Philips RacingVision GT200 wins 2023 Auto Express Best Buy
The Philips RacingVision GT200 – the top-of-the-line halogen performance bulb in the Philips automotive lighting range – has taken top honours in the 2023 Auto Express bulb test.
This is just the latest accolade for the Philips RacingVision GT200 halogen bulb has received since its introduction in the Autumn of 2020.
The Philips RacingVision GT200, which offers up to +200 per cent brighter light than the industry standard, has already been judged “Best of Test” in Auto Plus’ group headlamp test and has been named a “Recommended Buy” in the previous Auto Express bulb test as well as being Highly Commended in Auto Express’ Product Awards in both 2021 and 2022.
“Auto Express’ tests are the benchmark in the UK and to have awarded Best Buy status for 2023 is further testament to Philips RacingVision GT200’s enduring quality,” says Richard Armstrong, business development manager automotive – UK and Ireland at Lumileds.
In awarding the Philips RacingVision GT200 the “Best Buy” status, Auto Express reported that the bulb had scored the highest Figure of Merit (the combined measurement of light at both 50m and 75m on low beam) by some 10 per cent compared to any of its competitors.
Auto Express also, for the first time, included price of purchase as a factor in its assessment and concluded that Philips RacingVision GT200 was “a winning combination”.
Auto Express has long acknowledged that Philips’ automotive products have pioneered technological advances in the automotive lighting sector. The Philips name is on almost every major innovation in automotive lighting over the last hundred years: halogen bulbs, high-performance halogen bulbs, HID Xenon lighting, long-life halogen, and most recently, LED lighting.
This year, however, the UK bulb test also noted the consistency of product quality matching between each of the pair of bulbs tested.
Lumileds factories produce Philips’ halogen and xenon bulbs for the aftermarket on the same production lines – and to the same exacting quality standards – as their OE bulbs. Each product is checked more than 30 times before door – Philips says its PPM score is best-in-class.
The Philips RacingVision GT200 delivers the super-bright visibility of a rally bulb in a format drivers can safely and legally use on public roads – its optimised bulb design offers higher luminance for a better view of the road ahead.
With its ultra-performance beam reaching a full 80 meters further than the minimum length, the Philips RacingVision GT200 bulbs allow drivers to see more of the road ahead. This helps them to spot potential hazards sooner, react faster, and position their car more accurately on the road.
The technology behind the Philips RacingVision GT200 ensures that it remains at the cutting edge of halogen bulb design. Diamond Precision quartz glass ensures more light output within the regulation limits and guarantees a sharp cut-off line for the beam so as not to dazzle oncoming drivers – a factor that is critical to the overall inherent safety properties of any car headlamp bulb.
The Philips RacingVision GT200 also delivers a brighter sweet spot to give more better light on the road where it counts – as is borne out by the Auto Express tests. In addition, quartz glass also gives greater thermal shock resistance, protecting the bulb’s lifespan, while enhanced UV absorption protects the headlight unit of the car itself.
Philips OE quality products are designed and developed following strict quality control processes (including applicable ISO standards.
The Philips RacingVision GT200 is compatible with car models of major brands, including Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Toyota and Volkswagen. It is available in the headlight bulb types H4 and H7.