1880s: The first headlamps are introduced, fueled by acetylene or oil. Acetylene lamps were much more resistant to wind and rain, but they were far from infallible out in the elements. Delivering a steady supply of fuel to the lamps was also difficult.
1898: The Electric Vehicle Company of Hartford, Connecticut, introduces the first electric headlights on its Columbia model as an optional accessory. More electric headlights followed, but were limited by the short lifespan of the filaments inside the bulbs.
1917: Cadillac engineers a lever inside the car that can control the transition between high and low beams. Before then, you had to get out of the car and “dip” the lights manually.
1940: U.S. law requires all cars to come equipped with two 7-inch round sealed beam headlamps, which stymied further innovation in the technology for some time.
1962: The first halogen bulbs are used in Europe for cars, but prevented from entering U.S. manufacturing until 1979 because of the standardized regulations.
1991: The BMW 7 series introduces the first high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, which provide even stronger beams than halogen.
2004: Light-emitting diode (LED) headlights first hit the market with the Audi A8 W12, followed by the 2007 Lexus LS 600h.
In 2005, ETHER PHOTOELECTRIC LTD was founded.
In 2008, First workshop erected
In 2010, ISO was certificated
In 2012, ETHER acquired its first DOT approvals for 7” and 4X6” headlights, also the very first DOT of its kind in this industry of Chinese mainland. ETHER got the first SAE, ECE approvals this year.
In 2014, ETHER’s quality rate reached over 99.98%, which is way higher than most competitors in this industry.
In 2016, exterior Heavy Duty combination head lights with de-icing function were introduced, making ETHER one of the 10 companies worldwide to do so.
In 2017, ETHER was certified as High-Tech enterprise by Guangzhou Municipal Government.
In 2018, 9 MMALs (Mixed Model Assembly Lines) were imported. Workshop expanded. Daily Delivery of LED Work Lamps exceeded over 3000 pcs/day.
In 2019, over 30 models of new auto lights were introduced into market; more patents applied; ETHER’s auto lighting products have been well accepted in over 50 countries & regions. ETHER’s products win confidence from many famous brands and OE vehicle customers.