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LED Headlights can add 6 miles to an electric vehicles range

LED Headlights

OSRAM Sylvania has released a study indicating that by replacing your headlights in hybrids and electric vehicles can reduce power requirements and battery drain. LED’s don’t add much benefit to gasoline powered vehicles unless you got something hogging your juice. The LED lights will also increase your visibility on the road as well as your coolness factor.

“Just like going from a 75 watt incandescent light bulb down to a 18 watt compact fluorescent has made a significant difference to reduce the nation’s energy consumption in the home, so too can LED lighting make a difference in automobiles, especially once alternators and generators in the cars are right-sized for higher efficiency,”

The benefits of LED lights are most beneficial when placed in electric vehicles because of course they are 100% electric. OSRAM indicates that with LED lamps you can get around 6 more miles out of your electric car per charge. You might think 6 more miles may not seem much to you but that could allow for more devices to be powered within the vehicle as well. What if you are just short of your destination by a few miles because you didn’t switch to LED, whose fault is that?

“An efficient LED headlamp system can extend vehicle range by nearly six miles (9.5 km).  Even with conventional vehicles, a 28 watt LED system emits only 196 grams of carbon dioxide per 100 kilometers compared to 768 grams of carbon dioxide per 100 kilometers from conventional 110 watt H7 halogen bulbs. Whether the goal is reduced fuel consumption or reduced carbon emissions, LED lighting is the best technology available,”

So if you are one of those with an electric vehicle, check out the LED option if you haven’t. You won’t regret it. Full Press Release below:

Improved Energy Efficiency from High Tech Lighting to Help Extend Range of Electrics


HILLSBORO, N.H., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — When the travel range of electric vehicles determines who makes it home to re-charge their batteries and who is stranded by the side of the road, every watt saved and every additional mile counts.

So suggests Jonathan Dunlap, an automotive lighting engineer and product marketing manager with OSRAM SYLVANIA, the world’s leading manufacturer of automotive lighting, in reference to an SAE paper regarding LED and power consumption of exterior vehicle lighting. Though the paper was written in 2008, the trend is now taking hold, he says.

OSRAM believes that “micro-hybrids” or mild hybrids, which feature engine stop/start mechanisms to boost the efficiency of conventional vehicles, will benefit greatly from LED lighting by reducing power draw and battery drain, as well as increasing light output during low power mode and startups.

“Just like going from a 75 watt incandescent light bulb down to a 18 watt compact fluorescent has made a significant difference to reduce the nation’s energy consumption in the home, so too can LED lighting make a difference in automobiles, especially once alternators and generators in the cars are right-sized for higher efficiency,” says David Hulick, marketing director for Automotive Solid State Lighting for OSRAM SYLVANIA.

The benefits are most notable in electric vehicles, which rely completely on stored electricity from batteries.  “An efficient LED headlamp system can extend vehicle range by nearly six miles (9.5 km).  Even with conventional vehicles, a 28 watt LED system emits only 196 grams of carbon dioxide per 100 kilometers compared to 768 grams of carbon dioxide per 100 kilometers from conventional 110 watt H7 halogen bulbs. Whether the goal is reduced fuel consumption or reduced carbon emissions, LED lighting is the best technology available,” said Hulick.

Most people are aware of this surge in electric vehicles, but few realize that their headlights may soon have no light bulb to speak of. “Automakers are considering LED systems for forward and other lighting needs as one of the measures to achieve energy savings,” says Dunlap.

But not only will electric vehicles benefit. The race is on to reinvent the automobile to meet ambitious new fuel economy standards. Vehicles are or will be receiving a super high-efficiency makeover in the form of downsized turbocharged engines, hybrid powertrains, low-rolling resistance tires and more efficient lighting systems.

Dunlap points out that lighting changes will make a significant contribution to fuel efficiency and carbon emission reduction goals both in the U.S. and abroad.

Traditional halogen bulbs can draw 240 watts in high beam mode, whereas OSRAM’s JOULE® LED lights draw only 56 watts. While this may seem small, with more than 240 million vehicles on the road driving millions of miles every year, the energy and fuel savings will be significant.

OSRAM’s LED lights are already featured on popular cars such as the tail lamps on the Ford Mustang.

The data mentioned above is from a 2008 Society of Automotive Engineering study submitted by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), which can be found at http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/61187. More information about OSRAM lighting can be found online at www.sylvania.com/auto.

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