Whether it’s the form they take, or the function they serve, LED lighting is becoming a “must-have” feature on most new cars. From the Toyota Corolla to a Bentley Continental, their presence has transformed a “brighter light” into a signature look.  

The rapid rise of these “light-emitting diodes” started with their high efficiency and relatively low manufacturing costs. Other benefits soon become more apparent. For example, LEDs can outlast typical halogen bulbs by years, with a color temperature that’s closer to daylight.

They’re extremely versatile as well-and can be used as head and tail lights, turn signals, daytime running lights, and even interior and instrument panel lighting. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class uses them exclusively; nearly 500 LEDs in each vehicle.

But, it’s their compact size, and flexible packaging, that has made them the new darling of automotive stylists. Strung together, they can be shaped and manipulated into some eye-catching designs. Not to mention they’re also a hallmark of brands like Audi and Jaguar, among others.

The all-new Ford Mustang, with its LED tail lights and sequential turn signals……and the Acura RLX with its jewel-eye LED headlights are prime examples of this trend.

While LEDs are finding their way into more-affordable vehicles, their use is largely reserved for flagship and premium models. But that will most likely change as the technology matures over the next few years. And that’s it for this week’s MotorNews.