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New slim automotive taillight using HiPerVision lamps
Author(s): Ludo Haenen; Johan Ansems; Jelle Schuurmans; Philippe de Montureux
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Paper Abstract

HiPerVision is a new automotive signaling range of lamps (clear and colored) developed by Philips. These lamps offer car life service, reduced size and - consequently - new design opportunities. HiPerVision aims at progressively replacing P21W lamps and at being an economic alternative to LEDs. All lamp dimensions are significantly smaller than P21W's. The HiPerVision 16W lamp produces less heat than the P21W lamp (9 W less dissipation at 13.5 V), what enables a reduced reflector size, the use of low cost plastic or a combination of both. With a luminous flux of 300 lm (instead of 460 lm for P21W), the legal requirements can be easily fulfilled because of the smaller dimensions and tolerances. In order to illustrate the lamps benefits, a complete automotive taillight with 4 functions was designed and made. This paper describes the reflector design process for that taillight with HiPerVision. According to a current styling trend, the reflectors are based on Pillow Shaped Facets and on a clear front lens with no optical structure. With this design method, the whole reflector area is filled with sparkling light. The basic shape of the reflector was used to optimize heat management. By changing the shape and/or number of the pillows the desired light distribution was made. The HiPerVision lamp was measured with a Luminance Goniometer. The measurements were converted to ASAP ray sets as input for accurate simulations. The legal requirements were easily met which was confirmed by actual measurements. The total depth of the complete designed taillight was 53 mm, which is small compared to existing P21W based designs. If the lamp is placed transversal the requirements are still met and the depth of the complete taillight could be reduced to 33 mm, which is comparable with a taillight based on LEDs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4775, Modeling and Characterization of Light Sources, (16 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.479645
Show Author Affiliations
Ludo Haenen, Philips Electronics N.V. (Netherlands)
Johan Ansems, Philips Electronics N.V. (Netherlands)
Jelle Schuurmans, Philips Electronics N.V. (Netherlands)
Philippe de Montureux, Philips Automotive Lighting (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4775:
Modeling and Characterization of Light Sources
C. Benjamin Wooley, Editor(s)

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