Osram LED fog light sources reach Japanese auto market
Energy-efficient and durable headlamps using Osram JOULE JFLCF2 LED modules provide an alternative option to the standard halogen-based technology.
Osram high efficiency LED modules are receiving world-wide acknowledgement and inclusion with Japan as the latest market to accept the JOULE product for fog lighting applications. Mitsubishi Motors recently agreed to offer the Osram JOULE JFLCF2 LED module in the 2011 Mitsubishi RVR compact crossover vehicle. This marks first time that JOULE was adopted in Japan market. Referred to as the ASX in Europe and sold as the Outlander Sport in North America, Mitsubishi’s RVR is an alternative vehicle to large SUVs offering superior fuel economy and low emissions. Osram LED lighting helps Mitsubishi achieve efficiency goals while allowing the set maker, Aoki Seisakusho Co., Ltd, design flexibility to match the vehicle’s compact nature.
The Osram JOULE System features excellent design and safety advantages. The design of the JFLCF2 modules with integrated lenses ensures ideal fog-light distribution, which guarantees improved vision even in thick fog. Osram optical optimization and management of the LED system equates to greater safety for drivers. The area in front of the car and the edge of the road are illuminated better. In fact, the module has an extra wide illumination pattern of ±50°. Additionally, oncoming traffic, pedestrians and other road users can see this lighting better, resulting in improved roadway visibility.
The JFLCF2 modules, a version of the JFL2, are available in series production since November 2009. As they already include lenses, which meet the requirements of the new EU directive ECE R19 F3, they can be integrated into fog lights easily and inexpensively. This is the first LED fog in Japan that is certificated as new ECE R19 Class F3.
In addition to strong ecological benefits, the LED modules are resistant to shock and vibrations with a lifespan that usually exceeds that of the vehicle. Therefore, lighting systems with LEDs need to be maintained far less often than conventional halogen-based lamps. With just 14 watts of power input per fog light, the LED module is considerably more efficient than the halogen version’s 55 watts. The low wattage also alleviates any extra strain on the vehicle’s generator, contributing to the car’s overall energy efficiency and fuel consumption.
“We appreciate that auto manufacturers, like Mitsubishi, are starting to focus more on the economical and environmental impacts of their vehicles,” Nobutaka Itagaki, Osram LED product and business development manager. “Mitsubishi is a leader in the ecological area; their new i-Miev is the first commercially available electric vehicle in world. At 80 percent more energy-efficient than traditional light sources, we are very pleased to help Mitsubishi continue to attain their ecological goals with our LED solutions.”
The fog lamps can be customized with heat sinks or assembly fixtures and offer customers the possibility of adjusting the design to their needs.
Osram’s Automotive Lighting division and the LED specialist OSRAM Opto Semiconductors have jointly developed the JOULE JFL2 LED module. Lighting solutions of both companies for the car and motorcycle industry range from individual LEDs to standardised systems such as JOULE. Osram’s JOULE LED modules can also be used in other lighting functions such as dipped and main beams, braking, indicator and reverse lights. The high-performance diodes consume far less energy than conventional car and motorcycle lamps and can be included in new, platform-independent vehicle models.
Osram (Munich, Germany) is part of the Industry Sector of Siemens and one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. Sales for Osram worldwide totaled to €4.0 billion in fiscal year 2009, 88 percent of which came from outside Germany. Osram is a high-tech company in the lighting industry. Over 66 percent of sales come from energy-efficient products. This global player employs more than 39,000 people worldwide, supplies customers in some 150 countries and has 46 production facilities in 17 countries (September 30). www.osram.com
OSRAM Mr. Nobutaka Itagaki Tel: +81-45-323-5102 Email: N.Itagaki@osram.com Edelman Japan KK Mr. Go Ichino Tel: +81-3-6858-7719