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Why Cars May Never Look the Same Again: LEDs via @greentechmedia

Why Cars May Never Look the Same Again: LEDs via @greentechmedia

Light emitting diodes are coming to car headlights, and the changes are going to be a lot more radical than you think. Think of a car. What mental picture do you conjure up? Probably something that resembles a face: a mouth (the grill) balanced by two eyes (the headlights) at its edge. With LEDs, those eyes can go away or at least shrink, said Jonathan Dunlap, a project manager at Osram , who is overseeing a project to bring a modular LED headlight element to market. The Joule, Osram’s module, consists of five white light LEDs on a puck. A single unit, which measures only about an inch in diameter, can substitute in for a low-beam headlight. Put in two or three, and you have high beams, more light and other lighting effects. The small size will give designers freedom they haven’t had since the dawn of the auto age. Traditional bulbs rely on burning filaments, glass globes ...

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