Anti-fog lights help drivers to navigate safely and avoid head-on collision in roads during foggy weather. In the automotive industry, anti-fog lights are generally placed in front of a vehicle below the head lamps. Sometimes anti-fog lights are placed both at the front and rear of vehicles. Anti-fog lights are crucial for vehicles operating in hilly and mountainous areas for safe driving. Lights emanating from anti-fog lamps must be compatible with lights produced by vehicle head lamps, so that the driver can view the road through the car windshield without any strain to the eyes.
Rise in air pollution across the world resulting in increase in smog, subsequently increases the demand for automotive anti-fog lights and other anti-fog light devices. A factor driving the anti-fog light market is installing anti-fog lights in hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, and vehicles with 12-volt electric architecture. Rising demand for electric vehicles across the world is increasing the demand for automotive anti-fog lights. Majority of automotive manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan, and Volkswagen are using anti-fog lights in their automobiles. In response to increase in accidents due to foggy weather, global vehicle safety organization IRF (International Road Federation), based in Geneva insists that automotive regulatory bodies in different countries should mandatorily install front and rear fog lights in all vehicles.
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In terms of technology used, the global anti-fog light market is segmented into Xenon, Halogen, and LED (Light Emitting Diode). Halogens are a group of non-metals including Astatine, Iodine, and Bromine Chlorine. Traditionally, while manufacturing anti-fog lights, halogens are the most preferred material used. Recently, LED technology is being used in developing anti-fog lights. Anti-fog light products made from halogen gas come as standard products compared to anti-fog light products made from LED. The up-front cost in adopting LED anti-fog lights is more than halogen anti-fog lights. The lifetime of anti-fog LED lights is more than halogen anti-fog lights. Xenon is an inert gas that is odorless, dense, and colorless. Anti-fog lights are also made by using Xenon gas.
In terms of vehicle type, the global anti-fog light market is bifurcated into motor cycles, passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and others. Commercial vehicles include heavy trucks, buses, and other heavy vehicles. The market share of passenger vehicles is more than commercial vehicles in the anti-fog light market. The market is segmented by types of sales into OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and aftermarket sales.