The name says it all. Smartrix modules from Osram give developers new, smart options for LED headlights with matrix light. At the same time, this modern light may well be added to smaller cars in the medium term.
Glare-free high beam is the most advanced form of car light. And in its most advanced version it comes from matrix headlights. In this technology, a large number of LEDs – from about 16 per headlight – illuminate the road. And each of them casts its light onto a certain spot. An area where for example an oncoming car is can be deliberately masked out. Controlled by a camera, there’s always the ideal amount of light on the road without other drivers being dazzled.
LEDs for car headlights have to do a fair bit of work. Only few manufacturers such as Osram can guarantee the high luminous flux needed for this application. What’s more, each LED needs an optical system, in other words a type of lens. Both these things have made suitable light-emitting diodes and modules expensive so far.
A new development from Osram now simplifies the design of matrix headlights. It’s called Smartrix, a word coined from smart and matrix. It’s a very compact module with ten high-power LEDs of the OSLON Black Flat type. The major innovation here are the lenses in front of the light-emitting diodes. In Smartrix they consist of particularly durable silicone. The combination of the already compact light-emitting diodes and space-saving lenses makes the modules very small and shallow. Headlights can follow current design trends and be kept compact as well. Designers are happy about the new options.
The new Jaguar E-Pace shows Smartrix in action. In each of the compact SUV’s headlights, two Smartrix modules are operated with ten LEDs each.
With increasing volumes, Osram’s development will be found more often in matrix headlights in future, even in small vehicle classes. Matrix for everyone is anything but impossible.