Automotive FAQ – LED lighting

General Information

What is Lumen?

Specifies the overall visible light output of a light source, which is emitted in all directions.

What is Candela?

Specifies the luminous flux, which is emitted into a certain direction.

What is Lux?

It is the measurement unit of illumination intensity. It specifies the luminous flux, which is emitted on a certain surface. At 1 lux e.g. the human eye can easily read a book.

What is IP?

The IP Code classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion, dust, accidental contact, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures.

What is ECE?

United Nations Economic Commision for Europe.

What is the Reference Number?

The reference number is a value that is related to the high beam headlight which is regulated in ECE R112. Every certified high beam headlight has a reference number marked on it either left or right to the E-mark sign. According to ECE R112 the sum of all reference numbers of high beam headlights attached to the car must not exceed a total of 100.

What is an E-Mark?

An E-Mark has to be put on a product if it fullfills at least one category of the ECE regulation. Example and explanation:

  • H: Halogen/LED
  • D: Xenon
  • C: Low beam
  • R: High beam
  • PL: Plastic lens
  • 2439: Approval number
  • Arrow left right: left- and right-hand driving
  • 30: Reference number
  • E4: Granted approval in Netherlands

LEDriving replacement lamps: LED retrofits

LED lamps offer a multitude of advantages, including their distinctive cool white light, which gives cars a modern look. Thanks to their instant light output, they provide faster signals and thus enable drivers behind you to react faster. In addition, they are characterized by their long lifetime and high energy efficiency compared to conventional lamps.

OSRAM LEDriving FL and SL replacement lamps are plug & play solutions that make the replacement as easy as it gets.

OSRAM LEDriving HL high and low beam replacement lamps can be easily installed with an adapter. However, there are specific vehicle restrictions for them. Please read the respective user manual and have a look at the compatibility overview, which you can find at www.osram.com/ledcheck

This problem only affects lamps from our LEDriving HL and LEDriving SL product ranges. Check the lamp’s polarity and its contacts for corrosion. If your LED lamp does not turn on, you probably need to:

  1. Remove the LED lamp from the housing.
  2. Rotate the lamp by 180°.
  3. Put it back in the housing.
  4. Make sure the LED is on.

For more information, please refer to the user instruction.

Due to their higher level of energy efficiency, LEDriving replacement lamps use significantly less power than traditional lamps. This lack of power consumption could be interpreted as a broken lamp by the body control unit. The LEDriving CANBUS CONTROL UNIT serves as a bypass of a vehicle’s lamp failure detection system when using a LEDriving replacement lamp without compromising on the lamp’s performance or lifetime. The control unit is easily installed and is suitable for most vehicle models with an automatic lamp failure detection system.

LED lamps are significantly more robust than conventional lamps and are therefore easy to handle. You only have to avoid touching the LED chips as they are heat-sensitive.

OSRAM offers two product ranges of LED signal lamps: LEDriving PREMIUM SL and LEDriving SL. The ranges mainly differ in terms of:

1. Brightness level
2. Electronic features
3. Quality level
4. Lifetime
5. Guarantee (Refer to www.osram.com/am-guarantee for precise conditions)
6. Packaging design

Features of LEDriving PREMIUM SL

  • High color temperatures of up to 6,000 K
  • Superior brightness
  • Replaces conventional lamps
  • Premium OSRAM quality
  • Long lifetime of up to 5,000 h

Features of LEDriving SL

  • High color temperatures of up to 6,000 K
  • High brightness
  • Replaces conventional lamps
  • OSRAM quality
  • Lifetime of up to 2,500h with low energy consumption

We offer dedicated solutions for fog (FL) as well as high and low beam (HL) application. While LEDriving HL have been designed for optimum performance in far-field application, LEDriving FL are ideal for near-field application.

LEDriving replacement lamps do not have ECE approval. This means they must not be used on public roads in any exterior application. Use on public roads leads to cancellation of operating license and loss of insurance coverage. Several countries do not allow sale and use of these products. Please contact your local distributor for information on the availability in your country.

LEDriving replacement lamps for signal lighting are compatible for cars and motorcycles. We offer dedicated solutions for 24 V signal lighting:

LEDriving HL high and low beam lamps are compatible with 12 V and 24 V vehicles:

LEDriving FL fog lamps are only designed for 12 V application:

LEDriving HL high and low beam lamps are not equipped with an internal resistor due to the negative effect on the lamps’ performance and lifetime. Furthermore, additional resistors are not necessary for all car models or applications.

LEDriving HL high and low beam lamps do have limitations in terms of compatibility for certain verhicles. Please consult our vehicle overview to see if LEDriving HL are compatible with your vehicle.

Forward lighting:

  • High and low beam headlight
  • Fog light

Signal lighting:

  • Parking/marking light/position light
  • Indicator light
  • Door/side light
  • Tail light
  • Brake light
  • License plate light and more

Interior lighting:

  • Dome light
  • Reading light
  • Dashboard light
  • Glovebox light
  • Legroom light
  • Trunk light and more

In addition to the general advantages of LED lamps, LEDriving replacement lamps provide benefits that you only find at OSRAM:

  • OSRAM quality control
  • Longer lifetime thanks to optimized heat management systems
  • OSRAM guarantee*
  • Continuous high-performance light output
  • High color temperature & homogeneous light distribution
  • Perfect fit
  • Easy plug & play installation
  • Easy-to-reach customer service

* Refer to www.osram.com/am-guarantee for precise conditions.

LEDriving replacement lamps are available in different light colors. Check the end of the order reference number to identify the color version:

  • CW = Cool White (6,000 K)
  • WW = Warm White (4,000 K)
  • BL = Blue
  • GR = Green
  • R = Red
  • YE = Amber

LED Driving Lights

Can I install the driving light by myself?

The driving ligths can be installed by a technically skilled person. We recommend that people with no training have the installation done by a service centre.

My driving light mist up on the inside. Is this normal and what can I do to prevent it?

Since moisture can get into driving lights while driving in rain or when using a high-pressure jet at a car wash, slight misting of the driving lights is not considered to be a quality defect. The driving lights may also mist up during transitional weather. This should normally disappear after a short time by circulating air. A frequent cause of misted car lights is incorrect use of high-pressure jets while washing the car. We therefore recommend never directing the water jet directly at a driving light and keeping a distance of at least 30 cm from the car.

Do I have to consider special mounting regulations?

According to ECE regulations products need to be installed pairwise (national legislation may differ). There are no special mounting regulations on width and heigth, for pure high beam products. For products with position light, special mounting regulations apply (see user manual).

Can I wire the driving light directly to the corresponding light function?

The driving lights are fully ECE compliant and can therefore be directly wired to the corresponding light function.

Are the driving lights covered by any EMC test?

Yes, the driving lights are covered by ECE R10.

LED Working Lights

Can I install the working light by myself?

The working ligths can be installed by a technically skilled person. We recommend that people with no training have the conversion done by a service centre.

My working light mist up on the inside. Is this normal and what can I do to prevent it?

Since moisture can get into working lights while driving in rain or when using a high-pressure jet at a car wash, slight misting of the working lights is not considered to be a quality defect. The working lights may also mist up during transitional weather. This should normally disappear after a short time by circulating air. A frequent cause of misted car lights is incorrect use of high-pressure jets while washing the car. We therefore recommend never directing the water jet directly at a working light and keeping a distance of at least 30 cm from the car.

Do I have to consider special mounting regulations?

No special mounting regulations apply.

How do I have to wire the working lights?

The working lights need to be installed with a separate switch, they must not be directly wired to a light function of the car.

Are the working lights covered by any EMC test?

Yes, the working lights are covered by ECE R10.

LEDriving headlights: Golf VII Editions

Is it legal to drive with the LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII on public roads in Europe?

The LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII are fully ECE compliant for a replacement of halogen and xenon Golf VII headlights. They are approved according to R6, R7, R 48, R87 and R112 and may therefore be legally installed and used in Europe. This does not include special requirements of individual countries on top of the standard ECE certification of the product.

Does any other conversion have to be done to the vehicle along with replacing the headlight?

Using our headlight means that no other conversion is necessary. You do not need to refit a headlight washer system or dimmer.

Can I replace the LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII by myself?

The headlights can be replaced by a technically skilled person. Ideally, the spoiler should be disassembled by two people. We recommend that people with no training have the conversion done by a service centre.

Are any special tools required for the conversion?

No special tool is needed. All screws and fittings can be loosened using a Torx attachment, screwdriver, and spanner.

How can I take out the 10 pin fitting for the original headlight?

The fitting can be carefully levered out using a screwdriver.

Does the headlight need adjustment after installation?

The headlight light beam pattern must be checked by a service centre and adjusted if necessary.

Should I expect error messages in the on-board system after installation?

Replacing the headlights will not lead to error messages.

Additional 2 red wires are attached to the LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII. Where do I connect these?

These wires must be connected to the positive terminal of the vehicle battery. Without connection, impaired function and error messages in the on-board computer may occur.

Do the headlights have a cornering light function?

The headlight does not have a cornering light function.

My headlights mist up on the inside. Is this normal and what can I do to prevent it?

Since moisture can get into headlights while driving in rain or when using a high-pressure jet at a car wash, slight misting of the headlights is not considered to be a quality defect. The headlights may also mist up during transitional weather. This should normally disappear after a short time by circulating air.

A frequent cause of misted car lights is incorrect use of high-pressure jets while washing the car. We therefore recommend never directing the water jet directly at a headlight and keeping a distance of at least 30 cm from the car.

Do the LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII also work with customer-specific coding?

The LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII electronics were designed and validated on vehicles with factory coding. OSRAM therefore cannot guarantee that the headlights will function correctly in vehicles with modified coding. We ask you to check and consider this before installing the headlights.

Can I install the LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII in every VW Golf VII model?

The LEDriving® headlights for VW Golf VII were designed according to the European car model of VW Golf VII pre facelift (08/2012-2017). This means that local adaptions of the manufacturers may have an impact on the functionality of the LEDriving® headlights for VW Golf VII.

LEDHL103 versions are a replacement for the OEM halogen headlight, LEDHL104 versions are a replacement for OEM xenon with LED day time running lights headlight.

What is the difference between the three editions GTI, BLACK and CHROME of LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII? Are there technical or only differences in terms of the design?

The only difference between the three versions BLACK, CHROME and GTI is the different bezel coating. From technical side all versions are identical.

Are there any differences of the LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII due to right and left hand driving?

The LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII were designed according to the European car model of VW. This means that local adaptions of the manufacturers may have an impact on the functionality of the LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII. LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII are not suitable for left-hand traffic.

Are the LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII approved according to SAE and CCC?

The LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII are not SAE and CCC compliant.

Do I need an additional approval document for the LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII (e.g. ABE)?

No additional documents are needed (special legal country requirements not included). Nevertheless LEDriving headlights for VW Golf VII have ECE approval and we offer an official document. Please get in touch with the colleagues at automotive-service@osram.com.

LEDriving XENARC headlights: Golf VI Editions

Is it legal to drive with the LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlight on public roads in Europe?

The LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights are fully ECE compliant for a replacement of halogen Golf VI headlights. They are approved according to R6, R7, R48, R87 and R98 and may therefore be legally installed and used in Europe. This does not include special requirements of individual countries on top of the standard ECE certification of the product.

Does any other conversion have to be done to the vehicle along with replacing the headlight?

Using our 25W XENARC technology means that no other conversion is necessary. You do not need to refit a headlight washer system or dimmer.

Can I replace the LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights by myself?

The headlights can be replaced by a technically skilled person. Ideally, the spoiler should be disassembled by two people. We recommend that people with no training have the conversion done by a service centre.

Are any special tools required for the conversion?

No special tool is needed. All screws and fittings can be loosened using a Torx attachment, screwdriver, and spanner.

How can I take out the 10 pin fitting for the original headlight?

The fitting can be carefully levered out using a screwdriver.

Does the headlight need adjustment after installation?

The headlight light beam pattern must be checked by a service centre and adjusted if necessary.

Should I expect error messages in the on-board system after installation?

Replacing the headlights will not lead to error messages.

Additional 2 red wires are attached to the LEDriving XENARC Golf VI. Where do I connect these?

These wires must be connected to the positive terminal of the vehicle battery. Without connection, impaired function and error messages in the on-board computer may occur.

Do the headlights have a cornering light function?

The headlight does not have a cornering light function.

My headlights mist up on the inside. Is this normal and what can I do to prevent it?

Since moisture can get into headlights while driving in rain or when using a high-pressure jet at a car wash, slight misting of the headlights is not considered to be a quality defect. The headlights may also mist up during transitional weather. This should normally disappear after a short time by circulating air.

A frequent cause of misted car lights is incorrect use of high-pressure jets while washing the car. We therefore recommend never directing the water jet directly at a headlight and keeping a distance of at least 30 cm from the car.

Do the LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights also work with customer-specific coding?

The LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlight electronics were designed and validated on vehicles with factory coding. OSRAM therefore cannot guarantee that the headlights will function correctly in vehicles with modified coding. We ask you to check and consider this before installing the headlights.

Can I install the LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights in every VW Golf VI model?

The LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights were designed according to the European car model of VW. This means that local adaptions of the manufacturers may have an impact on the functionality of the LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights.

What is the difference between the three editions GTI, BLACK and CHROME of LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights? Are there technical or only differences in terms of the design?

The only difference between the three versions BLACK, CHROME and GTI is the different bezel coating. From technical side all versions are identical.

Are there any differences of the LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights due to right and left hand driving?

The LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights were designed according to the European car model of VW. This means that local adaptions of the manufacturers may have an impact on the functionality of the LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights. LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights are not suitable for left-hand traffic.

Are the LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights approved according to SAE and CCC?

The LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights are not SAE and CCC compliant.

Do I need an additional approval document for the LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights (e.g. ABE)?

No additional documents are needed (special legal country requirements not included). Nevertheless LEDriving XENARC Golf VI headlights have ECE approval and we offer an official document. Please get in touch with the colleagues at automotive-service@osram.com.

LEDriving XENARC headlights: Ford Focus 3

Is it legal to drive with the LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 on public roads in Europe?

The LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 are fully ECE compliant for a replacement of halogen Ford Focus 3 headlights. They are approved according to R6, R7, R 48, R87 and R112 and may therefore be legally installed and used in Europe. This does not include special requirements of individual countries on top of the standard ECE certification of the product.

Why do we need a separate connection to the fuse box?

The LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 has a LED day time running light, which the halogen version of the Ford Focus 3 headlight doesn`t have, therefore we need to get the signal from the fuse box.

Can I replace the LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 by myself?

The headlights can be replaced by a technically skilled person. Ideally, the spoiler should be disassembled by two people. We recommend that people with no training have the conversion done by a service centre.

Are any special tools required for the conversion?

No special tool is needed. All screws and fittings can be loosened using a Torx attachment, screwdriver, and spanner.

How can I take out the 10 pin fitting for the original headlight?

The fitting can be carefully levered out using a screwdriver.

Does the headlight need adjustment after installation?

The headlight light beam pattern must be checked by a service centre and adjusted if necessary.

Should I expect error messages in the on-board system after installation?

Replacing the headlights will not lead to error messages.

Additional 2 red wires are attached to the LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3. Where do I connect these?

These wires must be connected to the positive terminal of the vehicle battery. Without connection, impaired function and error messages in the on-board computer may occur.

Do the headlights have a cornering light function?

The headlight does not have a cornering light function.

My headlights mist up on the inside. Is this normal and what can I do to prevent it?

Since moisture can get into headlights while driving in rain or when using a high-pressure jet at a car wash, slight misting of the headlights is not considered to be a quality defect. The headlights may also mist up during transitional weather. This should normally disappear after a short time by circulating air.

A frequent cause of misted car lights is incorrect use of high-pressure jets while washing the car. We therefore recommend never directing the water jet directly at a headlight and keeping a distance of at least 30 cm from the car.

Do the LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 also work with customer-specific coding?

The LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 electronics were designed and validated on vehicles with factory coding. OSRAM therefore cannot guarantee that the headlights will function correctly in vehicles with modified coding. We ask you to check and consider this before installing the headlights.

Can I install the LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 in every Ford Focus 3 model?

The LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 were designed according to the European car model of Ford Focus. This means that local adaptions of the manufacturers may have an impact on the functionality of the LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3.

Are there any differences of the LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 due to right and left hand driving?

The LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 were designed according to the European car model of Ford Focus 3 (2010-11/2014). This means that local adaptions of the manufacturers may have an impact on the functionality of the LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3. LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 are not suitable for right-hand traffic.

Are the LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 approved according to SAE and CCC?

The LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 are not SAE and CCC compliant.

Do I need an additional approval document for the LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 (e.g. ABE)?

No additional documents are needed (special legal country requirements not included). Nevertheless LEDriving XENARC headlights for Ford Focus 3 have ECE approval and we offer an official document. Please get in touch with the colleagues at automotive-service@osram.com.

Is there a difference between Ford Focus 3 and Ford Focus MK3?

No, this is the same headlight generation.

LED warning lights: LEDguardian

What are the different operation modes? Does it have a torch function?

Equipped with 16 long-lasting LEDs, the light offers three different modes of operation: flashing, permanently on or torch function.

What is the color of the warning light?

The warning function of the LEDguardian ROAD FLARE has a orange light, which emits through 360°. It is visible from a far distance and can provide decisive information about a hazard in case of danger. LEDguardian ROAD FLARE is not approved as a warning light according to German Road Traffic Licencing Regulations (StVZO).

What are the different operation modes? Does it have a torch function?

The LEDguardian SAVER LIGHT PLUS is a torch, work light and warning light all together in one product. Apart from that this practical all-rounder offers reliable help as an emergency hammer to smash the windscreen and as a seat belt cutter.

LED reading lights: ONYX COPILOT

What is the difference between M-7 and L-7?

OSRAM sells two versions of the ONYX COPILOT: the M-7 and the L-7.

ONYX COPILOT M-7: fully mounted version for e.g. cabins of a truck. The lamp with 20 lm light output for a pleasently warm and glare-free light is powered via cigarette lighter and has a length of 37 cm. The M-7 version fits in all cigarette lighter sockets.

ONYX COPILOT L-7:The lamp with 20 lm light output for a pleasently warm and glare-free light has a plastic base for fixed connection. The length is 37 cm.

If you need further help, do not hesitate to contact our OSRAM Technical Customer Service (automotive-service@osram.com).

Is the product suitable for passenger cars (12 volt) and trucks (24 volt)?

Yes, the product is suitable for 12V and 24V.

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