Magna presents D-op­tic LED head­lamps

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Magna is in­tro­duc­ing D-Op­tic LED head­lamps to im­prove for­ward vis­i­bil­ity for drivers and pro­vide cus­tom­ized styling op­tions for au­tomak­ers. D-Op­tic light­ing rep­re­sents the next gen­er­a­tion of LED head­lamps and an au­toin­dus­try first by com­bin­ing mul­ti­ple high-power LEDs with pre­cise, in­jec­tion-moulded lenses to achieve high per­for­mance with ef­fi­cient en­ergy use.

D-Op­tic light­ing is unique for au­to­mo­tive ap­pli­ca­tions be­cause it is scal­able and is cus­tomde­vel­oped for a ve­hi­cle’s spe­cific shape and styling. LEDs and lenses can be added or sub­tracted to suit each unique de­sign. The in­no­va­tive head­lamps make their mar­ket de­but on the 2018 Chevro­let Tra­verse.

“Au­tomak­ers are look­ing for ways to dif­fer­en­ti­ate ve­hi­cle styling and also in­cor­po­rate the lat­est in per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency,” said John O’Hara, Pres­i­dent of Magna Clo­sures and Mir­rors. “Our light­ing group is ex­cited to launch D-Op­tic on the all-new Tra­verse af­ter work­ing closely with the ve­hi­cle team at Chevro­let to cre­ate a cus­tom so­lu­tion.”

D-Op­tic lenses come in four unique pre­scrip­tions, each one ded­i­cated to spe­cific per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics. This al­lows au­tomak­ers to tai­lor overall lamp per­for­mance to their own pref­er­ence, whether it is nearfield spread or ‘com­fort light’ or max­i­mum range. Magna is able to combine D-Op­tics to achieve all per­for­mance goals. A con­ven­tional head­lamp op­ti­cal sys­tem is a col­lec­tion of mul­ti­ple parts which re­quire pre­ci­sion ge­om­e­try and lo­ca­tion, while the D-Op­tic lens con­sists of a sin­gle com­po­nent. The high­tem­per­a­ture acrylic used in the D-Op­tic lens al­lows Magna to mould with the clar­ity re­quired for a high-ef­fi­ciency op­ti­cal head­lamp.

This pre­ci­sion lens is then closely cou­pled with a 1x1 LED at a dis­tance of only 300 mi­crons, about the size of the eye of a nee­dle. This close pair­ing of lens with light source, com­bined with mul­ti­ple LEDs formed into a spe­cific light pat­tern, re­sults in the op­ti­mal bal­ance of per­for­mance with ef­fi­ciency. Ad­di­tion­ally, the 1x1 LEDs of­fer an ad­van­tage over other lamps in the mar­ket as they do not re­quire ac­tive cool­ing.

D-Op­tic light­ing pro­vides en­ergy ef­fi­ciency ben­e­fits as well. LEDs are more ef­fi­cient than other light sources, and they last longer. In gen­eral, the LED lights in D-Op­tic pro­vide ap­prox­i­mately 60 per­cent en­ergy-con­sump­tion im­prove­ment com­pared to halo­gen and a 40 per­cent im­prove­ment com­pared to high­in­ten­sity dis­charge lights.

D-Op­tic was de­vel­oped and is man­u­fac­tured by Magna at its new au­to­mo­tive light­ing fa­cil­ity in Ply­mouth, USA. Ap­prox­i­mately 300 em­ploy­ees work at the 140,000 square foot prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, which makes head­lamps, tail lamps and other light­ing prod­ucts.

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