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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S500)

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S500)

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All-LED lighting. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the first model to have all of its illumination provided by light-emitting diodes—or LEDs as they’re more commonly known. LEDs are changing the face of vehicles and allowing designers to configure lighting, outside or inside, in ways that wouldn’t have been possible with old-style filament bulbs. They’re typically brighter—they put out more lumens—yet have a beam pattern that’s more uniform; and perhaps the biggest advantage is that it’s unlikely that you or any owners down the line will ever have to replace a burned out LED (or bulb!). For anyone who's ever had to disassemble an instrument panel to get to one or two old-tech light bulbs, that’s a welcome ‘best feature.’ And we don’t think it’ll be long before more models go bulb-free.

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