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CONVENTIONAL paints contain organic solvents harmful to the environment. They enter the air during application and drying, necessitating complicated cleaning efforts.

In recent years it has been possible to develop high-quality paints in which water largely takes the place of solvents. The solvent content of the fillers and basecoat paints of some car makers have been reduced by more than 85%.

In addition, paint shops increasingly use economical, fully-automatic paint application techniques. Processing these paints requires high professional standards, precisely controlled climatic conditions and the most stringent cleanliness in the paint shop.

XENON headlights use gas-discharge lamps and are electronically controlled. The arc unit contains a gas consisting largely of xenon, an inert gas, ignited by high-voltage. The resulting arc is very bright and serves as an excellent light source to illuminate the road.

The blue-white colour of xenon light is because its spectrum is much closer to daylight than conventional halogen. Xenon headlights produce about twice as much light and make night driving, particularly in poor weather, safer and less tiring for the driver's eyes.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 8, 2005
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