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author photo by Autotrader May 2011

Remember when only Audi could boast those cool, bright LED running lights on the front of its cars? These days, it seems like every automaker has them, from Mercedes-Benz to Kia – and with every passing auto show it appears more carmakers have taken the plunge, converting their regular running lights to trendy, stylized LEDs.

Most recently, Kia has joined the light-emitting diode party, adding them to its newly-released Sportage SUV, as well as its 2012 Soul and Rio, which debuted last month at the New York International Auto Show. That adds the South Korean automaker to a growing list of manufacturers turning to LEDs to add some flair to their recent designs, a trend which doesn't have to look very far back to find its roots.

Most car buffs will agree that Audi started the LED trend with the debut of its R8 sports car in late 2007 although some vehicles like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid began using LED taillights a little earlier. The German automaker soon added it to a few of its other high-end models, receiving considerable praise for their aggressive, exciting appearance. It wasn't long before Mercedes-Benz and Porsche joined the party, each adding the LED running lights in 2009.

Now, nearly every automaker from Lexus to Cadillac offers LEDs in some form – and it's not always on the front. Chrysler has placed LED tail lights on several new products, including its restyled Dodge Charger, which features a LED light bar spanning the entire width of the full-size sedan's back end. The Charger's LEDs are its tail lights rather than its brake lights, meaning they're always illuminated whenever the headlights are on. That gives the Charger a powerful, pricey look with minimal investment.

But LEDs are about more than just style, they're brighter than traditional light bulbs, they last longer and generate less heat. LED's are so effective, most police departments have begun using them on their patrol cars. The Los Angeles Police Department says one LED light bar will remain in service for the life of two cars.

So are LED lights just a fad? Maybe but in the meantime get used to them, because if your current car doesn't have them, chances are good that your next one will.

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More New Cars are Using LED Lights - Autotrader