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Philips Ultinon Essential gen2 homologated for all car models in Korea

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Philips Ultinon Essential gen2ís homologation in July (H7 bulb size) broke new ground for the use of LED headlamps on public roads in Korea.
Philips Ultinon Essential gen2ís homologation in July (H7 bulb size) broke new ground for the use of LED headlamps on public roads in Korea.

Since July 2020, Korean drivers have been able to upgrade their headlights from halogen to LED following approval of the second-generation Philips Ultinon Essential. Developed by Lumileds, the bulb brings superior LED brightness with a stylish white light.

Expanding driversí upgrade options

Philips Ultinon Essential gen2ís homologation in July (H7 bulb size) broke new ground for the use of LED headlamps on public roads in Korea. For the first time anywhere, motorists can legally fit an H7-compatible LED bulb to any existing car model and drive on the national road network. And Korean motoristsí upgrade options expanded further in October with certification of the second-generation Philips X-treme Ultinon LED, delivering even more brightness and driving enjoyment. No other bulb-maker today can offer so much choice in road-legal retrofit LED lighting.

With a strong track record of performance upgrades for halogen headlights, Philips automotive lighting solutions lead the way for innovation and added value. The approval of Philips Ultinon Essential gen2 in Korea builds on this, harnessing Lumileds LED expertise to make upgrading from halogen to LED legal on public roads in a new world-first. †

Approval follows rigorous testing

To secure homologation for use on Korean roads, Philips LED bulbs underwent a comprehensive testing program devised by the Korea Automobile Testing & Research Institute. Performance criteria analyzed included perceived brightness and accuracy of the cut-off line. Success in all individual tests is required before approval can be granted. Philips homologation relates to the H7 bulb size and is valid for all car models.

Durability and performance

With the razor-sharp brightness unique to LED, Philips H7 Ultinon Essential gen2 features greater durability via advanced heat-management technology. A built-in fan provides active cooling, while the aluminum heatsink maximizes heat extraction, a critical element for product reliability and lifetime, enabling the accessibly priced bulb to perform longer at peak brightness.

Philips X-treme Ultinon gen 2 boosts visibility by up to 250% to help drivers see further. The superior light performance produced by Lumileds OEM chips, as supplied to leading automotive manufacturers, delivers a perfect beam pattern that illuminates accurately without dazzling other road-users.

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It is your own responsibility to ensure that the use of the LED retrofit lights complies with applicable local legal requirements.

As a leading lighting solutions company for the automotive industry, Lumileds is licensed to use the Philips brand for its automotive lighting and accessories product portfolio. Technologically advanced Philips automotive lighting solutions are renowned in the automotive industry and have been for over 100 years. The Philips Automotive Grade Quality products are designed and developed following strict quality control processes (including applicable ISO norms), leading to consistently high production standards. To find out more:

About Lumileds:

For automotive, mobile, IoT and illumination companies who require innovative lighting solutions, Lumileds is a global leader employing more than 9,000 team members operating in over 30 countries. Lumileds partners with its customers to push the boundaries of light.

To learn more about our portfolio of lighting solutions, visit†

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