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Ostar visible and infrared LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors are said to enhance automobile control, safety and appearance and improve illumination and sensor functions.

The company said LEDs offer automakers advantages over conventional lighting solutions.

Their efficiency provides energy savings that can be reflected in lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.

They will also outlast the vehicle itself in most cases, effectively eliminating lamp replacements and reducing potential warranty costs.

The use of LEDs can also enhance driver safety by illuminating the road surface with high definition and reduced glare, enhancing perceptions of contrast – especially in the peripheral field of vision, for example, where pedestrians, animals or poorly lit vehicles may suddenly appear at night.

The Ostar headlamp LED’s integrated shutter for horizontal light cut-off reduces system complexity.

This integrated approach is said to reduce mounting depth and takes up less space than conventional headlamps, according to Osram Opto Semiconductors.

The Ostar headlamp is available as a product platform with up to five LED chips.

A conversion process provides a seamless white colour impression at maximum brightness levels.

Depending on the variant and operating current, values between 125lm and 1,000lm are achievable.

With its scalable brightness and range of configuration options, the Ostar headlamp offers many styling options and is suited to all headlamp functions, including low and high beams, fog lamps and daytime running lights as well as motorway beams and cornering lights.

For daytime running lights, Osram has developed the Ostar Compact LED.

With a power draw of 5W and an operating current of 1.4A, the Ostar Compact achieves a typical brightness of 300lm and its 2mm chip provides high luminance.

With this small, high-power light source light guide systems can be produced with just two LEDs.

The robust component also has a heat removal rate of 6kW, making it ideal for the high-temperature zones at the front of an automobile.

In addition to the Ostar line, Osram is offering the Oslon SX ECE and MX ECE as complementary forward-lighting products.

The Oslon devices round out Osram’s LED power forward-lighting portfolio and offer a complete range of output from 20lm to 1,000lm.

All of the forward-lighting products offer the same colour binning, which means the entire forward-lighting scheme can be harmonised with homogeneous colour.

Osram’s IR Ostar Observation family of infrared LED emitters (850nm) are designed specifically for use in night-vision equipment and CCTV applications.

They deliver a wavelength specially adapted to CMOS/CCD camera systems.

IR Ostar LEDs can be used with cameras in the vehicle to aid in functions such as pedestrian protection, night-vision systems, lane departure warning systems and in detecting objects in the rear of the vehicle when backing up for rear collision avoidance.

These LEDs can also be used inside the vehicle for features such as drowsy driver sensing and out-of-position sensing for airbag deployment.

Available as compact, multi-chip arrays, IR Ostar LEDs are certified for automotive applications at temperatures up to 125C and provide low thermal resistance for optimal thermal management.

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