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2015 Ford F-150 First Truck to Feature Full LED Forward Lighting System
Collaboration with OSRAM and Flex-N-Gate Delivers Innovative Headlamp Technology for Ford
March 26, 2014
 
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HILLSBORO, N.H. – Ford Motor Company is ensuring consumers continue to ‘think Ford first’ by offering industry first technology on the completely redesigned 2015 Ford F-150, part of Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling pickup truck. The next-generation F-150, which debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is the first to feature a complete LED forward lighting solution, thanks in part to OSRAM Automotive Lighting.

A key performance and styling differentiator, the innovative LED lighting system is comprised of a low beam, high beam, light driver module, turn module and park module. OSRAM worked closely with Tier 1 supplier Flex-N-Gate and DBM Reflex to help the automaker achieve a completely new front-end appearance and optic design. The LED headlamps deliver a unique, strong and powerful look that compliments the commanding design of the entire vehicle.

“Sophisticated technology advancements at OSRAM make it possible for us to work closely with Flex-N-Gate, DBM Reflex and Ford to provide a full LED forward lighting solution that met their design needs and that was essentially ‘Built Ford Tough,’” said David Hulick, global senior marketing director, Specialty Solid State Lighting, OSRAM SYLVANIA. “Not only did this new technology offer Ford an opportunity to redesign the vehicle’s front end, it is also an extremely durable system that is expected to last the vehicle’s lifespan. This provides reliability directly to consumers.”

The new OSRAM LED systems feature components from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors and are being assembled in Hillsboro, N.H., helping to reinforce the Ford F-150’s standing as one of the most American-made vehicles.

“We are making significant investments at our Hillsboro manufacturing facility to support this project and training our local employees to produce the future of automotive lighting. Bringing such cutting-edge lighting innovation to one of the most iconic vehicles on the road today is generating a lot of pride in our factory,” said Hulick.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors also supplied Thinfilm LED light sources for the class-leading LED taillights. LEDs facilitate unique designs, as featured on the new truck, with lines that match the contour of the vehicle while providing a signature look.

Higher performance is another consumer benefit as LEDs deliver performance unmatched by traditional halogen technologies. New LED products and technologies from OSRAM insure the lights are robust, long lasting and have high light output. Both LED systems are highly resistant to shock and vibration. Due to their unique light emitting characteristics, their use improves optical efficiency of the headlight system. The LED headlights draw significantly less power than other automotive lighting technologies, and the color of the LED light is close to natural daylight.

“Many F-150 drivers work in construction and are on the road early mornings and late into the night,” said Hulick. “Having clear visibility on the road is crucial for them, which is why this LED lighting technology is important for Ford’s customers.”

Ford has been a North American lighting innovator since the 1970’s, often in conjunction with OSRAM. The 2013 Ford F-150 was the first mainstream pickup to feature a mercury-free high intensity discharge (HID) headlamp system on select models from OSRAM Automotive Lighting. The 2013 Mustang GT also featured the first LED fog lamp in the United States based on OSRAM’s standardized LED JOULE® system. In 2005, OSRAM Automotive Lighting and OSRAM Opto Semiconductors worked together to launch the MyColor Instrument cluster for the Mustang, which enabled interior lighting personalization for the first time.

The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 goes on sale in late 2014.

For a video about OSRAM’s work with the 2013 Mustang GT, please visit https://bit.ly/1jpTex5. For more information on OSRAM’s automotive lighting technology, please visit www.osram.com

About OSRAM SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting

OSRAM SYLVANIA, together with OSRAM GmbH, is the world leader in automotive lighting for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the automotive aftermarket. The company’s global automotive lighting division has its principal North American operations in Hillsboro, N.H. In addition to TS 16949, this facility has also achieved ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications. Automotive Lighting designs, develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art automotive light sources, including auxiliary, advanced halogen, LED and high-intensity discharge lighting for interior, exterior and forward lighting applications. More than 400 lamp types are produced for cars, trucks, and electronics in facilities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Automotive applications for OEMs are marketed under the OSRAM brand, while products for the aftermarket are sold under the SYLVANIA brand.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors and OSRAM Automotive Lighting work together to offer a complete line of cutting-edge, award-winning, light-emitting diode (LED) products and system solutions for the automotive lighting industry, from individual LED components to Standardized Automotive LED Systems. OSRAM LED products enable the automotive industry to take advantage of the functionality, durability, energy savings and styling potential LEDs provide.

About OSRAM SYLVANIA

OSRAM SYLVANIA is a leader in lighting solutions and services, specializing in innovative design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, and also under the OSRAM brand. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American operation of OSRAM GmbH. For more information, visit www.sylvania.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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