Article By Trevor Jones

AFL LED: Full LED Adaptive Lighting for New Vauxhall Zafira Tourer and Mokka X

  • AFL LED headlamps deliver optimum nighttime visibility without dazzling other drivers
  • Nine individual lighting functions for safer driving in towns and the countryside at night
  • Energy consumption in start/stop further reduced by Stop Mode Light

Optimum visibility without dazzling others.

The optional AFL LED headlamps offered by the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer and Vauxhall Mokka X produce a bright white light that effectively turns night into day and automatically adapt to the driving situation. AFL LED features nine individual functions or lighting patterns such as Town Light, Country Light and Stop Mode Light, which not only optimize visibility but also save energy.

Driving at night is one of the most dangerous things people can do, mainly because human beings are diurnal, i.e. we are active during the day, and we sleep at night. It is not natural for us to be on the road in the dark.

Vauxhall was the first automobile manufacturer to bring adaptive forward lighting (AFL) with bi-xenon headlamps in 2003 - the Vauxhall Astra was the first compact car with cornering lights in 2004, followed by the Zafira Tourer in 2005. Vauxhall then made halogen headlamp-based AFL available for the first time in the Corsa in 2006, and Vauxhall now offers AFL in almost every passenger car model and the introduction of the next generation has begun: IntelliLux LED Matrix Light, which takes LED technology to the highest level, made its world premiere in the compact class last year on the new Vauxhall Astra.

The Zafira Tourer and the Mokka X, with adaptive forward lighting and full LED functionality for all headlamp and signal functions, mark the next milestone in the rollout of LED at Vauxhall. Like the Astra’s matrix system, AFL LED also delivers the benefits of adaptive forward lighting without the moving elements. However, instead of switching LEDs on or off in a variety of combinations, AFL LED adapts to the driving situation and the presence of other road users by automatically changing the lighting pattern of the headlamps.

The optional AFL LED headlamps have nine functions.

At speeds above 35mph, Country Light improves illumination of the road and the verges when driving in rural areas. The range of illumination in the driving lane is longer, while the distribution of light on the offside is lower to prevent dazzling of oncoming traffic. In addition, the improved illumination of the roadside verges enables earlier recognition of potentially dangerous objects (e.g. animals).

In curves or when cornering, AFL LED activates Cornering/Curve Light, whichswitches on an additional left or right LED that illuminates the road in the direction of travel, depending on the steering angle or turn signal. Cornering/Curve Light switches on automatically at speeds under 25mph when the turn signals are in use and/or the steering angle changes from the straight-ahead position and crosses a certain threshold. Cornering/Curve Light switches off when signaling stops and the steering is in the straight-ahead position and is active up to a maximum speed of 45mph.

At speeds under 35mph, AFL LED automatically activates Town Light. Compared with Country Light, the beam is closer to an area near the car and wider at the sides thanks to the cornering lights operating at reduced intensity. The improved illumination helps the driver to see the sides of the road and avoid potential accidents, e.g. with children or pedestrians.

Manoeuvering Light illuminates the area around the vehicle when driving or reversing into a parking space, or leaving the parking spot. In this mode, the cornering lights shine at reduced intensity when the driver selects reverse gear. Maneuvering Light remains active for 20 seconds after disengaging reverse gear or until the car drives faster than 5mph in a forward gear.

Tourist Mode (for countries where driving is on the other side of the road), High Beam, Daytime Running Lights and High Beam Assist (automatic activation/deactivation of high beam depending on presence of other vehicles) complete the menu of AFL LED functions that improve visibility.

The optional AFL LED headlamps of the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer and Vauxhall Mokka X not only enhance safety. Compared with other lighting technologies, LED also requires significantly less energy. The Vauxhall AFL LED headlamps take this inherent advantage a step further by automatically activating Stop Mode Light when the vehicle’s start/stop system has stopped the engine. In this mode, the cornering lights switch off while the low beam stays on, reducing the energy consumption of the headlamps.

Both Mokka X and the Zafira Tourer arrive in Dickens' showrooms later in the year.