Main headlamps role - to see

The main role of headlamps is to see: to project light to better anticipate the road ahead (bends, road signs, pedestrians, trees, etc). The better you can see the safer you are.

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Different Light sources for Headlamps - Valeo is a pioneer and masters all of them !

Valeo, with it’s Cibie brand was the first one to develop the halogen headlamps. First applications were aimed for the racing cars. In 1969 – H1 bulb appears for the first time during the race « les 24h du Mans ». Since that time Valeo continuously innovates its lighting systems proposing highly complex technology benefiting for customers safety and visibility.


Different Light sources for Headlamps


First developed by Cibié (Valeo-owned brand) in 1919's

  • Halogen bulbs are still the most used light sources for headlamps, representing more than 80% of the car park
  • Valeo constant development of more complex solutions example elliptical modules that allow the use of transparent lenses and new design possibilities
  • Yellow colour lig


Increased visibility and longer light range 

  • Xenon bulbs are part of the High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps.
  • +30% more visibility compared to halogen
  • Longer light range: 110m vs. 80m of halogen
  • White colour light:light closer to daylight
  • Lower power consumption example 35W vs. 55W for H1 bulb that allows significant CO2 reduction by 1.3g/km.
  • Valeo first xenon headlamp in 1991


Compact efficient light source with less power consumption 

  • L.E.D bulbs are based on Light Emitting Diodes. 
  • very efficient light for less power consumption than halogen and xenon bulbs
  • extended design possibilities thanks to their compact size
  • Lifetime of etire vehicle’s lifetime
  • White colour lights - usually
  • Valeo has launched full-L.E.D. headlamps for example for Ford Mondeo, Seat Leon and Volkswagen Golf VII applications

And more! Valeo Laser source...

Valeo is offering a new lighting system combining a LASER beam with a conventional LED lighting system which allows drivers to see twice as far at night, therefore enhancing driving safety and comfort.

Several technologies for Headlamps

Discover Valeo expertise recognized by car manufacturers - from lights to advanced lighting technologies

In combination with the different light sources, Valeo has developed different technologies improving driver’s visibility in response to the Adaptative Front Lighting System (AFS) regulations set in the early 2000’s.



Fixed Bending Light (FBL) and Cornering systems consist of additional reflecting surfaces or elliptical modules in the headlamps or the fog lamps dedicated to corner visibility. The additional light source is switched on when the driver turns the steering wheel or activates the turn indicator. The first FBL headlamp launched by Valeo was an application for the 2003 Porsche Cayenne. With the Dynamic Bending Light technology, there is no additional light: the elliptical module can rotate of 15° towards outside and 8° toward the inside when the driver turns the steering wheel for a maximum visibility in corners.


Full AFS: Intelligent Adaptative Lighting Systems

The Xenon or L.E.D. module can swivel in every direction and adapt the light beam according to the vehicle speed and the weather conditions to improve driver’s comfort and safety. The standard low beam automatically changes to “Motorway beam” at a speed of around 110 km/h to increase the visibility up to 120 meters. Other full AFS options include “Adverse weather beam” that concentrate lighting on certain areas of vision to reduce glare due to reflections from wet surfaces or fog. Lastly, the “Tourism mode” reverses the lighting of right-hand-drive vehicles for driving in countries where one drives on the right side of the road, and vice versa.



Valeo has developed a Adaptative Driving Beam (ADB) system that uses a camera to detect the presence of other vehicles. The headlamps remain in the main beam position and progressively lower the beam as an oncoming vehicle approaches, to avoid glare (Glare-Free High Beam). The function also takes into account the rear lamps of vehicles driving in the same lane. In an even more innovative development, the camera and position captors will detect the road’s gradient and adapt the beam height accordingly. Those functions are grouped together under the name BEAMATIC™.

The latest generation headlights in that group called MATRIX combines low and high beam functions in a single, highly compact component (less than 300g), and offers continuous, automatic transition from high to low. First vehicle equipped with Matrix - Audi A3.


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Right hand drive

Valeo part Application for Side Year OES cross Traffic Technology
44139 AUDI Q7 Bi - function left 2009 4L0 941 029 AG RHD Xenon
44140 AUDI Q7 Bi - function right 2009 4L0 941 030 AG RHD Xenon
44951 BMW X1 Bifunction left 2012 7290263 RHD Xenon
44952 BMW X1 Bifunction right 2012 7290264 RHD Xenon
43912 BMW 1-Serie (E87) left 2006 7180841 RHD Xenon
43913 BMW 1-Serie (E87) right 2006 7180842 RHD Xenon
46736 BMW X1 BiLED left 2015 7428737 RHD LED
46737 BMW X1 BiLED right 2015 7428738 RHD LED
46808 HL VW Golf 7 GTI AFS left 2013 5G2 941 753 A RHD Xenon
46809 HL VW Golf 7 GTI AFS right 2013 5G2 941 754 A RHD Xenon


Left hand drive

Valeo part Application for Side Year OES cross Traffic Technology
88409 PORSCHE Cayenne left 2003 955 631 157 00 LHD Xenon
88410 PORSCHE Cayenne right 2003 955 631 158 00 LHD Xenon
44295 BMW X1 (E84) left 2009 63112993491 LHD Xenon
44296 BMW X1 (E84) right 2009 63112993492 LHD Xenon
46716 VW Transporter left 2015 7E1 941 773 LHD LED
46717 VW Transporter right 2015 7E1 941 774 LHD LED
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