This car sets the standard for the state of the art: The E class from Mercedes has premiered a number of innovative systems and features over the last few decades, and is about to do so again. The new model coming out of Stuttgart is delivered exclusively with light-emitting diodes in the low beams. A full LED headlamp with additional functions is available as an option, and even its high beam light is provided by semi-conductors.
The standard version of the BR212 (Daimler’s in-house name for the car) is equipped with a headlamp that uses an LED module to generate the low beam light. Light-emitting diodes also supply the daytime running light. When these are dimmed, they serve as park or position lights. The high beam light comes from an H7 halogen lamp and the blinker is an orange incandescent lamp.
The full LED headlamp really jacks up the luminous flux. (more…)
It is now official: light-emitting diodes in headlights contribute to lower fuel consumption and as a result to lower CO2 emissions. According to Audi, it has already received a corresponding certificate.
Test rig experiments identified a decline in emissions as a result of LED headlights in an A6. Dipped beam, full beam and licence plate lighting were switched on during the experiments. The ten cycles of the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) revealed a CO2 decline of more than one gram per kilometre. (more…)
Many readers may well have wondered about the many photos that have appeared on our Facebook page since mid-December featuring cars with golden details, be they golden garlands on the headlights, gilded ice-scrapers or a gleaming trophy collection on the bonnet. No, gold is not the new trendy colour among car enthusiasts. The pictures are from participants in the Osram “Gold Rush” photo competition. This was brought into being to celebrate the fifth birthday of the Night Breaker. The task was to show how much gold there is in or on vehicles using photos. The results are creative, funny and surprising entries from Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the Czech Republic, which have given the Osram jury numerous “golden moments” in the last couple of weeks, but have also caused them a headache. After all, unfortunately only one photo per country could win the main prize of an iPad.
Who has translated the topics of gold, cars and light most creatively and can look forward to receiving an iPad?
Belgium: Eric Kinziger from Battincourt
Germany: Sarah Schrems from Tirschenreuth
The Netherlands: Robbert Dijkstra from Delft
Austria: Verena Artinger from Pischelsdorf
Poland: Sławomir Malinowski from Wąbrzeźno
Spain: Luis Manrique from Almería
Czech Republic: Jaromír Havrlant from Rybí
“We really liked the surprising golden details that the winners had thought of. These included a gold ingot on the dashboard, a ‘firework display’ around the car, and even the golden Night Breaker itself”, said the jury.
All the winning photos can be seen on Facebook.
Many thanks for taking part!