Winning Races with Photonics

LED light provides best view and driver concentration during the night. (Source: BMW)

The 24 hours of Le Mans in France pushes man and machine to the most extreme limits of endurance. Even the tiniest detail can be of vital importance – like using the right light.

LED light glasses are used to help the drivers prepare for the races. The blue LED light prepares them for the battle ahead by stimulating the central nervous system. In addition to this, special luminaires are installed in the common rooms and the pit wall control center for the benefit of both the drivers and the engineers. They emit light with a high blue component, helping to heighten and maintain concentration levels even during the night session.

Osram celebrated the premiere of its biologically effective light in cooperation with BMW Motorsport in 2017 during the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. Its stimulating effect again brought the drivers and team safely through the night at this year’s race from 12 to 13 May.

Osram will also be making the night to day on the Le Mans racetrack in the racing cars piloted by the BMW team MTEK: Each of the headlamps on the M8 GTE, built by custom-design specialist Gerg Lighthouse, use six Oslon Black Flat-S LEDs from Osram in the three-chip version. The compact LEDs are particularly powerful. “This is the brightest light I’ve ever seen in a racecar,” said Martin Tomczyk, a BMW racing driver.

Osram’s Ostar headlamp Pro, which was specifically developed for applications requiring intense brightness, was selected for use in the M8 GTE’s auxiliary headlights. The LED’s seamless, white color effect is compelling.

The Oslon Black Flat-S LED with its robust SMT packages is a multi-talent and can be used for a wide variety of applications, from high beam to fog lights and directional headlamps. The strong contrast between each of the LED chips, together with their individual controllability, allow the light cast during driving to be adapted as required. In this case, the headlamp beam is divided into individual segments, so that different areas can be switched on or off independently of each other. For example, a glare-free high beam can be created by selectively excluding oncoming traffic from the high beam while the rest of the environment remains illuminated with full intensity. (Source: Osram)

Link: OSRAM Licht AG, Munich, Germany

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