Hella research says LED lights can improve driving experience22-05-2014
Research conducted by Hella and Hamburg University has indicated that LED driving lights designs can greatly affect
the comfort level of driver and passengers.
Hella, a global supplier of automotive LED lights and electronic systems based in Lippstadt, Germany, has
announced that LED light will become a significant factor in the design of automobile interiors. Research made
by Hella in cooperation with Hamburg University in Germany determined that different colors had a great
influence on both driver and passenger emotions and comfort levels.
"Ambient LED light will open an entirely new chapter in automotive interior design," said Herbert Wambsganss,
director of engineering, Hella Interior Lighting Systems. "Drivers will see great changes in automotive
interior lighting within the next five years - changes that will improve comfort levels and enhance brand
Drivers spend an average of up to four hours a day in their cars or light trucks, while commercial-vehicle
owners spend even more time on the road.
Today, lighting is not a significant factor in the design of most passenger-car and commercial-vehicle
interiors, but Hella executives have forcasted that the use of ambient LED lights in North America will more
than quadruple over the next five years. "LED lighting technology provides designers with another important
way to add value and improve the driving experience on the road," said Wambsganss.
Automakers are using single-color lighting to strengthen brand identity and several colors to customize and
create mood lighting. Different colors have been found to provide a range of emotional responses from
excitement to calmness. RGB technology, which allows controlled blending to achieve a wide color spectrum,
should prove to be popular in automotive interiors.
Hellas RGB/LIN technology achieves precise color and intensity control using proprietary LED module
adjustment. In addition to these products, the company offers fabric backlighting, LED overhead consoles and
slim-line LED interior lighting.