2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: It's Not Too Bright
April 22, 2015
LED map/reading lights sound like a great idea. They're bright, energy efficient and generally emit a pleasant color temperature. But LEDs bulbs are also pretty directional, focusing their beam of light in a fairly narrow spread. That's actually pretty handy when, you know, you're reading a Thomas Guide. But since most people abandoned that skill last millennium, LED overheads seem a bit more of a fashion than true utility.
And since everything seems turned around backwards in our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, I couldn't make sense of which controls were on the left stalk after a long absence from the F-Type and starting home in the dark (I was also looking to set the headlight controls back to Auto because resident technophobe Kurt Niebuhr insists on deselecting the Auto setting on any car he passes through. He'd have the whole fleet on bias plies if he were king).
The LED dome lights were no help in illuminating the left side doorwell. The photo above is a good representation of the light coverage. There's just no ambient spill over there, making it near-impossible to determine what controls are over there, at least at a glance while driving in the dark. I'll chalk up some of this to age and deteriorating eyesight, but in this scenario, I'll take a regular incandescent or fluorescent bulb.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor