SMPE’s (Standard Motor Products Europe) brake light switch range now covers an additional 267 vehicle models for a massive 281,000 more vehicles on UK roads. As part of its ongoing catalogue development, this is the latest increase across a series of SMPE ranges and follows the recent work on its aftermarket portfolio of ABS Sensors, resulting in coverage for a further 2.7 million cars on the UK’s roads. SMPE’s brake light switch range includes 146 part numbers covering 31,397,706 UK vehicles.
Hella, the lighting and electronics specialist, and the French technology supplier Faurecia will cooperate in a strategic partnership for the development of innovative interior lighting solutions. Within this cooperation, the companies will jointly develop lighting solutions with high-technology content in the area of surface and dynamic-lighting for a comprehensive, personalised cockpit environment.
Philips RacingVision headlight bulbs, developed by Lumileds, have been named Auto Express Best Buy 2018. Auto Express is the UK’s best-selling weekly motoring magazine and the only publication in the UK to regularly test automotive upgrade products and accessories. In just over a decade, Philips bulbs have won Headlamp Bulb of the Year eight times, in addition to being awarded overall best Car Accessory of the Year.
Although you wouldn’t think so at first glance, headlight bulbs are high-precision products. While a normal household bulb distributes its light over a radius of just a few metres, a headlight bulb combined with the reflector has to transfer the light accurately onto the road at a distance much greater than 50 metres.
When decoupling a trailer from the towing vehicle and parking it, the power supply for the lighting system is generally cut off and only the reflectors are left to provide evidence of its presence at night, which can naturally present a danger to other road users.
Philips X-tremeVision headlights produce “up to 130 per cent brighter light, without compromising on the lifetime,” the company states. With up to 450 hours, the product boasts a significantly longer lifetime for the high performance light category.
Hella, the lighting and electronics specialist, has opened a new plant in Lithuania. Based in the Lithuanian Kaunas region, the new facility will serve the rising demand for electronics components in the European market. The production focus will initially be on lighting electronics components, but will soon be expanded to include various sensors, actuators and control units.
From 20-27 September, Hella, the lighting and electronics specialist will present its intelligent lighting and electronics solutions for trucks, trailers and buses at IAA Commercial Vehicles, the leading international trade fair for mobility, transport and logistics in Hannover (Hall 16, Stand B01). At the centre of the presentation will be products for improving safety on the road and solutions for an individual vehicle design and by exhibiting prototypes, Hella will also provide an insight into the future of mobility.
Whether in smartphones or televisions, OLEDs (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) have already entered the mass market. In cooperation with the lighting and electronics expert Hella, vehicle manufacturer (VM) Audi, has recently integrated OLED technology into the rear combination lamps of its new A8.
At this year’s Automechanika trade show in Frankfurt, lighting and electronics specialist Hella will, for the first time, present its combined expertise for the workshop business at Hall 9, Stand A88. Under the motto “OE competence meets diagnostics” the brands Hella, Hella Gutmann Solutions and Behr Hella Service will present product highlights, workshop equipment solutions and technologies of the future at their joint 1,500 square metre stand from September 11 to 15, 2018.
Together with the vehicle manufacturer Audi, Hella has developed a striking lighting technology for the new Audi A7 Sportback, the headlamps for which are available as LED, Matrix LED and HD Matrix LED with laser high beam variants. The system uses a new control unit, which takes care of all of the lighting functions and in addition, Audi and Hella have also developed a new interior lighting concept.
Negotiations between Continental and lighting manufacturer Osram have concluded with the two parties in agreement on the shape and form of their new Osram Continental GmbH joint venture. Each of the partners will hold a 50 per cent share in the business, with Continental’s Harald Renner acting as chief financial officer and Dirk Linzmeier from Osram taking on the role of chief executive officer. Osram Continental is expected to be up and running in the second half of 2018 once all necessary approvals have been granted.
As a respected original equipment (OE) manufacturer and systems supplier, Hella is already at the forefront of automotive technology with its involvement in areas such as ADAS (advance driver assistance systems) and LED lighting solutions. However, the company is now looking further into the future to redefine the limits of present and future camera evolution.
Philips Automotive Lighting, one of the world’s largest suppliers of car headlight bulbs to the automotive industry and aftermarket, has uploaded a number of useful step-by-step lighting fitment videos for technicians on its own YouTube channel.