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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.



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.



Discover our selected Valeo headlamps and many more in our catalogs…


Right hand drive

Valeo partApplication forSideYearOES crossTrafficTechnology
44139AUDI Q7 Bi - functionleft20094L0 941 029 AGRHDXenon
44140AUDI Q7 Bi - functionright20094L0 941 030 AGRHDXenon
44951BMW X1 Bifunctionleft20127290263RHDXenon
44952BMW X1 Bifunctionright20127290264RHDXenon
43912BMW 1-Serie (E87)left20067180841RHDXenon
43913BMW 1-Serie (E87)right20067180842RHDXenon
46736BMW X1 BiLEDleft20157428737RHDLED
46737BMW X1 BiLEDright20157428738RHDLED
46808HL VW Golf 7 GTI AFSleft20135G2 941 753 ARHDXenon
46809HL VW Golf 7 GTI AFSright20135G2 941 754 ARHDXenon


Left hand drive


Valeo partApplication forSideYearOES crossTrafficTechnology
88409PORSCHE Cayenneleft2003955 631 157 00LHDXenon
88410PORSCHE Cayenneright2003955 631 158 00LHDXenon
44295BMW X1 (E84)left200963112993491LHDXenon
44296BMW X1 (E84)right200963112993492LHDXenon
46716VW Transporterleft20157E1 941 773LHDLED
46717VW Transporterright20157E1 941 774LHDLED