What happened to the yellow lights that the cars had in France?

Many will remember, from family trips or excursions to the other side of the border. In France, until a few years ago, the cars had headlights yellow. A historical curiosity in which up to now had not investigated. However, don’t you see cars with yellow lights in France, maybe some classical or some old car. What happened? Why France lost one of its most nostalgic sign of identity car? This is the curious story of his lights, of yellow color.

If you traveled to France in the 90’s or before, I’m sure that you remember the features yellow lights of its fleet.

The lights of yellow color were first introduced in France in the year 1939. The legend says that this allowed to differentiate between the vehicles French vehicles German invaders, which was useful during the reconquest ally of France. Although there may be some truth in this, the real reason is less “glamorous”. The glare with these lights was lower to that of the white light: by removing the wavelengths of light between blue and violet, the glare was less.

luces-amarillas-1Another of the arguments in favor was that it allowed a visibility better in adverse weather conditions, such as rain or fog. Its main drawback was its lower brightness. A halogen bulb color yellow had a brightness up to 30% lower when a conventional light bulb. Why? It was necessary to incorporate a cap glass-tinted yellow halogen bulb, reducing the brightness of the comparative form. Remember, these lights is used only until the year 1993.

With a bad regulation, the yellow lights of the French cars to dazzle less than the white lights.

in the early 90’s several new technologies began to appear on the market, like the xenon lights or halogen bulbs with a tinted differently, which they offered to the French a yellow light with blue tones and brightness. Before a industrial landscape is changing and the pressure of Europe, the French Government gave his arm twisted, hiding behind a european directive. This european directive required that all vehicles sold in the European Union had the same type of lighting.

luces-amarillas-2Meant the purpose for the dipped headlights – and long – yellow color, but the european regulation does allow the fog lights of a car are both yellow. There should be No problems with the authorities or the ITV for bringing antinieblas of this color, and bring looks pretty interesting in addition to a better penetration into the fog. What ever will be the picture of the streets and highways in france, bathed in that interesting yellow light. Or those moments of child, by easily identifying the French cars.

The yellow lights are not dead

As antinieblas, the yellow lights are still permitted by the european legislation.

And although the yellow lights have died in France, have not made it into the competition. Are still being used in Le Mans and endurance racing, with the aim of separating classes of vehicles. This type of lamps cause less glare and dazzle, much less to the other competitors. In addition, they work better with rain or fog. In competition they are still in use, and in the streets are becoming to become popular in the scene tuning. The problem is that this type of lighting does not pass the ITV, and possibly stopped by the Police.

luces-amarillas-3In countries with less restrictive with the lighting of their vehicles, these lights give a delicious retro feel to the preparations, especially if they are based on old cars. The Porsche or BMW classic, they are great, and their application to a few standard lenses is as simple as adhering a film of yellow color to a conventional optics. Another option is to purchase bulbs of yellow dye, such as those sold in France before the European Union declared as not allowed.

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