri­ety and di­ver­sity of ve­hi­cles, mul­ti­plic­ity of driv­ing trends, in­creas­ing de­mand from ris­ing ur­ban pop­u­la­tion and mid­dle-in­come groups, ex­pan­sion of global au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ers into emerg­ing mar­kets, along with elec­tric, hy­brid and au­tonomous ve­hi­cles cre­ate a very big mar­ket for au­to­mo­tive light­ing. Glob­ally it is poised to grow to over USD 30,107.2 mil­lion by 2023 at an es­ti­mated CAGR of 6.43%.

Au­to­mo­tive light­ing in­dus­try, which de­pends on the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try for its growth, is ex­pected to ben­e­fit from the ris­ing ve­hi­cle sales. Nu­mer­ous tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments were ob­served in the au­to­mo­tive light­ing down the years. The au­to­mo­tive light­ing mar­ket has wit­nessed the ad­vent of in­can­des­cent lamps, halo­gen lamps, and xenon lamps ow­ing to the tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions and de­vel­op­ments. Cur­rently, the seg­ment for LED light­ing tech­nol­ogy is gain­ing wide­spread pop­u­lar­ity world­wide.

In In­dia, the gov­ern­ment has for­mu­lated var­i­ous reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing suf­fi­cient in­stal­la­tion of light­ing equip­ment in pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles. New reg­u­la­tions are still in the process of be­ing laid down to im­prove the safety of ve­hi­cle in bad weather. The reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cles sup­port the in­stal­la­tion of LED lights. Still the halo­gen lamps are cho­sen for their dura­bil­ity and lower cost. The high cost of LED-based light­ing is lim­it­ing its adop­tion, de­spite its sev­eral ad­van­tages.

Un­reg­u­lated light­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions and in­stal­la­tions af­ter the ve­hi­cle pur­chase for en­hanced aes­thet­ics and bril­liance on dark roads, have be­come a big men­ace mainly in subur­ban and ru­ral long-dis­tance roads and high­ways. Driv­ers from the op­po­site di­rec­tion have to grope in the daz­zling light and meet with ac­ci­dents. The Cen­tral Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tions (CMVR), set out by the Au­to­mo­tive Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ARAI), should have more strin­gent pro­vi­sions to end the light­ing men­ace.

Sim­i­larly, the ‘In­stal­la­tion re­quire­ments of light­ing and light-sig­nalling de­vices for ve­hi­cle hav­ing more than three-wheels, trailer and semi-trailer ex­clud­ing agri­cul­tural trac­tor’ should be en­forced to avoid the more fre­quent light­ing-re­lated road ac­ci­dents in the coun­try.

Bhar­gav TS

Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor s.bhar­gav@nextgen­pub­lish­ing.net

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