BMW relies on biologically effective light for the Le Mans racing classic

June 08, 2018 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
BMW relies on biologically effective light for the Le Mans racing classic
BMW M Motorsport is relying on Osram's support for the classic 24-hour race on 16 and 17 June 2018 in France. As official partner of BMW M Motorsport, Osram has been providing biologically effective light for the racers and their teams since last year's season. At the Le Mans race at the Circuit de la Sarthe, too, the special light could now make the decisive difference.

This classic car race in France places the highest demands on man and machine. Light is also a factor that can be decisive for success. LED light glasses are used to prepare the athletes. The blue light of the LED stimulates the central nervous system and prepares it for the next race. Special room lights are also used for the drivers and engineers in common rooms and in the command stand. The luminaires provide light with a high blue component, which maintains and strengthens concentration even during the night shift. The influence of light as a factor in the race was already tested at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2017. Here too, the BMW team relied on biologically effective light from Osram.

Osram LEDs are also used in the main headlamps of the BMW M8 GTE, which were manufactured by custom-built specialist GERG Lighthouse - six Oslon Black Flat S LEDs in the 3-chip version per headlamp. For the auxiliary headlamps of the race car, the Ostar Headlamp Pro was chosen, which was specially developed for high-brightness applications.

The Oslon Black Flat S LED with its robust SMT packages can be used for a wide range of applications from main beam and fog lamps to cornering lights. The high contrast between the individual LED chips and their individual controllability enable adaptive driving light. The light beam of the headlamp is divided into individual segments so that different sectors can be switched on and off independently of each other. For example, glare-free high beam can be achieved by avoiding oncoming traffic from the high beam while illuminating the rest of the environment with full intensity.

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