Every two years the car industry showcases its latest products and ideas in Frankfurt. When it comes to lights, LEDs – and now also OLEDs – continue their triumphal march. At the International Motor Show (IAA) virtually all manufacturers are unveiling models with semiconductor lights at the front and the rear.

Yes, halogen headlights are still around at the fair. However, they can only be found on vintage cars that have been scattered around new models and concept cars. That doesn’t mean that halogen no longer plays a role in new cars. The basic versions of the entry classes are still equipped with it. But these types of headlight are virtually not shown anymore in Frankfurt.

There are a lot of LEDs which continue their triumphal march in headlights and rear lights. At the rear OLED technology is now also used. Audi has equipped its A8 flagship model with it and offers it in the TT at a premium. The company says that the lighting technology, which is being used in series production for the first time, emits light in an “extremely homogeneous and high-contrast fashion”. Additional high-beam headlights in laser technology, such as the ones offered by BMW and Audi, promise an extremely long range.

Overall, much revolves around new possibilities that LEDs and OLEDs offer for the design. “Bringing light to life” is a concept that is often used among lighting professionals. When it comes to headlight technology on the other hand, developers focus on the various forms of pixel light or matrix light. Experts see the future in this technology, with plans to also incorporate it in small cars. In this context, the recently introduced Smartrix modules from Osram are attracting great interest. They make it easier to use this technology in series production. The first car with it in its main headlights will be on the roads later this year. You may find the car featuring this technology at the Frankfurt Exhibition Center. The doors of IAA are open until September 24.

A series first: rear lights in OLED technology at Audi

Tiny light emission surfaces are a major advantage of laser light, as seen here in a study by BMW

Smartrix modules from Osram can help make matrix lights cheaper.

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