“Wow, what make of car is that …?” Difficult to say these days. With a few exceptions. There was a time once when each make of car had its own unique look. And there were (and still are) a number of faces in the crowd that stood out from all the rest – not least because of the design and arrangement of their headlights. Our mini-series will take a subjective look at some of the most spectacular designs and some of the weirdest, some long forgotten and some that are still on the roads today. We’ll start with the DS/ID, the Déesse from Citroën. The goddess with the minor technical miracles created by designers with vision and courage. (more…)
Autumn. Rain. Dark everywhere. We get up in the dark and go to work, and when we get home it’s dark again. Before the dark days descend we should do whatever we can now. For example inside our cars where there are quite a few lamps; the newer the car, the more our tired eyes are woken up and given the flashy dashboard treatment. But it can get even better, brighter, more economical and, above all, more colorful. Osram has various retrofit LED interior lamps in its portfolio which can be replaced easily and quickly. (more…)
Xenon produces great light. And it requires little maintenance because the lamps last a long time. They usually only need to be re-placed more than once in very robust high-mileage cars. But now even that is history. The new Xenarc Ultra Life from Osram will outlast the car.
According to Osram the long-life lamp will last up to four times longer. Two figures illustrate the performance. A conventional xenon lamp provides as much as 3000 hours of light, and a car engine runs for 6000 hours on average.
The long-life xenon lamp is available in D1S, D2S, D3S and D4S versions, all for 35-watt projection headlights with lenses. Osram is introducing them at Automechanika at booth D15, hall 3.0. (more…)
Matt is cool. Not everywhere though. A car painted in a fine matt finish surely has that certain something. Diffusers of headlights on the other hand don’t look good if they’re matt, nor do they cut a good figure when it comes to translucence. There are many great and not so great tips on the web on how to deal with old matt glass. At the end of the day there’s only one real recipe, and that’s not even much of a secret. It certainly makes us smile from time to time. (more…)