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Standardised LED signal lamps from Osram light up lamps from Koito in the new Toyota Corolla Sport
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
With their innovative XLS (eXchangeable LED Signal lamp) products, Osram and Koito are launching a series of standardised LED-based signal lamps to UN/ECE Standard R128. For the first time, a uniform platform with three different light versions can cover all important signal applications in vehicles.

Osram says this new innovation enables simple replacements, reduces complexity and overall costs for car manufacturers, and leads to faster development processes thanks to adapted standards. OSRAMs XLS lamps LY5 and LW5 light up the new Toyota Corolla models produced since the summer.

LED technology gives vehicle and automotive lighting designers and manufacturers enormous flexibility. Over the past few years, numerous customised LED lighting solutions have been created that have made today’s supply chain extremely complex. To reduce this complexity, Osram developed an innovative, standardised LED light source for signal light applications in the automotive industry.

Joachim Schwabe, CEO Specialty Lighting at Osram says, “With its XLS product family, Osram is launching a portfolio that offers all the innovative benefits of LED technology while significantly reducing complexity along the customer value chain.”

The ECE-standardised light sources from OSRAM are currently available in yellow and white for different signal applications like turn signals, backup lights or DRL. An additional white variant for fog lighting is also available with the respective standard becoming effective end of this year. A fourth variant in red is coming soon. Standardisation makes them easy to exchange as only the light source is replaced, which means that the usual expense of replacing entire lamps or headlights is eliminated.

The rugged design ensures a long and reliable operating life. Because LEDs take up less space, it was possible to advance the miniaturisation of electronics, optics, and mechanical components. The XLS products have a small, light-emitting area and protection from electrostatic discharge, transients, and overvoltages.

As of summer 2018, the new XLS product family hit the streets of Japan in the new Toyota Corolla Sport. Other models are planned and Osram is also currently working to expand its XLS product portfolio.

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