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Osram is now offering the Onyx Copilot reading light with long-lasting light emitting diode technology. For its elegant and highly flexible design the LED accessory for vehicle interiors has been awarded this year’s red dot award, one of the world’s most important design prizes. The Onyx Copilot is also the prelude to further LED upgrading products from the market leader for automotive lighting applications, to be launched in 2013.
Available until now with a halogen lamp, Osram has now equipped the reading light for vehicle interiors with LEDs. The new version has a service life of 5,000 hours, and it is not necessary to replace the LED during this time. For comparison, the halogen lamp had to be replaced after about 1,000 hours. For its high-quality and subtle design the Onyx Copilot now received the “red dot award: product design”, the coveted quality mark for aesthetic forms. The neck of the light is manufactured with black silicone rubber and can be individually aligned according to needs. The light fixture can be simply attached to the cigarette lighter. A button for switching on and off is located on the light head. The light is suitable both for cars (12 V) and trucks and buses (24 V).
LED portfolio for upgrading purposes
Since LEDs can be increasingly found in new cars, they are also popular as retrofit products. With the daytime running light kit Light@Day Osram already has an LED product for front lighting in their spectrum. Unlike many no-name products, it is fully compliant with ECE guidelines (Economic Commission for Europe). Retrofit lamps, meaning LED lamps with traditional bases, supplement the interior lighting portfolio of the Number 1 in the automotive light sector. In addition to the Onyx Copilot reading light, other interior and exterior automotive lighting products will come to market in the following months. As a result a combined daytime running light/fog light will soon be available, and the company will also launch its first ambience lighting set onto the market.
“There is an enormous demand for LEDs in new cars”, comments Christian Prell, Head of Sales and Marketing Aftermarket Europe at Osram. “Garages and dealers should follow this trend and make first-class offers with high-class products to their customers.”
|Colour temperature||3,200 Kelvin (warm-white)|
|Luminaire service life||5,000 hours|
|Luminous flux||20 lumens|
|Power supply||via cigarette lighter|
|Voltage||12 V / 24 V|
|Plug standard||ISO 4165 and SAE J563|
The origins of the red dot award date back to 1955. These days, it is one of the largest and most distinguished design awards in the world. Prizes are awarded in three categories: "red dot award: product design“, "red dot award: communication design“ and "red dot award: design concept“. This year, 1,865 manufacturers, designers and architects from 54 countries took part in the contest.
OSRAM of Munich, Germany is one of the two leading light manufacturers in the world. The company's portfolio covers the entire value chain from components – including lamps, opto semiconductors like light-emitting diodes (LED) – to electronic control gears as well as complete luminaires, light management systems and lighting solutions. OSRAM has around 39,000 employees worldwide and generated revenue of 5.4 billion Euros in fiscal year 2012 (ended September 30, 2012). More than 70 percent of its revenue comes from energy-efficient products. The company's business activities have been focusing on light – and hence on quality of life – for over 100 years. Additional information can be found in the internet at www.osram.com