Thousands of visitors were interested in Osram’s new products at Automechanika. And some may have asked themselves: how do they manage to make lamps last longer? Or how is more light produced from the same output?
Let’s start with lifetime. That’s where the new Xenarc Ultra Life xenon series is particularly interesting. It’s the first real long-life xenon lamp version, in which engineers at Osram have sealed the glass bulb even better than with standard lamps.
It is microscopically small gaps in the seal which can lead to an air leakage and as a result mark the end of their lifetime. Having said that, xenon lamps from Osram do last a long time – several thousand hours. The Ultra Life lamp is even better, and their 10‑year warranty confirms that.
Signal and halogen lamps have been around as long‑life versions for a while. The improved H7 Ultra Life which was introduced at Automechanika takes its extended life from a newly designed filament and a modified gas filling. This lamp is particularly interesting for high-mileage drivers who always have their lights on, have no daytime running lights yet, and perhaps also have a car with a high operating voltage which is especially taxing on a high-performance lamp such as the H7.
The third big new headlight launch, the Night Breaker Laser, also focuses on fine tuning the filament and gas filling. For the same electrical power and the same prescribed luminous flux it produces a higher luminance than standard lamps. As a result, more light reaches the important parts of the road.
But engineers have done even more when it comes to the Night Breaker Laser. Thanks to the new laser coating, the light is emitted from the crucial parts of the glass bulb even more effectively than is possible with other types of coating.
All new lamps introduced in Frankfurt are now available in stores and online.