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Ford’s ‘Crystal Diamond’ LED Headlights Improve Mood, Says Automaker

Although it may sound like pseudo-science, Ford Motor Company claims that their new “Crystal Diamond” LED headlights can contribute to lowered stress and irritation for drivers, possibly leading to an improved overall mood.

Crystal Diamond LED headlights debuted on the Ford F-150 full-size pickup, and are now also available on the Fusion midsize sedan.

How It Works

Ford’s Crystal Diamond LED headlights are capable of a more broad, even light dispersal than other headlight designs. “We know that gradients and homogeneity affect people’s moods,” said Ford Design Engineer and Optics Expert Arun Kumar. “We also know the eye wants to focus on contrast changes and other inconsistencies in lighting – it’s an automatic function of the brain that can irritate mood.”

So, the idea is that by casting a more homogeneous, broad beam, the human eye will have less inconsistencies in illumination on which to fixate. Simple.

Apart from that, the new Crystal Diamond LED headlights have the added benefit of increasing efficiency by up to 62 percent, while lowering cost and keeping the fixture size minimized for better design flexibility. The boost in efficiency “not only helps to stabilize the psyche, but also has the potential to affect global environmental savings,” said Kumar.

“As we democratize this lighting innovation to a broader audience, the impact could be significant, with millions of gallons of fuel potentially saved on a global scale.”

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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